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Post by Hellbilly on 10/5/2011, 12:30 am

So i bought my first jeep recently and have a list of upgrades longer than my leg at this point..

Specs:
4.0 I6 MPI HO Engine - AW4 Tranny - NP242 Transfer Case - D30 Front & Chrysler 8.25 Rear Axles (3.55 gears as far as i know)

I will be starting with the typical Lift, Tires and a handful of performance mods.

Ordered a 4.5" RC lift which will be going on this weekend (Thanks to Troy)
K&N Intake (Will be installed Friday)
Complete overhaul for the sound system
And all the items i need for a complete tuneup and fluid flush.

Heading to Troys this weekend to install the lift. I will be sure to take the camera and get some pics.

If anyone has a set of 33s they want to sell, get a hold of me please Very Happy

For now, here is a couple in its completely stock condition.





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Post by 89WhiteXJ on 10/5/2011, 12:32 am

Looks clean. Get ready to do alot of work this weekend.
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Post by MudRaider on 10/5/2011, 9:23 am

Looks good. Don't see that spoiler lasting too long though.
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Post by Lock~N~Low on 10/5/2011, 9:35 am

man, that XJ is about to get it.... i wanna get your Cherokee High. LOL i mean lifted. whatcha gonna do with those tires?
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Post by Guest on 10/5/2011, 10:36 am

Those wheels would look pretty good on chris's black xj

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Post by MudRaider on 10/5/2011, 10:40 am

If I get off work on time, ill take a ride over and see the progress.
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Post by Hellbilly on 10/5/2011, 11:27 am

MudRaider wrote:Looks good. Don't see that spoiler lasting too long though.

I said the same thing to the guy i bought it from.. Im going to remove it when i cut the fenders and use the wiring for a new set of Hella 500s.

Lock~N~Low wrote:man, that XJ is about to get it.... i wanna get your Cherokee High. LOL i mean lifted. whatcha gonna do with those tires?

Im looking for a set of 33s, was hoping i could use these tires as a bit of trade for them.. tires + cash might get me sitting on 33s quicker since ive spent so much money lately. The tires are at like 95% tread.
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Post by MudRaider on 10/5/2011, 4:40 pm

Actually, I think I'll make a poit of coming over just to see how you guys are coming along.
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Post by 4x4troy on 10/5/2011, 7:49 pm

hey i used to live by that church. i lived on amy st....back in 79-80

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Post by DIRTY on 10/5/2011, 10:57 pm

I WON'T BE HERE GOTTA HONEY DO THING TO DO LOL.
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Post by MudRaider on 10/5/2011, 11:00 pm

DIRTY wrote:I WON'T BE HERE GOTTA HONEY DO THING TO DO LOL.
Gotta keep momma happy. Otherwise they can make it hard to have any fun.
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Post by DIRTY on 10/5/2011, 11:36 pm

YEP
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Post by Nick@HappyTrails4x4 on 10/6/2011, 12:13 am

looks like a great starting point! very clean
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Post by MudRaider on 10/6/2011, 12:32 am

Almost a shame too scratch it up and get it dirty and dented................NOT!!!! cheers
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Post by Hellbilly on 10/6/2011, 8:20 am

MudRaider wrote:Almost a shame too scratch it up and get it dirty and dented................NOT!!!! cheers

I waxed it the day after i bought it.. its had enough time being a pretty Jeep, its time to transform this thing into a monster.
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Post by MudRaider on 10/8/2011, 9:34 pm

Looking forward to the updated pictures with the lift kit installed. When are you getting the tires?
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Post by Hellbilly on 10/9/2011, 12:45 am

Well, today was eventful and productive to say the least.. Had to wake up entirely too early to go play in the woods with some of you, managed to get hung up on a tree within 5 minutes of being there, then moved on to get my lift installed.. And at this moment im contemplating putting the jeep on the slab out back and installing the transfer case drop..
Ok ill shut up and insert some pics..

Off to Troys i go!


Troy "supervising"


Chris lived under my jeep for a solid 8 hours, and i cannot thank him enough. He has more patience than i do..


Fronts done! That just looks fucked up, kinda like something that you would see driving around in palatka..


Troy welding my tracbar together


And finished... Well sorta. Managed to break ALL 4 rear shock mount bolts, so we have to sort out a solution for that tomorrow hopefully. And im going to have to install shims or my transfer case drop because i have a slight bind in the rear driveshaft and its clunking around.


Random other photos from the day can be found at http://s260.photobucket.com/albums/ii23/defender6/
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Post by 89WhiteXJ on 10/9/2011, 7:18 am

You may end up needing an sye for the transfer case.
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Post by 89WhiteXJ on 10/9/2011, 7:25 am

Also they sell these drop things for the rear to fix your problem with the shocks. You weld them in and it gives you like an inch or two more down travel. Check detoursusa.com. you can normally bolt them in but in your case u weld them in and it drops and relocates your mount position.
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Post by MudRaider on 10/9/2011, 9:08 am

89WhiteXJ wrote:You may end up needing an sye for the transfer case.

I give up, what is an sye? How soon til the tires? Looks great, good work you guys!
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Post by Nick@HappyTrails4x4 on 10/9/2011, 9:17 am

MudRaider wrote:
89WhiteXJ wrote:You may end up needing an sye for the transfer case.

I give up, what is an sye? How soon til the tires? Looks great, good work you guys!

SYE mean Slip Yoke Eliminator ... it replaces the stock slip yoke style connection of the driveshaft to the transfer case with a flange style connection. this keeps your driveshaft from slipping out of the transfercase, and also allows you to run a double-cardon driveshaft so you can run the driveshaft at steeper angles without binding and vibrations.
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Post by Nick@HappyTrails4x4 on 10/9/2011, 9:20 am

jeep looks good. as for the broken shock bolts you can either weld on the bracket like frankie said, or you can use a punch and sledgehammer and knockout all of the nutserts, and just replace them with regular bolts/nuts/ and lock washers
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Post by MudRaider on 10/9/2011, 10:06 am

Nick@HappyTrails4x4 wrote:jeep looks good. as for the broken shock bolts you can either weld on the bracket like frankie said, or you can use a punch and sledgehammer and knockout all of the nutserts, and just replace them with regular bolts/nuts/ and lock washers
That sounds like an easy solution to an aggravating problem. Plus you get to use a BFH! afro
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Post by Lock~N~Low on 10/9/2011, 10:22 am

any volunteers?
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Post by Hellbilly on 10/9/2011, 12:46 pm

Listening to Chris and Troy talking about solutions to the shock bolts last night they mentioned welding in brackets that would change the pitch of the shocks, and allow for more travel. If thats still an option thats what i would rather do. More travel makes me happy.
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