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Pokey the XJ

Old 06-13-2017, 01:04 PM
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Starting up a build thread. Haven't really had too many in process pictures but We'll start with the basics here and I'll try to get some more detailed info as time goes on and I get further into it.

Wrecked my motorcycle last summer, decided while I was off the bike for 6 months I'd pick up a different toy to play with. Enter Beep, a rusty, $1800 gunmetal pearl XJ with a pieced together lift and a weird wheel and tire set up:

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So I got new wheels, ditched some of the other stuff and went to the Grove for some outlaws racing:

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Went mall crawling at lunch:

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got a visor and drove 11 hours down to Oak Island to play with tiny jeeps at the beach:

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Everything was going really well. Caught the cherokee bug and had all kind of awesome plans for what I was going to do next. Until the day after Christmas, my luck with Beep ran out. Heavy fog with a freshly graveled and oiled road plowed from surprise snow the week or so before ended pretty poorly.

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So that's where Beeps chapter ends. At least for now.
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Old 06-13-2017, 01:23 PM
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Holy **** that's horrific, I unfortunately inow the feeling you had before impact, my first XJs front end had a similar look to it !
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Old 06-13-2017, 01:45 PM
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Enter Pokey.

99 Cherokee Sport, found locally at a dealer about 20 minutes away. Went to look at the truck I thought was Pokey and it was unbelievably clean but ended up being a different red Cherokee. Sales guy tells me the one I was looking at online was a "piece of junk" so me thinking if a sales guy tells a possible buyer its awful, I won't even bother going to look.

Anyway, frantically searching for about a month and coming up with nothing really, Pokey sat at the dealer's other location until pictures were posted online. Saw them on a friday, told my girlfriend we would go look at it on saturday morning, took this picture around 3 or 4 on Saturday afternoon. Paid $2400. 165k with little to no rust at all. Needed a headliner, and had a little crack in the header panel on the drivers side.

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Drove it stock for a couple months or so, never realized how quick they were with smaller tires and no lift. Installed some of my old parts from Beep like the CB and the short light bar, then continued to plan what I wanted to do.

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I think right around April I decided I needed to put a lift in and make use of my old tires I had from Beep since the tires on pokey were completely worn out.

I looked at budget boosts and cheap ways to slip a set of 31s under my jeep but I wanted to do it once and do it right. Stopped at OK4WD on a Saturday and ordered a full Zone 4.5" kit with leaf packs knowing I could go to a longarm in the future.


So the friday after the lift came in me and my buddy Jack used a friend's body shop and thrashed all weekend with a deadline of Sunday night to be out of the shop for work Monday morning.

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Making a mess of the shop while singing and enjoying the fact the front end was done in 3 hours with no broken bolts.

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End of the day Saturday, Trucklites are in, sitting on its own weight, still need to do the Tcase drop and tighten everything down before the test drive.

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Sunday afternoon, visor was on, shop was cleaned up and we were finished. Pretty big change for a weekend.

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Old 06-13-2017, 01:51 PM
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Since the lift was done I decided to go out and test pokey on some super light trails pretty close to my house. Really basic easy stuff to make sure it was going to hold together.

Rained the night before but strangely there wasn't too much mud.

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At least in the beginning. We found it later on but since I was on some aging destination ATs with no real recovery gear I stayed out of the worst of it.

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Old 06-14-2017, 09:30 AM
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Too hot to take pictures, went to OK4WD and got a HiLift 15 foot recovery strap and some rugged ridge recovery points I can use with the stock bumper.

Pretty stout pieces. Impressed with the hardware quality.

Broke just about every clip on the front bumper bolts though.
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Old 06-23-2017, 11:37 AM
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Update time:

Probably should have waited on the recovery points, ended up ordering a JCR Mauler at Jeep Invasion.

Most people have been pretty negative about it because of the lack of header panel protection, but I have a plan for that.

Need to order skidplates and find a rear tire carrier as well, and get new tires.

I'm hoping to have all that squared away by the end of july-beginning of august.
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Old 07-20-2017, 10:40 AM
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Tires are installed, 32x11.5x15 BFG KO2.


got a grille from the local junkyard and painted it black, haven't decided on the look yet.

Also installed some Primelux A pillar lights.

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Old 07-28-2017, 11:00 AM
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My mauler came in but I didn't read any reviews on the duplicolor bed armor.

Its awful. Its like hot plastidip scraped off of a gravel driveway. Its been 15 hours and its still wet. I'm hoping it gets better when i get home from work.
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Originally Posted by LSK View Post
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Probably should have waited on the recovery points, ended up ordering a JCR Mauler at Jeep Invasion.
Are you selling the recovery points?
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Old 07-28-2017, 02:29 PM
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at the moment no, I'm running them with the mauler until I have some time to rebuild some front end components. I had someone locally express interest in them when I put the tie in kit on, I'll let you know if I end up selling them.
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Old 07-31-2017, 09:23 AM
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Mauler and Winch installed this weekend.


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nice lookin jeep.


how do you like the mauler? did you notice any increased wind noise once it was installed?
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Old 08-15-2017, 07:25 AM
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Thanks.

Noise wise? not really. the A pillar lights, roof rack, tires, straight pipe, and lack of headliner make it a little noisy but its quieter than most. The BFGs made a huge difference in road noise, quieted it down a good amount compared to the old tires.

Although I noticed on concrete roads they howl like crazy not sure what that's all about.
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