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post #1 of 164 Old 02-14-2015, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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Project Rustpile: Back in an XJ


EDIT I used Facebook as a host and a bunch of my pic links are dead. I plan to fix this eventually. I'll delete this sentence when I do



This was my previous Jeep I sold.



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The blue 00 was a 150K 3" lifted commuter with a fresh 4.0 crate motor from Mopar.
I loved it but the new engine caused my MPGs to drop from 18 highway to 12.
This became an issue when I got a job 50 miles away from home. The commute was killing me.
I tried to keep it by buying a low mile Chevy Cavalier gas saver.
It immediately puked a waterpump. Then a PS pump, then the rack then it was CELs lit up like a disco.
The Crapalier broke the bank and I had to sell my gashog XJ to buy something more frugal and reliable.
I scored a 2004 Crown Vic cop car and my Jeep days were over, or so I thought…


Two months ago my wife's stocker 01 puked it's 0331 head.
We parked it and I bought her a low mile Trailblazer.
I took her busted 01 as a partial compensation.
The 01's roof leaks and the engine is so rusty I can't put a new fanbelt or PS pump on it.
I was debating building it up but I fell into a deal on my buddy's 99XJ (no more 0331 heads for me)



For $1400 I grabbed this up. 250K miles but runs like a champ.
It comes with two new rear shocks, an SYE still in the box, two 32" BF Goodriches and a few other parts.









It needs:
•*Brake lines, pedal is super soft
• The sway bar reinstalled
•*QDs
•*Fans reinstalled (has electric fans rigged up)
• PS pump
• PS box
•*The rear hatch latch replaced
•*Front seat
•*clockspring
•*a good cleaning

I have nearly everything I need for the repairs from the 2001.
The 01 still runs good, just eats coolant and will overheat.
I plan to use the block when this one finally dies.

The lift is a mixed bag

3" leafs, shackles and blocks.
The blocks have a T welded to the top to distribute the load somewhat.
I have no idea what I'll do to delete them yet.
I'm not sure if deleting and dropping the front 2" will work with the long arms or keep it at 6.5" and sort put the rears.
The PO ran it on the highway all the time and said the long-arms made a ton of difference in stability.
I have no idea what I need to do to get a front swaybar back on it at this height








Current: 99XJ 6.5 lift-Bought 2015
Sold: Patriot Blue 00 XJ.
'sploded: 01 stock-0331 head victim
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post #2 of 164 Old 02-14-2015, 04:36 PM
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Are the LCA's adjustable? Can't tell from the picture. That's a lot of damn lift for 32s. Looks like a good start though, but all that rust certainly makes me glad I don't live up north lol

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Yeah, the rust is a huge bummer (so is living up North),
especially when wrenching but my last XJ was too nice to wheel.
I'll be OK bashing this one up. The LCA's are adjustable. I think it's a Zone4x4 kit.

I am not sure it's really 6.5. Oddly enough I had the front's rub
on the front wheel opening corner at full turn as I rolled over a 3' icepile in my buddy's driveway.
Does it look weirdly tall for the wheel size? I expected it to look like a
roller skate with the small tires and the lift he said it has, to me it's oddly normal looking

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I love how it has front long arms but blocks and shackles in the rear hahahaha

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I love how it has front long arms but blocks and shackles in the rear hahahaha
I know


Can you even get a 6.5" leaf set?

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I believe you can but more commonly you uses a 4.5" leaf with a 1.5-2" shackle.

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I believe you can but more commonly you uses a 4.5" leaf with a 1.5-2" shackle.
Thanks, I've been wondering how the taller builds do it. My last XJ was 3" so it was easy

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I just ordered the 5.5" IRO long arm kit and they are using a 3.5" leaf with a 1.5" shackle, even tho that doesnt add up to 5.5" im sure it will be close.

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Picked up the rest of the parts from the PO and the title.

OE fender flares
OE fan that was replaced by DIY electric fans
SYI in box
Hardware in a box for QDs
New rear shocks
Hitch
Some DIY rock rails that were started-I can use the steel anyway
Disk brake setup from some DANA axle
TCase skid plate that came from the longarm setup
2 new BF Goodrich 32" x 11.5 x 15" tires

Sent the guy a list of questions about the history of the Jeep maintenance and brand of lift/bumper.
A little history is worth some of what I paid for this thing.

Also went to Harbor Freight and looked at all the crap I wouldn't trust to buy from them like recovery straps, winches, Hi-lift jack and hitch parts

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Still doing the evaluation of this thing and gradually working on making it reliable.
Step 1 is the non-functioning electric fans the PO put in.
It was hard to determine the issue










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Decided to put the stock fans in from my wife's 2001 parts car
While it was opened up I debated doing the timing chain, waterpump,
balancer alternator and engine mounts but the madness had to stop somewhere.
It stopped with replacing the howling powersteering pump




Cold day to wrench. The pile of parts and my 68 Fairlane in the garage kept me working outdoors today.
It was in the 20s so it wasn't too bad.




Almost ready to start up. Need to attach the tank overflow and put the battery in before I can get the air out of the power steering system.



Next up, figure out why my brakes are nearly non existent.

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You should put the icons on from the parts car. Or sell them to me

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You should put the icons on from the parts car. Or sell them to me

I would but you're kinda far away

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Running now with OEM fans. Never had the electric one come on but the temp never got above 205.
PS pump is done, no more bearing squeal
Pulled the black grill from the wife's jeep and swapped it on. The white one was not color matched and looked stupid
Sawed off the $14 foglamps. I'll ad something nicer later




Brown Santa showed up as I was wrapping up putting in the non-smashed airbox from the 00.
My POR 15, seam sealer, gauges and the roof rack were delivered



Next up brakes and a hitch

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Swapped master cylinders in an attempt to get brakes. It was 17 degrees yesterday when I did it.
Pulled the known good MC from the wife's Jeep and installed it.
I'd like to kill the guy who put the jamb nuts between the proportioning valve bracket and the MC.
I should have swapped them out for bushings but I didn't.
It would be great if the whole thing could have been removed as an assembly.

Today I tried bleeding the brakes with one of these



It was a failure

I think I may have a dead wheel cylinder and the rear lines are rusty as hell.
I figure since I am going to miss driving it in tomorrow's snow,
I'll take my time and swap lines and wheel cylinders when it warms up again later in the week.

Since project brakefix didn't work out I installed the hitch that came with the Jeep.
The OE bumper was smashed on one end so I cut it off. It will be replaced with the black 01 bumper



I also added a third roof rail for the basket from the other Jeep. Tomorrow if it's not too snowy I'll bolt it on.
The Jeep may not fit in my garage after it's installed so I am debating on waiting until I have brakes before bolting it on.

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