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Old 02-04-2010, 04:57 PM
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I figured it was about time to start a build thread as this is my 1000 post! I sold my dads '83 blazer for $700 & picked this '89 XJ 2 door 4.0L 4x4 for $500!!! I don't have many before pics, cause it wasn't long tell I added the 3" RE kit on the already installed 2" teraflex BB! My plans are to fab as much of this jeep as possible hence the name, so stay tuned...

My list of upgrades are;
*build my sliders
*TJ rear fender flares all around (for now)
*detours backbone
*XRC8 winch
*build a "prerunner" tube bumper off of the backbone
*bed line the whole jeep/fix any rust; inside, outside, & undercarriage
*crystler 8.25 swap (unless i could find a D44)
*aussie lockers
*build a rear tube bumper with swing out tire carrier
*reinforce the unibody frame rails
*"hummer" chop mod w/button on soft top
*custom tail lights w/MJ tail gate!
*fab some tube fenders
*exo cage
(in order i hope to do this)
this list keeps getting longer & longer! lol

this is after the 3" lift, but before any mods.
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more pics/mods to come!

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Old 02-04-2010, 05:04 PM
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after 31x11.5x15 LTB swampers
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installed new lights, turn signal lenses, & cut bumper.
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home brewed cool air.
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Old 02-04-2010, 05:10 PM
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Mind if I add a couple pics of your XJ in action at little Moab bro?
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Bought time you did a build thread.
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Old 02-04-2010, 05:23 PM
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been testing the crap outta it! lol
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Let me know what ya'll think of it & any suggestions!?!? I'll keep this as up to date as possible...
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Old 02-04-2010, 05:24 PM
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Mind if I add a couple pics of your XJ in action at little Moab bro?
feel free to shoot them off!!! thanks
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Old 02-04-2010, 05:51 PM
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I also installed this to pull her down to moab!
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I wouldn't rely on these next two to do much more than pull a honda outta the snow!
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:12 PM
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Ryans rig in action.
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nice truck man!! cant wait to see some more mods soon! what do you have in mind as mods go for the future?
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nice truck man!! cant wait to see some more mods soon! what do you have in mind as mods go for the future?
He listed his future mod plans in his first post.
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:36 PM
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yep its all at the top! lol
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:43 PM
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Awesome build thread Ryan! Like djlarroc said its about time you out one up. I like the whole built not bough concept! It sounds like you got some pretty sweet mods in the works for the future. I wish I had the skills and tools to build my own stuff like that! I don't even have a garage lol Anyway good luck on everything I will be keeping an eye on this thread.
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:17 PM
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Who said anything bout a garage??? Lol I've done all this in my drive way! I plan on hitting it hard this spring into summer!
Thanks all
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oh ya cant forget about the quick disco mud flaps I made!
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wow, nice jeep!
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