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Old September 12th, 2017, 18:47
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Re: Back in an XJ: Building a mild 1998 Sport

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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, 21:21
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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.
Ya I was gonna cut along the same line as you mentioned but just can't decide on if I wanna go a little higher for 37s or not. But the stance on yours is great. Alot of things you did are similar to what I have planned for mine.

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Old September 12th, 2017, 21:23
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I only have the 8 inch lift springs from that kit .
I love the kit. It was originally 5.5in but weight and years of wheeling have dropped it a little.

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Old September 13th, 2017, 09:45
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Re: Back in an XJ: Building a mild 1998 Sport



That's your Christmas card right there, man!
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Old September 17th, 2017, 13:47
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Re: Back in an XJ: Building a mild 1998 Sport

Finished up the winch install today. I started on this last weekend but ran out of time and got annoyed with it. Now that its done though I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

I started out having to take the gear housing apart on the Warn winch. This was a nearly new and free to me winch but it was so crudded up inside from sitting outside it didn't want to work. You couldn't turn the free spool lever at all and it took a few presses of the switch before it would spin. I took it all apart, cleaned it all up, and greased/oiled everything. It works good now, but the free spool still wants to hang up so I might take it back apart and hit it with some emery cloth to remove the last of the corrosion in there. The winch itself works though so I'm not too worried about it.

After all that was done I began by cutting out the front cross-member.




I also had to bend over the flange on the inside of the passenger side frame rail. This was because the winch mount was offset for an XRC8 or some other winch that my buddy was running when he designed it.



As you can see, with the Warn XD9000 there is enough room between it and the steering box that it probably could've been mounted centered.





I then used one of those light bar mounts to attach the solenoid box to the bar. I'll eventually order another one and then run cubes on either side instead of the short bar I was going to run.

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Short bar would look better
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Old September 17th, 2017, 17:51
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Re: Back in an XJ: Building a mild 1998 Sport

Looks good. Are you worried about destroying the rope on a rock? Like smashing it on something?
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Old September 17th, 2017, 18:51
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If a rock gets up under the bumper in a manner that it would hurt the winch rope I'm sure I'll have other issues.
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Old September 17th, 2017, 19:53
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Not under but the area around the fairlead. Hard to tell where it sits.
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Old September 17th, 2017, 20:21
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Re: Back in an XJ: Building a mild 1998 Sport

Like from hitting a rock with the front of the bumper? I'm not too worried about that either. The bumper itself sticks out less than the OE bumper did, so I've got a pretty darned good approach angle for only being on 35's and not having stretched the wheelbase any. Also, there aren't a lot of trails I'll be taking this thing on that I have to worry about that. Spring Creek and Holy Cross are probably the hardest trails this thing will ever see.
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Well admittedly the XJ does a lot of sitting next to the garage, so it was nice to take it out yesterday for a little light wheeling. A buddy of mine recently purchased a 100 series Land Cruiser with a 2" lift and slightly larger tires. He wanted to take it up so we ran up to Bunce School Road, Iron Clads, and Rock Creek. We tried to hit Johnny Park road but the gate was closed. I've been on it this time of the year before so figured it was worth trying before we headed home.

Overall it was a good day and decent bit of fun. The snow got respectably deep on Rock Creek with a thick later of ice underneath. This lead to a lot of full throttle runs into the snow to break trail ahead of the Land Cruiser. All was going decently well until about 1/2 way up when suddenly my air compressor kicked on and I could see I was still losing air pressure on the gauge. Sure enough once I rolled down the window I could hear an air leak. I crawled underneath and found that the air was rushing out of the breather hose for the front diff. I'm guessing I had an o-ring failure on the collar for the Zip Locker but I haven't opened it up yet to see.





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Old January 1st, 2018, 17:08
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Re: Back in an XJ: Building a mild 1998 Sport

Dude, those are some flores quality photos...

(I’m just jealous you actually got out in the woods)
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Old January 1st, 2018, 17:55
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Yeah, I just never seem to take any and the sun was in the wrong spot when my g/f was taking them of us going down that little ledge on Iron Clads.
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Re: Back in an XJ: Building a mild 1998 Sport

Nice rig! I had more fun in my Cherokee on 35's then anything I have built since.
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Nice rig! I had more fun in my Cherokee on 35's then anything I have built since.
Holy back from the dead. How have you been Kevin?

I agree, IMO an XJ is about perfect on 35's with around a 4.5" lift. I kind of wish I'd kept the 2000 XJ instead of going all JK, but oh well. Live and learn as they say. I'm still planning on building a buggy after the summer but will keep the XJ for trips like this and as a back up driver.
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