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ibjeepin95's 99' XJ Build

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Current pic: 10/5/14



Well folks, I said I was going back to an XJ so that's what I did. Just a recap on my previous Jeeps...

My first XJ the day I sold it. 95' Sport 5 speed...



My second.... 87' Waggy XJ w/ factory 44 and HP non disco 30. Wish I kept this one...



And of course, my TJ I just recently sold....



Well after my TJ, I started looking for my next XJ. I knew I wanted a 97'+, so that's what I went after. While searching craigslist, I came across a 99' with 130k miles. Girl that owned it said it needed a radiator. All it really needed was a cap. Talked her down to $1600 and brought it home. Had some awesome seat covers and looked and smelled like an ash tray inside...







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My plans for this Jeep are similar to my TJ, just in XJ form. Keep it low, stable, and keep it streetable. 35's are the tire size and keep the D30 (for now) and swap my 8.8 in. Locked f/r. So with this in mine, I began to order parts.

3 inch springs and add a leaf ( just cause I had a decent set of springs)



My decent leaf pack for the aal



And not pictured is my Clayton track bar w/ Johnny Joint and bracket and some 15x8 steel wheels I got from RC scatch n' dent...

So a few weeks ago Josh and I got working on the lift...

stock and awesome saggy springs...



Everything needed for elevation including the new white RC shocks, cause you ain't wheeling in the south unless your on white shocks....





Josh approves...



Clayton bracket





Finished it up

 

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So I was dead set on MT/R's or KM2's but of course they are back ordered til' June. So I ordered tires I never thought I'd own... 35x12.50x15 Pro Comp M/T's from 4WD. Hey, they have a 3 ply sidewall and are fairly price. Either those or Baja Clawzzz.

Washed it the other day...



Today I cut and folded the rear quarters. I probably wouldn't have done it but the pass. side was crushed from an incident from the PO. Also cut the bumper at an angle...





 

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Looking good so far. I would have never thought that I would like a cherokee but seeing all of yalls lined up made me think twice. Maybe I will add one to my Jeep collection in the future. After Im done with my YJ I am dead set on getting a Waggy. Good luck and I will be watching this thread.
 

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Sweet looking XJ! Can't wait to see the low COG with those 35s. I have the same colored jeep also.:cool:
 

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Thanks guys! Rangerman, I saw yours and they are (were) almost identical. The tires came yesterday, I trimmed the front, got the tires mounted and balanced, and got them on. I'll get some pics up but it might not be til' Tuesday. I got a lot of work to do but I got the stance right so far!
 

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Thanks James. I got more, I'll get them up Monday night. I work three 12's Saturday, Sunday, Monday, so I'm kinda tired. Btw, that's a cell phone pic. Anyways, I got a lot of things to work out. For now, it's able to be driven, and I have been driving it. The shop balanced the tires but I don't think they are right because it has a little bit of shimmy til about 55-60. As far as flex, bump stops will happen within the next week or two. I also need to clean the front fender trim up some, as it was a quick job just to get the tires on. Like I said, I got a lot of things to do before it's "right" in my mind. D35 probably won't like wheelin' those big tarz. Though I've done it before...
 

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4.5 clears the 35's pretty nice. maybe some coil spacers and shackles with your lift will also help it out a little bit.
on my girls cherokee i did the 4.5 with a shackle in the back and bushwacker flat flares and it clears 35's fine for flex and we didn't trim much.

ill be following curious to how it will all end up
 

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4.5 clears the 35's pretty nice. maybe some coil spacers and shackles with your lift will also help it out a little bit.
on my girls cherokee i did the 4.5 with a shackle in the back and bushwacker flat flares and it clears 35's fine for flex and we didn't trim much.

ill be following curious to how it will all end up
more lift would take away from being low..........:cool:
 
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