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Setting up an 88 XJ - zXJ

Old 12-06-2015, 04:35 PM
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Purchased the 88 Laredo locally. Had been stored for 4 years inside. 234k miles. All power options work and it fired up and drove home, 4x4 even worked properly.








Went to the junkyard and picked up an HP D30 non-disco axle and an 8.8. Also found a t-case with a SYE:




The rear main and valve cover had leaks, so I solved those:




Started piling up parts for the axles:






















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Added a radio and speakers for little money:







Cleaned up the rockers and lower doors:




Started addressing things in the bay, motor mounts, vac harnesses, seals around the oil filter:








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Combined two t-cases to get one to go in the jeep:








Got some steering reinforcement in place:











Got a few more things ready for the rear axle to go in:



























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Now that the rear was taking shape, I turned my attention to the front:





















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Here's how it was sitting after the 3 link and front springs went in:














Got a CB radio mounted up:





Picked up a warn winch in preparation for the winch bumper that is on the way:



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That's pretty much up to date.

Ordered and waiting on the following to come in:

DnD Slayer winch bumper
CB antenna, mount, and coax
Speed bleeders
35x12.50r15 KM2s on 15x8 Trailmasters

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Wowzers! You aren't wasting time are you?! Looks good.
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Bumper getting primed up:


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Wowzers! You aren't wasting time are you?! Looks good.
Trying to get er ready! Appreciate it
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First couple light coats of bed liner:





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Looks great. Why did you go with cork gaskets and stock engine mounts? Felpro gaskets and brown dog mounts are the way to go.
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Looks great. Why did you go with cork gaskets and stock engine mounts? Felpro gaskets and brown dog mounts are the way to go.
With 234k, something tells me I won't stick with this power train too long. The gaskets were closeouts from rock auto for a buck and change. You're right tho
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Can't argue with that deal. I'm rolling up to 250k without much issues, just a small oil adapter leak that I just need to find time to change.
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Very nice build so far
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Got a lot of little finishing things to get the front bumper done. I'm going to paint the chopped fender to cut down on the potential for rust, add door edge trim over the end of the fender and the flare to tighten up the look of the cuts, remove the air dam from the front of the jeep. Still need to get the rear bolts in the winch. I may need to cut access holes in the bumper to do so, still dreaming up solutions for that right now. Need to wire in the winch and test it..blah blah. Simple things, just need the time.

So far, I like the bumper minus the limitation of space getting the proper length bolt into the rear of the winch, but I'll figure that out.





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