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Wagoneer Trail Beater

Old 08-16-2014, 07:20 PM
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I figured I would do my intro along with the start of my build thread to save me some time. I've always been into jeeps and have a JK Rubicon Unlimited as my daily driver. My girlfriends family has about 55 acres in the middle of Kansas with perfect trails for wheeling but it's some thick timber so I figured I would pick up something cheap to beat up out in the woods and not worry about getting scratched up.

I picked this 87 Wagoneer Limited up for 500 bucks and gave myself a budget of $2000 to get it ready for the woods.
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I got the 30x9.5x15 KM2s and wheels off of craigslist and they are like brand new.
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Then I ordered up a 3" Rusty's kits and started replacing the brakes and ball joints while I was installing that.
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My dad owns a car lot so it's nice to have a lift and someone else's work area to get real dirty.
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Did some minor fender trimming while it was in the air.
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And scored some nice seats to replace mine at the junk yard.
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Finally rolled it out of the shop today and made my mom pose with it so people could tell how tall it really is now.
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So here is what really pissed me off. As I was backing out the garage with my XJ a nice ZJ rolled onto my dad's lot and the guy traded it in for a Lincoln! Could have saved me some trouble, but I really like the XJ more. Oh well looks like I have some parts to rob off of it now (roof rack and KC lights).
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Old 08-16-2014, 07:24 PM
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That's a WJ not a ZJ, but nice woody XJ. Please don't beat it up too bad they are somewhat rare
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Old 08-16-2014, 07:24 PM
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Here are a couple more pictures after I put it away for the evening.

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There isn't much left to do to it, I've basically hit my budget getting to this point. I plan on doing a few little things like painting the bottom of it with bed liner to cover the rust and cleaning it up some more. I also may build some bumpers for it, but I don't really want to invest anymore into this turd.
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Old 08-16-2014, 07:31 PM
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Originally Posted by ShadeXJ View Post
That's a WJ not a ZJ, but nice woody XJ. Please don't beat it up too bad they are somewhat rare
My mistake, never cared much for the grand cherokees anyways.
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:19 PM
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Haven't had much time to work on the XJ because i'm back at school now, but today I got around to painting the bottom and flares with some bed liner. It covers the rust nicely.

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Also robbed a firestick off of a YJ at my dads car lot. Not sure if I'll keep it in this location or not.
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And you can see in the pictures where my dad started building a roof rack for it. I didn't like the shape and size he did so I'll probably redo it. Should look more like the JCR rack when I'm done.
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