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Old November 22nd, 2022, 13:23
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After the Grand Canyon trip I had been on the lookout for upgraded shocks. My family comes from the Mojave desert, and I’ve had friends involved in desert racing for while. Some shocks from a certain white XJ that a YouTuber owned came up for a crazy good deal. Granted I never wanted to go with a coilover conversion. For the cost and what I wanted to do with the rig, I felt it would be an absolute waste of money.

But the deal was too good to pass up. Coilovers and bypasses that were already tuned for an XJ? Done.

And so I let the Mad Scientist loose on the XJ. Armed with a plasma cutter and a tig welder he got to work…


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Old November 22nd, 2022, 13:29
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While I’m sure all of this could have been done far simpler with some Ruff Stuff coil towers…the harder (but better?) road was taken. The fab nerd that is my brother took this as a blank canvas upon which to paint his master piece…


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Old November 22nd, 2022, 13:34
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Ruff Stuff frame stiffeners front to rear were used. Everything else was done with tubing.


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Old November 22nd, 2022, 13:39
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It’s insane how far this thing has come in just a little over a year.


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Old November 22nd, 2022, 13:49
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This bring us up to speed as of last weekend. Engine cage is nearly done. Waiting on the removable cross section that goes over the valve cover to be done. It is getting a full internal cage (which in keeping with the theme of the build, be very clean), rear will still be leaf sprung but front and rear will have hydro bumps.



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Old November 22nd, 2022, 13:51
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Old November 22nd, 2022, 14:11
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Suppose I should write a full parts list as the XJ sits currently:

Dirtbound Off-road front bumper
ARB Solis pods
Warn Winch
Dana 30 RCVs
4.88 gears
ARB Air locker
Ruff Stuff frame stiffeners
Method “hole” wheels
35” BFGs
Removable Grant Steering wheel
Corbeau Heat seats
Corbeau XJ sliders
King 2.5x12 coilovers
King 2.0x2 bumps
KC HiLites Pro 6 Led bar
Front Runner Slime Line II roof rack
Front Runner RTT
Front Runner Awning
RE Long Arm kit
RE 5.5 leaf pack
King 2.5x12 Bypass
King 2.5x4 bumps
Dometic 75 series fridge
2x Optima yellow tops relocated to rear
Lumina dual battery setup
PSC power steering pump
CavFab steering
PRP 5 point harness
Full internal cage
Electric fan conversion
TYT dual band radio


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That console is beautiful. The XJ console has always bugged me. Your brother did a great job of coming up with a better design. My compliments to him.
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Old November 22nd, 2022, 22:02
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That console is beautiful. The XJ console has always bugged me. Your brother did a great job of coming up with a better design. My compliments to him.

Thanks! I agree.


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One thing for damn sure......he welds better than me! Very nicely done
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Old November 23rd, 2022, 08:46
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It was worth waiting for pics!
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Old November 27th, 2022, 17:36
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Ohhh man I love it.


Please beat on the rcvs. I think the 30 will now take most abuse. Thank you for the photos

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Old November 28th, 2022, 11:23
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Ohhh man I love it.


Please beat on the rcvs. I think the 30 will now take most abuse. Thank you for the photos

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So far the RCVs have held up. From my understanding the R&P is now the weak link.


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Old November 28th, 2022, 19:51
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No new pictures. Ordered a new water pump, and had almost the entire engine bay rewired.


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