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Unread 10-26-2013, 10:27 PM   #1
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Unnamed - A timeline of my second XJ

I bought another XJ today. Some of you may remember "Snot", which was my first one. First car of many I have ever sold that I actually missed. Today, out with a co-worker, he wanted to stop by a used car dealer to browse. I "accidentally" ended up with a white 2000.

When I built Snot, I didn't do a very good job with the build thread. This time, without the resources of a full fabrication shop, or even a garage, the build will be much slower but I will document it better.

In the coming days and weeks I will be coming up with a name and doing minor mods, work keeps me away from the Jeep for weeks at a time, but I will do my best. For now, here's the stats:

4.0L (Appears to have been recently replaced. Jeep has 225k on the odometer, but this engine seems too clean and too smooth for that many miles.)
AW-4
NP231
Dana35 rear (Eventually an 8")



Aside from a few scrapes and a cracked windshield that's being replaced by the dealer, the exterior is in great condition. No body rust at all. No stress cracks anywhere. The interior is almost perfect. No tears, no thin spots. Looks like it drove itself 225 thousand miles.

So for now, I leave it at this. Happy new owner of another XJ.

Let the modding commence!


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Unread 10-27-2013, 03:38 PM   #2
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First mod is done. Tired of the cassette player I decided to start with the stereo. Decided to go with the Kenwood BT555U. I liked the idea of the bluetooth audio streaming. Starting easy.



Not a great picture, but not much to show.
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Unread 10-27-2013, 08:36 PM   #3
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May I ask what you picked it up for? That looks pretty clean for that many miles. I wonder if the drivetrain was ever serviced. How many owners? Good luck on the build.
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Unread 10-27-2013, 08:42 PM   #4
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Picked it up for $4500. I'm not sure how many owners. I'm assuming 2 before me. It has current parking stickers for the local University. I doubt a current college student would be first owner, but it doesn't look like it's had too many owners. I plan on finding a local place to service the differentials before I drive it 1100 miles home.
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Unread 10-28-2013, 01:27 PM   #5
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Found some goodies today.

Window sticker:


Also found original purchase documents from December 1999 and another set of purchase documents from 2005. Looks like my 2 previous owners theory was right.
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Unread 10-28-2013, 01:42 PM   #6
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Now to get back to my computer and email Jeep for my build sheet.
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Unread 10-31-2013, 02:59 PM   #7
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Since I've been away from the Jeep and unable to do any work I have been planning. When I built my last XJ I stumbled upon a setup I really liked. 3" of lift and 33's meant a lot of cutting and rolling, but it was a very stable and comfortable setup. This time, at least for now, I don't want to cut quite as much. I plan on going with the same suspension and wheels but for now 31x10.50x15 Duratracs rather than the 33x12x15.

Unfortunately I no longer have access to a lift or welder or any of the tools I had while building the last one. This will make this build much more difficult and probably expensive. I hate the idea of paying for labor to do things I can do better than the person I'm paying.

First things first. My power steering pump is whistling extremely loudly occasionally. I also have an abs light to investigate.
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Unread 10-31-2013, 03:59 PM   #8
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Now to get back to my computer and email Jeep for my build sheet.
Go to www.moparownerconnect.com and register your jeep.
It will give you your build sheet info, recall info, service info(from Mopar service centers), and other info as well.
I have all 4 of my Jeeps registered there.
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Unread 11-16-2013, 09:04 PM   #9
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So last Friday I lost my job. Haven't done much as a result. Today I did get some minor rust in the gutters fixed. It was all surface rust, so a wire brush and a can of rustoleum is all it took. Also fixed some oil leaks. New oil pan gasket, Vance cover gasket, and TDC sensor seal. Fixed a vacuum leak that was causing the whistle it had also. Still needs a rear main seal and brakes, but I'm waiting until I swap the axles to do brakes.
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Unread 04-17-2014, 05:59 PM   #10
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It has been a very long time since I updated, however the Jeep has made some progress. The incurable whistling I hinted at previously lead to the name "Dixie." A few months later the whistle was finally traced to a loose exhaust manifold bolt. Renewed employment resulted in a Rough Country 3" StageII lift, as planned. Shortly followed by the ordering of The Rough Country adjustable track bar and extended brake lines. Also sitting on the floor of my room is the Energy Suspension master kit. Poly bushings should be nice. The plan was ordering wheels and tires next, however driveline vibes have adjusted my priorities some. I think the SYE and driveshaft work will be next.
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