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busted-knuckles 11-16-2011 06:55 PM

The 92 Green Hornet
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Well this is my first forum that i have ever written....

I bought a 1992 jeep laredo for 600 bucks about 1 month ago.

It had a 2 inch lift when i got it. It was on stock control arms, which had bushings that were completly shot. I had to drive home about 30 miles doing no more then 35 or else the front axle would atchlly start teter-totering back and forth. The tire on each side would atchlly come off the ground, was rather scary.

I bought a set of upper and lower x-flex control arms from rough country. Since i was Shoping for upgrades, i went ahead and picked up 3 inch add a leafs, and 6 inch front coils. I went ahead and got an adj. Trak bar, and quick disconects.

The new control arms fixed the extreme death wobble.

I bought a used set of 33x12.5 tires.

For a little more power i went ahead and put in a flowmaster 40 serise muffler. I built my own air intake system, so i could run a 8inch cone filter. I was given a throttle body spacer.... I would never have bought it but i figured i would run it since it was free.

Since this is my first jeep i would love any input on good tips and tricks of making these awesome xj's even better wheelers.

This is what it looked like after i did the lift and trimmed off those stupid lower front parts of the fenders

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97kota 11-16-2011 07:11 PM

cool looking jeep!

busted-knuckles 11-16-2011 07:13 PM

Thx man. Its a work an progress.

busted-knuckles 11-16-2011 07:54 PM

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So i figured i would add some more about what i have done to the green beast. I went ahead and built a front bumper to hold my 9000k winch.

I used a 1/4" plate for the backing that has 4 3/4" bolts that bolt into a 1/4" piece of C channel that i welded inbetween the frame rails behind the front header panel below the grill. I ran gusset braces 8 inches back along the frame rail on the passanger side. And a flat plate brace on the drivers side.

After i had those mounting points in i decided to use both the side orginal bumper bolts that are in the frame and the steering box bolts.

I then carred that 1/4" plate into a flat piece to bolt the winch to. Then a front piece for the fairline mount. Then the rest is all tube work.

I used 1 1/2 inch tubing that was 3/16" wall and sleaved it with another 3/16" tube to strengthin it up.

When i was waiting for the rino line to dry on the front bumper i went ahead and added alittle bit of tube work to the back bumper, to just jazz it up some.

My next step is frame braces.

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busted-knuckles 11-16-2011 08:05 PM

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My jeep parked next to my pryer wheeler, my 1986 yota. Built those bumper too.

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Jarrett 11-16-2011 08:10 PM

Ha i've got a forest green 1992 laredo also. Nice work on the bumper

busted-knuckles 11-16-2011 09:35 PM

Thx jarett, and cool man whats urs looking like? U should post a pic.

Jarrett 11-16-2011 09:59 PM

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Sure. she's been on jackstands a lot lately but this is the last pic i took out of the garage. Would be twins if i had a stinger and black wheels haha

busted-knuckles 11-16-2011 11:35 PM

Jerett, did u change out the front clip to be the newer style? The brake lights look like the older style but u got the newer style marker lights... What size tire u running?

But nice jeep man!

Jarrett 11-17-2011 09:49 PM

Thanks bud. As for the front clip, the previous owner put a newer style front clip but it doesn't fit at all lol. I've had it for about 2 months and almost done with my checklist, replacing the front clip is next on the list. And that's a 33x12.5 15 pro comp mt.

busted-knuckles 11-18-2011 09:36 AM

Ya idk what it is with PO sometimes they just do the stupidest things. As for the tires they just look alot bigger then 33's i was thinking 35's. What lift u running? What you have on ur checklist?

Mines my daily driver so im doing my list on the weekends or late nights after work and school. Shes getting close to being reliable as my old yota.

busted-knuckles 11-18-2011 09:40 AM

So due to no work last night, i took the chance to replace my new rear drum shoes. Button up a few little things here and there. Put on a spot light on my bumper. And change out my thermostat to a 195.

I ordered a set of 703's a couple days ago and should be in hopefuly soon...

Im debating on a set of H4 conversion headlights.

Does anyone have any advice on those? I've read a couple of fourms on them, and im just wondering if anyone can give me there opion on wheather they are worth it or not?

busted-knuckles 11-19-2011 12:16 AM

So im now out looking for a 99+ 4.0 intake. Im thinking ebay is my best bet due to the lack of xj's in my local jy's. Anyone have tips? Ive heard the 99+ intakes make a big diffrence on the earlyer models, has anyone had problems with this swap?

Any info would be really cool thx.

busted-knuckles 11-20-2011 05:25 PM

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Well i decided to make up a flash light and fire extinguisher mounts under the rear seat. Worked out pretty well used velcro strips to hold them with self tappers holding the velcro to the metal under the seat.

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Both are reachable from the drivers seat too. Great for emergancys or a simple need of a light.

busted-knuckles 11-21-2011 12:46 PM

Well im sitting here in class and i have read a bunch of fourms about welding up the spiders in the rear axle. Im thinking ill probly do that tomorrow or this coming weekend. Should make wheelin in the snow up in mt. Vernon at walker vallley much easyer! Looking forward to being able to hit the same trails with ease as my buddies with there lunch box lockers. Hahaha were all equal pretty much in flex an ground clearence but they got tons of traction in comparison to me. Sucks having an open dif. Hahaha

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