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I have put off starting this writeup for some time now.

My XJ is a 1996. It's never been in a major accident, never had a engine, transmission, or any kind of rebuild. As of this original post, Nov 9 2017, she has just over 192,500 miles.

This Jeep has a special place in my heart. My aunt bought her knew in 1996. Some of my earliest memories are of riding in this Jeep to the St. Louis zoo, sharing the backseat with my brother and a fat Labrador.

In 2006 my aunt went through a knee surgery and could no longer operate the clutch. My dad traded her the Pontiac I had been driving for this Jeep.



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In 2010 I joined the Seabees, and upon receiving my first duty in San Diego, I was in need of wheels. My dad, having used this Jeep to haul tile, decided it was time to pass it on. Since then she has been mine. I've done little things here and there, but it wasn't until the birth of my son that I decided it needed a few upgrades before he learns to drive on it.

I'll be coming back to edit this post with an upgrade list, and I will strikethrough items as I finish them.

The To-Do List

Powertrain
Headers
Downpipe
DIY Cowl Intake
31x10.5R15 Tires
Magnaflow 49-State Cat
Dynomax Cat-Back
Rugged Ridge 15x8.5 D-window wheels
Spectre Intake Manifold adapter
Spectre Lightweight Diff Covers
G-Plus Silicone Radiator Hoses
SickSpeed Silicone Cooling hoses
Radiator
AFE CAI Replaced with K&N Universal Filter and Microguard

Steering
Energy Suspension Master Kit - Partially installed
Ball Joints -being acquired soon
U-joints
Passenger Side steering Knuckle repair/replace

Suspension
Teraflex 2" puck spacers
Daystar Extended Front Bump Stops
Rocky Road Outfitters (Old Man Emu/Doetsch Tech) 3" Budget Lift
Daystar Extended Rear Bump Stops
Rocky Road 2" Budget Lift
Longer U-Bolts

Exterior
Windows Re-tint
Fix radio - new antenna
Fix rear wiper water hose
Paint - Rustolem gloss Deep Blue
Custom Fab Stubby hitch front bumper
Rallyarmor Mudflaps
Rock Guards on front headlights
97-01 Fender Flares
97-01 Rear Bumper End Caps
97-01 Front End Conversion
Cree LED Headlights
Smoke Marker and turn signals
Chinese Cherokee Taillights

Interior
Radio Upgrade
Repaint interior trim
Rear cargo area / Seat-back diamond plate
Secondary Fuse Block(pos) and Bus Bar(neg)
Accessory Switches
Under Dash light for fuse panel
Better clock -scavenged from Lancer Evo VIII
USB/ 12V power plugs
Hurst Pistol grip 4wd shifter
CB Radio - Purchased
Recaro Shift Boot
Hurst T handle Chrome Shift ****
Mopar Jeep OEM Cupholder
Reupolster Headliner

Miscellaneous
Under-hood work lights
Dual batteries
Quick disconnect winch cables
Full size spare

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So this is probably the earliest set of pics I have. Aunt was a smoker so the headliner was falling down. I ripped out the old one and paid the local shop to reupolster it back to OEM grey.




Bare ceiling

At the shop getting reupholstered



Arroyo Bros. Upholstery, National City, CA

The finished product



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235/75R15 Spare fits perfectly





Dynapro Cat-Back Exhaust
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Getting ready to change the diff covers and install the OEM front skid plate




Spectre Chromed diffs installed and OEM front skid plate bolted up.

Special Thanks to Hard Rock 4x4 in San Ysidro for the OEM Front skid
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Rugged Ridge D Window wheels



A better shot of the Rugged Ridge D-window wheels. These are 15x8 and 235/29in tires



Gas hood lift conversion


Another shot of the gas lift

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Just a cool Pic I took at night in a parking garage




This is probably the last picture I took of her before I started pumping her full of parts. At this point the only thing I had done was replace the wheels and put on the cold air intake. That's what the stock suspension on a 4x4 looks like when it's absolutely beat to **** and has no life left in it. It even had Monroe load leveling shocks in the rear and it was still sagging that low.

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eBay 7x6 15 bulb Cree LED headlights (low beam)




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Red LED backlight conversion





Previous AFE CAI. Current K&N Universal filter and Filterwears Microguard
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G-Plus eBay Silicone radiator hoses




Changing out the radiator, hoses, and heater core valve




G-Plus Silicone Radiator Hoses and Sickspeed cooling/heater core hoses

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Getting ready to install the rocky road lift




Doestch Tech shocks and Old Man Emu coils/leafs




Ran outta time on the install so rear leafs didnt make it on yet.
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Hurst Universal shift **** is installed, but waiting on the shift Boot and adapter




Shift boot showed up today, but I have to say it's a little short. Guess that's what I get for getting something that's Universal for Hondas

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Had an idea for a while now to install maintenance lights on the underbody. To clarify these aren't rock lights, they are going to be mounted aimed at major components.

I picked 10 up on eBay for $30 with free shipping.








I am updating this
I am still going to do this, but I am probably going to add some more lights to the plan.
Interior:
1x under drivers side dash, on switch, for use when changing fuses.
2x overhead in cargo area
2x led strips, under dash on each side, wired to door buzzer

Exterior:
1x engine compartment above mounted on hood, on switch
2x sides of engine compartment, on switch
2x underbody along flyweel, on switch
1x underbody beneath rear seat, facing gas tank and rear diff, on switch

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Oh wow that's a great idea!! Might have to steal that
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