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Old April 9th, 2020, 18:58
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An XJ build thread!

Hey y'all, been lurkin on here for a while. Finally had some time to support this site and put together a thread.

Project Jasmine

Acquired as:
1991 Cherokee Limited
160k
Silverstone Metallic (resprayed)
Some minor subframe damage
California Jeep
Never wheeled.. bought this thing as a street XJ
AEM CAI and street radials. Cat dump exhaust
In need of general maintenance
Threw on a yakima basket and got a spare and this is how she sat.



Got to work pretty much immediately. (2 year process)
Rustys HD motor mounts.
New crossmember bolts (stripped out and missing when i got it)
Harmonic Balancer
Radiator flush, oil change, tune up.
Delta H4 kit
Proper exhaust.. Flowmaster 40 series
Freshly rebuilt aw4 (failed me on a tahoe trip)
RE 4.5" superflex kit

Post Lift



Slapped on a beefy Cavfab HD crossover steering kit and some Cooper 33x12.5x15s.




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Old April 9th, 2020, 19:03
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Started on a little fender trimming today.


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Old April 9th, 2020, 22:53
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Nice XJ! I have the same lift in my xj and Iíve been really happy with it.


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Old April 10th, 2020, 05:23
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Old April 10th, 2020, 06:26
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With those control arm angles you might find the ride a little rough, I see some DB's in your future along with a coil spacer to level it out.
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Old April 10th, 2020, 12:29
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Re: An XJ build thread!

Looks like a very nice build! In my opinion the 1991s were some of the best XJs every built. I used to have one. How do you like the CAV fab steering with those 33s?
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Old April 10th, 2020, 14:37
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Sweet build

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Old April 10th, 2020, 19:19
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Thanks for the props guys, shes a bit of a gem for sure. Almost zero rust too. 91 was my preference as well. H/O, non vacuum disco, H/p d30, 8.25 rear, np242. Still kinda AMCish.

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With those control arm angles you might find the ride a little rough, I see some DB's in your future along with a coil spacer to level it out.
Most definitely on the list. As well as a shackle relocation kit. The ride is a bit ass puckering; even with the RE bilstein monotubes.

straight 90


Hoping a proper 45 angle and a rear bumper with spare carrier will fix the rake.
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Old April 10th, 2020, 19:34
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Looks like a very nice build! In my opinion the 1991s were some of the best XJs every built. I used to have one. How do you like the CAV fab steering with those 33s?
Cav Fab is a great kit. Very high quality and probably more beefy than necessary... lol. If you are considering going with it, get the high clearance kit. My penny pinchin ass got the standard kit because its cheaper and I wanted easy alignment. Had to relocate my passenger side sway bar end link for drag link clearance. As well as my track bar bolt not clearing the tie rod. Still dealing with that. Anyone had this issue?

Heres a pic. Thinking I can find a slim head bolt with an integrated washer?


Synergy sway bar end link relocation bracket installed.
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Old April 10th, 2020, 19:53
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Installed a steering box brace today, courtesy of Kevin's Off-road. Great product. Pretty much bolts right in, besides having to install new energy poly bushings and brackets.




Also dialing in the steering geometry. My trackbar and draglink have about 9 degrees difference right now. Minor bumpsteer going on. Need to fix that

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I dont see 9degrees. They arent that bad. The line is from the mounting point to mounting point. Not the shape of the bar.
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Old April 13th, 2020, 19:09
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Thanks for the knowledge Gordo Ill have to check but probably only a couple degrees off.

Doing all the work myself with basic tools and the wealth of knowledge on this site and some BleepinJeep assistance. So there is a bit of a learning curve. Hope y'all are safe and enjoying the down time to wrench on your rigs.
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All good man. Build threads are great. Seeing build progressions and the story behind them is what makes the forums better than social media. Keep it up man.
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Old April 13th, 2020, 22:31
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Could not agree more brotha; as someone who has frequented forums since my youth and gained a lot of inspiration and know-how from forums like these.

Meanwhile, I gotta chop these fenders up. After I finish my homework.
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Build threads are great. Forums are great. Having to third part host pictures.......total buzz kill
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