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Old 02-28-2013, 09:03 AM   #1
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Default slowmotion xj build

I decided to call it slowmotion build, because this is going to take for ever to do. This is my first XJ and my DD, so progress will likly be slow.

First off, this was a $300 auction rig. It runs perfect, but had a bad clutch slave cylinder. 91 XJ 4.0, 2 door, ax15, 4x4, 206k when I got it.


I didnt take any pics of swapping the slave because I wasnt planning on doing a build or anything at the time. But I was glad to see it had a new clutch when I dropped the trans.

next I replaced the clutch master cyl, then the line between the master cyl and slave was replaced with SS braided line.




picked up some RE lca's



Broke the rear Ujoin and yoke doing a burn out, ha. swapped the yoke and replaced Ujoints in front & rear DL's.

picked up some 7" wide steelies, this made my front not rub, but the rear rubbed now so I did the cut/fold on the rear.




in the above pic, you can see thee negitive arch on my leafs... probably lost 3" of hight due to the saggy springs in the rear. even with the trimming the rear the front still has more tire clearence then the rear.
and here is how it sits right now.


I just orderd some 2" billet coil spacers, and 2" lift shackles They should be in within the week.

I'll be looking for stock V8 GC front coils to gain another inch, or be looking for at least 3" lift coils, if I find a longer set ill probably cut them down to a 3"ish hight. I will be swapping the good leafs from my parts XJ which should get me about 3" more hight over the junk I have on it now.

I'm also on the hunt for a V8 GC tie rod to swap onto this.

Open to ideas & suggestion.

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Old 02-28-2013, 09:27 AM   #2
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Default Re: slowmotion xj build

I did a two door xj did f150 springs in the front with 3 inch poly blocks and the rear did the 2 inch shucks shackles and made my own leave pack with chevy leave to give the main leave more arch it got me about 3 to 5 inches of lift and with trimming the front fenders got 33" tires on ten wide wheels no problem
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:40 AM   #3
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I had a set of f150 coils, but gave them to a buddy because I didnt want it to ride like a tank. My buddy ran f150 coils on his xj and said it didnt flex well due to the high spring rate.

I'v was thinking of using s10 or dakota springs to make a basterd pack which people claim 3-5" of lift with. I came across a set of xj rear springs that are supposed to be good for about 4" for $50 off a member on here, I should be getting those in about a week or so. I'm not looking to go over 4" right now, Im not planning on doing a SYE untell this summer. At that point I figure I'll replace all the tcase bearings seals and at least the chain.

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Default Re: slowmotion xj build

yea those do ride pretty hard but at the time i had a budget of nothing so used what i had but figured i would put some ideas out there i also did 2" inch xj lift springs in the front of my brothers grand cherokee with the 3 inch poly blocks and his flex is really nice same the the ride on the road just some food for thought
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:28 AM   #5
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nice lookin jeep for $300!
574 are you doing a build thread for whatever your creating over there??
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:49 AM   #6
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chadcmb / not yet haven't figured out which project I'm going to be working on yet. Thinking of doing another xj build but have alot of little projects to finish
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:21 PM   #7
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You have excellent taste in vehicles, I have a 99 Cherokee 2 door, and 67-72 Chevy/GMC trucks are my favorite.
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:49 PM   #8
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That is my favorite body style too. Unfortunatly that 72' is not mine. Its my friends truck. I fix his crap when it breaks so I get to use the shop when ever I need it. Everytime I see that truck, it reminds me of the 69' K5 CST my parents had when I was a child. Some day when I get rich I plan on getting a clean truck in that style.

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Old 03-04-2013, 09:45 AM   #9
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Not much of an update, but I spent a couple hours cleaning up and painting rims. Just have to do the other side now..
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:47 PM   #10
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got my spacers in. for $34.98 shipped I thought they were a pretty good deal.


And, picked up the rear springs today.



aand im still waiting on my shackles to show up.
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:43 AM   #11
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Finished the rims on the drivers side. Costed $4.32 to do all 4 and my step things on the sides. looks much better.


Still waiting on my shackles, then I can get started on my huge 2" lift.
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What shackles you order?
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:29 PM   #13
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The shackles are made by skyline suspension. They finally showed up.
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:41 AM   #14
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Debadged the xj other then the 4.0 high output and the jeep badge on the front. didnt get a pic of that yet.

shackles in

sits fairly level now.

