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1BeastXJ Under construction

Old 04-16-2017, 11:13 AM
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Year: 2000 Sport
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First things first a little history of how it all began. I bought this 2000 XJ from a good friend with the intention to wheel the **** out of it while also using it as a daily driver.

So thats what I did until one day while wheeling over sand dunes at South Padre Island one friend accidentally rearended the XJ with his Comanche. I went over a tall sand dune and got stuck on the other side. My friend could not see I was stuck on the other side because I didn't have a wheeling flag. So he followed the same path and you can imagine how it happened. It didnt seem like a big deal but it was actually scary because he almost ran over me while I tried to signal him to stop, thank God that wasnt the case.

The hatch on the cherokee got damaged pretty bad but luckily the glass survived. While the damage gave the Cherokee its unique character water and sand were finding their way into the cabin. I began looking and found a replacement hatch with no glass for $100.

Boy if I only knew the extensive amount of work I was gonna put into this XJ. What was gonna be a simple repair turned out to a complete paintjob and restomod project.

About her name. I named her 1BeastXJ for many reasons. One is because its unique thats what the ''1'' stands for. ''Beast'' describes her attitude, and mostly because she has been to hell and back. For me ''XJ'' stands for Xtreme Jeep and XJs in my opinion are the best looking Jeeps out there. I thought about beastmode but you see that everywhere.
Her abuse. when I would go offroading or mudding she survived very aggressive abuse. I remember having the pedal to the metal and doing donuts and eight figures on some slippery muddy-sand literally for more than 5 minutes straight until I saw steem coming out of the hood. I opened the hood but never shut her off because I feared she would thow up all the water. Eventually she cooled her *** down on her own. She has sucked water into the intake multiple times already luckily I havent bent no rods yet. If you look at the pics my tires are street radials but that didnt stop me from having fun in some deep scary mud where others wouldn't dare to. Yes I got stuck many times but at the end getting stuck to the ***** multiplies the fun by 100 atleast thats what I think. Breaking parts is part of the equation too. Anyways I hope to make many friends here to go offroading with and share our passion for the XJ. I'd love to go to the Glamis sand dunes and Moab one day.

In this thread I will document and share with you the construction of ''1BeastXJ'' Enjoy!
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Size:  186.8 KB This is how she sat when I bought it. She was super clean!
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Within a couple of months and after a few bolt on accessories of my taste this is how she looked.
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This is were the accident happen. Notice we didnt have wheeling flags; lesson learned.
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Her first battle scar. Notice how close the glass was from the impact.
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