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My 1999 XJ "Gold Rush"

Old 01-13-2013, 11:13 PM
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OK...this thing has been stock long enough!

Began Thursday afternoon installing the lift. Did the rear first..full length add-a-leaf. Turns out I screwed up and ordered the no name instead of the Skyjacker. I had a bad feeling from the get-go. They were really thick and square cut. I installed them anyways, and they ended up giving 5.5" of rear lift. Too much! I called the supplier and they had never had that problem before, and they offered a refund. Luckily I found a set of BDS local and had them by Friday afternoon. In the meanwhile I installed the front springs and all the shocks. Then I did the rear leafs for a second time. I'm really impressed with the Bilstein shocks, and with the Fat Bob's Garage front springs.

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What we started with-


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Nice shocks!
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Rear suspension-
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Front Suspension. Everything unbolted easily, no rust or any issues- I'm liking this Jeep!
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So, with the lift installed, I measured the change- exactly 3" at all 4 corners!

Here she sits... stock tires and wheels but lifted.
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Next was a trip down to America's Tire for installation of tires and wheels. We went with the 15X7" on 31X10.50R15 Duratracks. I chose the 7" over the 8" due to offset- I like how these sit with the tread barely outside the fronts and even with the rears. Plus, 0 offset will help with steering and rubbing at stuff.

Here she sits now!
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Next on the agenda- building tube bumpers. And adding a subwoofer. I'll post more updates as they come.

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Old 01-13-2013, 11:23 PM
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None of the pics work.
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Originally Posted by bhennessee1 View Post
None of the pics work.
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Let us know if u need a hand with the pics. Sounds good though.
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Dang...I can see 'em. Let me try and re-edit...

Do they work now?

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OK, linked from Photobucket. They'd better work now...

Here's a couple pics of my previous Cherokees- a 2000 and a 1994. Don't have either of them anymore, but had a great time in them!

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What kind of wheels are those?
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Very nice! I really like the black wheels against gold.
Looking good, man.
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That is one clean XJ. I usually don't like the gold XJ's but with the wheels it looks great!
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Thanks, guys. Gold wasn't our first choice...it was closer to last. But this one was so clean, one owner retired couple, and spent the most of it's life behind an RV...we had to have it. (The front rotors are still OE...at 120k! The original owners guessed it had less than 60K actual running miles.) I think the black breaks up the gold nicely. Planning to do the door trim strips in black too, and build tube bumpers and a roof rack which will be black too. I do tube work, built the cage and stuff in my LS Scrambler...

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There's about a thousand pics in my Photobucket account...if you're curious. Yeah, the old fat guy is me...
http://s1241.beta.photobucket.com/us...etros/library/


The wheels are from MB Wheels- the style is TKO. It looks like MB is exclusive to Discount Tire/Americas Tire, although I have seen them for sale online too.

http://wheelsbymbmotoring.com/

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You sir, have cool toys.
My wife looked past the XJ and became fixated on the G-Waggy. That is precisely the color she wants with the wood grain.
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You sir, have cool toys.
My wife looked past the XJ and became fixated on the G-Waggy. That is precisely the color she wants with the wood grain.
It was up for sale a few weeks back...just waiting for the new owner to pick her up.
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do you have more pics of this one? mine seems to be the same color and I haven't seen many of this particular color lifted. and what's the lift height?

thanks!

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OK, linked from Photobucket. They'd better work now...

Here's a couple pics of my previous Cherokees- a 2000 and a 1994. Don't have either of them anymore, but had a great time in them!




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Haha nice waggy I am selling my waggy too took on to big of a project for not making much money but one day all buy one from Florida so I don't need to do any work nice jeeps and all be watching this build for sure
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do you have more pics of this one? mine seems to be the same color and I haven't seen many of this particular color lifted. and what's the lift height?

thanks!
That was a 3" with 31" tires. I'll look, didn't take a lot of pics of that one...

Yeah, the Waggy was super clean one owner. I'm sure we'll be missing that one...
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