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Unread 08-24-2014, 08:44 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, new upper and lower ball joints.
New Brakes all around:
rotors, calipers and brake pads in the front;
drums and shoes in the back.
New air filter, Champion Copper spark plugs,
oil change Mobile 1, changed transmission fluid and filter,
new thermostat and flush and fill.
(p.s. I will never touch the plastic petcock drain valve on the bottom of that oem radiator ever again.
It was a pita! New radiator upgrade is definitely now on the list)
Fixed wiring on driver side door, passengers can now control power windows again.
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 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, plus 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.
(comes with:
Lifted high flex coil springs
Long arm Crossmember
Adjustable upper control arms
Adjustable lower control arms
Transfer case skid plate
Sway-bar quick disconnects
Adjustable track bar
Pitman arm
Stainless steel braided brake lines
Full Leaf Spring Packs
Performance 2.2 Series Shocks)
Rear Leaf Spring Shackles
Currie Currectlync Heavy Duty Tie Rod and Drag Link.
Steering Box Brace.
Upgraded Heavy Duty 2.2 Steering Stabilizer.
Slip Yolk Eliminator
Custom Tom Woods Rear Driveshaft
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
Gorilla Chrome Lug and Lock set
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/Suspension related that is still OEM in the vehicle 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...


Last edited by TheFNG; 08-31-2014 at 08:18 AM.. Reason: Forgot some parts
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Unread 08-24-2014, 04:07 PM   #2
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That was quite a parts pile! Looks great, I like everything but the center caps
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Unread 08-26-2014, 02:34 PM   #3
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Looks Great! I am partial to yellow.
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Unread 08-31-2014, 08:23 AM   #4
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Looks Great! I am partial to yellow.
Thanks man, glad you like it so far.
Funny thing is, I wasn't really a big fan of Yellow.
When I first got the XJ, the one thing I couldn't stand was the color.
I was going to paint it Gun Metal Grey or something.
But once I started deciding which way to go with the build, the Yellow and Black color scheme really started growing on me.
That and the fact that I have not seen 1 single Yellow XJ in my area for as long as I can remember.
So a Solar Yellow XJ was unique, at least where I live anyways.
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Unread 08-31-2014, 10:15 PM   #5
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That's a sexy XJ.
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Unread 09-02-2014, 04:07 AM   #6
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That's a sexy XJ.
Thanks man, glad you dig it.
It's getting there slowly, still have a long ways to go.
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Unread 09-02-2014, 04:10 AM   #7
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That was quite a parts pile! Looks great, I like everything but the center caps
Yeah, my porch was full of of Jeep.
Once the porch was lost to Jeep, it started taking over the house.
I pulled all the stuff out off the porch one Saturday to reorganize and people kept coming up thinking it was a yard sale. Wouldn't leave me alone, took me forever to get anything done and I couldn't leave anything unattended lol.
Note to self:
Never leave stuff out on the lawn on a Saturday in New England

I wasn't sure about the caps at first either, but they grew on me.
I don't see them lasting long on a trail but they'll do for now
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Unread 09-02-2014, 08:11 AM   #8
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When you say "porch" you mean "garage"....

Nice work
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Unread 09-03-2014, 03:53 AM   #9
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When you say "porch" you mean "garage"....

Nice work
Ssssh... if I call it a porch, my girlfriend will think it's just a temporary thing

Thanks man, glad you like it
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Unread 09-03-2014, 04:01 AM   #10
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The fading chalky grey door trim was becoming an eye sore in contrast to all the yellow and black, so I hit it with some goof off and then some Forever Black.
Sanded, primed and painted all 3 wiper arms while I was at it.
Just some simple cosmetics for today.
Not the best pics, but I was in a rush.
More to come...

Before and after cleaning trim with Goof Off



After applying a couple of thin coats of Forever Black.





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Unread 09-04-2014, 06:46 PM   #11
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Installed LED spot lights in the JCR Rear Bumper, wired to my reverse lights.
Great upgrade, major improvement for night visibility while backing up.
Now my reverse lights are brighter than my high-beams









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Unread 09-05-2014, 06:40 PM   #12
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Took the Xj out on a mild trail ride with my buddy and his Samurai.
Not an incredibly difficult trail, but a fun 3 hour ride none the less.
Didn't take pics of the best parts unfortunately, too busy having fun on the trail lol.
Chopped up a few trees laying across the trail with the chainsaw, had to fill some collapsed/washed out parts of the trail with rocks and pushing boulders.
Which was fine, gave us breaks to stretch our legs. Great woods trail riding, and great weather for it.































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Unread 09-16-2014, 01:00 AM   #13
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Well executed build. Very clean look for the XJ.
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Unread 09-16-2014, 01:14 AM   #14
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Man that looks sick! Was just looking at another yellow 01 today at my schools parking lot, unfortunately it was a little rougher than yours. Love of that rear bumper. Its too bad you didnt get the pre 96 ARB bumper, as it it shorter where it hits the flares.

In my experience, the 2000+ coil rail 4.0L engines eat regular copper plugs very fast. Next time around get the Champion double platinum plugs. Not too expensive from rockauto. Something to do with a hotter spark.

One day id like to build a daily driver just like that. That ARB bumper is just so classic looking on a cherokee!
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Unread 09-17-2014, 02:02 PM   #15
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Well executed build. Very clean look for the XJ.
Thanks man, glad you dig it so far.
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