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    Mild XJ build

    After I sold the LJ I just wheeled my Tundra but it is so big for some of the trails around here that I found my self wishing for something that drives nice on the road like the Tundra and is reasonably capable but was shorter and narrower.

    Someone offered me a 2wd XJ from Georgia. Someone had put a ton of miles on it as a commuter then sent it up here for their son to drive. Then they had attempted to install an alternator without disconnecting the battery which had burned up the wiring harness and pcm. It was cheap and did not even have surface rust anywhere. It did have a scrape on one side that we will fix after we fix a couple of flip cars that are ahead of it in the queue.

    About $100 in parts and it was running. But still 2wd. I started rounding up parts, and was pretty happy that we have parted out a couple of XJs. And that XJ parts are cheap. I converted it to 4wd, it was really a simple job. I used Azzy's transfer case shifter linkage kit. I am not sure how he managed to figure out something that the engineers at Chrysler and Jeep didn't but his linkage is a massive improvement over the stock junk.

    I ordered some parts: RE add a leaf, Aussie locker (after I put a Powertrax in and it blew up) sway bar disconnects, bar pin eliminators

    I rounded up some sitting around my shop: new takeoff JKU shocks, a front receiver hitch, RE front springs, the Rigid cubes I bought from Dunbar, rear flush mount cubes, etc

    I bought bumpers off someone on Craigslist

    Pics are on the way.

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    Nice man. And imagine that a XJ with rockers lol.
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    That looks like a very clean XJ. Nice job. I didn’t know that they ever made a 2wd Cherokee? That’s like having a 4cyl mustang, it looks like the real thing but it’s not.

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    I have some XJ parts lying around from when I had my old '96 XJ. I can pm you what I've got, you're welcome to whatever you need/want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith View Post
    That looks like a very clean XJ. Nice job. I didn’t know that they ever made a 2wd Cherokee? That’s like having a 4cyl mustang, it looks like the real thing but it’s not.
    I had one and used it to commute to college up in Rochester, NY for a couple years. Did good on fuel mileage and it would haul ass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshs1ofakindxj View Post
    I had one and used it to commute to college up in Rochester, NY for a couple years. Did good on fuel mileage and it would haul ass.
    I am looking for a cheap 2wd 2 door to make a hot rod out of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshs1ofakindxj View Post
    I had one and used it to commute to college up in Rochester, NY for a couple years. Did good on fuel mileage and it would haul ass.
    I am looking for a cheap 2wd 2 door to make a hot rod out of.

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    Did you ever find the 2wd 2 door?

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    Nope. I am not looking too hard at the moment. I am moving my shop and want to get a few projects finished.

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    I haven’t really used this so it is available for sale or trade.

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    I havenít really used this so it is available for sale or trade.

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    What you looking to get for it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by muddeprived View Post
    What you looking to get for it?
    $5,000

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMG View Post
    $5,000
    Ok thanks. A bit over my budget but good luck with the sale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by muddeprived View Post
    Ok thanks. A bit over my budget but good luck with the sale.
    Thanks man. I saw on CL that you are looking for a wrangler again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by muddeprived View Post
    Ok thanks. A bit over my budget but good luck with the sale.
    Thanks man. I saw on CL that you are looking for a wrangler again?

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    Nice ride you got there, pal. By the way, I heard that TJ fender flares can fit on an XJ and gives the tires more room to go into the wheel well. Do you know how does it look? Not sure if the stock brackets from the XJ flares can be used.

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    QUOTE=muddeprived;310103]Ok thanks. A bit over my budget but good luck with the sale.[/QUOTE]


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