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Old 10-15-2012, 12:16 PM
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Well ever since my father started riding with me in my xj he has gotten the bug. So recently he purchased a 99 4dr sport with the intent to build it up to be a trail rig. Plan to be doing the suspension and drivetrain buildup over the winter and take it out on a shake down run in the spring.


I will say its good to finally find a common ground to connect with my father on a higher level. Even if it took all the way into my late twenties lol. Hes not much of a computer person so i plan to just document the build here for those interested.

When we brought it home
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:11 AM
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We got the rear 1/4 panels cut and folded.
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Got the front fenders cut out
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I threw in new headunit and 6 1/2" speakers all the way around. Crutchfield is the **** for free installation gear
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Installed a trans cooler and changed the trans fluid as well.
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:23 AM
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Did a full tune up and changed trans fluid and filter. Plan to start working on pulling the transfer case to install the sye sometime next week.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:32 PM
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Great start, what are your plans for this build?
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That thing is CLEAN
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Glad you and your Dad found something in common. Congrats! Twisting wrenches and cutting metal bring a lot of fathers and sons together. Subscribed.
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Originally Posted by letsgomuddin View Post
Great start, what are your plans for this build?
8" Longarms,
4.88s
Detroit Rear
Electric Selectable Front
Steel Bumpers front and rear
Tires are kinda still up in the air, he cant decide what he wants to run.

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That thing is CLEAN
Yeah hes got it shined up pretty good.

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Yes took till i was in my late twenties to find something we both truly liked. He has helped wrench on mine some and the last two trips that he went with me got him hooked. Its good bonding time and i hope to do same with my kids when they get older.
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Originally Posted by MuscleHead View Post
8" Longarms,
4.88s
Detroit Rear
Electric Selectable Front
Steel Bumpers front and rear
Tires are kinda still up in the air, he cant decide what he wants to run.
Why going so tall?

I guess it is largely an opinion thing, and I've just always been a low-cog kind of guy, but either way - this one looks like it'll be good! Sub'd.
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Loving this as I posted in ur other build thread just got a new xj an my dad n I are gunna build that one as well my dad n I don't open up til my twenties when I joined the military but keeping has always been a father son thing for us... But congrats on reconnecting!
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Subscribed!!!!!
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What speakers did you use? I want 6 1/2" speakers but heard some need you to modify the door panel.

Kudos for wrenching with your pops. Been helping my dad since I was a kid. Great times.
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this is always nice to see. I can say buying my brother a xj and talking my dad into getting his has allowed us to bond alot more
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Originally Posted by arorton View Post
Why going so tall?

I guess it is largely an opinion thing, and I've just always been a low-cog kind of guy, but either way - this one looks like it'll be good! Sub'd.
To clear larger obstacles and tires.Low cog wont get you anywhere around here especially in an xj.

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What speakers did you use? I want 6 1/2" speakers but heard some need you to modify the door panel.
Kudos for wrenching with your pops. Been helping my dad since I was a kid. Great times.
Pioneer not sure on the model number but its the cheapest pair you can buy from crutchfield when you input your vehicle for fitment. All you have to do is drill new holes. Also put 6.5s in the roof soundbar as well.
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Originally Posted by sbfreak103009 View Post
Loving this as I posted in ur other build thread just got a new xj an my dad n I are gunna build that one as well my dad n I don't open up til my twenties when I joined the military but keeping has always been a father son thing for us... But congrats on reconnecting!
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this is always nice to see. I can say buying my brother a xj and talking my dad into getting his has allowed us to bond alot more
Awesome to hear
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Well after finding some leaks on the seams of the radiator we decided to replace the radiator and the rest of the cooling system. So new radiator,water pump,fan clutch,thermostats and hoses should do the trick. Due to oreily auto parts having freight issues we were unable to put it all back together today. Also since everything was out of the way we decided to go ahead and throw in the steering box spacer upgrade from IRO. Was one of the first few to get this part from them. Have one to throw on my jeep as well. On a good not we shoul dbe starting on the suspension tear down as soon as we get the cooling system buttoned up.


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