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99' XJ; A slow and steady NW build.

Old 06-24-2011, 06:04 PM
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Default 99' XJ; A slow and steady NW build.

This will be a slow and steady build of my DD. I am currently in college and hold down a job as well, so it's most important to me to get through college in order to have a Career that will allow me to spend freely on good quality parts for my XJ. So without further a do, this is what I started with. I buy everything on my own and try and do everything on my own (or with a fellow Jeeper)

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1999 Jeep Cherokee SE
Dummy Gauges
Dana 30
Chrysler 8.25
NP-231 T-Case
AW4 Transmission


Picked up my XJ in McMinnville, OR. Only had 95,xxx miles.

These are initial shots of when I first brought my Jeep home:






Needless to say, it's very clean.

I started taking care of maintenance such as replacing the Idler Pulley, Serpentine Belt, Alternator, and oil change.

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Old 06-24-2011, 06:12 PM
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So when I first purchased the Jeep, I initially hated the stock wheels so I started scouring Craigslist. Soon enough, I found 4 Factory Jeep Ravine Wheels (15x8 5x4.5) for $125. Cruised on up to Newberg, OR and picked them up from a fellow Jeeper.


I snapped a pictured down at local park:


I now began looking to replace my tires because when I first bought my Jeep it had 3 Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armors and I think like a no-name knockoff. Again Craigslist came through for me and I found a pair of LT235/75/15 BFG T/A KOs for a price of $350. These tires had less than 500 miles on them so I just couldn't pass it up.


Also got around to doing an tune-up that consisted of quality OEM Mopar products:


And a build sheet I got from Jeep:

According to our records, your 1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport was equipped
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*B6 Vinyl High-Back Bucket Seats
-AZ Agate
AHT Trailer Tow Group
AJP Power Convenience Group
APAS Monotone Paint
ARUP SE Decor Group
AWS Smoker's Group
A20P 4.0L Engine(ERH)/4Sp Auto Trans(DGS
BASS 124 Amp Alternator
BCDS 500 Amp Maintenance Free Battery
BGAS Power Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes
CABP Bucket Seats
CBWP Highline Door Trim Panel
CDBS Reclining Front Seats
CFMS Rear Folding Seat
CGGS Traveling Inboard Seat Belt Buckle
CGWS Next Generation Front Air Bags**
CKAS Carpets - Floor and Cargo Area
CKNS Cargo Compartment Carpet
CKTS Cargo Tie Down Loops
CKXS Plastic Liftgate Trim Panel
CSRS Passenger Assist Handles
CSSS Illuminated Rear Assist Handles
CUFS Full Length Floor Console
CUXP Front & Rear Ash Trays
DGB All 4-Speed Automatic Transmissions
DGSS 4-Speed Automatic AW4 Transmission
DHAP Lock-Up Torque Converter
DHNS Command-Trac Part Time 4WD System
DHSP Floor Mount Automatic Shift Lever
DJHS Dana M30/181MM Front Axle
DMDP 3.55 Rear Axle Ratio
DRAS Corporate 8.25 Rear Axle
EAAC All Engines
ERH 4.0L I6 Power Tech Engine
GBBS Tinted Windshield Glass
GCBS Front Door Tinted Glass
GEDS Tinted Rr Drs/Qtr/Liftgate Glass
GFAS Rear Window Defroster
GNAS Rear View Day/Night Mirror
GTZP Manual Remote Mirrors
GVBC All Vehicles W/Power Mirrors
HAAP Air Conditioning
HGDS Deluxe Insulation Group
JAZP Analog Instrument Cluster
JBFP Instrument Panel Black Bezel
JCDS 100 MPH Primary Speedometer
JHAS Var Intermittent Windshield Wipers
JHBP Rear Window Wiper/Washer
JJAP Cigar Lighter
JJBS Dual Note Electric Horns
JJJS 12V Auxiliary Power Outlet
JPAP Power Windows
JPBP Power Locks
KDPS STRIPE/BADGE/MOLDING COLOR
KGPS STRIPE/BADGE/MOLDING/COLOR
KRPS STRIPE/BADGE/MOLDING COLOR
KTPS STRIPE/BADGE/MOLDING/COLOR
KYPP STRIPE/BADGE/MOLDING/COLOR
K3ZS STRIPE/BADGE/MOLDING/COLOR
LAJS Headlamps On Warning Chimes
LCKS Front Dome Lamp
LMAS Halogen Headlamps
LPSS CHMSL Lamp
MBJP Black Front Bumper
MBKP Black Front Bumper End Caps
MBNP Black Rear Bumper
MBSP Black Rear Bumper End Caps
MCAS Front Bumper Guards
MDA Front License Plate Bracket
MFAP Black Headlamp Bezels
MFFP Black Grille
MHAS Black Windshield Moldings
MMCS Upper Door Frame Moldings
MMGS Belt Moldings
MMKS Body Color Drip Trough Molding
MNAS Black Door Handles
MNJP Black License Plate Brow
MUKS MOPAR Chrome Bodyside Molding
NAA Federal Emissions
NBKS EVAP Control System
NFAS 20 Gallon Fuel Tank
NHBP Auxiliary Transmission Oil Cooler
NHM Speed Control
NMCP Heavy Duty Engine Cooling
PW1 Stone White Clear Coat
QW1S Stone White C/C
RAAC All Radio Equipped Vehicles
RALP AM/FM Radio
RCBP 2 Speakers
RDDP Fixed Long Mast Antenna
SBAS Power Rack and Pinion Steering
SCG Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
SDAS Normal Duty Suspension
SHAS Front Stabilizer Bar
SHCS Front and Rear Stabilizer Bars
SUA Tilt Steering Column
TBB Full Size Spare Tire
TBLS Inside Mounted Spare Tire
TM6P P215/75R15 BSW Wrangler AP Tires
TZAP Goodyear Brand Tires
WJDP 15X7.0 Styled Steel Wheels
WKBP Matching Spare Wheel
WLYC All Steel Wheels
XCYS Delete Remote Start System
XJFS Tethered Fuel Filler Cap
XPFS Protective Coating and Remover
YAAS Build To U.S. Mkt. Specifications
ZFJP Spring - Left Front
ZFUP Spring - Left Rear
ZUHP Spring - Right Front
ZUUP Spring - Right Rear
Z5BS Payload Rating - 1800#
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Snapped a few photos with the new BFGs:




