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1997 Cherokee ( Project T-reXJ )

Old 11-01-2011, 04:44 PM
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Ive been doing alot to my jeep recently so i decided to start a build thread to track the progress and get some input/ feedback from you guys. i Started off with this 4L 4 door cherokee sport, with UpCountry package. Heres some pics of the things ive done so far.

this was what it looked like about a month before i started the transformation. I had taken off the body trim and fender flares.
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I lined the bottom of the body with Berliner for some added protection
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:53 PM
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I looked around at all kinds of bumpers from the big brand name companies and it was all out of my price range ATM, so my dad and I decided to just go ahead and build one. This is the progress in it so far.
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As the bumper was coming together I didn't dig the look of the open front crossmember in behind the bumper so I made a cover plate that bolts on to the crossmember brackets.
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Just found some pics of when i first got my xj back in april.



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Harley its coming great! I know you ain't seeing much love but this will come out great!
I don't see much love either lol!
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lol thanks alot man ! im glad someone is a tad bit interested haha. ill be sure to check out your threads !
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This came in the mail today >
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So I wanted to Re finish my rear bumper to make it all purdy and such. I went and took off the drivers side plastic bumper guard to find the body still in excellent condition and no rust ! I proceeded with the other side to find this :O looks like I'll be adding some body work to this months agenda lol
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Oh and I'm having trouble on figuring out how to actually take the rear bumper off. The mounts are in some really tight f***ed up places.. I have a 97 xj, can some one give me some advise on how to get it off ?
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Painting the door handles, mirrors, and wipers this afternoon. Looking good so far !
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Cut and fold with take care of that!
Don't even bother fixxing it..cut out the rust, cut & fold it and seal it up good..Silicon inside to match sure water stays out of course..
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nice man! im loving that bumper cant wait to see it finished
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Originally Posted by Kamaran View Post
Cut and fold with take care of that!
Don't even bother fixxing it..cut out the rust, cut & fold it and seal it up good..Silicon inside to match sure water stays out of course..
i would go that route if i was going to put the corners back on, buuut im going to making a rear bumper soon and the caps werent in the plans lol. i think ill cut the rust out and just weld in a peice of sheet metal. thanks for the idea though !
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nice man! im loving that bumper cant wait to see it finished
Thanks alot man ! i appreciate your interest, especially because i dont get much feedback on my thread :P its pretty lonely up in here haha.
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