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Unread 02-11-2011, 04:59 PM   #1
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Project XJ Kryptonite (2001 XJ)

Ok well I've been working on building my 2001 XJ Sport for a little while now. I bought it in Aug. 2010 for $5100 with 93,000 miles on it.
What it has from stock:
I-6
Auto
231 TC
D30 front w/3.55 Gears
C8.25 Rear w 3.55 Gears
Tow Package

What I've done to date:
Wheeled it
RC 4.5 X-Series lift
CA Drop Kit
Pitman Arm Drop (Free from RC)
Stickers
Side molding removed
Removed all emblems
New tail lights
New side marker and turn lights
Mounted two mag lights inside
Painted the stereo Bezel
Trimmed the rear rocker molding
Added Gas Tank Skid (found in JY)
Front end Skid (Found in JY)
Front Bumper (Nates 4x4) (Powder coated Locally)
Rear Bumper (Nates 4x4) (Powder coated Locally)
Roof Rack (Nated 4x4) (Powder Coated Locally)
KC Daylighters (custom wiring w/disconnect)

Future Plans:
Soft 8 15x8
Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac 31" Tires
Custom Rock Sliders
TC Skid
CB and Antenna
Re gear (3.73 JY or 4.10 New)
Rear ARB Locker
Possible Front ARB Locker
After market flares

Pic are Day I bought vs. Now

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Unread 02-11-2011, 06:13 PM   #2
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Ok these are some mods I did first is a 3 cell mag mounted to the center console on the passenger side. (the dang thing got to hot from the sun to have it on the driver side. second is a 4 cell mag which fits perfect in the back cubby hole. third is the new Stereo Bezel that I painted. forth is where I mounted my light switches so they blended it (as much as they could) and last is the disconnect that I used when I wired my daylighters so that if I take off my rack I can unplug the wires ( I used a 4 prong trailer plug.
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Unread 02-11-2011, 07:21 PM   #3
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Other Mods

First is the heater hose spacer I put in my d rings to keep them from rattling around, second is the 4 prong trailer wire i used to disconnect my lights if i ever take the rack off, Third is the rear rocker guard that I trimmed to work with my new bumper, forth is my new sticker, and last is my poor deprived car.
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Unread 08-11-2011, 04:43 PM   #4
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Well I haven't really given much attention to posting stuff on this forum because of the dedicated CherokeeForum but I'm decided to come to the reality that its ok for Wranglers and Cherokees to mix. Here are a bunch of pictures that will update my thread and from now on I'll be keeping it going.

Well after much debate and advice I decided to go 33's on the Jeep and not the 31's but in order to do that I had to open up the fenders and because I live in the great state of Utah I had to have flares so I went ahead and got some Bushwacker Flat Flares. I also bought pro comp 8069 15x8 rims





Then I went with a few guys down to Sand Hallow in Hurricane to try out the new shoes and they performed awesome.







Well After that I was having some problems with my rear suspension and had a hard time figuring it out. so I thought it might be due to the fact that the bushing pulled through the driverside shackle box and made the hole bigger so I made the decision that I could either cut it out and weld the hole or go a route that I wanted to do anyways and order a shackle relocation bracket. and well I chose the latter and right as I decided to do this RC came out with one so I bought it and installed it. I also Bought a SYE from Ballistic with a driveline from Adams driveshaft.







After that I decided to enter Rough County's King of Kits Contest so here are some of the Photos that I submitted. I got and honorable mention but no XJ's made it on the top of their list. I figure it was more publicity then anything.







These next ones were taken by a guy a know.













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Unread 08-11-2011, 04:44 PM   #5
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Well after that my jeep needed to look meaner so I did this.



And a little 4 of July fun.







I then choose to install some JKS 2" extended sway bar mounts





Well I needed some storage so I made this box for the back. (I may be making a different one here soon. Just alittle different design. I went from this to this.







A few picture from a trip to yankee meadow.





OK so I added my Adams Sticker to the front end skid and noticed that I may need to extend the steering stops.

I then installed the Daystar extended bumpstops. they were pretty easy to do, Just lube it up and put it in.

