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Old 08-14-2015, 05:59 PM
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Finally going to start a build thread. I call it pickle jar because most of the cash for the build was saved in a pickle jar while I was collecting parts. Here is where she is now.













She is a 1998 sport, 4.0 , AW4, 8.25,HP D30.
I bought her in February 2013 from the second owner with 170k on the clock for $1,800

Mods are
4.5" RE springs
RC Long arm upgrade kit
IRO double shear track bar
Serious 1 ton steering
Bilstein 5100's
RC extended brake lines
JKS quicker discos
Crown SYE
ATP header
17" JK moabs with 255-75-17 Kendas
Auxiliary trans cooler
Slotted rotors with ceramic pads
Kenwood head unit with an infinity 8" sub in a custom cubby box
Homebrew light bar
That's all I can think of right now.


Over the next few days I'll start posting pics from the day I got her up until now and keep going from there. This has been and will be a long slow build because I'm a family man with a single income hence the name Project pickle jar. My pics are on 3 different computers and two cell phones, so it'll take a while for me to get them all in one place and in chronological order. Thanks for checking out my Heep.

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Very clean machine. Looks good already for sure.. sub'd
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Thanks. I'm going for the super stock/sleeper look. I've came a long way, but still have plenty in store.
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Thanks. I'm going for the super stock/sleeper look. I've came a long way, but still have plenty in store.
Mmm, nothing wrong with a sleeper jeep! Now for lots of forced induction and nitros.. :} just kidding.
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Haha. I'm talking more like something that looks near stock with just a lift, but fully armored, geared, locked, shafted and the whole nine yards. I love watching dudes with full size broncos, blazers, etc. get butt hurt when they can't keep up playing follow the leader with a homely little DD XJ.
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Haha. I'm talking more like something that looks near stock with just a lift, but fully armored, geared, locked, shafted and the whole nine yards. I love watching dudes with full size broncos, blazers, etc. get butt hurt when they can't keep up playing follow the leader with a homely little DD XJ.
I was always proud of my XJ keeping up with the 2 TJ's I used to wheel with. They were both on 33's and around 5", one had ARB's front and rear. There was very little they could do I couldn't. Mostly rock crawling.. Armor would be really nice!
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Here she is the day I brought her home. The reason I was able to get it so cheap was it had a slipping TC chain. She went straight into surgery as soon as she got home.
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Here's a couple pics from the TC rebuild.
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Next up was to get rid of that leaky exhaust manifold and valve cover gasket.




The new to old comparison.


















Fel-pro blue silicon gasket. Hells Yeah!




Look at dem sexy clean rockers.





The intake before a thorough cleaning.

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Gonna sound sweet now!
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Nicely done.
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Love the Moabs
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Gonna sound sweet now!
It definitely has a deeper sound and a tad bit more *** dyno HP. Got a slowmaster super 44 sittin in the shop waiting to go on as soon as I get a new down pipe and Thunderbolt cat.
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Nicely done.
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Love the Moabs


Thanks guys. I was a little skeptical about running adaptors so I could use the 17" moabs, but after 4,500 miles with moderate trail and rock offroad use I have yet to find a loose lug nut. Don't know what it is about the moabs I think they look better on an XJ than a JK. Plus I got them for a steal! Hope to get some more pics up soon, gotta find my old laptop and see what's on there.
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Having trouble finding some of my older pics, so I'll throw up a few from the lift day. There's not many I had to lift it in a weekend so I didn't have much time for pics. Also some from pre lift wheeling.








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