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Old August 7th, 2013, 07:12
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Re: Time for a build thread... 2001 XJ

Now it looks even more like it - just finished my roof rack:



I absolutely love the DuraTracs, but now that I'm in need of new tires, I'm really leaning toward non-dual purpose tires (bought them while my jeep was a DD). I'm really wanting to go the pizza cutter route, so I'm looking at 255/85R16 BFG KM2's at this point (that'll justify re-gearing too).

Oh yeah, and I figured out the secret to redoing headliners: low-speed drill and a wire wheel.







Totally stripped (obsessively) in about 45 minutes total. Another 20 minutes for slathering on a layer of fiberglass resin (nobody ever told me how much of an exothermic reaction the hardener creates) and I was done for the evening.

Oh yeah, and 3M Headliner Adhesive (38808) is some nasty stuff. Tacks up in about 2 minutes (nowhere near the 5 they advise - I can't imagine that it's workable for up to 60 minutes like the can states) and allowed me to knock out my EZ Cool installation in about 30 minutes, all by my lonesome:

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Old September 26th, 2013, 10:12
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Re: Time for a build thread... 2001 XJ

Love the build... I like the 5.5" with the 245's too.. more room to flex.

Sorry if I missed it, what front bumper is that? Looks great.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 10:44
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Re: Time for a build thread... 2001 XJ

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Old September 26th, 2013, 10:46
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Re: Time for a build thread... 2001 XJ

Thanks man. The lift/tire combo is a side effect of laziness and cheapness, but at this point I've set aside the money to go to 4.56's and get new tires... So I might go larger. I want to wait until I buy a tubing bender before going that route so I can cut deeper into the thing (rocker replacements, tube fenders, and so on).

Front bumper is a Rigidco FbG (2" front receiver that I built a license plate bracket for), rear bumper is a Detours Slimline. Both Terry and Mark (respectively) are extremely talented and build fantastic products.
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Old September 27th, 2013, 07:55
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Re: Time for a build thread... 2001 XJ

Did you re-cover the headliner? I missed the pic, but was assuming you were. How are the results of the ezcool on the roof?

Nice build!
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Old September 27th, 2013, 16:57
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Old October 1st, 2013, 14:30
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Did you re-cover the headliner? I missed the pic, but was assuming you were. How are the results of the ezcool on the roof?

Nice build!
Yeah, I figured headliner work wasn't all that exciting so I didn't take any finished pics (plus, on the 2nd half of it, I got hasty and screwed it up in 2 spots... oh well). The EZ Cool does make a notable difference though. It seems to have eliminated the persistent heat that radiates from the ceiling/headliner after the car has been sitting in the sun all day. This made a huge impact on AC efficacy (on 100+ days, I no longer need to drive the first 5 miles with the windows down).

Some of it may be placebo, but it was worth it in my case. Is it worth pulling the headliner just to do it? Meh, probably not.
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Old June 18th, 2015, 08:21
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Re: Time for a build thread... 2001 XJ

Figured it was time for an update before I start collecting and uploading pics...

I've been running IronMan4x4Fab's original prototype short arms for several years now, and grew weary of the ever-increasing service interval on the polyurethane bushings (it was time for my third full set). They're fantastic arms, and Andy is awesome, but I wasn't ready to spend the money to convert them to Johnny Joints on the chassis side when it was more than half the price of new arms with clevite bushings (sorry man!), and I still would've had poly on one end.

That being said, I ponied up the cash for JKS 6100/7100 upper and lower control arms and installed them on Tuesday night. Ride quality is fantastic, and the XJ no longer pulls to one side while braking. A wheeling trip is scheduled for this Saturday to see how they do.

Last weekend, I also finally addressed the braking issues and installed Mr. Blaine's Black Magic stock-sized rotor/pad/caliper setup, along with some Rough Country 6" lift stainless steel lines. I finally feel safe towing with this thing again.

While doing the control arm installation, I realized that my Bilstein 5100's for ~4" of lift were limiting my front travel (now that I'm sitting at just shy of 5.5" of lift). New 5100's for ~5.5" of lift (model 24-185943) will arrive tomorrow and should be installed shortly thereafter (16.97" collapsed, 28.44" extended, meaning 4" more downtravel!).

When it comes to the rear, I'm beginning to realize it's time for some shackle relocation brackets, as well as longer shocks... But I absolutely dread the idea of replacing the rears again. I managed to hammer out the sheared-off bolt sand weld nuts, and fished in new flange nuts with a telescoping magnet, but I'm not too keen on doing that this weekend.

Once I get it on a ramp and on the trails after the shocks are installed, I'll also be doing a rear caliper flip in order to install Mr. Blaine's Wizard Brackets, as my E-brake is pretty much useless at this point (there's something cool about knowing that they'll increase the E-brake's holding power to the point that the tiny drums can destroy themselves).

Pics will follow.

Oh yeah, and to save a friend's car from being repo'd about 18 months ago, I bought his brand-new DuraTrac 265/75R16's off him, so the current tire size is more appropriate for the lift. Once these go, though, it'll be time to move over to some BFG MT's.
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Re: Time for a build thread... 2001 XJ

A group of us are going to Hidden Falls next weekend (26-28). You should come then.
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Old June 18th, 2015, 10:32
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Weather-depending, that's where we're going this Saturday for a day trip. PM me your contact info and we'll try to sync up the following weekend.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention in my last update that I also took my chances with the Omix-Ada/Rugged Ridge 3/16" steel transmission crossmember (since my OEM one was crushed to piss and back). It fit nearly perfectly, although I did have to bore out the transmission mount holes an additional 1/16" or so to get it to seat properly. Should make a solid base for a transfer case skid whenever I get around to it.
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Old July 2nd, 2015, 12:50
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Re: Time for a build thread... 2001 XJ

So I've been getting some things done (sorry I missed the trip - I'll start watching the Red River Chapter board from here on out), but dragging ass at the same time...

First, bump stop measuring flex pic:



Then I got Mr. Blaine's Wizard brackets installed on my rear parking brakes. Basically these parts were designed for TJ and LJ owners who wanted to outboard their shock mounts, made possible by flipping the brake calipers/backing plates from side to side on the vehicle (putting the calipers on the front side of the axle)... The side benefit to doing this is a MUCH longer pull on the parking brake lever, which makes up for the lack of leverage provided by the XJ's stock parking brake lever (as it was designed for 9" drums, not 6").

Seeing as I did a KJ swap, which uses exactly the same parts as the TJ/LJ, he confirmed they were compatible so I ordered a set.

Dear god, what a tight fit:







I see why he doesn't explicitly advertise them for use on disc rear XJ's... The leaf springs interfere with the brake components and cable routing far more than the coil setups on the TJ/LJ. Fortunately, everything fits, and the E-brake is actually useful for the first time since I did the conversion.

Oh yeah, and here's how the front looks now with the new 6" lift Bilstein 5100's and JKS arms:



Based on the bump stop angles (the above pic is with weight on the axle), along with my new-found steering twitchiness, I get the feeling I'm running very little caster... So I'll be doing a bit of an alignment this weekend.

I also realized that I hadn't looked at my rear driveshaft/pinion angles since I installed 4 shims years ago while I was running the RE leaves with stock shackles. After installing the JKS boomerangs some time ago, my pinion angle got all mucked up (we're talking 2+ above the driveshaft)... Resulting in tons of vibration, along with a catastrophically failed U-joint a few months ago. I've removed the 4 shims and the pinion is now about 2 down from the driveshaft, and much smoother. I'll take some measurements this weekend as well to confirm these numbers.
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