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Old 04-20-2013, 06:30 PM
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Well, I figure I may as well start one of these before I get too deep into it. This is my second XJ, I sold my first one before I finished her (hence the name, Try Again).

Its a relatively stock 96 XJ with 150k miles on the clock so I am just getting started

Done:
Custom stubby recovery bumper (still need to add more to it though)
On-board air
Removable doors FTW! Well.. the drivers door lol. Passengers is coming tomorrow.
Head unit
Carpet delete mod

Wow that was short..

To-do:
Rough Country 4.5in lift kit
Hack n Tap with JY front drive shaft
Fender flares, either custom or none. I like the cut n fold method but I don't want to get pulled over because my tires stick out passed my fender..
Custom tail lights
Possible body armor
Rock sliders with custom rockers
Extra lighting
31 MTs
Rear recovery bumper
Wheels or possilby paint my stockers black
Tint

I guess thats about all for now, I just turned 17 so funds are limited but I'll do my best to make sure I finish this one

Spec list:

*J5 Cloth/Vinyl High-Back Bucket Seats
APAS Monotone Paint
ARUP SE Decor Group
BAUS 117 Amp Alternator
BCDS 500 Amp Maintenance Free Battery
BGAS Power Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes
CADP High Back Bucket Seats
CBWS Highline Door Trim Panel
CDBP Reclining Front Seats
CFMS Rear Folding Seat
CGTS Driver Air Bag Only
CKAS Carpets - Floor and Cargo Area
CKNS Cargo Compartment Carpet
CKTS Cargo Tie Down Loops
CKXS Midgate Box Access
CSRS Passenger Assist Handles
CUFP Full Length Floor Console
DGB All 4-Speed Automatic Transmissions
DGSS 4-Speed Automatic AW4 Transmission
DHAS Lock-Up Torque Converter
DHNS Command-Trac Part Time 4WD System
DHSS Floor Mount Automatic Shift Lever
DJHS 230MM Front Axle
DMDS 3.55 Rear Axle Ratio
DRAS Corporate 8.25 Rear Axle
EAAC All Engines
ERH 4.0L I6 Power Tech Engine
GBBS Tinted Windshield Glass
GCBS Front Door Tinted Glass
GEDS Tinted Rr Drs/Qtr/Liftgate Glass
GEHS Fixed Door Vent Glass
GR1P Left Remote Mirror
GS1P Right Remote Manual Mirror
GT1S Black Mirrors
GVAC All Vehicles W/O Power Mirrors
HAA Air Conditioning
JAYB Instrument Cluster w/Tach
JAZC Analog Instrument Cluster
JBFS Instrument Panel Black Bezel
JCAS 85 MPH Primary Speedometer
JHAS Var Intermittent Windshield Wipers
JHBP Rear Window Wiper/Washer
JJAS Cigar Lighter
JJBS Dual Note Electric Horns
LAJS Headlamps On Warning Chimes
LBCS Glove Box Lamp
LMAS Halogen Headlamps
LPSS CHMSL Lamp
MB1S Black Front Bumper
MB5S Black Rear Bumper
MDA Front License Plate Bracket
MFFS Black Grille
MHAS Black Windshield Moldings
MMCS Rear Qtr Solid Window Insert
MMGS Belt Moldings
MMKS Hi Black Gloss/Black Mirror Molding
MNAS Black Door Handles
MUKS MOPAR Chrome Bodyside Molding
NAA Federal Emissions
NBKS EVAP Control System
NFAS 20 Gallon Fuel Tank
PGF Emerald Green Pearl Coat
QGFS Emerald Green Pearl Coat
RAAC All Radio Equipped Vehicles
RABS AM/FM Radio
RCBS 2 Speakers
RDDS Fixed Long Mast Antenna
SBAS Power Rack and Pinion Steering
SCDS Luxury Steering Wheel
SDAS Normal Duty Suspension
SHAS Front Stabilizer Bar
SHCS Front and Rear Stabilizer Bars
TBB Full Size Spare Tire
TBLS Inside Mounted Spare Tire
TM6S P215/75R15 BSW Wrangler AP Tires
TZAP Goodyear Brand Tires
WJH 15X7 Aluminum Wheels
WKBP Matching Spare Wheel
WLZC All Aluminum Wheels
YAAS Build To U.S. Mkt. Specifications
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Old 04-21-2013, 04:48 PM
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Some more pictures, I never got around to the passanger side door removal so I guess I will leave that for another day..

Here is the top of the driver sides door where I cut it, I don't have a dremel or a cut off wheel that would fit in the gap so I had to take the door off by the t40 torx bolts. I may try cutting the passenger side off with the plasma because getting it to line back up was a pita.



My solution for the speaker wires, I have manual everything so thats all I had to worry about. That duct tape isn't staying, I ran out of electrical tape. I am a big computer nerd so molex connectors on my Jeep is awesome lol



Oops..



How I cut my flairs and a part of the fender, I plan to add a bar or round tube onto the bumper and around to the fender for protection



Now onto the stickers..

