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Old August 22nd, 2017, 11:57
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Re: Back in an XJ: Building a mild 1998 Sport

I had that same compressor before and it worked really well. Definitely better than the slime compressor I've had the last few years. That little Amazon compressor even kept working after I accidentally drove a tire over it when I forgot the Jeep was still in gear and reached in to start it.

I'm sure you could piece together the same setup using that compressor and a small tank for fairly cheap, I just went with the VIAIR kit because it came with almost everything you need in 1 box.
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Old August 22nd, 2017, 12:16
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I had that same compressor before and it worked really well. Definitely better than the slime compressor I've had the last few years. That little Amazon compressor even kept working after I accidentally drove a tire over it when I forgot the Jeep was still in gear and reached in to start it.

I'm sure you could piece together the same setup using that compressor and a small tank for fairly cheap, I just went with the VIAIR kit because it came with almost everything you need in 1 box.
Yeah, it seems to have fantastic reviews for being what it is, and it has a 3 year warranty.

I'll be going Viair for the same reason you mentioned, since it comes with everything you need, not having to go through piecing things together.
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Old August 22nd, 2017, 12:40
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Re: Back in an XJ: Building a mild 1998 Sport

Great build man!! I have very similar aspirations for mine after I get back from Afghanistan. Deployment money is already gone and haven't even left yet lol. But loving the build!!
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Old August 22nd, 2017, 16:22
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Yeah, don't blame ya. I'm putting together a trail tool kit for the buggy, and picked up one of these:



$60 off Amazon Prime.

It filled my 40" up from 8 to 22.5 PSI in about 4 minutes. Not the quickest ever, but it's more meant for full flats and having on deck for the truck and trailer.

Someone up this way has the Viair 450P for $200 on CL (he'll go down to $180). However, I can still buy three of these for that, and these might see some rough riding
That's the same compressor Orielly's sells.I bought one in 2014 used it Twice put it under the Dodges back seat and when I pulled it out to fill a low tire after pulling a nail out of it the compressor sounded like a can if marbles then made grinding sounds and then a thump sound into the dumpster. The unit was if I recall...oil less maintenance free...But sure sounded like it ran dry .
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Old August 22nd, 2017, 21:22
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Re: Back in an XJ: Building a mild 1998 Sport

builds looking good man!

man i wish i had that air system, are you running power to the battery directly or a distribution block?
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Old August 23rd, 2017, 06:23
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Re: Back in an XJ: Building a mild 1998 Sport

I hooked the main power for the compressor to the same cable that runs directly from the battery to the amp under the rear seat. The power for the on/off switch is spliced into the cigarette lighter right above it. It's key on power only so that way if I accidentally leave the switch in the on position I don't have to worry about my compressor killing the battery.
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Old August 23rd, 2017, 07:04
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Are those dirt track AERO bead locks you have? I was thinking of trying a set of them. You balance them or beads or not going to worry about it?
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Old August 23rd, 2017, 07:47
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Yes, they are Aero beadlocks. The little hand grenades or air soft bb's are what I used for balancing. I got them on Amazon and each one should have a bit over 6oz of beads in them. Hopefully enough to balance the tires, but if not I'll just order more.
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Old August 23rd, 2017, 08:22
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I had thought about using these, i called Aero and they said the only problem they have had is that the bead on larger mud tires is too wide to get adequate clamping of the lock ring.

The lock width is made for 3/4" wide beads with a max of .850 bead width. Im going to measure a new set of tires and if i can get that im going with these wheels also. Let me know how they balance out.

You doing any road driving?
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Old August 23rd, 2017, 09:29
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Minimal road driving. The beads on my KM2's are just under an inch. There is a little bit of gap between the inner and outer rings, but I've had that with every set of beadlocks I've ever ran. I just tightened them down as tight as my 1/4 drive air ratchet would go, going around the circle a few times until it wouldn't move any of the bolts anymore. Once aired up I sprayed soapy water on them to check for leaks and had none so I think they'll be fine.

I've had Allied steel beadlocks, Trail Ready aluminum, and DIY beadlocks. They all had a slight gap between the inner and outer rings once tightened down. The only thing I might do with these later on (if I have issues) is drill out the other 16 holes and run a more bolts. The outer ring has 32 holes but the inner ring only has 16.
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Working on uploading some pics now to update this. I will say that I've put over 100 miles on this thing so far and its great. The KM2's with just over 6oz of airsoft bb's are smooth down the road, the steering is nice and tight with minimal bump steer (no sway bars or steering stabilizer), and with the 4.88's this thing has no problem running up the Peak to Peak to get to Rollinsville. The rear limited slip and Yukon Zip Locker are working very well together. It turns very tightly on the trail still but made the Gate Keeper at Spring Creek look like a walk in the park. I haven't had any issues with the Aero bead locks, they've been great and the widened stance is nice and stable. I don't rub when on the trail, even when loaded down with 4 adults and way too much food/drinks for 1 day on the trail. All in all I'm very happy with this little XJ so far.
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Re: Back in an XJ: Building a mild 1998 Sport

Ok, picture time.

