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post #1 of 253 Old 05-20-2009, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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Abuzed 2000 Cherokee...black -n- blue build

I have been at this site for quite some time now but I have never created a rig thread, so here we are.


I bought the Jeep in 2006 bone stock with the exception of a power sunroof. 4.0l, AW4, 29 spline 8.25....






The first mod I did to it was some JKS discos...



Next, I trimmed the fenders and managed to stuff some 31s under it that were purchased for $150 from a co-worker...







...followed shortly by some Herculiner across the lower portion....





Fast forward to September of 2007, when I purchased my RE6130 and installed it at my friends shop....gotta love access to a mechanics lift.




Around a month later, I got a C4x4 winch bumper and rear bumper...











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1979 CJ-5 304 V-8, T-150 3 speed, Dana 20, Dana 30 front, AMC 20 rear, Sold

Anyways, I wanna go wheelin'!

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post #2 of 253 Old 05-20-2009, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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February of 2008 I purchased some TrXus MTs 31x10.50

Fast forward again to August of 2008. After many miles of abuse, the 4.0 developed a knock. It was rebuild time. Since it is my daily driver, I needed a motor I could build on while I still used my Jeep to get back and forth to work. I bought a H.O. motor that came out of a 1993 with 160,000 miles on it.





Machined crank .010 over




020 over bore







Double timing chain set



gapless rings and cerami-coated pistons (I only have a pic of the pistons...taken at the machine shop that I purchased them from....got them cheaper that way)




Head decked .010 and rebuilt by the machine shop



Hesco #HESSPRSS6 4.0L Performance Valve Springs & Retainers



It also has Hesco #RVOB6 4.0-4.2L Camshaft & Lifters (not pictured) and Hesco #PR-301 72-76 Stamped Rocker Push Rods 9.594" Length.




Getting ready to tear out the dead dog...








Oh....whats this in number 5 intake port?!?!?!?



The oil/water mix was like paste..



Number 5 piston was laying in the bottom of the pan...




You can see all the way to the bottom of the head....



Yup, this block is toast....







I found out as I was back washing the injectors to put them on the new motor that number 5 injector was stuck open. I have a feeling that's what caused this.


On to the new motor.

Painted it Mopar blue and purchased a cheap header and had it cerami-coated.



Got it in the Jeep...sitting on Brown Dog Offroad motor mounts.





With the motor install came a 2.5 inch exhaust with a Thrush muffler made of 301 stainless fully welded. It has a nice sound to it.



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1979 CJ-5 304 V-8, T-150 3 speed, Dana 20, Dana 30 front, AMC 20 rear, Sold

Anyways, I wanna go wheelin'!

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post #3 of 253 Old 05-20-2009, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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A few months ago I got a DPG offroad belly skid and an Aussie Locker in the 8.25


Now on to some action....

Here I had a friends wife riding with me.











Here I bent a rim at the end of the video.






Some more when I was playing around at our local spot...












That is all for now. More updates will be posted as they come around. I am currently gathering parts and money to properly move up to 35s.


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post #4 of 253 Old 06-28-2009, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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Rubicons "great product" after 2 years and they refused to replace the springs under warranty so I replaced them with BDS 5inch packs.





these pics was taken with the axle unbolted from the spring...this is merely the weight of the spring







Rubicon Express do not stand behind their products. Even Bob Supplee from Supplees Offroad thought they should have replaced them.


Here is my 2 year old 4.5" Rubicon Express leaf pack compared to the BDS 5" leaf pack





I bought some American Racing Series 185 for her and some ACOS to level her up. Once I get back from my Colorado trip in August, I will be making the transition to 35s.





I know this is "just another XJ on 31s" but any feedback on it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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1979 CJ-5 304 V-8, T-150 3 speed, Dana 20, Dana 30 front, AMC 20 rear, Sold

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post #5 of 253 Old 06-28-2009, 11:11 AM
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This isnt "just another" XJ. This thing is freaking sweet! I love it!

96 XJ. RC 4.5" Long Arm with 31" Firestone Destination MT's.
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post #6 of 253 Old 06-28-2009, 11:43 AM
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Rubicon springs huh!? <- that sucks they didnt back up thier product. I have ran BDS on 2 YJs so far and find them to be way to stiff, but a good product. They had asked no questions when I had some shocks warranteed, impressive I thought.

Looks great, what kind of performance are you getting out of that motor? One heck of a job you are doin.

Your XJ is like a nice set of boobies! Like a B cup.
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post #7 of 253 Old 06-28-2009, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys.


I havent dynoed the motor but I noticed a huge difference from the original one (when it ran good). It seems to really shine around 2500 RPM.


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post #8 of 253 Old 06-28-2009, 11:49 AM
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Awesome rig!

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post #9 of 253 Old 08-03-2009, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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I added KC lights to the cowl Saturday. Tomorrow I am installing my CB.






This payday, I am going to buy the IronRock long arm upgrade.


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post #10 of 253 Old 08-03-2009, 11:45 PM
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nice looking XJ ya got there buddy
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post #11 of 253 Old 08-05-2009, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks.


I installed the CB yesterday. The antenna cable I purchased turned out to be too short. I will buy another one this weekend and get it installed.





Pic of the mounting...working with the self tappers that I had on hand....who says bolts have to match...lol





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post #12 of 253 Old 08-05-2009, 01:40 PM
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looks good keep it up


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post #13 of 253 Old 08-05-2009, 03:51 PM
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Lookin' pretty freakin' amazing if you ask me. Keep up the good work, man.

1999 XJ - Finally on respectable tires.
1998 ZJ - I'll show you my Niner if you show me yours.
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post #14 of 253 Old 08-18-2009, 05:01 PM
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like the trail rig.

Which CB did you get. Just got my Midland hand held installed.

2009 Wrangler Unlimited X 4 dr auto 4X4 w/ black accent package; Spidertrax 1.5 spacers; Midland 75-822 handheld with 3rd brake light antenna mount -Uconnect enabled (Ipod control is sweet)
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post #15 of 253 Old 08-18-2009, 05:09 PM
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Simply awesome.=-)
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