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jakeWI 01-28-2010 11:15 AM

Project Northwoods
 
I had a 1993 xj. 4.5" RC lift with 31x10.5" DickCepek FC-II's. ax-15. It was pushing 200k and ran like a top. The rust was starting to take over, which I planned on fixing until I couldn't pass up a deal on a 1996 xj.

Heres the 1993:
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...69bce6fd40.jpg

I started off with a 1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport. I bought it back in april of 2008. 4.0L, np231, dana 30 front, chrysler 8.25 rear.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...80213_1617.jpg

I then herculined the lower part of the doors and the rockers getting rid of the red stripes.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/102_1517.jpg


Then I decided to go with a Rough Country 4.5" lift kit with full leafs, nitro shock upgrade, sway bar disconnects. I bought some black wheels, then decided to go with 31"x10.5"x15" General Grabber AT2 because they are almost identical to the BFG AT's.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/102_1519.jpg

I started doing the lift, started with the front end.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/102_1520.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/102_1521.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/102_1528.jpg


Then I moved to the rear.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/102_1533.jpg

I ran into problem after problem during the whole lift process. First, rough country sent me a bad ad. trac bar. Then I needed to replace the front brakes, rotors and pads. Found out one of my front u-joints were bad so I replaced those. Then I sheared of all four rear shocks bolts going up into the unibody. Then one of the rear passenger lugs sheared off. WOW. Then to top it off I found out that RC also sent me a bad rear shock.

I mounted some bar pin eliminators to relocate the shock bolts in the rear. Rough country sent me the new parts. replaced everything that I needed to and hears how it turned out.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/102_1536.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/102_1538.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/102_1540.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/102_1541.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/102_1542.jpg

jakeWI 01-28-2010 11:15 AM

so i found a used arb bull bar like i wanted for $440 on craigslist, then i realized it was like 10 min. away so i picked it up. shouldnt of spent the money but i couldnt pass it up. put the new rear shock on and the bumper today.:head:
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/102_1587.jpg

jakeWI 01-28-2010 11:16 AM

I just went on the GreatLake XJ's Fall Crawl with them this weekend. It was a great time. Right before I left I quick placed the CB in my jeep. I put on a short whip. I had no great place to put a shorty so I used one of the Bull Bar Light tabs haha. it worked great. I also got to check out my quick discos for the first time. Those things work great as well. I also got to finally climb some steep hill climbs and some rocks. The tires worked better then I could imagine. I will post some of the Trail Run pics up later.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/100_1990.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/100_1991.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/100_1911.jpg

jakeWI 01-28-2010 11:17 AM

This weekend jeepcomj helped me get a bunch of stuff done. First we took out my cb and antenna so i can remount it differently later. What a perfect weekend to. The weather is so nice out for no reason in February. It was like 50* today.
Then we installed my Rockcrusher Diff. Covers which look awesome!
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/100_3549.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/100_3554.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/100_3555.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/100_3558.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/100_3557.jpg
Then we fab-ed up some rear shock mounts because I sheared off the bolts into the unibody when I installed the lift. But either way no more bar pins!:thumbsup: The pictures look a little weird but I didnt care because I was tired haha.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/100_3565.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/100_3567.jpg

jakeWI 01-28-2010 11:17 AM

The stuff I have acquired in the last two weeks.
Hood Vents, Steering Box Brace and a fuse box cover.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/100_3585.jpg
just mocked up:
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/100_3587.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/100_3588.jpg
I will hopefully be putting the vents in as well as the brace within two weeks. I just wont be able to go home this weekend to do it. The one picture shows how closely color matched the vents are. I believe they are out of a pontiac grand prix but im not 100%. They did also come with drain pans though:thumbsup:. Also, the fuse box cover didnt work. Must be a different model. The one I have in now has a huge burn whole in it from previous owner.

jakeWI 01-28-2010 11:18 AM

Got my hood vents on :rock:. My bro helped me a lot :cheers:. They are out of a Pontiac GTX:
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/100_3595.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/100_3601.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/100_3600.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/100_3604.jpg

jakeWI 01-28-2010 11:19 AM

i put in a switch for the auxiliary fan so i can run it manually. i put in a stock switch instead of some other toggle. didn't take many pics but its there.

jakeWI 01-28-2010 11:20 AM

well since i sold the ARB front bumper its time i start on a new one. I just ordered (literally 5 seconds ago) some DIY parts from Ajs Offroad Armor. I bought some XJ front bumper mounts and some flared d-ring tabs. So hopefully within the next two weeks I will have work done on the new headliner, over head console and now front bumper. :D

jakeWI 01-28-2010 11:21 AM

I got my new steering stabilizer on.
I also added to roof rack rails on, especially for hunting season:
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/IMG_1957.jpg
I redid my headliner. I didn't put in a overhead console like I was going to:
Before:
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/IMG_1951.jpg
After:
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...k/IMG_1961.jpg

jakeWI 01-28-2010 11:24 AM

Still have a bunch of plans for it. Money is all over the place while in college. I have a few parts sitting around from JCR to install, but I will get to those soon.

Imped 01-28-2010 11:43 AM

Nice XJ man, I'm diggin it.

jakeWI 01-28-2010 01:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by imped4now (Post 8781590)
Nice XJ man, I'm diggin it.

Thanks! Its a work in progress. Ive been trying to throw money into it, its just slow with paying for school. I like it a lot though.

magnumcherokee 01-28-2010 04:59 PM

Sweet build my man!! Lookin good!

austentatious 01-28-2010 06:10 PM

your build is awesome. i love the headliner!

MAX_Xj 01-28-2010 06:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jakeWI (Post 8782101)
Thanks! Its a work in progress. Ive been trying to throw money into it, its just slow with paying for school. I like it a lot though.

i hear ya with the school thing but im definitely likin the xj. good job.
us college students should start a donation thread to modify our jeeps


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