Thrush welded (Flow 40s)


My decrepied Blood of the Broken sticker



And lastly.. THE LIFT!

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Nice! Want to see her grow up!
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:52 PM
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Thanks man, so do I lol.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:31 PM
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Okay guys, I have been dead set on getting the Rough Country 4.5in lift but am now thinking about getting a Zone 3in lift because its cheaper and would give me a better low cog rig. Is 4.5 too tall for a nice low cog on the rocks? This is my daily driver and will see action about once a month or so.

Ohh also, for tires I only plan on running 31s.

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4.5 will be fine, thats what i have and it is stable on 33x10.5's. I miss the width of 12.5's and they helped my stability too. My RC 3" on Trxus MT's was sweet, i just need to trim but instead i went up another inch or so.

What compressor number is that? I'm shopping around for them
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Alright thanks, I'll still have to think about it and build it all up in my head lol.

And about the compressor, I have no idea lol. The PO put it in. I'll try to get back to you with it asap but I'm able to go look at it right now.
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I wouldn't recommend RC 4.5 leaf springs, much less RC if i can help it. 4.5 leaves seem to all be too short and give a horrible shackle angle which means terrible ride and articulation.

Anything around 4 or 5 inches wont be too bad, especially on 33 or 35's.

Yeah, I'm in the market for a compressor and just seeing what you have and if you like it.

Nice sig BTW
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What other lift would you recommend in the price range?

And the compressor hasn't had too much use except for quick inflates but its been nice. No gripes with it, it works as it should, doesn't take forever to get up to 120psi and isn't too loud.

Thanks for the comment on my signature, I love your quote from Toy Story lol. I see you posting on the forums a lot so I am always telling people in real life they are a "confusing little man" lol.
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Zone would be my recommendation. Good company or Rubicon express from Serious offroad.

I hear a lot about things about Viair compressors.

Yeah haha that quote was from Lowrange2 but i dont know how to quote him directly... but also from Toy Story haha. Great movie
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So how would this lift be? I have never heard a bad thing about Zone so I wouldn't mind going with them.

http://zoneoffroad.com/product?ki=439&gr=-1

It doesn't have the upper control arms, brake lines, or a trackbar. Plus the front control arms aren't adjustable. Once I add that stuff onto the lift I'd be sitting around a grand you think?

I figured the quote was probably from another member haha.

Since you are helping me I went out into the rain to check what compressor I have, its the least I could do

Its the 91025
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So how would this lift be? I have never heard a bad thing about Zone so I wouldn't mind going with them.

http://zoneoffroad.com/product?ki=439&gr=-1

It doesn't have the upper control arms, brake lines, or a trackbar. Plus the front control arms aren't adjustable. Once I add that stuff onto the lift I'd be sitting around a grand you think?

I figured the quote was probably from another member haha.

Since you are helping me I went out into the rain to check what compressor I have, its the least I could do

Its the 91025
Ha thanks! Not sure if i want a tank or not with my compressor...

At 4.5" you dont really NEED UCA's, but you will need a track bar and brake lines. Brake lines are around $40 if you use some from a chevy and YJ. Track bar, i recommend a double shear one.

You could try and piece everything together using Craigslist and forum shopping
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Ha thanks! Not sure if i want a tank or not with my compressor...

At 4.5" you dont really NEED UCA's, but you will need a track bar and brake lines. Brake lines are around $40 if you use some from a chevy and YJ. Track bar, i recommend a double shear one.

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Oh dang did I give you a the model number for the tank? Where you looking for the motor model number? Like I said, I didn't buy this compressor so I am not quite sure what you buy when you buy one lol. I know with my shop compressor the motor comes with it, are portable ones different?

The RE 3.5 is really a 4.5 right? Wouldn't it be best to buy UCA for a 4.5 or would they really not be needed? Also, what is the difference from a regular track bar and a double sheared? Sorry if thats a tarded question haha.
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Oh dang did I give you a the model number for the tank? Where you looking for the motor model number? Like I said, I didn't buy this compressor so I am not quite sure what you buy when you buy one lol. I know with my shop compressor the motor comes with it, are portable ones different?

The RE 3.5 is really a 4.5 right? Wouldn't it be best to buy UCA for a 4.5 or would they really not be needed? Also, what is the difference from a regular track bar and a double sheared? Sorry if thats a tarded question haha.
Naw that company makes compressors that dont come with tanks but i wanted to see what size that compressor was without the tank. It's all good, thanks!

I'm on short arms and im happy with my suspension set up for now. The stock UCA's are just very thin and not as strong as aftermarket ones.

Yeah the RE one will settle to around 4" especially without bumpers, winch, and all that. Track bars are either single or double shear. Single shears use either a TRE or a heim joint and most dont use high misalignment spacers.

https://www.google.com/search?q=sing...KMvO0QHxzYDoCg
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Okay thanks again for the help!

I am still a bit confused on which lift I should buy but I am in no huge rush so its all good. I just can't seem to beat the RC price and most reviews I have read have been great. I have also heard that their CS is pretty good. I don't know.. to the thinking box I go..
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