Once I got the onboard air sorted out and installed I was able to move onto my steering. I went with the Dirtbound Offroad heim steering over the CavFab only because it was about $40-60 cheaper shipped. I've been happy with the few things I've received from Dirtbound thus far, although their communication and shipping expediency could be improved.

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I did manage to break my 5/8 drill bit on pitman arm, so that sucked. Otherwise it was a pretty straight forward install.

Jump ahead and here it is on the Jeep.


Once that was done I mounted the front wheels/tires and then moved onto finishing up the re-gear on the 8.25 out back. Ron's Machining Service promptly shipped my new gears to me and once the incorrectly ordered ones got to them they called me right up and sent me a refund. I'm very happy dealing with them.

You have to grind the teeth down on 4.56 and numerically higher gears with the 8.25 or you won't be able to get the cross shaft in or out, as its a c-clip axle that is a problem. One thing I like about the factory limited slip is that it has a smaller cross shaft, so there is a little less grinding. Still, this grinding of the ring gear and that its a c-clip axle is why I personally refuse to run a locker in the 8.25 when running 35's. I've also always had good luck with the factory trac-lok limited slips, plus they're easy to rebuild.





And in the axle.


I didn't take a picture apparently, but I also installed a Solid brand differential cover onto the 8.25 rear.

I got it finished up on Saturday, the day before the Spring Creek run with the chapter. I decided to test drive it and make sure it was good to go by running over to Trent's house to pick up my spare 35 and some spare 8.25 shafts. I then drove to another buddy's house in Firestone and bs'd with him for a bit about his Early Bronco project, and finally drove it down to Thornton to meet up with a friend and catch the Carnage on Larimer car show.

Spare tire "fits" in the back.


Jeep in front of my friend's house in Firestone and ready to go to Spring Creek.


Because I wasn't sure if I was going to need to trim more up front I removed my windshield washer bottle from under the front fender before Spring Creek. My trimming and bumpstopping turned out to be just right however and I was able to put it back in. I also decided that I like the spare tire sitting where it is so I'm going to make another cross bar/hi-lift mount for behind the back seat that will also have a support for the tire. I'll add better tie-downs and use my 3-point tire strap too.

After I got back from Spring Creek I decided to finally add some front tie-downs to my friend's trailer. I sold it to him a few years ago for pretty cheap with the understanding that I can use it pretty much as needed. I also try to do maintenance on it when I have it to help him out.




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This last Monday with my mom and baby (he's 21 ) brother in town we decided to load up into the Jeep and go up Rollins Pass, Jenny Creek, and most of Kingston Peak. My buddy Jim also came up and brought his 2 Polaris ATV's so my g/f and brother were able to take turns riding the extra ATV, at least until the one broke a control arm coming down from a very respectable jump. As usual I suck at taking pictures when on a trip so this is all I really have.







We stopped at Ned's in Nederland for dinner and overall had a great day.

I have drill this weekend but its just our Family Day and only on Saturday. The plan for Sunday is to put my Warn winch back together (the gear housing was crudded up and wouldn't free-spool), install the winch into the bumper, spool up the synthetic rope, and wire that all up. Then I'm going to try to get that spare tire support made so I can lower fold down the back seat again to get better access to my tool bags and spare parts that are under it.

My buddy Nick made me a bit of custom bling for the winch install too.


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That looks sick man!!! I need to do more trimming to get 35s on my 5in Clayton. Awesome thread.

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Old September 12th, 2017, 19:41
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Bump stops make a big difference. This is the second rig I've built with a 4.5" lift and 35's. In the back I just beat the lip in and hammer out the fender to open it up as much as possible. It moves really easily with a mini-sledge. My door gap is actually smaller between the rear door and the fender. Up front I just used the stock flare as the guide for my plasma cutter. I've then got 6 hockey pucks glued and taped together inside the coils as front bumpstop extensions and out back I've got a 2" bumpstop on a set of dirtbound u-bolt plates. It still flexes and rides good but I'm not all in the fenders flexed out and I'm not having to make drastic body mods to clear either.
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