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2000 XJ: Part Two

Old 04-12-2013, 05:08 PM
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So my first build is sitting out back rusting in pieces after the transmission went. Before that happened I was planning on fixing the rotting floors, but decided against it when things started adding up.

So long......https://www.cherokeeforum.com/f46/fi...p-build-29801/
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So last summer I went looking for a replacement and found another silver 2000 XJ to replace my silver 2000 XJ, it just kinda worked out that way.

Anyway...no shots of it stock, but we all know what they look like.

I swapped over a bunch of parts, cut the fenders, gave it a coat of bed liner....and basically ended up with a clone......

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Mods:
Body:
- cut fenders and Bushwacker flares
- spray on bed liner
- custom rear bumper w/ swing out tire carrier
- stock front skid plate
- Rustys transfer case skid
- front D-ring brackets
- homemade diamond plate lower quarter panel armor

Suspension:
- 3 inch BDS lift
- ZJ tie-rod assembly
- BDS shocks and steering stabilizer
- TJ sway bar links
- Rubicon Express adjustable track bar
- removed rear sway bar

Interior:
- replaced the headliner
- overhead console

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Old 04-12-2013, 05:12 PM
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A couple interior shots:

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School and work take up a lot of my time right now, but more work and pics are in the near future.
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:19 PM
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Got a little more work done this past weekend. I gave it a fresh coat of bed liner, plasti-dipped the bushwackers, swapped the bumper over from the old XJ, and made some quarter panel armor from some diamond plate I had from an old project.



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Installed the cruse control from the parts Jeep today!

I disconnected the battery and let the car sit for 30 minutes before playing with the airbags. A T15 screw holds each switch cover in place and two 10mm (I think) bolts hold the airbag on. Once those are off you can see the nut retaining the wheel and the clockspring:


Picked up a steering wheel puller and pulled the steering wheel. Then you loosen the two screws holding the trim on the steering column just enough to be able to wiggle out the old clockspring. Be sure not to let the sprint turn at all while handling it.

Out with the old:


In with the new:


Put everything back together in reverse order and:


As for under the hood, that's self explanatory....unhook the cable from the TB and remove the three screw holding the solenoid on the inner fender. Disconnect the wires and install in revers order. My new XJ had the proper holes in the fender and wire connector...just plug-and-play!
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Replaced the Pro Comp track bar bracket with an adjustable one from RE...wow, what a difference! Bump steer is almost non existent now.

Out with the old:

In with the new:
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Started my next project. My rear speakers, even though they are Boston Acoustic components, sound like crap. So....I am going to play around with sealing the sound bar. I have not seen much on the subject so I am going in blind.

My fist experience with fiberglass yielded the sub box seen above. Turned out well so my confidence is high.


I started out with the stock sound bar (its a 2000, so its molded into the head liner)


And some spacer mounts I had lying around for clearance and a little volume.


Glued them in place and added some fleece.



Heading out there now to put on a resin coat and a layer of fiberglass before working on the backside.
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