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Old 04-11-2010, 10:26 AM
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Hi, my name is jon. i never properly introduced myself to this forum. I'm 18 and i just bought a 96 xj sport 5 speed as a DD. perfect running condition, minimal rust, no leaks of anykind, 3rd owner, first owner garage kept untill 09, my best friend bought it from him and sold it to me 8 months later. only 167k miles on it, which i dont think is to bad.

i plan on giveing it a 4.5 inch RC lift custom. rubricon rear leafs and im trying to get an idea for good shocks. alot of people say that RC shocks arnt that great but im going to see for myself if i like them or not before i spend the money for new ones.

if anyone wants rear AALs im putting them on craigslist soon

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i started spraying down bolts with PB blaster today, in about a week or so i hope to have this lifted and ready to go. (:

im new to jeeps and will probably ask a million and one questions about everything and anything there is to know.
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:21 PM
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In the meantime of finding smaller things to do while i try to find a day to install my lift kit, i managed to reinstall new pedals and stick shift ****.
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P.O had put in 4x7 sony explodes in the rear 51/4 sound bar, it sounded terrible. the speaker was sitting on the edge of the cutt out and it buzzed at low volume.
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i removed the sound bar and put in 51/4 kenwoods i had from my previous jeep. while the sound bar was down i re-headlined it with diffrent color material. gana do my 10" sub box this color to so it atleast matches something.
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Old 04-20-2010, 12:13 AM
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hello sir you have excellent automobile but may i ask one question

what is rear leafs
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He is talking about the springs in the rear. They are called leaf springs.
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:55 AM
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finished my sound bar and hooked it up. but now im left with 4x7s that are just layin around.. tryed to put them in the rear hatch but there is no wireing, tryed to rewire and couldnt figure it out.
anyone have any suggestions?

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couldnt really get a better angle on the sound bar, my camra sucks.

edit: dont mind the boat in the back, my jeep doesnt tow it (:
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hello sir you have excellent automobile but may i ask one question

what is rear leafs
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He is talking about the springs in the rear. They are called leaf springs.
thanks you sir like i said you have excellent automobile i have jealousy for it
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:10 PM
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started my 4.5 inch rc lift today my first lift gave me a bit more work then i expected (: 6 hours into it and the fronts almost done. mostly what i expected in terms of time

when the shocks were off, not all that interesting but i thought i could add them in (:
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getting the control arms off the bolt on the upper mount passenger side siezed. PITA to get off, tryed torching it and cutting it and i havent had success with eather before i called it quitz to go inside and eat somethin.
will update tomarrow.
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I had the same problem with the upper control arms, I ended up just cutting them of with a sawzall. after I cut the nut off, I just tapped the bolt out the other side.
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:43 PM
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I had the same problem with the upper control arms, I ended up just cutting them of with a sawzall. after I cut the nut off, I just tapped the bolt out the other side.
it was the opposite with mine, the nut came right off but the bolt was stuck on there got it off finaly tho, 4-5 hours later and a REALLY BFH and my foot. i ended up cutting the head off with an angle grinder and slotting the shoulder untill it was almost round and just beat it out. now the fonts done except the track bar mount relocation and i started on the T-case drop which didnt turn out as easy as it looked. the stud wont come off with a jam nut, instead they both just turn.. gata find something new in the morning.
total time: 20 hours flat
biggest waste of time: 4-5 hours, passenger side control arm(you can even see it hanging there in one of the pics)

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oh I got ya! yeah that must have been a PITA lol! I used a pipe wrench to get my studs out, its messes up the threads but your not going to use them anymore.
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newest update: the front is done, the transfercase is droped. i started the back, which i think im supposed to do b4 the T-case drop, but what do i know its my first lift.
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so i broke 3 top shock bolts and the 4th one wont break or come out. with the way my hands are hurting i wish it just broke.
got one shock out and the others still in there. ran into a bigger problem, i thought i might be able to get a better angle with the tire off. tryed to take the tire off and some dumb S*** tightened the lugs with im just guessing at about 300 pounds of torque with an inpact gun. i sheared the head off the lug tool and now im stuck and have no clue what to do.
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:05 PM
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breaker bar and a heavy socket (like blue point or snap on i have never had one of my tools brake from them)
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finaly broke the lugs. me n my dad drilled out the center of the lugs and studs to make em weaker 2 came out with a grinder and 1 was just beat off with a cold chisel. got the other 2 off with another X-lugtool and some 2 foot long cheater pipes. one pushed and one pulled and when they broke free a cloud of smoke about a foot high just apeared from nowhere.
so lugs are off. started workin on getting the leafs out. got both front bolts out and one back bolt. havent droped the leafs out yet but working on it.
its really S**** day outside so i took this time to spray my drum brakes black. it looks better then rust ill get around to spraying my callapers when im done with the lift.
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Nice ride. U dont see to many stickshifts in the xj. Good progress, keep em coming.
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Old 04-25-2010, 12:07 PM
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Very nice. I also have 96 xj and am looking to do about the same lift except I will be adding it to a existing 2in lift. What tires are you planning on running when you're done?
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