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Old 05-25-2010, 10:49 PM
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I just bought a 1990 2 door XJ a few months back. Only had 85k miles, so it was a good base. I've always worked on cars and have had a few projects, but this will be my first Jeep. My dad lives about 10 minutes from the Rubicon trail, so i plan on running that this summer. Its already come a long way from stock in the last couple months, so I thought I'd start a build thread. Ive learned a ton on this forum. Thanks guys. Let me know what you think.

Here's what it looked like when I bought it:
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That's a super clean '90. Congrats!
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I found a dana 44 from an XJ on Craigslist. It was already regeared to 4.56 and had a Detroit locker and chromoly axle shafts. It only had a few thousand miles on it, so it was a steal. Also, it happened to be exactly what I wanted to do anyways. Here are a few pics of cleaning it up. I used caliper paint, which turned out really well. Just wanted to keep the rust away.
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Thanks Deathwagon. It looks a looot different now. Stay tuned
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After I installed the D44. I found a rack and some 33x12.5 BFG Mud Terrains on Craigslist also. I bought some new Crager Soft 8s to mount the tires on. They haven't been mounted yet in the pics. They looks a little funny next to the stock height XJ. Time for a lift!
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Old 05-25-2010, 11:41 PM
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Next I bought a 4.5 inch long arm kit from Rough Country. It took awhile to get to me because they were on backorder, but it seems to be a really solid kit. We'll see how it holds up. My luck... I had to install the front in the snow. Now that determination! Notice I also removed the rear tire carrier.
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Found some zinc coated flat plates in the electrical section at Home Depot. Made some quick HiLift mounts. Turned out alright. I used some leftover Daystar swaybar endlink bushing to tighten the jack against. Eliminated vibrations. Used a long shank lock to secure it. Let me know if you have any questions about this setup. Not the best, but it only cost 10 bucks, takes 20-30 min and matches the HiLift color!
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I pulled the D30 during the lift install and had it regeared to 4.56 to match the rear. Cleaned it up while I had it out. No locker for now.
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your interior = soooooooo awesome!
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I found some JKS SuperNerfs on CL. They must be one of the first ones they started building because theyre a slightly different design. They should do the job. I also ripped my stock fender flares off.
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You will be hard pressed to find one in better overall condition than this. Do the tire's come close to rubbing?
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E30 - Yeah its crazy how clean it is, right? I was really surprised. The guy obviously took really good care of it. Here's another pic of it.
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Indiana - Yeah they did rub a bit when flexing. I've trimmed the fenders and added flares since. Pics coming
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Originally Posted by FishinXJ View Post
E30 - Yeah its crazy how clean it is, right? I was really surprised. The guy obviously took really good care of it. Here's another pic of it.
Mine is 10 years newer and that one looks as good inside.....and out for that matter.
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