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Unread 08-24-2014, 07:44 AM   #1
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The Yellow Jeep XJ Build

I have two XJ's projects at the moment, a 99 and an 01.

This was my 2001 Jeep XJ.

When I got the jeep it had a 3inch Suspension lift with 2inch spacers on 31inch tires.
It had a death wobble from hell, found that out the hard way on the highway coming home after buying it.
This was a 8.7 on the Richter Scale.
Any of you that have experienced an actual legit full fledged Death Wobble in all it's glory know what I'm talking about.
So we decided to go down the list of symptoms and start replacing everything.

New bearings, upper and lower ball joints, rotors, calipers and brake pads.
Removed the front and rear bumper as well since I had some new ones that would be going in near the end of this stage of the project.
Meanwhile the parts started kept coming and coming...

Now for the bigger ticket items. I wanted an off road specialist help us out with the LA Kit, since I had never done one before.
I had some money invested in this project and I wanted it done right.
Short arms is one thing, but long arms was a little more than I wanted to deal with, place I had no space to work.
My friends and I had been playing cat and mouse with the weather working on the rig in my driveway.
Note to self: need a proper shop...
The 3inch suspension lift and the 2inch spacers/shackles were coming out since we are going to replace everything brand new with a Rough Country Long Arm Kit.
I am going to put the 3 inch lift in my other 99 XJ project, but that is another story...
So, off to the shop...

What was done this time:
RC 4.5 inch Long Arm Lift Kit.
Currie Currectlync Heavy Duty Tie Rod and Drag Link.
Steering Box Brace.
Upgraded Heavy Duty Steering Stabilizer.
ARB HD Bull Bar with Warn 8000 Winch and 2 IPF Spot Lights..
JCR HD REar Bumper/Tire Carrier.
AJ's Super Rails Rock Slider.
Roof Slider.
JCR Gas Tank Skid Plate.
5 Crager Soft 8 rims and 5 Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac 33x12.5 inch tires.
Bushwacker Flat Fender Flares.
Custom exhaust from the headers back, Flowmaster Super 44 Muffler.
Lower Rear Quarter plated on both sides, underneath re-coated...
Oh, and new wipers

The only thing steering related that is still OEM is the actual sway bar itself, everything else was removed and upgraded.

The roof sliders had a bend to it, so we flipped them in the meantime until we straighten them out.
They are actually supposed to come down just above the door to protect the sides.

Currie Currectlync Heavy Duty Tie Rod and Drag Link.
Upgraded Rough Country Steering Stabilizer.

Rough Country Long Arm Kit

JCR Gas Tank Skid Plate

This is my 2001 Jeep XJ...

Hope you dig it, and let me know what you think.
Always open to feedback and ideas.

Next on the projects to-do list:
Ford 8.8 Rear Axle with disc brakes from a ford explorer, iron rock truss kit, regear to 4.56 and lockers.
Then Upgraded fuel injectors, bored out throttle body, and upgraded air intake set up.
More to come...

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Unread 08-24-2014, 03:07 PM   #2
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That was quite a parts pile! Looks great, I like everything but the center caps
2001 Silverstone Metallic Classic/Limited XJ
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Unread 08-26-2014, 01:34 PM   #3
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Looks Great! I am partial to yellow.
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