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Old 05-25-2011, 12:30 PM
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So ive had this jeep for a few weeks. I now finally understand what everyone has been talking about all these years! I cant stop wanting to buy EVERYTHING for it!

My Intro thread --- https://www.cherokeeforum.com/f8/new...-2dr-xj-88548/

So the build on the jeep has begun.

My slimline winch bumper from Nates4x4 was dropped off by the FedEx man yesterday, and i quickly drove it to the local powder coating shop to get a coat of gloss black


I am supposed to be getting the bumper back before 5pm tonight, and if that is the case, it will be on tonight!

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superwinch lp8500, because well, you cant have a winch bumper without a winch. (what i told myself anyway)
Black turn signals for the side markers and bumper lights
Hella black magic lights for front bumper
new high flow cat with a flowmaster super 10series single chamber muffler

I cant wait for all of my stuff to get here!

Future plans are pretty mild for the time being. In july I will be purchasing a lift kit, and as of now I am set on the 3in RC kit with new rear leaf packs, some quick discos, and some bilstein shocks.

With the 3in RC kit, should I leave my rustys spacer on the front to compensate for the weight of my bumper and winch? Also, with only the 3in kit, is it necessary for a new trac bar? I plan on running the 1in Trans case drop to minimize driveline vibrations as well. A SYE will go in if need be. Also, i plan on running my current 30/10.50's even after I lift it. Will it look goofy with tires that small?

A roof rack, a rear bumper, a new sound system, and possibly a short throw, are a few things im contemplating also.

I cant wait to get more done to this thing!
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Well the first thing you need to do is load it on a truck and ship it to my house. ha ha but seriously, nice looking xj. I'm trying to find one just like this. How much did you pay for it? If I were you I would go with the 4.5 x series from RC. you won't regret it at all and if you do decide to take it out it will handle great.
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Well the first thing you need to do is load it on a truck and ship it to my house. ha ha but seriously, nice looking xj. I'm trying to find one just like this. How much did you pay for it? If I were you I would go with the 4.5 x series from RC. you won't regret it at all and if you do decide to take it out it will handle great.
I have thought time and time again about just going the 4.5in or larger off the bat, but i dont think its what i need right now. I am moving to colorado in august and plan to use this for my DD. Ill be leaving the truck in my intro thread here in georgia. And if i go 4.5 or bigger, then i NEED the SYE and cv driveshaft, plus i would make myself get bigger tires, then my 3.07s would really suck...its a slippery slope, and ive decided that a 3in just to give it a better stance and added ground clearance/flex is perfect for now. I am only going to be in Colorado for 8mths-1yr, and i have some serious plans for the little XJ when i get back.

And to answer your question, I found it posted on Craigslist for $5500. It was the cleanest inside and out i had found in my 2months of searching. and it only has 126k on the clock, with a recent clutch, new shocks/brakes, etc. I ended up getting it for $4300 and a glock23 with some accessories. but had to drive a total of 8hrs to get it.
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**Update on bumper
When the bumper came out of the oven it had a few bad spots around the welds, so i cant get it til the morning, but (no name jeep) is ready for it!



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well for what you have planned for the next year the 3" will be good. sounds like a good deal you got for it but how did adding a gun to the deal even come up in conversation?
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well for what you have planned for the next year the 3" will be good. sounds like a good deal you got for it but how did adding a gun to the deal even come up in conversation?
I just asked the guy if he was interested in trading for anything and guns/ammo was one of his interests. Gave me a good excuse to get rid of the bulky g23 for my new Sig p238!
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Sounds like a win win. and good call on nates4x4.com I love the bumpers and rack I got from him.
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UPS man came! wahoooo!

gettin my bumper early tomorrow morning, so this should be mounted tomorrow also! and my new exhaust is supposed to be here tomorrow!
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Sweet looking bro
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First Black '99 2 door I've seen on here besides mine. Looks awesome! I can't wait to see the rest of your build.
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Thanks for the compliments!

After a few hours I finally got the bumper and winch installed. I still didnt get the passenger side body tie-in bolt as tight as i would like. Does anyone know a good method other than removing the alternator??

Anyway, I love the new look! I have a pair of Hella Black magic lights that i will mount on top of the bull bar/pre runner bar tomorrow probably! And I also have the shackles for the front on the way!

Heres a few pics!





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quick update

got my high flow cat and 10 series flowmaster Installed, as well as smoked signal lights and the Hellas. I love the way the front end looks now. those smoked lights look a ton better IMO. and this exhaust setup is awesome! has a mean growl to it!

as for future mods, I believe I'm done until I get my lift. decided on the 4.5in RC X-series with either 31's or 32's. (with a SYE and drive shaft) I was going to wait until late July to do the lift but I'm not sure I can wait that long!! might have to get it ordered Tuesday...

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Very nice XJ!
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I like the look man. put some eyelids over your headlights and it would look pure evil. Like this.
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lookin sweet man, i know the buying new stuff takes over once you get a cherokee
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