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Old 03-12-2011, 12:03 AM   #1
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Well I finally gathered a few photos and figured I should post up my build. The name Fire Chief came easy...for years my first XJ was called 'The Chief' (naturally) but that XJ sadly had to come to an end. I started my search for another heep and found this one, it was a red '98 and just so happens to actually be an Ex-fire department truck... so right away it was dubbed The Fire Chief! You can still see the paint fade from the badges and the 9-1-1 stickers if the sunlight hits it right.

Anyways, onto the build!



Here it is stock when I bought it. Just waiting to become what it always has wanted to be...at least that's the way I look at it...
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Then I purchased this XJ with a blown motor for the RE 4.5" lift it had in it.
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Working on finishing the lift and trimming the fenders out a bit, while also trying to finish the garage.
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Zzzzzing
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4.5" and 33" BFG MT's, also added some front hooks.Click the image to open in full size.

This hole turned out to be a nightmare! (and the flares and bumper caps slowly got torn off one by one)
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Flex shot. Disconnects in the front, deleted swaybar in rear.
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Testing out the new intake...
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Said intake pictured here, along with the new Air horns
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Put on some 33x12.5 Super Swamper radials, and started making the switchover to pre-'97 fender flares. The '97+ flares get ripped off SO easily...
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Picked up a used Rugged Ridge steering setup for free, just needed to buy new ends for it. Here it is compared to stock
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My buddy workin' on the steering install
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Put in a freebie Cobra CB, does the job...most of the time.
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Im 6'2 and wanted my seat to be a bit lower, so I cut down and welded the seat brackets. I cut out about 1 5/8"
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You can see the difference in height, both seats are fully upright.
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Then the time finally came to mount up a winch bumper, made up some brackets and getting them all tacked in place here. Oh yea, and I bought another set of 33" BFG's and sold the swampers.
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All mounted up with my new 'Motomaster' 8500lb'er. We'll see how it lasts, used it once and it worked great. Couldn't say no to the price...
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Went out snow wheelin' the day after we got the winch mounted up...came in handy!
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And theeeeeen.....I just picked this XJ up. Written off from a rear ender, lots of goodies on it. Time to give the Firechief a few gifts
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Sanded and painted my rockers and "frame" rails etc today in prep for the Warn slider install.
Mid-spraying shot
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Done, now to clean up the sliders.
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Sanded and scraped
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All sprayed up with a textured Krylon
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And that pretty much brings the build up to date, I'll be swapping a few goodies over from the new parts rig as time permits... Thanks for looking!!


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Old 03-12-2011, 04:02 AM   #2
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sweet keep it up like what ur doing cant w8 to see whats next
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thats looks awesome man congrats!!!
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Thanks guys! Hopefully get some time to put the sliders on today...finished painting them yesterday. Alot of work involved! Gotta pull the interior to bolt them in through the floor...
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looks awesome!
r u sellin anyting off the other xj?
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Just wondering, not to hijack or anything, what air horns are those? Are they worth it? Also, how hard to install?
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awesome pics reminds me of the olds days
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looks awesome!
r u sellin anyting off the other xj?
Thanks! and Yea I plan to part it out

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Just wondering, not to hijack or anything, what air horns are those? Are they worth it? Also, how hard to install?
I got them at PrincessAuto, cant remember the name...ill have a look when i get the chance. Install wasnt too bad, just wired them in with the relay and fuse the kit came with. It was worth it, people get a laugh out of it and it has a little more authority than the stock horn

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Thanks man, not in the XJ game anymore?
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Finally got the Warn sliders installed...what a b*tch. 30 bolts per side, had to pull the interior/carpet to bolt them through the floor...Oh well, was worth it!

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how does that intake work? i was thinkin of doin the same kind of set up
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Thanks! and Yea I plan to part it out

I got them at PrincessAuto, cant remember the name...ill have a look when i get the chance. Install wasnt too bad, just wired them in with the relay and fuse the kit came with. It was worth it, people get a laugh out of it and it has a little more authority than the stock horn

Thanks man, not in the XJ game anymore?
Did you cut the stock horns off and just wire em in or do it a different way?
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Works good! Definitely let's the motor breath better and you can hear it pretty good too.



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I just wired it to a button type switch that I mounted on the dash, the horn kit came with the relays, horns and the lil compressor
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Great Idea on the seat bracket. I have the same problem being 6'2" also... Could you make another set? Ever thought about selling something like this?
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Being a fireman I like the Fire Chief, way to build it!!!!
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Btw.... If you do part out the other jeep, how is the rear liftgate?? I really need a new one..
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