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Old 05-22-2010, 01:27 PM
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This is the first vehicle I have actually owned! Worked a summer at a hardware store and odd jobs for two years to afford it, and my parents pitched in a small portion to.

It started out like this, last silver one on the left.

Bought it from a teacher with low mileage around 95,000, automatic transmission, factory trailer hitch, yakima roof bars, some factory gas tank and undercarriage protection. Basicly a nice bare bones Cheroekee with a few extras.

Only problem was, the suspension was iffy and it was really low.
Good thing my friends E-bay and Craigslist found me some decent tires and a cheap lift. After installing it, I had to add a bumper so I found one on Craigslist for 70 bucks, it was rusted to hell but I fixed it up as nicely as I could and this is what it looked like.

It was good but after pulling on something with the Craigslist bumper and it bended I decided to get rid of it, I sold it back for around the same price as I bought it to!


This is the difference between mine and my family's stock Cherokee,

I decided on buying a Rock Hard 4X4 bumper with D-Rings. Also found some black Cherokee headlamp brackets and put those in to mix things up a bit.

My newest addition is a CB radio and a Hi-Lift Jack. Although its a pain with all the people running ridiculous linear amplifiers but fun nonetheless.

Another cheapo thing I did was find two lights at Goodwill for .25 cents apiece, I waterproofed them and relocated my fog lights, to the front because the new bumper had no space underneath for them.
https://www.cherokeeforum.com/member...2s-xj/23649-a/

I also found out that it has a C8.25 rear axle which is awesome, considering I don't want to spend money on upgrading that. Although I may put some cheap armor on it in the future.


I so far haven't gone officially "off roading" with a group of people. But like messing around on my grandparents farm and backwoods out in the country. Also it handled perfectly digging their farm out with around 2-4 feet of snow this winter. I am looking to go off roading so if anyones around MD/DC/NVA hit me up!

Considering I am on a very quaint high school budget this turned out pretty nice. Also it beats everyone else in high school driving their mums volvo/hyundai/mini-van around.

What should I do next? Comments, suggestions?

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Old 05-22-2010, 10:25 PM
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Looks nice man!
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Nice looking jeep bud,
maybe get a front and rear diff cover to protect that?
its worth it I think.
Also some skids plates for under your rig could do you good.
Maybe even a locker but it depends on what you plan on doing with it...

looks great keep it up.
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Originally Posted by Brian View Post
Nice looking jeep bud,
maybe get a front and rear diff cover to protect that?
its worth it I think.
Also some skids plates for under your rig could do you good.

Maybe even a locker but it depends on what you plan on doing with it...

looks great keep it up.
Which skit plates do you think I should look into?

I was thinking something like this?http://rustysoffroad.com/mm5/merchan...y_Code=xj_skid
Or this,
http://rustysoffroad.com/mm5/merchan...y_Code=xj_skid
But I don't know which one to make or buy?

Also a little update, I'm going to be making some diamond plate door steps today. If I can find the diamond plate for cheap at least.
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Nice! I love my '00 XJ!
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Thought I should add this. My grandfather has restored a number of model T's and other older classic cars. I work with him alot on his 1910 Model T that just turned 100 years old last month. He lets me use his garage to!
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