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Old 08-27-2010, 11:33 AM
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Have been on the forum for a couple years now but never started a build thread. So here it goes. 98 XJ.

4.0L-soon to be stroker
stock transmission
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Dana 30-4.10 gears
Chrysler 8.25-4.10 gears
6.5 inch Suspension-Rusty's-soon to be LA
33 inch Trxus Mts
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Jet Chip
Rusty's stinger bumper
Rusty's exhaust-cherry bomb muffler
Olympic Offroad Top Hat Rack
Pacesetter headers
4XDoctor diff guards
BDS Disconnects
TNT Customs HD Steering

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Ford 8.8 in the rear
Different hood w/hood louvers
Detour Offroad rear tire swing
Full roll cage inside
Exoskeleton Cage

Here are a few pictures. Some of the pictures are from the Badlands when I had my old Surco roof rack on and my clear corners. Now they are smoked along with the tailights.

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Old 08-27-2010, 12:43 PM
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Watch out, buddy with the full width teal xj might make fun of you for your smoked lights as he did mine.
Jeep looks great..how do you like the stinger?

You should leave the 8.25 till you break it, it should be 27 spline, and pretty strong.
And the rear corner mounts riveted to the back pop off fairly easily and you can grind down the rivits if that interests you at all...

love your jeep though
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Watch out, buddy with the full width teal xj might make fun of you for your smoked lights as he did mine.
Jeep looks great..how do you like the stinger?

You should leave the 8.25 till you break it, it should be 27 spline, and pretty strong.
And the rear corner mounts riveted to the back pop off fairly easily and you can grind down the rivits if that interests you at all...

love your jeep though
just no point in smoked tail lights but to each his own. he has a 98 xj so his 8.25 is a 29spline. ive wheeled on mine for 3 years hard and havent blown it up yet (crossing my fingers) nice front stinger/bumper.
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Looking good.

Have you had any problems lifting it?

Something like you couldn't go any faster than 30km/h because the wheels and steering "go crazy"...

Did you change you Pitman Arm?

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I just like the whole smoked tail lights better then the O.E.M. ones or even those guys who think euro tail lights look good on a Cherokee. -they dont.

The stinger bumper has come in help many times and I like how people on the road stare at it like WTF? is that.

As for the Chrysler 8.25, I probably will keep it on til it blows up. I do maintenance on the diffs everytime I get back from wheeling so Napa loves me everytime I come in, lol.

As for the installation of the lift, it was quite easy and didnt have a lot of problems, just threw a lot of PB blast at everything for about a week before install.

The pitman arm, if I remember correctly is from TNT customs, so yes it is upgraded.

Also I have been thinking about ordering some rear quarter panel guards from JCR Offroad, guess I will just have to add that to the list of things I want to do, lol.
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Planning on doing front brakes and the front shocks tomorrow before work, hopefully I can get those done before work.
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Adding some fog lights to the roof rack.
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Added a few things to the old and tired XJ. Will post pictures this weekend. Rhino lined a little more and the fog lights are up on the roof rack, probably going to add a few more things this weekend before she goes in the garage-new motor-stroker time
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Also had a recent trip to the Cliff's more body damage. Will post pictures of that as well. Once I clean the old girl up.
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Man I love the way your Jeep looks..Rock on!!!!
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I just like the whole smoked tail lights better then the O.E.M. ones or even those guys who think euro tail lights look good on a Cherokee. -they dont.

The stinger bumper has come in help many times and I like how people on the road stare at it like WTF? is that.

As for the Chrysler 8.25, I probably will keep it on til it blows up. I do maintenance on the diffs everytime I get back from wheeling so Napa loves me everytime I come in, lol.

As for the installation of the lift, it was quite easy and didnt have a lot of problems, just threw a lot of PB blast at everything for about a week before install.

The pitman arm, if I remember correctly is from TNT customs, so yes it is upgraded.

Also I have been thinking about ordering some rear quarter panel guards from JCR Offroad, guess I will just have to add that to the list of things I want to do, lol.
Check out walmart, they have 20L of 80-90 gear oil for 39.95$ here in Canada, probably like 5$ down there for you.

Nice jeep man, not a fan of tube bumpers but everything else is really nice.
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The tube bumper is actually off of my old 97 XJ. I like it because everyone is like, what the hell is that?
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looks good man!
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So it's been a very long time since I put anything in this thread, over the past couple years I ended up trading this for a 5.9L ZJ. Recently found it on Craigslist, without the roof rack and most of the stickers taken off. I'm planning on buying this back so I might be adding another build thead. Hopefully the guy still has it.
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