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Old 09-15-2010, 11:41 AM
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So to start off this is my 2nd XJ and i regret selling my 1st one ...

Started out with 112,000 miles when i bought it from the dealership, traded my 94' F-150 100K miles for it with a broken drive shaft and they still took the trade ... and so the build began.... PROJECT 300 ... goal is to take the jeep to 300K miles and still be mechanically sound , its a daily driver and will probably continue to be a DD till she rolls end over end on a trail *even then , ill just rebulid it* ... goal is to be street legal

1st- she was running hot, and kept runnin hot like every other jeep out there , so after reading forum after forum and what not about heating problems i got a high flow balanced thermostat at 198 degree's from summit racing for 8 bucks, Mr. Gasket

2nd - i did the duel electric fan conversion with manual over ride switches * keys not needed but fans still run * ill get photos shortly of the fans and switches. runnin alot cooler and WAY quieter without that manual fan. but...

3rd... kept runnin hot even with the fan conversion , found out that i had a cracked radiator ... gotta love plastic end cap radiators ... found a triple core radiator that a buddy of mine had from his rolled jeep ... bought it for 100 bucks and now temp dont go over 210 , cept when im wheelin then it goes to 220 .

now temp's are solid and stable ... ive got a HUGE tranny cooler ive got to install and gonna get an oil cooler kit as well to keep all my fluids , i check the junk yards from time to time and found some good coolers, just need to install them.

.... Got 31's BFG all terrains and two weeks later put on a custom lift that me and a buddy built ... and here are what photos i have of the jeep... and ill get more photos shortly of the other things ive done.

we put a 3 inch block lift on the rear and angled it an inch to help the geometry of the rear drive shaft , turning it up to make a mock high pinion set up for the 8.25 rear end ... ill get a photo

and rather than the lil budget lift 2 inch block in the front ... we did a 3.5 inch block up front with extended sway bar links ... gonna make some quick disconnects for the front and rear sway bars... cus i wanna be flexy wexy on the trails .. .gotta keep all 4 on the ground with the open diffs

ive got about 60-70ft of tube, and lots of steel plate 1/4" thick ... picked it up from a guy that use to work at a mill ... for only 100 bucks !!! ... hell yeah... a buck a foot ...

well ... its a start with HUGE plans and goals ... ive got the the baby lift on *its a start* ... ive got bumpers and sliders to build, bullet proof diff guards ... axles to build, lockers to buy ... etc... etc... till its
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How do you like the BFG all terrains? I've heard lots of ppl on here saying they are really crap in the mud.
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i really like the BFG all terrains ... as far as muddin goes i can see why people dont like them cus they dont have the desirable big lugs like most mud tires do ... but i drive the jeep every day almost 100 miles, so... road noise is non-existent and when i do go out on trails they grip good and you can go straight from trail to road, and all is well, not as much sidewall as i wanted but still good enough

my bro's grand cherokee has them on his rig and he has gone a lil over 70K on his ... road and trails ... so overall i really like the tire, in all weather conditions.
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So it's been along while since I've updated here and it was time .... Since last post I've added a heavy duty rough country steering stabilizer , Which is amazing , picked it up on eBay for 22 bucks .... Also added 100 watt spot lights on front from harbor freight , made my own make shift cowl hood from a sun visor cover and it dropped ambient temp under hood 20 degrees , I couldn't be happier with the hood , cost me 10 bucks and I don't even have to turn both fans on now unless it's over 100 outside , amazing , u can see the heat wave just flow out of hood now

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I got the same.lights for my wifes truck.
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Ya u can't beat harbor freight sometimes ... 100 watt spot lights for 30 bucks ... Gonna get more of em later once wife let's me lol

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The cowl hood , looks crappy but it works , works good .... I'll clean it up later and make it better

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Front diff skid , just pulled a cover from junkyard 15 bucks .... Cut it in half , put some 1/4 inch bolts on as a spacer from diff cover and bolted it right back on with some longer bolts .... Can't beat that 15 bucks and some labor )

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The red bar in the photo is my new track bar for 4-6 inch lift , got it off my buddy from his rolled Cherokee for 100 bucks , not a bad deal and helped with my steering issues , also got a drop pitman arm and now no more poppin commin from front end )

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Next to install is my gas tank skid and t case skid , both pulled from junkyard for 30 bucks , I love the yard there are Cherokees in every row

Tried to get the gas tank skid on but in the process of takin my hitch off I snapped 3 bolts and broke 2 exstensions ( so think I'm just gonna drill all the bolts out or cut the hitch off ..... Makin a custom rear bumper anyways so I don't need the hitch anyways

Also gonna get the transmission cooler installed here in the next month now I'm not in an appartment anymore and I have a garrage to work in

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Some lil flex .... Not too bad for 3.5 inch lift

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The opposite side of the flex , all crunched up in the wheel well

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Well that's how she sits now .... And after a year into the build I'm halfway there to 300k .... She has 167,000 miles ... Drove over 45k this year , but jeep is still runnin strong as the day I got her .... Keepin up on the oil changes, etc and runnin good n clean

Oh! Forgot to put the other part I found in junkyard too , pulled a torque header from a grand Cherokee with the inline 6 , better responce off the line and when goin up hills ... 45 bucks , now just need to get rest of exhaust built

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what the hell is that thing on your roof?
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i do believe its a ladder rack lol, hes a roofer... or was i saw the decal on back window.
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