Then it was time to measure for the added bumpstops for the bottom. I measured about two inches with my tire about 3/4 inch from being fully stuffed so how that works. I guess I'll know for sure this weekend.









Well after three weeks and two wrong packages sent to me I finally got the hockey pucks that I needed.

Sorry no picks of the first of the install. I first drilled a hole in the middle and then counter sunk it for the washers. I also used gorilla glue just to help hold them together. then I removed the springs and put a good amount of glue on the base and realized that I couldn't use the clamps that I brought so I used some quick thinking and figured why not use the upper bumpstops to apply the needed pressure. and well the pictures tell all. I'll check tomorrow to see if I did the right amount of pucks.









Well that is where i'm at to date.
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Unread 08-11-2011, 04:46 PM   #6
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upcoming mods are: JCR Stage 3 Sliders, Rear tire carrier, Selling Roof Rack, Selling Rear Bumper, Re-Gear to 4.56. something along that line.
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Unread 08-11-2011, 05:00 PM   #7
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Looking great so far!!!
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Unread 08-11-2011, 05:04 PM   #8
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Looking great so far!!!
Thanks man. Its been fun. Right now I'm also looking into buying a LJ Rubicon to have a little fun with.
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Unread 08-14-2011, 10:55 PM   #9
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Well I got an email a couple days ago and what did I see but RC using my rig in their advertising. Pretty cool eh. I wonder if I get anything for it.
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Unread 08-29-2011, 01:42 PM   #10
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Well Another Pic of the Jeep and Rough Country.


And on another note. this build might be at a stop for a while. I got offered a job in Phoenix that I may be accepting. but i'll keep things up dated when I can.

Oh and here are some pics from a customer appreciation that I went to.





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Unread 08-30-2011, 09:03 PM   #11
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Looks great. Great pics.
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Unread 09-04-2011, 12:54 PM   #12
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On another note I almost put a for sale sign in it. I paid 40 buck to evac the AC system and another 25 to recharge it cause I didn't know how to do it myself and when I got it back it kept blowing Freon out the pressure valve on the back of the NEW AC COMPRESSOR. Err. so I was pissed off and out of options so I grabbed the AC recharge machine from our shop and had someone show me how to do it. so I evac the system again and recharged it myself and no change, oh and no cold air the whole time and it was cycling alot more than normal. well this great machine also monitors pressure so we found out that something was plugging it. well my first option was to evac it again, which I did and put in the only hose with the old orfis thing. well I compaired the two when I had it apart again and I could blow through the old one alittle which is normal but the damn new one was completely plugged. err. so I put the old one back on, recharged the system and fired it back up again and wow it seems to be running right (fingers crossed) the air is cold and it isn't cycling all the time anymore of blowing it out of the pressure valve. well all I can say is I wasted alot of time and money by having someone else do something that I should have done myself. and all I can say if this damn thing better stop breaking stupid things (which don't lead to a better upgrade) I going to sell the damn thing.

JEEP and You'll Love It!, Which really means:
Just Endure Every Problem and You'll Love It.
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Unread 09-21-2011, 10:05 PM   #13
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I tried to get it state inspected today and well it failed cause I need mud flaps, so I'm fabbing up some removable ones so keep posted. i'll take pics on how to do it.

Also I need so serious knowledgeable advise. I'm looking to regear but I need to know how well my current axles will hold up. I've got the C8.25 and a LP D30. The max tire size i'll be running is 35's. will the c8.25 hold up good I should I try to upgrade to a 44 or a 8.8 first. and also I need to honestly know why a LP D30 isn't as good as a HP D30. I need real advise and not just speculation. I would prefer to not get new axles but I need to know before I regear.
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Unread 09-22-2011, 01:09 PM   #14
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I recently bought a Sienna Pearlcoat 01 XJ Sport myself. This is very inspiring.
Link to the other build thread if you would please. I'm very interested in seeing all the stages you went through ...
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Unread 09-22-2011, 04:26 PM   #15
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Thanks man. The link is http://www.cherokeeforum.com/f46/project-sienna-69316/
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