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Slowish 1989 XJ Build

Old 07-05-2014, 02:09 AM
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I bought this jeep about 3 months ago. It came painted like a freaking zebra but the internals were flawless. So I pulled the trigger, Well here it goes.



That is the day I bought it, the passenger side was completely finished he just didn't paint this side.



Hours of paint stripping were to follow. My Dad and I do everything at home in our front yard, sometimes under our Costco carports, but usually on the dirt.



The very next day of finishing the paint.



I wasn't keen on putting 17s on my Xj but i already had these tires and rims, that were off of my dad's 2005 dodge 1500, he converted it to a work truck so we took the fun tires off and I bought him some economy tires.



Added some 8 inch HID lights on the front bumper not permanent as I had plans to upgrade bumpers. You know what us enthusiasts say, when you replace you upgrade.



Wanted to do a theme so I'm doing blue and white so Undercarriage and coils went blue. As well as rings around my HIDS.



BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD. I can't let you know what's in them. (also do not mind the crappy cb mounts, they are changing very soon.)



Waiting on some more parts because 4wheelparts had screwed me over so ordered some parachord and wrapped my steering wheel to cover up this nasty black goop.



The boxes were opened and this is what they had. I ordered the smittybilt xrc bumper package but still waiting on front bumper and sliders should be here the 7/7. (again do not mind the cb mounts wires arent even hooked up to this location.)

And that is where it sits right now. I have some adjustable uppers from RC I need to install before i go camping next weekend. I also have a 98 front grill and header panel I plan on throwing on soon. And as soon as my front bumper gets here I will install it.

MODS NOT LISTED (will get pictures if requested.)
-blue floorboard LEDs
-LED dome lights
-blue gauge cluster lights, and prndl light
-pioneer deck loaded with bluetooth and color changing
-Pioneer 900w Amp
-2 10"s
-CB Radio (cobra 19)
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Old 07-05-2014, 02:18 AM
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Also have headlights coming from Choo. Just ordered today. Great person and someone I am glad to say drive's an XJ
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Old 07-06-2014, 08:23 PM
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Progress on the lights from Matt, looking good. (I choose the chrome like Matt had initially said.)
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:29 AM
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Got another picture. Should be shipping out tomorrow. And 4wheelparts told me my bumper should be there tomorrow. Fingers crossed. 4wheelparts is full of miscommunication.

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Looks great, im looking at buying that rear bumper when my tax cheque comes in.. Do you have any more photos of it? how do you mount the number plate? and are those triangle looking holes used for jacking?
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are those the ebay housings or the retro fit one's?

edit: they look good however! let us know how well the work
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Originally Posted by offroad bandit View Post
are those the ebay housings or the retro fit one's?

edit: they look good however! let us know how well the work
Retrofits. And I plan on posting some before and after pictures. I'll keep you guys updated.
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:11 AM
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Looks great, im looking at buying that rear bumper when my tax cheque comes in.. Do you have any more photos of it? how do you mount the number plate? and are those triangle looking holes used for jacking?
I will take some more pictures when I get home. This bumper is nice but it does take patience I can't say it was the smartest built bumper I've ever installed. But it looks good and is very sturdy. As far as the license plate it does not come stock with any mounts for it. Once I put my spare on I will have to find a new spot to mount my license plate. And yes those holes are for jacking.
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Just picked up my bumper from 4 wheel parts and the front had a few scratches and it was wrapped horribly, they threw in the bull bar for free which should be here tomorrow. Along with the mounting hardware that should have came with the bumper.
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How she started.


Getting there.


The bumper.


The free bull bar I got.


Also scored this gem at my local jy for 45 bucks. Also will be put on.
(do i need to change any of the light hook ups or do they all plug right in?)


And how she sits right now. Hoping for a moderately temperatured day tomorrow.
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The light set ups should all be plug and play except the corner lights...it's a different insert pattern....other than that your good to go...
Also did you get the mounting brackets for the newer header panel?
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The light set ups should all be plug and play except the corner lights...it's a different insert pattern....other than that your good to go...
Also did you get the mounting brackets for the newer header panel?
Ya I got everything because I wasn't quite sure exactly what too get it was very last minute so I just grabbed everything.
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looks good, starting to make me think about putting a late model grille on.. oh, one last question about that rear bumper, did you have to remove your oem fuel tank bash plate? or does it fit right in with it?
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looks good, starting to make me think about putting a late model grille on.. oh, one last question about that rear bumper, did you have to remove your oem fuel tank bash plate? or does it fit right in with it?
Ill upload pictures of the grill and front bumper in a couple hours just getting back from Dinkey Creek. And yes the fuel skid must drop down.
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new bumper and grill installed. just waiting on the headlights should be here today.
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