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post #1 of 42 Old 01-02-2019, 04:42 AM Thread Starter
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b16gsr build thread 2000 XJ 4 door SE expedition rig

About 6 month ago I bought the most insane 2001 2 door XJ that I was not sure what to do with. It was a one owner with 44k miles and it was perfect minus the passenger side flare and side marker, and a dent on the drivers door. After sitting on it, I decided it was too nice to mess up lifting and modifying, so I sold it on Bring a Trailer. https://bringatrailer.com/listing/20...p-cherokee-13/. This gave me a wild hair to add another 4 door XJ and keep my 2 door as well. The gal and I are going to be doing a bunch more camping and kayaking this year and I wanted a 4 door XJ for the additional doors, and the 2 door is a little taller than desired for this. So after several long weeks of searching for the right one, I found it.

I had specific requirements that I was after:
  • Decent miles (130k-160K)
  • Government/Police/Fleet ownership history with records
  • NO RUST, none not even a trace, no accidents
  • Southeast or west/southwest previous residence
  • Priced within my budget
  • SE model, no options, clear glass, no power windows, locks etc
  • Blue, Green or White exterior
  • Non smoker
I found a really nice white Sport on eBay, which was not what I wanted, in Arizona and chatted with the guy about it. He told me he would pull it from eBay for a set dollar which was out of my budget, so I let the auction ride and ended up letting it go because it was way out of my budget at the end. Then I had an agreement with a dealer on a 2000 with 71k miles in the northeast, which was a gamble for me due to the weather up there. I was waiting for him to email specific pics, they didn't come and he sent me a text say he sold it. Needless to say I was pissed. So the furious hunt continued.

And then there was one.
  • 2000 Cherokee SE 4 door
  • 159k miles
  • one government ordered and owned from new in Chattanooga, TN, no accidents
  • Priced below my budget, and shipped was half at what I was looking at from a west coast rig
  • Patriot Blue exterior/Agate interior
  • Non smoker
I found it on a terrible Craiglist ad with these pictures:







So I called the dealer and asked him to shoot some better pics, to get me the VIN and got to chat with him about it. He had been driving it for a little bit and said it was out of his normal purchase but was so nice he bought it. He sent me these pics and this helped solidify my purchase. The build sheet list from Jeep showed me a few bonus items. Skid plate group, trac-loc and heavy duty suspension, ala UpCountry package. I was stoked.













My entire inspiration for this build came from a Jeep that was sold on eBay a couple years ago that I saved some pictures of.



So with the Jeep being found, I compiled a list of parts to build from and have started ordering bits and pieces.
  • 3" Zone on the way
  • TJ Rubicon MOAB 15" Reps delivered
  • 31x10.50R15 BF Goodrich MT KM3 delivered
  • WeatherTech floor and cargo liners delivered
  • WeatherTech dark window visors delivered
  • JCR offroad DIY winch bumper delivered
  • JCR base roof basket and cubby mate
  • Smittybilt 9000lb winch delivered
  • OEM Trail rated badges of JL Wrangler delivered
  • Truck Lite LED head lights
  • Oneway LED interior light kit delivered
  • LED bulbs for all exterior lighting delivered
  • Python remote start alarm delivered
  • Trailer hitch
  • Basic stereo upgrade to allow iPhone compatibility
This should be fun build and serve its purpose well. Thanks for following along.



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post #2 of 42 Old 01-03-2019, 02:35 AM Thread Starter
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A couple of the parts started trickling in.





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One of my favorite pieces for the build which is completely applicable to this Xj is these decals made by**jessenator.

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One of my favorite pieces for the build which is completely applicable to this Xj is these decals made by**jessenator.​​​
I have one of those. Little embarrassed that I don't have an Up Country lift. Hopefully someday.
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I have one of those. Little embarrassed that I don't have an Up Country lift. Hopefully someday.
Such a cool piece, and am glad he was able to do them. One day you will. I am just glad it will be applicable to my new rig.


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Parts are always fun, my mats showed up yesterday.



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These arrived today and I cannot wait to get them mounted up.* Still waiting on the Jeep to be picked up though and its killing me.





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A few more parts are arriving, the pile keeps on growing.

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I did a ton of research on winches and the Smittybilt seems like the best value for the money.

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Looks like you ordered a whole new Jeep. Can't wait to see the pics when it's installed.
p.s. Fill out your profile when you're done.

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Those up country decals are sweet! It's always a treat to watch your attention to detail!


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Those up country decals are sweet! It's always a treat to watch your attention to detail!
I can't find his Ebay page but contact jessenator here:

https://www.cherokeeforum.com/f73/re...decals-246573/

Trying not to clutter up b16gsr's thread. I need to stay on his good side. I steal many of his ideas to use on my Jeep. LOL.

You can see what it looks like through Factory Privacy Glass at Post #3 on this thread.
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Looks like you ordered a whole new Jeep. Can't wait to see the pics when it's installed.
p.s. Fill out your profile when you're done.
Haha, I always have a plan for them that is for sure.

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Those up country decals are sweet! It's always a treat to watch your attention to detail!
Thank you Joel, how are things with you?

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I can't find his Ebay page but contact jessenator here:

https://www.cherokeeforum.com/f73/re...decals-246573/

Trying not to clutter up b16gsr's thread. I need to stay on his good side. I steal many of his ideas to use on my Jeep. LOL.

You can see what it looks like through Factory Privacy Glass at Post #3 on this thread.
Ralph you are good, I do not mind at all. We are all here to share.

Well I still do not have the Jeep, but i do have the title.* The shipper is throwing all the excuses in the world on why it has not picked up, needless to say it is frustrating.* Anyhow my fab guy has done some awesome work and got the bumper all ready for powdercoat.* He is going to look at building me a roof rack next.

Early stages.









All finished and ready for coating.









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She has arrived. I am pleased, the interior is mint, when I say mint almost perfect. That was my main concern. The paint is all original and is a little rougher than I had hoped, but it sat outside all the time so I suspected. I am going to wet sand and polish it back to life, but I will leave the patina and have another trick up my sleeve for it. I am so excited to get started. The rest of the parts should be here the middle of next week. It is going to need a rear main seal, which I suspected but otherwise is super solid and runs great.

All the skid plates are intact, as well as the rubber diaper under the front of the motor(I have only owned 2 that did) and it has trac-loc. Super stoked about this all.

First thing to do was wash the road salt off.


Engine bay is super clean.


The interior is the key. The driver seat is barely cracked and the carpet is still really clean.












The hatch is so clean and not beat up.








No rust on the underside minus some random surface rust.










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Thank you Joel, how are things with you?
Living the dream! Put some strip LEDs under my rig for rock lights. Other than that no real changes.

Is that ABS that I spy on your project?
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Living the dream! Put some strip LEDs under my rig for rock lights. Other than that no real changes.

Is that ABS that I spy on your project?
Dang those are nice. Looks like it is floating. Sure does have ABS. Second one of the dozen+ I have owned that does.

Yesterdays discovery was a cool one. Hey what do these switches do???



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Brought it down off the lift to vacuum and get the floor mats installed, as well as the window visors. The interior in this thing is so mint I just can not be happier.











After a quick vacuum

























Way way cool find of the day.





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