I'll put my coil spacers in when some snow melts and I can pull the less saggy rear springs from my parts rig.

And I also removed the rear sway bar.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:12 AM   #15
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As usuall I havnt got much done on this, been to busy playing in the mud.



The spring that keeps the side mirrors from flopping all over the place and dangling from the wire broke on the pass side, so that got replaced.

Front shaft joints are toast, just picked up a new set. The guy at autozone was trying to sell me DL ujoints, I never seem to have much luck there. So I went over to schucks and picked up a set of outer joints. Should be getting that done this weekend.

Took some measurements on my rig and my parts rig, from the axle tube to where the bump stop meats the uniframe rail on my rig is 5 3/4" WITH my 2" lift shackes. parts rig sits at 7 3/4" with stock shackles, which is a bit higher then most came fromthe factory.

rear springs from my parts rig with my shackles should set me 3.5-4" over what most xj's came from the factory at. Now Im not sure if I'll even use the lift springs I have for the rear.
I found the factory messurments here- http://www.naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=912893

I messured my front a bit different then they did though, I messured from the knuckle directly bellow the spring to the top of the spring isolator. parts rig messured only 3/4" higher in the front then mine, so I'll still be looking for some 3-4" lift coils.

I still need to figure out what I'm going to do for shocks, everyone keeps telling me to get at least bilstien 5100's, but I think for now I'm going to go cheap and try finding a stock set of take off JK shocks. I'v heard those will work for 3" lift on the xj.

I'll try to grab some pictures when I get my front shafts pulled. have all the bolts/nuts soaked in penatrating oil, rusty bolts should be ready to come out by this weekend.

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Looking good man. Making progress, slowly, but still progress. I'll have a set of JK shocks in a few weeks, once i get home, if your interested.
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where tha muuuud at?
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If you can drive through Wasilla and Not find mud, you shouldn't be driving
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:44 PM   #19
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Shoot me some measurements on shocks. I might have something floating around here.
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Old 05-26-2013, 02:31 PM   #20
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jeep spit the rear DL, so I was on the hunt for a yoke for a few days there.


While it was just sitting, me and a couple buddys decided to tackle some things on the xj I'v been wanting to do.

Got the original seats swapped out for a set that recline and all that good stuff. Still need to swap the rear seat to match.


Next it was time to change out some windows..

This is what the old windows looked like, anyone need them?


Getting them removed was pretty simple, we had both out in about an hour.


We then removed the vented windows from my parts rig..


Finished product, it took about 30 min to install the first window, the second one went much faster.




Finally found a yoke, got that all back together.



Next thing on my list of want to do's is get some lower geared axles under this thing. I can see it being pretty gutless with bigger tires and 3.07's.

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Any tips on replacing the slave cylinder? I need to change mine out once new parts get here
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:28 PM   #22
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If its a internal slave I just dropped the trans and tcase as one. I removed the center concle and pulled the shift tower from up top. The only snag I had was I had to buy some inverted torx sockets to remove the two bolts at the top of the bell housing. I wasn't able to get the hard line on the slave separated from the original line to the master, so I just disconnected it at the slave and reused the hard line.

I wouldnt go cheap on the slave, I tried that and when it showed up it had a bad throw out bearing and was missing a clamp on the boot. After that I went and spent $180 on one and it's been working fine for about 10k miles now.

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Old 06-07-2013, 03:22 PM   #23
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Picked up a set of 31 m/t's so its time to get a little more hight out of the jeep. Told my buddy I was pulling my rear springs, he wanted to help so I told him o grab a sawzaw and start cutting.


Made easy accses to the shackle bolts.


Now its time to swap the leafs into my xj.

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Do you plan to close that spot off?
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Old 06-08-2013, 03:48 PM   #25
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The red jeep is just a parts rig and will be going to the crusher after I have all the parts off it I want. Still has a good ba10 5 speed, 231amc all the renix electronics if anyone needs they can have them sense they won't work on my rig.

When I went to remove the front leaf bolt on my silver xj it broke, so I'm currently trying to figure out how to get the part stuck in the welded nut out.

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