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Hey y'all I'm Tim.... I'm a professional auto tech of 22 years and currently training to be Tesla certified.... I've never owned a 4x4 and only one truck all these years but last year I started watching YouTube videos of offroading with jeeps mainly cherokees. We'll last December I pulled the trigger on a rough shape 2000xj sport for $1300 clean title and virtually no rust....it wasn't really drivable at that time coz the suspension was shot. Like it barely turned to the left at all. So I've maybe put 5 miles on it since then and been building it little by little. Now she's sitting 5in higher on Rubicon express fully adjustable lift with complete rear leafs, trailforged crossover steering and iron rock offroad steering box spacer with frame rail brace., spartan rear locker, and an advanced adapters sye kit with Tom woods front and rear shafts with the front getting custom grind on the double cardan for 5 extra degrees....I went with the x spline on em too. This week the I should have everything installed and taken for alignment and can't wait to hit the trails next weekend. Any of y'all in El Paso Texas? Looking forward to learning from you guys and even more so to offroading together
 

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Congrats on the Jeep. The XJ is one of the most versatile platforms there is. Lots of goodies there. One rule of thumb here though, we are pic junkies so post up some pics. One thing you need to watch though in the hot weather you have there is overheating. That particular year and the 01 has the 0330 head and they crack easy. But I am sure you know how to keep your cooling system in shape
 

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Hey y'all I'm Tim.... I'm a professional auto tech of 22 years and currently training to be Tesla certified.... I've never owned a 4x4 and only one truck all these years but last year I started watching YouTube videos of offroading with jeeps mainly cherokees. We'll last December I pulled the trigger on a rough shape 2000xj sport for $1300 clean title and virtually no rust....it wasn't really drivable at that time coz the suspension was shot. Like it barely turned to the left at all. So I've maybe put 5 miles on it since then and been building it little by little. Now she's sitting 5in higher on Rubicon express fully adjustable lift with complete rear leafs, trailforged crossover steering and iron rock offroad steering box spacer with frame rail brace., spartan rear locker, and an advanced adapters sye kit with Tom woods front and rear shafts with the front getting custom grind on the double cardan for 5 extra degrees....I went with the x spline on em too. This week the I should have everything installed and taken for alignment and can't wait to hit the trails next weekend. Any of y'all in El Paso Texas? Looking forward to learning from you guys and even more so to offroading together
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Congrats on the Jeep. The XJ is one of the most versatile platforms there is. Lots of goodies there. One rule of thumb here though, we are pic junkies so post up some pics. One thing you need to watch though in the hot weather you have there is overheating. That particular year and the 01 has the 0330 head and they crack easy. But I am sure you know how to keep your cooling system in shape
I'll have to take more pics. I haven't really taken any to be honest. But I'll get on it. I'm waiting for the first flex pic haha. Iono how long it'll take to break in my springs tho
 

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Well I finally got a lil more work done but gotta figure out ball joints next lol. I got the other parts I had ordered installed and here a few pics. It's getting closer than ever but I fear I might need to rebuild the transfer case soon as well.....trailforged hasn't shown a pic of the steering setup like this but being stacked on top of each other the way they showed it. It looked like a lot of torque would be applied to the passenger Knuckle so I stacked mine like that to have the highest clearance and distribute the load more evenly. What y'all think? It clears everything. Also thoughts on possible bump steer with the track bar and drag link angles. Since I'm in need of ball joints it'll be a while longer before I take for the alignment. I just really don't wanna pay for more than one haha. What kinda ball joints y'all tried and what's best
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I assembled it 5 times to get it where I was happy with it lol. Being a mechanic and really good builder/tuner of rc crawlers is gonna help me out I think. You have any input on the ball joints? On one end I wanna go with something that'll last. On the other I don't wanna spend too much on these axles coz in the future I wanna swap em out. I didn't realize this until I started building my own rig that the bottom ball joint holds ask the weight. That design doesn't make any sense me to at all so I've been reading about the ball joint delete and dual load carrying designs but man they are expensive. The oem Spicer ones will cost me about 160 for all four so if you know of anything with a better design and not too much more I'd appreciate the info. My experience with these things are customers bring it in for repair and that's all I see of it. Owning one is a totally different ball game lol
 
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