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Old 06-16-2010, 09:36 PM
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Couldn't think of a more clever title..

This is going to be another slow build. I am married with two children, so I have to spend my money wisely, but with that, I am going to be clean with my build, and not do sloppy work.

I have a 2000 Cherokee SE that I bought from a dealer back in August. The only reason I bought it from a dealer, and not a private seller is becuase I needed to finance something, not pay cash. The Jeep was a Social Worker vehicle from the County of Placer. It was VERY clean when I got it with roughly 130k. My dad has a 97 Country model with a 4.5 RC lift, and I wanted to buy an XJ so I could do some slight off roading with him (although he NEVER takes his jeep off road anymore), and also because I love the look of a lifted XJ.. Anyway.. here it is.

The day I brought it home:







Kinda the way it sits today.. I did a little bit of cosmetic changes to the hood the other day, and will post pics very soon.







I wish I took pictures of the lift in progress, but I didn't. I was just primarily focused on getting it done, because it was a disaster. I broke one of the sway bar links, (gonna get discos soon) broke ALL 4 of the rear shock bolts into the body. Had to drill and tap them. If I had seen the write up before about punching the old nuts out, and fishing new bolts through, I woulda done that instead. Of course, now I want to make it taller, but I need to save money so I can do it right all at once (SYE, Disco's, pitman arm, build some LCA's, yada yada yada). Plus my tires are brand new, so I dont want to lift it too high with 31's. I

I've been working like crazy, so im waiting until next week to do my next mod. I will be adding a set of hood vents that I copied from another guy on this forum.

Then I am going to build my roof rack, and front winch bumper. My buddy is in the military and acquired a 9.5k winch off of a Hum-V that was going to go to scrap, and Im trying to convince him to give it to me.

Unfortunately, when I bought the Jeep, I knew very little about them. I knew i wanted a 4.0 and an AW4, but as far as axles went, I had not a clue. I ended up getting an XJ with a Dana 35 in the rear, but that will be simple enough to change if I get serious enough about it. Overall, its a very clean jeep, and Im VERY happy with it.

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This is what I plan on it looking like when Im completely done (My semi ok Paint skills. The image transfer makes it a little more choppy than it really is):


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I like the concept drawings you have. it gives me a good idea of where you want to go. looks good.
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I like the concept drawings you have. it gives me a good idea of where you want to go. looks good.
Thank you double ot.
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Looking good so far, nice and clean . Where did you get your 3" coils, aal, and shocks? And how much did you pay for them if you don't mind me asking.
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Originally Posted by 96jeepxj View Post
Looking good so far, nice and clean . Where did you get your 3" coils, aal, and shocks? And how much did you pay for them if you don't mind me asking.

No problem. I got them from Ebay. The kit actually came with the 3" coils, AAL, Shocks, and Trac Bar relocate bracket for $239+S&H, from "levelingsolutions", which is the Ebay user ID for Fat Bob's Garage. Here's a link: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Jeep-...item3efbbe136f

I also bought a T-Case drop from them, but didn't feel the need to install it after driving it.

Thanks for the compliment! I know there isn't much done to it yet, but afterall, it was completely stock when I got it. Im going to post a couple new pics later.

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Cool thanks. That's where i got my 2" BB
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Originally Posted by 96jeepxj View Post
Cool thanks. That's where i got my 2" BB
Yeah their prices are fairly reasonable, and their customer service is very good as well. I got coils, and an AAL for the price of spacers and shackles. I was satisfied.
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Nice looking jeep.......Love the future build pics...
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Thanks! I've been following yours. Looks good as well.
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cant wait to see that future paint job, that's about what i'm aiming for.
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cant wait to see that future paint job, that's about what i'm aiming for.
Yeah I cant either, but that's going to be down the road a ways, because I need to get my front/rear bumpers, and roof rack done first. I may even do a few more other things as well before paint. The paint on my jeep is pretty good, with the exception of minor orange peel from the factory.
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Here are some minor flexing pics in my driveway, as well as some pics of the new hood stripe. I wanted to check out the flex, and how the tires tuck under the wheel wells. I was quite impressed. I haven't had the opportunity to take it wheeling too much yet. Too busy with work, wife and kids.




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