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post #1 of 11 Old 08-12-2008, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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Best/Worst Mods

There is a popular thread on the TJ forum right now about Mods to avoid. I thought it would be a good idea to "borrow" that idea for the XJ forum.

What are the BEST mods you have done to your XJ, and what are the WORST mods you have experienced? Let the rest of us know so we can learn from others' mistakes.

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-12-2008, 10:48 PM
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Best- lift and SYE. Switching to monotubes

Worst- AAL and twin tube shocks....blah...

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-6.5" RE/Rustys/RC lift, Custom Y-link LAs, custom shackle relocation boxes, Pro Comp/RE monos-
-315/75/16 Toyo MTs on Moabs-
-Shaved 8.25 w/HD shafts/Auburn LS/4:10s, HP30 w/ Lock-right, sliders, HD track bar bracket, AA SYE, AppA TC skid, AFE intake, Magnaflow exhaust, Bored TB-
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-12-2008, 10:56 PM
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Best - Lift
Worst - Using rough country shocks...

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Rubicon Express 4.5" Lift
33" Wrangler Duratracs
30/44 4.88s Disks all around
Rear Detroit/Open front
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post #4 of 11 Old 08-12-2008, 11:39 PM
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worst-$$$$$ spent to this point because I have sold everything under it to build bigger stuff

1993 2 door XJ Sport 4.0
5" DPG Coils with 3/4" spacer
4.5" Rough Country Leafs with 1" TNT boomerang lift shackle.
TNT Longarms with Bellypan
TNT Frame Rail Stiffenerz
DPG Gas Tank Skid
D30 Aussie locked with Yukon chromollys shafts 4.88s
D44 33 spline detroit with Moser chromollys shafts 4.88s
Teraflex SYE with Tom Woods custom DS
36x13.50 Iroks on 15x10 Pro Comp Rock Crawlers with Custom beadlocks.
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-13-2008, 01:42 AM
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Best- Long arms=long travel.
Worst-Fender Flares
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post #6 of 11 Old 08-13-2008, 03:40 AM
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I pinched this idea from somebody else on here and is without any shadow of a doubt the best and most useful modification that I have ever done to any vehicle.

Second best is my RE 4.5" Superflex Kit with SYE

Worst mod:- Linking my ARB snorkel up to the airbox in the standard way. I should have used EricsXJ method and gone into the airbox from the side.

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RE 4.5 inch superflex lift, RE GEN2 disconnects, 15x8 Crager 352's, 33x12.5x15 BFG MT, ARB Lockers Front and Rear, 4.56 Diffs, Cut & Tap Short Shaft Conversion, CV Rear Prop, B&M Transmission Cooler and Gauge, Bushwackers Cut-Outs, Skid Row Armor, AJ's SuperRails, LeBaron Hood Vents, KargoMaster Rack, Safari Snorkel, KC Daylighters, Midland CB, Brantz Navigation
Loads a mud!!
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post #7 of 11 Old 08-13-2008, 10:11 AM
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worst mods thread:

must-have mods thread:

I'm sure there are others before them as well.

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'95 XJ, RE 5.5", 35" MT/Rs, D30 w/hubs & ARB, D44 w/Detroit, 4.56s, C4x4 bumpers, etc, etc.
'00 TJ, SOLD, wife's, RE 4.5" long-arm, 35" MT/Rs, D30+OX, D44+ARB, 4.88s, full cage, winch, C4x4 & Jeeperman bumpers, etc, etc.

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post #8 of 11 Old 08-13-2008, 10:21 AM
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Got get me one of those bottle openers...

Havent started putting mods on it yet, but i will soon.
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-13-2008, 10:46 AM
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Best- 3.5" superflex kit
worst - dynomax exhaust system

"Rusty" 1987 Jeep Cherokee XJ. 4.0L. 4X4. NP242. 3.5" RE superflex kit. RE Twin Tube Shocks. Rancho RS5000 Steering Stabilizer. Cragar soft 8's. 31" BFGoodrich A/T KO. Warrior Products Rock Crawler Bumper. Cobra CB. Firestik Firefly antenna. KC Daylighters.Half Herculined Half Navy blue
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-13-2008, 11:00 AM
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that bottle opener must be good for at least 50hp

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94 ZJ: 5.2l, 46RH
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post #11 of 11 Old 08-13-2008, 12:32 PM
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Well, I'll think of the various mods I've seen... (imagine these in a table, as each item corresponds to a matching item on the other list)

Good mods:
Lift kit
Trimming fenders
Bigger tires
Offroad bumpers
Cowl intake
Bumper tire carrier
Proper engine maintenance
Dana 44s
Whitespoke steelies, simple alloys
Mud tires
Upgraded electrical wiring
Full-range 6.5" speakers all around
"Hummer Recovery Vehicle" bumper sticker

Bad mods:
Lowering kit
Body kit
Bigger rims
Fiberglass bumpers
Hot air intake
Compact spare
T-case drop
HHO kit
Alloy dana 30 shafts, new carrier, new gears, trussed housing,...
Chrome rims
Bumper with no option for winch
Claiming that #8 is perfectly acceptable for a ground wire
Truck nuts

umm... I'll edit it if I think of more.

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