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    Default New guy introduction and build.

    So I never did a formal introduction, I just started posting. I'm Matt from just outside of Portland, Or. When I bought a new car for my dd it quickly became my wife's and I inherited her '95 Country. Tbh I'm happy with that trade. It's been my dd for about 4 years now. I'm just now getting in to upgrades and building it.
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    '95 Country
    141k miles
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    Stock just about everything but a few odds and ends like tires (after all 4 were slashed,) radio, ignition, rad, alternator, just redid all the brakes. Other than those everything is what rolled out off of the assembly line 22 years ago.

    My first order of business is to make it a better dd. Did a tune up last weekend with new E3 plugs, new wires, new dist cap and rotor. My next step is the fuel injector swap to get an extra couple mpg.

    The door fell off at some point and wasn't aligned correctly when it was put back on leaving a 1/4 gap at the top. That's going to be adjusted at the same time I take all the chrome parts off to paint black (next weekend maybe.)

    There's a small oil leak somewhere so we purple powered the engine bay as best we could so we can find where is coming from.

    Front end is all ****ed and will go whatever direction it feels like when hitting a bump or braking. I'm thinking new tire rod end and ball joints fill fix that. Wheel bearings seem to be ok. No scraping noise and no wobble on the wheels when checking.

    The radio is been a total pain. All the fuses are good, all the wiring is good, but it still just doesn't work. I'm going to try a new head and see if that's the problem.

    I am the window master and hold all the power! Everyone must plead their case and if I'm feeling merciful I'll give then the fresh air they crave! Back in reality the switches are busted and just need to swap them out.

    That's it for the get back to basics so now the fun stuff.

    I'm thinking 6 1/2 on 33" bfg all terrains should be good for a mostly dd with weekend wheeling. Nothing to major just some good trails. 6 1/2" because why not and 33's because I want to keep a somewhat stock look and not trim. For budget reasons I may go with Rough Country. They have mixed reviews (mostly positive) and get designated as the newb lift but it seems they took their negative feedback and improved where needed. Most importantly the track bar is much beefier and adjustable now. If I get in to more serious wheeling then skid plates, and an axle swap will be in the future.

    But that's going to have to wait though. New baby on the way means jeep fun stuff takes a back seat.

    So there ya go. The only thing left is a project name. I have some ideas flaking around but we'll see.




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    Welcome Matt. Looks like you have some big plans. The kids can take care of the play money, but you will find a way to free up some.
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    Default Re: New guy introduction and build.

    Thanks for taking the time to introduce and especially posting the pictures!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    Welcome Matt. Looks like you have some big plans. The kids can take care of the play money, but you will find a way to free up some.
    Yes they can! Our 5 year old is about ready for a 50cc quad plus I need my own so I'm not borrowing her dad's all the time. I'm sure we'll be able to make it all happen.

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    Welcome to the site! Sounds like you have a good idea on what you want. You might know this already, but just be aware when planning that you're going to need a slip yoke eliminator with a lift of that size.


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    Quote Originally Posted by abebehrmann View Post
    Welcome to the site! Sounds like you have a good idea on what you want. You might know this already, but just be aware when planning that you're going to need a slip yoke eliminator with a lift of that size.


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    Yup. Factored that in to the budget.

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    Sweet! Another yellow jeep! Really, Really REALLY pale yellow, but still yellow!

    Nothing wrong with 33's and 6 1/2 for a daily, it's what I run, if you have any questions this is the place to be, great group of people here! They even put up with me!

    Welcome!


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    That's gold my friend! I've only ever seen 2 other gold Countries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattybPDX View Post
    That's gold my friend! I've only ever seen 2 other gold Countries.

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    Oh.... That's too bad...cause if it was yellow, even pale yellow, it would have more horsepower, flex better, climb better, make better coffee and gets tons more coolness points! Ask anyone!
    Trust me! Would I lie to you???

    Anyway... Nice to see another xj being kept by someone who will appreciate it!

    Oh and check out my build thread link in my signature to see what yellow could do for you, we are a small group but all hardcore!

    Pale yello..... er... Gold jeeps rule!

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    And it's been scientifically proven chicks dig yellow jeeps specifically.

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    Hmmmmm, scientifically. OK, I want in on this study. Large sample size I presume?
    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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    Sounds like a plan! Gotta admit, don't see many of those country's in gold. Got a Laredo myself and they seem closely related since they have the cladding on the bottom.

    Welcome to xjtalk! Glad to have ya here and thanks for the pics!

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    Nice clean low mileage XJ you have there.

    Welcome. We have a member in the Portland area (NW99XJ)... you might hit him up for some trail riding, but be careful trying to follow him I hear he is a bit heavy with the right foot.

    As far as aligning the door, I would be surprised if there is enough adjusted to fix it. The upper door hinge likely pulled away from the body and when it was fixed the hinge was welded in further away from the A pillar that it was originally.
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    Default Re: New guy introduction and build.

    sample size was 1, it has now doubled. much larger sample size than before.

    nice rig and great plans!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattybPDX View Post




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