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Old 06-16-2016, 01:01 PM
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So, I have been creeping the build thread area for a while now and I have decided to go and make one myself. I have a 2000 XJ with 182k on it with the Upcountry suspension package. This is gonna be a pretty slow build because I don't have a ton of money to put into it. This is my first car but I looked at almost 10 XJs before this one, all of the others were rusted away because of the road salt here in NY.

Anyways, here it is:






I bought it with 182k on it, no rust which is huge here in NY.





Center console was wobbly so I pieced together the old support and made it strong again, taking the console out evolved into me stripping the interior to clean it... oops.



Painted the trim with trim and bumper paint, I'm happy with the result.



Either the factory or a previous owner bed lined the entire undercarriage, I am pretty happy about that considering everything is rotted away here in NY.



New 02's to hopefully fix the CEL.

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Originally Posted by nardey11 View Post
So, I have been creeping the build thread area for a while now and I have decided to go and make one myself. I have a 2000 XJ with 182k on it with the Upcountry suspension package. This is gonna be a pretty slow build because I don't have a ton of money to put into it. This is my first car but I looked at almost 10 XJs before this one, all of the others were rusted away because of the road salt here in NY.

Anyways, here it is:

I bought it with 182k on it, no rust which is huge here in NY.

Center console was wobbly so I pieced together the old support and made it strong again, taking the console out evolved into me stripping the interior to clean it... oops.

Painted the trim with trim and bumper paint, I'm happy with the result.

Either the factory or a previous owner bed lined the entire undercarriage, I am pretty happy about that considering everything is rotted away here in NY.

New 02's to hopefully fix the CEL.
Looks like you have the factory undercoating. I think that's what saved mine as well. No rust at all... knock on wood.
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Silver XJ - therefore I like!

Best of luck, no need to rush!
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Here's my build sheet:

*M5 Prem Cloth Hi-Back Bucket Seats
-AZ Agate
AA4 Sport Value Group
ADAP Light Group
ADLP Skid Plate Group
APAS Monotone Paint
AWE Up Country Suspension Group
AWHP Power Equipment Group
A20P 4.0L Engine(ERH)/4Sp Auto Trans(DGS
BASS 124 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
CDBS Reclining Front Seats
CFMS Rear Fold w/Removable Cushion Seat
CGGS Traveling Inboard Seat Belt Buckle
CGWS Next Generation Front Air Bags**
CKAS Carpets - Floor and Cargo Area
CKNS Cargo Compartment Carpet
CKTS Cargo Tie Down Loops
CKXS Plastic Liftgate Trim Panel
CLEP Front & Rear Floor Mats
CSAS Spare Tire Cover
CSC Cargo Compartment Cover
CSRS Passenger Assist Handles
CSSS Lift Gate Assist Handle
CUFS Full Length Floor Console
DGB All 4-Speed Automatic Transmissions
DGSS 4-Speed Automatic AW4 Transmission
DHAP Lock-Up Torque Converter
DHNS Command-Trac Part Time 4WD System
DHSP Floor Mount Automatic Shift Lever
DJKS Dana 30/181MM Front Axle
DMDP 3.55 Rear Axle Ratio
DRAS Corporate 8.25 Rear Axle
DSAP Trac-Lok Differential 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
GFAS Rear Window Defroster
GNAS Rear View Day/Night Mirror
GNCP Sun Visors w/Illum Vanity Mirrors
GTZP Power Mirrors, Fold-Away
GVBC All Vehicles W/Power Mirrors
GXMP Remote Keyless Entry
GXX Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System
HAAP Air Conditioning
HGDS Deluxe Insulation Group
JAYS Instrument Cluster w/Tach
JBFS Instrument Panel Black Bezel
JCDS 100 MPH Primary Speedometer
JHAS Var Intermittent Windshield Wipers
JHBP Rear Window Wiper/Washer
JJBS Dual Note Electric Horns
JJJS 12V Auxiliary Power Outlet
JPAP Power Windows
JPBP Power Locks
KDPS RADIANT SILVER MET. C/C - BADGE - CH
KGPS RADIANT SILVER MET. C/C - BADGE - JE
KRPS RADIANT SILVER MET. C/C - BADGE - 4
KTPS RADIANT SILVER MET. C/C - JEEP
KVPS RADIANT SILVER MET. C/C - BADGE - SP
KYPP RADIANT SILVER MET. C/C - 4.0L
K2ZS BLACK - MOLDING - BODYSIDE
K3LS SILVERSTONE MET C/C - FENDER FLARES
LAJS Headlamps On Warning Chimes
LBBP Courtesy Lamps
LCDP Map/Dome Reading Lamps
LDAP Underhood Lamp
LDBP Cargo Compartment Lamp
LHDP Headlamp Off Time Delay
LMAS Halogen Headlamps
LNJ Fog Lamps
LPSS CHMSL Lamp
MBKS Black Front Bumper End Caps
MBLS Body Color Front Bumper
MBSS Black Rear Bumper End Caps
MBTS Body Color Rear Bumper
MCAS Front Bumper Guards
MFBS Body Color Headlamp Bezels
MFKS Body Color Grille
MHAS Black Windshield Moldings
MMCS Rear Qtr Solid Window Insert
MMGS Belt Moldings
MMKS Body Color Drip Trough Molding
MNAS Black Door Handles
MNNS Body Color License Plate Brow
MWGP Roof Rack
NAA Federal Emissions
NBKS EVAP Control System
NFAS 20 Gallon Fuel Tank
NHBP Auxiliary Transmission Oil Cooler
NHM Speed Control
NMCP Heavy Duty Engine Cooling
PS5 Silverstone Metallic Clear Coat
QS5S Silverstone Metallic Clear Coat
RAAC All Radio Equipped Vehicles
RASS AM/FM Cassette Radio
RCRP 4 Speakers
RDDS Fixed Long Mast Antenna
SBAS Power Steering
SCGP Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
SDUP Heavy Duty Suspension w/Gas Shocks
SHAS Front Stabilizer Bar
SH8P Delete Rear Stabilizer Bar
SUAP Tilt Steering Column
TBBP Full Size Spare Tire
TBLS Inside Mounted Spare Tire
TRLS P225/75R15 Wrangler RT/S AT Tires
TZAP Goodyear Brand Tires
WJW 15X7.0 Aluminum "Ecco" Wheels
WKBP Matching Spare Wheel
WLZC All Aluminum Wheels
XCYS Upgraded OBD-II Connectors
XEAP Tow Hooks
XEEP Fuel Tank Skid Plate Shield
XEFP Transfer Case Skid Plate Shield
XEUP Front Suspension Skid Plate
XJFS Tethered Fuel Filler Cap
XPFS Protective Coating and Remover
YAAS Build To U.S. Mkt. Specifications
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Summer to-do list:

