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Old 07-21-2015, 03:34 PM
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I'd like to start off with some history of the jeep, it was originally a DNR fleet car. Then our local fire station bought it for $2000 with next to no miles on it. It was the fire chiefs jeep (my grandma) and in 2004 the fire department sold it for $800 and my parents bought it with 80-100k miles. And then my girl friend bought it from my parents 4 years for $500 with 140k on it.

Up until last fall it was all stock. Until my girlfriend and I graduated from high school and moved in together… During high school I build my truck which is an 83 Toyota pick up so I was familiar with building off-road rigs.

So here is what's done so far, and what I have planned for it.

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3inch rustys offroad lift
Smitty built bumpers
Safari rack( EMT conduit)
Sway bar disconnects (homemade)
Cut down Toyota Rock sliders
32 led light bar
Shackle relocation brackets (homemade)
Air compressor
33x12.5r15 maxxis bighorns

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Rear qt pannel armor
Chrysler 8.25 97+ 29 spline, or preferably Dana 44
Rear locker. 4.88 gears
Adjustable LCA
adjustable Track bar
Steering box brace
Winch bumper with winch
Neon injectors
99+ intake manifold
Manual transmission

I'll keep up posting pictures new things we do it it, and I'll get a picture of it from 2001 so you can see how far it came! Let me know if you have any question or advice!
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Old 07-21-2015, 03:36 PM
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How it sits today
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Shackle relocation brackets that I made this weekend
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These are Toyota rock sliders that I bought at a swap meet and cut down to fit the jeep
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Trimmed fenders and inner fender for some more room.
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I don't think it's bad for a 3"
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Old 07-21-2015, 08:27 PM
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looks pretty good so far! deffinitly subbed. where ya from if you dont mind me askin?
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Bellingham Washington.
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looking good. I love the white with the red, very unique.
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Yeah it's a white reflective stripe that the fire department put on. Same stuff that fire truck run, so it really durable!
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Old 07-21-2015, 09:17 PM
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Looks really good! Subbed! Just curious though when you installed the sliders did you mount them to the pinch seam and the frame or just to the frame. I'm pretty sure on yotas you just weld or bolt the slider to the side of the frame rail but with the xj being a uni-body we have to bolt our sliders to the frame rail and the pinch seam to prevent them from just ripping out or bending up. BleepinJeep on YouTube demonstrates this well in this video.
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Yeah I mounted them to the "frame" and have it bolted through the pinch seem with an angle iron, with one of the sides running along the floor board for extra upward strength
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Ok cool i guess I just figured a yota guy goin to an xj might not think of the pinch seam and I would hate to have you rip one of those beauties off!
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Yeah thanks man! I appreciate it feel free to chime in if ever you see me doing anything too redneck. Haha
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