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99 manual XJ Forestry Edition

Old 09-22-2018, 09:25 PM
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hey everyone! 3 year owner of this beautiful former USFS XJ. His name is Smokey. He’s a 1999 4.0L 4x4 with a standard transmission and 157k miles. Pretty much stock except for some hood vents. Recent work done: brand new a/c compressor, O2 sensors, tires, and power steering hoses. I nicked one of my old power steering hoses when i was cleaning the engine and hard turns caused fluid to squirt on the block! Those blue flames are not a sight you wanna see! Goodies: CB radio, weatherteched thru and thru, corbeau retro bucket driver seat, Thule roof rack, viper alarm, and a little hidden kill switch in the rear ash.

My life with Smokey: I bought him in 2015 in San Diego where he had lived his whole life (he was commissioned in SoCal’s Cleveland National Forest). I count myself extremely lucky in that i have every maintenance record since the green beast’s birth. I had him in San Diego for six months, then I shipped him to Puerto Rico where i lived for a year and a half. After that i shipped him back to SoCal—lived in LA for about six months, then last year i hooked a uhaul to the hitch and moved to Alabama. Here we’ve been ever since.

Current projects: fixing my drooping headliner, getting my front passenger door to open from the outside (something is stuck in the lockwork), and replacing my fuel pump (turns over a few more times than I’d like when I start it in hot weather). Future goals: debating between modding and selling.

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Old 09-23-2018, 06:25 AM
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That's awesome man and welcome! I guess I just assumed all USFS rigs were automatics with NP242s. Good to see they order stick shifts. Does it have the 120 mph speedo and extended idle switch too?
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Old 09-23-2018, 10:00 AM
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Welcome to the site SmokeyTheXJ !
Nice clean looking xj see it has hood vents also
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Old 09-30-2018, 02:53 PM
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Very nice! I'm bit jealous
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:38 AM
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Love it! Don't change a thing! 💚 It's neat that you two have done so much travelling together.
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:58 AM
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That is awesome. I spent a lot of time in the Cleveland NF when I was stationed out there. Love the wheeling in SoCal
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:56 AM
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I'd drive it just like it is pretty much. The body and everything seems to be in good shape and it would be a shame to destroy it. Maybe a small lift and slightly bigger tires, but if it were mine I'd keep it stock like I'm doing with my Comanche.
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