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post #93691 of 93699 Old 11-25-2021, 07:47 PM
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Got a lead on some 97+ manual crank and lock doors for my mj.

Had a little bit of a change on the overall vision of what I wanted to do with it. Decided I didnít like the new fenders/header panel, so sticking with classic style. But I really like the full glass on new doors. So still going to be a hybrid but leaning more towards classic instead of late 90s look.


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post #93692 of 93699 Old 11-30-2021, 10:38 AM
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Well, she sits about 4" higher now, which I think puts it about 2.5-3" above stock. All the springs were sagging and I think they might have been the original 260k mile springs. They were pretty beat up (original leafs in picture) and those front eye bolts on the leaf springs were a nightmare. I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so for about the same price as buying new stock springs/bushings/bump stops (all the bump stops were gone), I cobbled together a lift:

-Lightly used RE 3.5" springs from a dude on Facebook. I pulled a leaf out of the middle hoping to hit 2.5-3" above stock to hopefully avoid needing an SYE
-Lightly used 3" lift shocks from the same guy, I believe they're also RE
-cut and welded the rear brake line bracket to keep the brake hose slack
-New Skyjacker 2.5" lift TJ front long travel springs
-3D printed 1" spring spacer for the front (printed in ABS. I printed spacers in PLA for my last Wrangler and they held up for years before I sold it. The ABS will be even stronger and more heat resistant)
-New stock front bump stops and rear 4" bump stops
-3D printed 2" front bump stop extensions (bolted to the lower spring perch)
-all new hardware
-removed the rear sway bar while I was in there

So far everything feels great. Definitely firmer than before, but certainly not harsh and it handles corners/bumps a lot better on road. Haven't gotten it off the pavement yet so that remains to be seen.

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What did you do to your XJ/MJ today?

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Well, she sits about 4" higher now, which I think puts it about 2.5-3" above stock. All the springs were sagging and I think they might have been the original 260k mile springs. They were pretty beat up (original leafs in picture) and those front eye bolts on the leaf springs were a nightmare. I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so for about the same price as buying new stock springs/bushings/bump stops (all the bump stops were gone), I cobbled together a lift:

-Lightly used RE 3.5" springs from a dude on Facebook. I pulled a leaf out of the middle hoping to hit 2.5-3" above stock to hopefully avoid needing an SYE
-Lightly used 3" lift shocks from the same guy, I believe they're also RE
-cut and welded the rear brake line bracket to keep the brake hose slack
-New Skyjacker 2.5" lift TJ front long travel springs
-3D printed 1" spring spacer for the front (printed in ABS. I printed spacers in PLA for my last Wrangler and they held up for years before I sold it. The ABS will be even stronger and more heat resistant)
-New stock front bump stops and rear 4" bump stops
-3D printed 2" front bump stop extensions (bolted to the lower spring perch)
-all new hardware
-removed the rear sway bar while I was in there

So far everything feels great. Definitely firmer than before, but certainly not harsh and it handles corners/bumps a lot better on road. Haven't gotten it off the pavement yet so that remains to be seen.

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Any pictures of the bump stops extensions you printed? I bump stops take a lot of abuse, so if I was worried about something holding up it would be them. Granted, my Jeep is pretty low on bigger tires so I dont have a ton of up travel before the bumps start hitting.




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post #93694 of 93699 Old 11-30-2021, 03:39 PM
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Here's a pic I just snapped in the parking lot at work. I've used the plastic bump stop spacer pucks that some companies sell before, and those held up great. I used basically the same design and printed these 100% solid so I figure it should be comparable to those.

Also yes, the sway bar links will be replaced soon lol

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Scored on some perfect condition fender liners off of an 87 wagoneer at the junkyard yesterday. Pretty happy about that. Also picked up a renix grill since quadratec sent me the wrong one multiple times. Got some 97+ door strikers for when I get doors.

Local junkyard got rid of some XJs. Mostly ZJs and WJs lol.


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post #93696 of 93699 Old 12-01-2021, 07:04 AM
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I got everything I wanted to finished over the weekend. The Bosch alternator was even bigger than the one I was going to use and had to grind off some more on the mounts and the bosses on the block and timing chain cover. I would have done things slightly differently if I had known before hand and had the time. It's working so no biggie. I didn't have the time to wire the fan switch to a key on circuit and just grounded it to the frame it's stayed on for a minute or 2 after I've shut off the engine but I don't think it'll be an issue for now. Everything is working as well as expected.
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post #93697 of 93699 Old 12-02-2021, 11:04 PM
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Lost my turn signals, radio, heater blower control, and a few other vanity lights a few weeks ago. With a little research help from jeep forum and YouTube. I was able to diagnose the problem. My ignition switch went bad. And for those of you who will need to do this in the future, you will need the following tools. 15 mm socket to drop the steering column, a flat blade screw driver, a Phillip's screwdriver to take off lower dash panel, and gauge panels, then you will need a 8 mm box wrench and a 3/16 box wrench to take off the ignition switch from the steering column, because someone must of thought it would be cute to attach the switch with two different size nuts, and bolts.
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Got a nice set of 97+ factory bumpers for 50 bucks for the mj. Then I can have factory old school and factory facelift stuff


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Picked up some rectangular tubing to build some sliders.

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