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Old 08-20-2012, 10:14 PM
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Hey guys, new member here.
I've had my xj for about a year now and absolutely love it! it has been slow progress but she looks much better than when i got her. I only have $150 into everything you see so far (perks of knowing a salvage yard owner ). Anyhow, here's a before and after shot, as well as mod list and future plans!

Before:
BUD6770 xj build &lt;--noob-20111117130553.jpg


Now:
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Mods:
30" bfg all terrains
American racing wheels
Brush guard w/4 fogs
Yakima roof rack
Wig Wag strobe lights in factory ambers
Tinted %50
Vent shades
Shorty intake
Flowmaster 40 series
steekars

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2" budget booster
Home made winch style front and rear bumpers
Home made safari rack (mount and unmount from the yakima)
make some steel tail light guards
Home made skid plates

Before yall say anything, im set on the 2". im only doing mild wheeling and this is my DD.
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:37 AM
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Looks really clean! They are surprizingly capable vehicles in near stock form
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Old 08-21-2012, 12:39 PM
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She's got a few rust bubbles here and there, but thanks!
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next step should be to remove the purple "sport" sticker haha but other than that why a 2" budget build? you gonna do it and regret it, go 4.5 you wont be disappointed
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:07 PM
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I just don't want to mess with everything else that goes along with a 4.5, unless its not much... Idk
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Alright, so i did a little research on both the 2" and 3" lift kits and heres what i gathered. 2" is as simple as adding the coil spacers and rear shackles, boom, done. 3" has an AAL plus the shocks, coils, brake lines, etc... everything you need. My questions are, 1. it seems everyone thinks both the aal and the shackle will cause my leafs to sag shortly after install, if thats the case why do people buy it? 2. Im getting mixed opinions on whether a t case drop is necessary with the 3"..... Can anyone clear this up?
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Stay under 3." no new track bar, hopefully no transfercase lowering or lifting. dont really need new shocks. No extended brakelines, no new coils, no splitting apart the leaf springs to add a leaf which will sag faster than brand new leaf packs and ride terribly because add a leafs are stiff as hell. No trying to loosen the dreaded front leaf spring to frame bolts to get the shackles on.

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Trim the fenders and run 31s.
Pull off both sway bars and have fun



^^^ my old xj 2" teraflex budget kit. Shackles and coil spacers. 31" bfg mud terrains. Rubbed slightly before I trimmed.

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Well the reason I started to think maybe 3" is because my leafs sit straight, so I can get new leaves and all the hardware for around $350 plus the chat of a 2" lift.... Or for $55000 I can get all new leafs with a 3". Will going to a 3" really be that much trouble?
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Well the reason I started to think maybe 3" is because my leafs sit straight, so I can get new leaves and all the hardware for around $350 plus the chat of a 2" lift.... Or for $55000 I can get all new leafs with a 3". Will going to a 3" really be that much trouble?
$55000?!?!?! That lift kit must be solid gold and diamond studded!
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Hahaha whoops, stupid phone. $550.
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