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Old 08-29-2012, 03:53 PM   #1
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Default My one year progress-BUILD

Decided I'm long over due for a build thread. Plus I need to stop hoarding on other users build's and should have a place to document mine.. So here we go..

Bought my first vehicle ever, A 1997 Jeep Cherokee Sport In February of 2011 with 169,000 miles. Always loved the look. I knew it would be ultra reliable as It has the 4.0 inline 6, And it was pretty much the only small SUV with SOLID axles. which I love the simplicity of.

My initial goal, as every first XJ owner was a 3in lift sitting on some 31's.. I ended up piecing together a 3.5in lift through various vendors.. primarily Craigslist.

My lift/build currently consist of.. - 3.5" Tuff-Country coil's, 2.5" Full-Length RE AAL, 1.5-2 adjustable shackle, Rough country WJ lower arms, 1.25" spidertrax wheel spacers, 94 ZJ front leather seats, new speakers- kickers front, pioneer rear, 31" BFG All Terrain's, Transmission cooler, trimmed front fenders and bumper..etc, etc. I know there is more but that's the general amount of progress I have made to it in the past year. If it you know of something I did to it that I don't, just let me know.

Besides normal maintenance, The XJ has not needed any significant repairs at all! The only repair that wasn't a Mod that I can think of is that leaky rear pinion seal. And rear shoes. Oh, and a new windshield.. not cheap.

From now on I will try and update my build here. I still have not figured out how to type text below pictures!?



















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Old 08-29-2012, 04:08 PM   #2
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Lookin good man, so jealous of that clean engine bay
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Old 08-29-2012, 04:37 PM   #3
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Thanks! Hard to believe it almost has 200,000 miles.
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Looking good. Super clean rig, you will be hopelessly hooked on it now.
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Leon, you and I came on here at about the same time and I have sat back and watched you build that rig and am always curious to see what you're going to do next. It's come a long way since the day you brought it home. Unfortunately, the money runs out long before the ideas and plans. Nice job!
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Replaced first U-joint on this thing. Hopefully it holds solid for years to come.

Well... you know what I mean.

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Whats next?
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Haha, well Ripped off side trim recently. Thinking about painting the rocker/lower door with spray bedliner. yay or nay? Within a year or so i plan to be running some bigger tire too..
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Haha, well Ripped off side trim recently. Thinking about painting the rocker/lower door with spray bedliner. yay or nay? Within a year or so i plan to be running some bigger tire too..
I would definitely say do it. Just make sure you take the time to properly prep for the paint because the spray on bedliner likes to chip off of you don't.
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By properly prepping, would that entail sanding/priming. What would be a good primer to use on this surface?
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I have yet to start that project, but I believe any general purpose spray can primer would adhere fine. I would probably not use sand paper, just a few aggressive scrubber brushes, or scotch bright. Whatever would let the primer get some "bite" on the paint/clearcoat.
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..cause' I was thinking about doing this, as I just moved from Georgia to Ohio and I'm completely paranoid about the rust factor, the only thing that makes me hesitant is my neighbors rig has the bottom half of the doors done and it looks like hell. Idk it it was cheap undercoat or bedliner, or if he even used a primer, I need to ask, cuz I want mine done right, not.to look like a DIY job in 6months.
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..cause' I was thinking about doing this, as I just moved from Georgia to Ohio and I'm completely paranoid about the rust factor, the only thing that makes me hesitant is my neighbors rig has the bottom half of the doors done and it looks like hell. Idk it it was cheap undercoat or bedliner, or if he even used a primer, I need to ask, cuz I want mine done right, not.to look like a DIY job in 6months.
I don't think to really matters whether you you go with the roll on or the spray on just make sure you take the time to sand everything down and you shouldn't have any issues at all.
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Just posted this in the "today I did.." thread, Might as well document it here as well. Installed some cheapo harbor freight lights. Yes, harbor freight.. the glass wasn't sealed at. held in by 2 plastic retainers with 2 screws. So I removed the glass pieces and used clear "goop" to bond the glass to the plastic body. But surprisingly, the light is great! better than my stock beams. Hopefully my stock alternator and Costco battery can handle the draw of lights and a 1000w amp.




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Nice! I think I picked up the same set at my local harbor freight, I didn't bother sealing mine though. They work well for cheap rock lights


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