Did some cleaning because I got bored:

New


Scored a set of Quadratec Front Floor Mats:


These things are very deep and they really couldn't fit any better. If you are in the market for floor mats, I would definitely be suggest picking up a pair of these. Awesome product.
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I now decided to dive into doing more maintenance so I figured I would change my Transmission & Differential Oil. Welp, Solid was running a killer deal on their Differential cover so I pulled the trigger on a Dana 30 & Chrysler 8.25 covers. I also suggest buying LubeLockers as well if your changing your Differential Covers.

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Painted:


Snapped some more pictures:
Gave it a pretty good washing today. Snap a few pics as well... I love my Jeep

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I now finally ventured off into the Woods for the first time and had a blast up at Browns Camp in Tillamook State Forest.


My friends 2 Door XJ and I.


Side-trail off of #6 Browns Powerline.

Coming onto #6 Browns Powerline from a side-trail.





Hit 100,000 afterwards:


I always noticed the cruddy stock headlights that came with my Jeep, so I went all in and did the H4 Conversion:







IMO, pictures do not do justice. A WORLDS difference.
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FINALLY got around to installing my Solid Differential Covers...
Dana 30 & Chrysler 8.25 Solid Differential Covers:



Almost as soon as they went on I started getting a gnarly grinding sound when I would go over the slightest bump. The track-bar would rub up against the Solid Differential cover. Got real annoying so I decided to grind away:

I touched up the paint as well.

Picked up C4x4 Front Tow Hook Brackets & Hooks. I already have a rear recovery point with a Warn 2" Receiver Shackle.
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Cleanest looking xj i have seen in a long time! you have a great slate to start your build with! i have almost the exact jeep as you! bought mine last year. a white 99 SE 4x4 like yours but i do not have power windows or locks. just power mirrors. and mine is the 5 speed manual. If you want to get the tachometer and get rid of the dummy gauges you can buy a full gauge cluster off eBay or something. i found one for $40 and just installed it today and it was the easiest install ever!
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that is a real nice clean looking xj.
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Cleanest looking xj i have seen in a long time! you have a great slate to start your build with! i have almost the exact jeep as you! bought mine last year. a white 99 SE 4x4 like yours but i do not have power windows or locks. just power mirrors. and mine is the 5 speed manual. If you want to get the tachometer and get rid of the dummy gauges you can buy a full gauge cluster off eBay or something. i found one for $40 and just installed it today and it was the easiest install ever!
Thanks man for the kind words. Ahh 5 speed. I only wished mine came with a 5 speed. I kind of dig the Dummy Gauges only because that's what makes it different, as well as an SE Model. A normal Tachometer would be nice but i'm not sweating it right now.

that is a real nice clean looking xj.
Thanks Jake. I've seen your build on JF. I think you should've kept that ARB Bull Bar ... even though it does weigh quite a hefty bit.
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Looks nice, man go ducks btw
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Looks nice, man go ducks btw
Thanks man. I'm trying to keep this Jeep as clean/capable as possible. Go Ducks!
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Welp, luck has finally struck. I was in attendance at the 2nd annual "Don't Fear the Jeeper" event presented by Dick Hannah, and happen to put 12 doll-hairs worth of raffle ticket into the Bushwacker prize box. My number was called for a sweet pair of Bushwacker Flat Fender Flares for a 2-Door JK. I was so stoked to find I had won! I want to say thanks to Don't Fear the Jeeper for putting on an awesome event, as well Bushwacker.



Well the fun doesn't stop there because I've been slowly saving towards a good quality lift, and with the addition of winning those bushwacker (which I plan on re-selling) I can now pull the trigger on some of the best suspension components out there.

Part#: ARB8402

All Medium-Duty suspension components, as well as an OME Steering Stabilizer. I order from 4WD.com mainly because I got 5% off my suspension as well as free shipping! So, out the door I payed $951 for a complete OME Suspension, OME Steering Stabilizer. A deal I couldn't really passed up or else I would've sent my business towards JeepinOutfitters or DPGOffroad.

OME Lift will delivered Tuesday so i'll be constantly spraying PB Blaster on suspension bolts and hopefully have it knocked out here soon. So pumped!.

I now officially name my build as "Slowly going down under", mainly because I aim to use ARB Products only.
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OME Kit should be in tomorrow (8/9/11).
In the meantime, here are some more pictures from DFTJ 2:


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Okay so we finally got the OME lift done. All in all, it took us about 8 hours. Nikson did a lot of the work so a lot of credit goes to him, but I also wrenched on it and learned a lot of the suspension and simplicity of wrenching itself. The only thing we got hung up on was the passenger rear shock bolts & The T-Case drop. For the passenger rear shock bolts we had to drill and tap. For the T-Case drop we did the double nut trick in order to get the bolt out. All I really have to do now is get an alignment and i'm good to go! Night and Days difference with the new OME Suspension. I luckily got no vibes (T-Case drop) so looks like i'm good to go! Picture time:











So, plan of attack now is:
-JKS Quick Discos (2"-3.5")
-Skid Plates (Front, T-Case, Gas Tank)
-DRIVE IT!

Big thanks to Nikson again!

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