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    Default Re: Project Cheap XJ

    Looks good!! I've never managed to actually wax mine after a wash... I have though about once I get the hatched swapped back on, and have a place I can do it, that I might wash it and run a quick coat of rubbing compound over the whole Jeep... just to see if I can fix any of the fading/staining issues on the clear coat... and then I guess I'd have to run a good coat of wax on it... But most likely I'll jus stick with it as is.. LOL
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    Thanks! Too bad it got so filthy while we were grinding/welding the sliders on.... Ill have to wash it again this weekend maybe... And get all the rust dust off of it lol.

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    Wax, what is this wax you speak of?
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    Ugh... If it isnt one thing..........

    On the way home the other day, I noticed some off noises coming from my steering... So i had my wife turn the wheel while i was under it. My freaking unibody cracked allowing the steering box to flex when i turn the wheel. I guess its time to look into how to fix this.. Im guessing pull the box out, and weld in some reinforcement on the inside and outside of the unibody.

    Heres what it does...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5p-iUEnp75c


    This is a picture of my unibody. The black part on the right is the IRO steering box spacer.

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    Well i finally got around to plating my steering box/unibody. I braced it on the inside and outside, so hopefully that will work. My welds are horrible, but im still learning, and it still has to be better than it was, and the box isnt flopping around anymore.

    I also upgraded my hauler trailer to LED lights, and fixed some wiring that the tree rats got to last winter. Finally for the first time since ive owned it, all of the lights work! I also replaced the jack since water got in the old one and froze, and made it super hard to turn up or down.












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    Nice lights. I need to do that too
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
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    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    lights look good. That's why I'm done loaning my trailer, always something to fix when it returns.

    Could've done crush sleeves on the gear mount area, but I'm sure it's way stronger that it was before. There's a frame reinforcement available for the steering gear side of the frame rail. I'll look for a link, but it should be easy to find. If you haven't done front stiffeners, those helped quite a bit along with a bumper up front.
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    Well my father and I went out for a little day trip to the Park Jeep Adventure Day weekend. My dad is friends with the owner of Park Jeep (the dealer that was putting the event on), so it was fun to meet him and hang out. It rained most of the day, which made for some super sloppy conditions, but it was still fun as always.

    All in all it was a great day. I only got hung up once, but that was the only hiccup. The Xj performed well as always, although i developed some sort of a knock in the RF, that ill have to take a look at before the Crawl for the Cure in a month...

    The only bad part was when I got home to wash it... I noticed that I can see almost all of my carpet from underneath the jeep. The rot seems to have gotten to it... Im going to be bringing it to the Crawl for the Cure in a month, but im not sure what direction im going to head with it after that.



















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    Looks like a good time was had by all.
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
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    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    good event! those sloppy days can be pretty fun
    Wheelin' East Texas in a RED XJ

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    cowl intake, Cobra CB, SYE, bumpers, 10K winch, lights
    ,___________
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    l_--- \___l---[]lllllll[]|
    (o)_)--(o)_)--(o)_)

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    Well, I think the time has come....... My Xj may be up for grabs after the Crawl for the Cure next weekend.........

    The good news is, that IF i do sell it, it will be to buy a newer replacement. A good friend of mine is selling his, to upgrade to a Rubicon.... He has always takes care of everything he owns, and doesnt mess around when it comes to upgrades on things, so i have absolutely no issues buying a vehicle from him.

    His is an 01 solar yellow, original owner, with 120k miles on it. Its got a 5.5" lift, 33s, new AC parts, new heater core, new springs and shocks, rock sliders, extended brake lines, shackle relocation boxes, underbody skids, 8.25/D30 with a rear locker, new Tom Woods driveshafts front and rear, SYE, on board nitrogen tank, front and rear armored bumpers, and a bluetooth stereo with infinity kappa perfect speakers (499/set x 3 sets...) in all doors and the rear header, with a 10" Alpine type R subwoofer in a stealthbox, and it sounds like a concert hall. The best part, its not all rotted out like mine lol. Its rarely been driven in winter, and only has some minor rust on the passenger door. He will be keeping his winch for his new one, but im not concerned about that.

    Hes giving me too good of a deal to pass up, and the wife already ok'd it. Shes ready to have a more reliable Xj that we wont have to make monthly payments on lol. If/when this happens, it will be in the next few months, and im sure ill be starting a new thread on it

    Anyways, I pulled a few pictures Ive taken when weve been out wheeling for your viewing pleasure










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    You and Pookapotamus can park side by side then
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    Normally I'd say... Nah, man! Stick it out, you've put so much work in it! But that 01 is a real looker! And to know it's been taken care of is piece or mind that's hard to find.

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    my first thought was Pook sighting. clean jeep for sure!
    Wheelin' East Texas in a RED XJ

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    cowl intake, Cobra CB, SYE, bumpers, 10K winch, lights
    ,___________
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    l_--- \___l---[]lllllll[]|
    (o)_)--(o)_)--(o)_)

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    well you won't lose it in the car park or the bush, and look ready to use

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