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Unread 03-16-2015, 03:27 AM   #1
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Sloth, the 87 XJ Waggy. Hey You Guys!!

Hey guys in fresh meat on here! Im from West ky near LBL, spend alot of time at Hillmans ferry and around the lake. Ive had a few xjs in the past and sold them, had a 2 door w/ 3" lift, 33's winch ect but sold it in less than 24hrs, the other was a POS and had nothing but over heating problems so i traded it off, and one i paid for and never saw it again. so ive never toyed around with them until now!

Now to what also really doesnt matter. After Jeep fever from my buddys yj and trail ride last yr ive wanted one but im SUPER cheap.after having some "allowed" play money i scored my self a lovely 87 Waggy with 208xxx on the clock in Ehh shape. Less than par, but for $700 bucks i was okay with that. I drove it home about 1.5 hrs on back roads and it did okay. Ad said it has a death wobble but ive yet to find it. drove decent with exception of the body roll from no sway bar and worn shocks prob, darts back and forth som on the front but im figuring some parts from rock auto (ball joints and tie rods might fix that. but mechanically it seems sound, 4wd worked good, shifts good. Still not sure if i like the Wagoneer front end but i doubt i swap it. It doesnt have a headliner, and it needs a detail, and its rusty, and the back bumpers about to fall off, and it leaks a little oil, and the blower motor doesnt kick on, and the brakes need replaced, and it has a little shake, the list could stand to be a little longer but ill stop.

Plans: Fix necessities. Shoot it with some Rustoleum gray, cut and fold rear fenders, lower quarter panel and cut the front. Build a LCoG wide, hoping 35's, DD that will own up to its looks!

for the front Ive scored (so i hope) some used RE 4.5 ". guys going bigger and priced the coils to me for $60 bucks! i told him id take em when they come off. Can i run stock Control Arms for the time being with these springs?
The rear im planning on building an s!0 bastard pack. The same guy also has some NIB RE greasable shackles for $60 but im not sure if i will get them or if i need them?
Prob go with Rough Country shocks
I got a buddy that built my traction bars for my old 3/4 ton diesel, planning on getting him the help build me some bumpers for it. He did his duramax after a fender bender with a school bus and it turned out pretty good so i think a winch bumper is doable.

This will be slow rolling but it will help me keep track of everything and gain some valuable insight as i go thru this. id like to at least have a lift and tires on it by mid summer. Stay tuned!


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Unread 03-16-2015, 03:31 AM   #2
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And as far as the name for the jeep I went with Sloth. For some reason when I was thinking of a name Sloth, from the Goonies, just seemed to pop out and stick. I can see it now, barreling thru the trails with me yelling "HEEY YOU GIUUUYS!"
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Unread 03-16-2015, 03:02 PM   #3
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That's a good looking waggy.
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Unread 03-16-2015, 09:11 PM   #4
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its not too shabby, im ready to wash it and see if i cant get it semi clean so I can get thru the dirt and see what all i have!
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Unread 03-17-2015, 07:16 PM   #5
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So I gave it a quick bath today. It's a shame how much rust this thing has. I'm kinda on the fence about keeping it or selling but and getting one a little straighter. But I'll probably wind up keeping it. It just need a ton of patch work. I'm planning on ripping out the carpet and starting to patch it all up.
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Unread 03-17-2015, 07:28 PM   #6
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Although I washed it I had to take it to the back field for a test run. I just knew I would get stuck but it didn't!
The upper mount for the rear seat in the passenger side is rusted completely out.
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