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Just joined recently so I decided to bring my build thread with me. I bought this very clean '98 early this year with a lot of the mods I wanted already on it. The price was awesome so I pounced.

Here is what it looked like when I bought it:


This is a project for me and my 13 yo son to work on together. He has since laid claim to it for his own.

The first thing I did was put a new Tom Woods front shaft in ( the slip yoke on the old one was shot ). Then some new u-joints in the front axle. Then a test drive:


The next item was the 10,000# Warn winch I traded for. It was suppose to bolt right into the ARB bumper. Well it was an older model I guess, after much tape measure work it was determined that it would NOT in fact fit inside the bumper. Let the fun begin.

This is the "before" picture of the bumper:


Next I made room for the winch on top of the bumper and built a mounting flange for it:


Now the winch is mounted and the fairlead was attached after building brackets for it:


I think I like the winch up high so it will stay out of the mud and water. The only drawback is at 70 mph + the engine starts getting a little hot due to the restricted airflow through the radiator. (Wasn't a problem before the winch was mounted). I can live with it since I don't drive that fast much anyway.

Stay tuned, next is the wheel swap, fender and bumper trim.
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Well a couple of weeks into this new project I found one of the wheels cracked. I wanted something that stuck out more anyway soooo.... now I have an excuse to buy these:


I loved the look after the install but turning sharp was impossible, time to man up, break out the plasma cutter and make some big fender openings.
Off with the flares, cut the front along the body line then cut and fold the rear. Now we have this beast:


Heres a couple of shots of the bumper trim:






Then my son went out in the yard to flex it a little:



Coming up next I start building sliders.
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Very nice looking Jeep. Can't wait to see it in person. Maybe we could build some sliders for mine while we are at it. Do you still have the old wheels?
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Default Re: Budget, what budget?....build.

Yes I have the wheels, The cracked one still worked fine, I just liked having an excuse to put the wide ones on.

I've got a full compliment of metal working equipment and love to fabricate. Also have lot's of down time during the winter. It would only take a day to fab up some nice sliders. I'll get the pics posted soon.
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Welcome to xjtalk... Aweswome looking rig... Wish I could have found a rig that was already started for a good price.. What is the backspacing on those Cragar rims that you installed??
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Welcome to xjtalk... Aweswome looking rig... Wish I could have found a rig that was already started for a good price.. What is the backspacing on those Cragar rims that you installed??
Thanks, the back spacing is 4", it moved the tires out at least 3" from where they were.

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nice lookin jeep real clean and great that your kid likes to work on it with ya good times
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Thanks nismo.


Well now for the sliders. They are nearly finished but I been busy with other things so they have to wait.

Here is a series of pictures from lay out to mock up:












Maybe I'll get them mounted some time soon.
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nice looking jeep ,, like the arb front bar ,have one on my pos ... welcome to xjtalk as well mate
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Yeah I like the ARB setups... I just wish they weren't so expensive to purchase...
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Yeah I like the ARB setups... I just wish they weren't so expensive to purchase...
ARB was my first choice, but I'm really glad I went with something custom.
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Love the fab stuff. Keep it up. It is the truly cheap way to go.
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jeep looks clean.... dont wory the cuting and fab has just began lol
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Ray, Ive yet to meet you but Im looking forward to hanging out with you and putting our metal working skills and ingenuity together and making some cool stuff... I wish I could score a deal on a nice bender and a tube notcher so I can get this freaking EXO underway
I already have enough pipe to do the lower sides from bumper to bumper I just need the roof coverage as well as the up rights ... let me know if youve got a bender Ill come with pipe and BREW of your choice!!! or cash if you prefer
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