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Old 07-26-2014, 08:57 AM
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Default Dave's Gunmetal Pearl 99 Build

Maybe ill keep this thing long enough to constitue an actual build thread. Its been a year since ive had an XJ...and ive damn sure missed it.

As always, a run through of my Jeep history:

First ever Jeep, bought in late 2009, 88XJ:
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Went though a couple different lift setups, and did a paint job...when I sold the 88 this is what it looked like:
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Sold the 88 and bought this: 98 XJ:
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Spent a few bucks on tires/wheels and a 4.5" RE SuperFlex. Looked like this when I traded it off:


Traded that black XJ for this and got rid of it fairly quick:
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Sold the Yota, and got this (bought it cheap with front end damage) 2000 XJ:
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After lots of blood, sweat, beer, and other miscellaneous necessities I ended with this:
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Infamous picture:
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Ended up thinking I wanted a wrangler, so traded the silver XJ for this 97 TJ:
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Found out quick I didnt want a Wrangler for lack of room, so the TJ got sold, and I picked up this gem. 98 2 door:
When I brought it home:


Lowered it and went with some Mickey 33s:
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Ended up selling the 2 door to fund my wedding in September of 2013. I went jeepless until late NOV 2013 when I decided to buy a 99 WJ:
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Concluded it was going to be a bit too much work for me to get the WJ to stage 1 of my build plans...so started looking for anything that I could trade for. Picked up this 1991 YJ:
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Wheeled the YJ one time, and ended with failure, eventually recovered from this though:
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And here we are...traded the YJ on 7/25/14 for this 1999 XJ Gun-Metal Pearl:


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XJ current specs:
99 with a motor supposedly from a ZJ with 120k
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D30/29 spline 8.25 3.55s im guessing
6" RC Lift (Adjustable uppers and lowers with LCA drops, leafs + shackles, el cheapo shocks)
33" Procomp Extreme MTs (70% left)
Hanson??? Winch bumper
Clean interior, brand new rockford fosgate speakers all around, new kenwood head unit
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Wow you've had a lot of jeeps. The 2 door is by far my favorite though. Shame you had to sell it.
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Originally Posted by FreddyD'Apice View Post
Wow you've had a lot of jeeps. The 2 door is by far my favorite though. Shame you had to sell it.
This one may be my favorite
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looks great, got amy plans to change up the suspension?
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Yep...by fall I should have the money to.buy:
RE 5.5 coils
RE 3.5 leafs
RE boomerang shackles
RE double sheer TB and.bracket
And either RE mono tube shocks. ...or bilsteins
Illl be selling the current RC setup
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I was really looking forward to you building a wj. Thanks for the disappointment.
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I was really looking forward to you building a wj. Thanks for the disappointment.

Just so much to them...and I lost interest quick lol
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Ya I found one built with a Clayton 6.5" L.A. kit on 35s with a dead motor for 4500 before I bought my xj the wife wasn't having it. Are you gonna 3 link this one?
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Ya I found one built with a Clayton 6.5" L.A. kit on 35s with a dead motor for 4500 before I bought my xj the wife wasn't having it. Are you gonna 3 link this one?

Pending my budget holds up, yes.
Gonna be pulling EVERYTHING off this and selling...then going with RE 5.5 coils, RE 3.5 leafs a small shackle, bilstein 5100s, and the same 3 link that silver had.
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That XJ looks very familiar. Oh wait....

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I'm looking forward to seeing what you do to it!
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I have to skip to end of your builds to make sure its not sold before I read them haha. JK
Thats a good looking rig. RE 5.5 sits perfect for either 33s or 35s IMO.

Have you thought about some shackle relocators they make a world of difference.
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Nice build or builds for that matter. I've been debating on trading or selling my xj to pick up a wrangler TJ, but I do love the XJ because of all the room it has. Allows me to camp and sleep in the back. Was the TJ really that bad?
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Nice build or builds for that matter. I've been debating on trading or selling my xj to pick up a wrangler TJ, but I do love the XJ because of all the room it has. Allows me to camp and sleep in the back. Was the TJ really that bad?

Not TERRIBLE...it was definately a cool ride, and was pretty capable even with just a 2" boost and 33s...
But the short wheel base, lack of cargo room really was a turn off.
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