Transfer Case Fluid
Front and Rear Differential fluid, I also want to bedline the covers
Grease the front end
Rhino line the front bumper
Get LED pods to put on the front bumper

Like I said I am on a minimum wage budget so nothing too crazy is happening now, maybe a 3" RC lift in my future?
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Just checked out the build sheet. You got a real nice starting point for your build. Gotta love that locker in the rear and all the skids.
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Just checked out the build sheet. You got a real nice starting point for your build. Gotta love that locker in the rear and all the skids.
Yep, just less work i have to put on later.
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So I put the new O2 sensors in and it worked out well, they were pretty stuck so I mixed together some ATF and acetone to make a penetrating fluid and it worked great.




New VS. Old




The upstream looked pretty bad




Downstream in place




No more CEL




Decided to wash it quickly, because why not.


After changing them the Jeep's exhaust stopped smelling like it was running super rich. I plugged in my OBD scanner and checked out the readings, one of them was completely bricked before but now they both change.
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I changed out the spark plugs which helped with the rough idle, I don't think that they were original because i feel like they would have failed after 180k but they were NTK and they were definitely old, the gap on them was at least a quarter inch.

I also did the transfer case fluid, it was black and I feel like it was most likely original.

Power steering fluid was done too, completely black. I threw in some Lucas Oil conditioner to quiet down the whining noise and that worked.


Next on the list is the front and rear diff fluid.
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Looks like you have the factory undercoating. I think that's what saved mine as well. No rust at all... knock on wood.
Wow I just realized that's probably why my xj is just about rust free. Never new some had factory undercoating, I honestly thought that was just grime and dirt that had been on there for years. lol
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Totally forgot I even made this thread, I'm not even in High School anymore.

Things I've done:

22" lightbar on the bumper
3" Zone lift with full leaf packs (install was a total disaster)
15" cragar soft 8s
31x10.5" Goodyear Duratracs
CB install
New front u-joints, calipers, rotors and brake lines becausue the brakes decided to lock up on my going 60. That was scary.
Monroe steering stabilizer
RC fixed lowers
RC adjustable track bar





I am extremely happy with how it came out, next on the list is a Dynamax cat back and some JCR rock sliders.
I wish I had some pics of it dirty but I can't seem to find them.
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Originally Posted by challisc View Post
Silver XJ - therefore I like!

Best of luck, no need to rush!
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