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    Default Project Overkill XJ

    Here are my thoughts and ideas for my build. I would like to build this jeep into a rig that’s fairly reliable, useful and fun. I want to use it for a daily driver, to pull a small trailer (snowmobile, ATV, boat and stuff) and to go hunting and/or fishing.


    I don't like to waste time or money and I like to do things right the first time (although, I find that doesn't always happen in real life). Now the money thing. Being retired, I guess you could say I have a fixed income. That's why I don't like wasting it and that's why I like to reuse things where I can. Also I have to hire a lot of things done that I would've been able to do myself because of my disability. I can still do some stuff, just not heavy stuff.


    First thing is to make it so I can reuse the tires (265/75/16) from my K2500 Chev pickup that is now a parts doner for my other truck (K3500 dually) and motorhome, that have the same diesel engines. To do this I would like a 3-4 inch lift. I already bought new wheels to fit with a 4.5 BS. I had them mounted and balanced this week.

    I also noticed some noise coming from the rear axel, so I'm replacing it the a Ford 8.8. My thoughts on that were that it would give me disc brakes all around, have lots of options and be heavy duty.

    As far as the lift goes. I haven't decided yet on what brand of kit to get, but it will be complete with shocks, springs, control arms and bushings.

    I guessing I'll need at least one new driveshaft. I will need new brakes all around. Eventually I want to put on some retractable running boards to make it easier to get in and out of it once it's lifted.
    https://www.ariesautomotive.com/running-boards-side-bars/actiontrac-powered-running-boards

    Here's a photo of the rear axel I got yesterday and one of the tire/new wheel standing next to my XJ.



    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails jeep wheel.jpg   jeep rear end.jpg  

    Last edited by Retired Firefighter; 4 Days Ago at 12:19 PM.
    1996 XJ, 5 speed manual, 4.0, 265,000 miles and no rust

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    Default Re: Project Overkill XJ

    Looks like you are on your way
    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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    Default Re: Project Overkill XJ

    The black lower portion of my XJ is kind of ratty looking, so I was thinking of having bed liner sprayed on that area. If I do, I want to do it before the V2 flares are installed. Any Thoughts? Pros or Cons?
    1996 XJ, 5 speed manual, 4.0, 265,000 miles and no rust

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    Default Re: Project Overkill XJ

    The only thing I don't like about bed liner is the orange peel look. You can however brush on POR15 bed liner, provided you don't stir it when you open it, and then use their clear coat and have a gloss look
    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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