post #1 of Old 01-28-2010, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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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.

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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.



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




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.



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








Then I moved to the rear.



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.












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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:
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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.


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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!





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! The pictures look a little weird but I didnt care because I was tired haha.

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The stuff I have acquired in the last two weeks.
Hood Vents, Steering Box Brace and a fuse box cover.

just mocked up:


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. 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.
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post #6 of Old 01-28-2010, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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Got my hood vents on :rock:. My bro helped me a lot . They are out of a Pontiac GTX:



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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.
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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.
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I got my new steering stabilizer on.
I also added to roof rack rails on, especially for hunting season:

I redid my headliner. I didn't put in a overhead console like I was going to:
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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.
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Nice XJ man, I'm diggin it.

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post #12 of Old 01-28-2010, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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Sweet build my man!! Lookin good!

92 XJ sport 4.0L HO auto 231 Rustys 4.5"(gained 5") SA lift, ROR Adj TB, AR23 wheels, 33x12.50 MT Baja MTZs, doorless when sun shining
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your build is awesome. i love the headliner!
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post #15 of Old 01-28-2010, 05:11 PM
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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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