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Build Threads / Re: 2004 TJ
« on: February 02, 2019, 02:26:27 PM »
Swapped old tires out for new ones...

also mounted lightbar

Build Threads / Re: 2004 TJ
« on: January 30, 2019, 08:30:34 PM »
Dad went and picked up tires and wheels today after they were mounted and balanced...

Hoping to get these on the TJ this weekend

Build Threads / Re: 2004 TJ
« on: January 26, 2019, 05:46:56 PM »
Worked on the jeep in dads shop today...

we installed the under the seat lock box...

We replaced the roll bar speakers and found that the previous owners used a ghetto method...

then we installed the speakers up front and took apart the dash to install the new kenwood deck..

will upload pic of the deck soon

Build Threads / Re: 2004 TJ
« on: January 25, 2019, 10:01:12 AM »
Holy-Tamole "B"

That Jeep is going to start setppin' out!

You buy those or did Mom or Dad?

I work three jobs atm so I bought them :)

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Build Threads / Re: 2004 TJ
« on: January 24, 2019, 10:37:57 PM »
new mods coming this weekend/week...

Build Threads / Re: 2004 TJ
« on: January 13, 2019, 07:15:40 PM »
Installed the tailgate security today, pretty easy, and dad managed not to break any tools.... we also took the driving lights, lightbar, winch, and front bumper, seat covers, and purple and black handles off xj...

under the seat lock box will be put in hopefully by next weekend

Build Threads / Re: 2004 TJ
« on: January 12, 2019, 10:41:17 AM »

Build Threads / Re: 2004 TJ
« on: January 12, 2019, 10:39:36 AM »
First modification.... oh shoot handles because they are a necessity.

I bought these handles from the same guy who made the purple and black ones in my old xj.

Build Threads / Re: 2004 TJ
« on: January 04, 2019, 10:22:49 AM »
Thank you guys, means a lot:) security boxes should be here soon so one of the 1st upgrades to the tj will be happening next weekend!

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Build Threads / Re: 2004 TJ
« on: January 03, 2019, 09:17:06 PM »
Next uphill stop sign with heel on go pedal and toe on brake

Good luck!

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Drove without my dad for a little bit today and was heading out around 6 with my friend in the car and we ran into this problem which didn’t start so well but eventually I got it after a few tries and a few angry people behind me lol. Definitely need to practice this...

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Build Threads / Re: 2004 TJ
« on: December 31, 2018, 09:59:34 PM »
Too bad for the XJ, thought that was coming along quite well.

You/your dad have plans for this one?

I know it's too bad that it was totaled considering all the work and new parts sitting in the shop waiting to go on it :(...

Future plans are to install a security lock box underneath front drivers seat, security box in tailgate as well, military grade terminals just like the ones we put into the xj, flat fenders, 33 in tires off jk once dad puts the 38 in tires on his jeep, shocks, and new rims. Probably going to need some oh shoot handles as well...

Build Threads / Re: 2004 TJ
« on: December 31, 2018, 10:41:32 AM »

here's the new tj that I bought this last monday since the xj was totaled...

Build Threads / 2004 TJ
« on: December 31, 2018, 10:37:40 AM »
jeep build part 2

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: November 08, 2018, 09:07:51 PM »
Hey so a shout out to my dad for preparing me...
so I procrastinated putting my license plate bumper mount on when he was around and he isn’t here at the moment so I had to do it all by myself and I did it just fine and I knew what tools to use as well so thank you dad.


Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: October 15, 2018, 09:26:13 PM »
Finally took el jeepo to the mountains... took some pics on the way down figured I'd share them...

Hopefully get to take it on some trails next time...

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: September 09, 2018, 06:54:03 PM »

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: September 08, 2018, 08:38:47 PM »
not a build thread update but finally got the facebook page up and running after being disabled by facebook twice... https://www.facebook.com/baylee.xj

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: September 03, 2018, 07:21:10 PM »
Does that pony tail ever get caught in the wheels of the creeper?

Real question

Cause, I get my shirt tails, my sleeves and anything else left dangling caught.

I use those bolts a lot for hard to grease areas

It does sometimes but I try and keep it pulled back and out of the way lol.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: September 03, 2018, 05:00:04 PM »
XJ no longer squeaks as of today...

another lacking detail to the heavy duty cross over steering are ungreasable heim joints... we tore the steering apart joint by point and drilled the bolts for press in grease zerks and grease veins. Only one trip to the hardware store for a 3/16 drill bit. Then we put it back together.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: September 02, 2018, 05:29:19 PM »
We also added on rocker panels with nut zerts... this process took a lot longer than needed because dad broke the cheaply made chinese manufactured tool because he is " too strong".

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: September 02, 2018, 05:17:41 PM »
Lastly,  Dad finally got the hydraulic tube bender working so a "bull bar/ light mount bar" was created. The bar goes up and across for added winch protection and to add a place for the two extra 4" x 6" driving lights to mount. The formed tubing was welded onto the front bumper. Then the whole front bumper color was changed from grey to black. I decided to change the color for a cleaner look. Then the winch was reinstalled and the lights were installed.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: September 02, 2018, 05:06:14 PM »
Secondly, after countless trips to the hardware store... fabricated proper roof rack/ light bar mounts. Then roof rack and mounts were primed and painted black. Then roof rack and 22" LED Cree light bar was installed.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: September 02, 2018, 05:01:15 PM »
XJ has gone through a couple of new modifications over the past couple of weeks...

Firstly, stock grab handles were taken out to be replaced by oh shoot purple and black paracord handles. With the help of dad 1/8 x 1.5 aluminum flat bar then was cut and drilled to make a cover plate for behind the handles. A former navy guy makes these handles and can be found on Ebay I got them for my sixteenth birthday.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: May 07, 2018, 12:19:46 AM »
Last but not least Dave and I took on the speedometer. He has had to tear apart his dash several times before on his XJ so he was kind enough to show me how to take the entire dash apart and clean two components.

We first removed the plastic surrounding the stereo and A/C that just snaps in.

Secondly, we removed the plastic pannel that covers this metal pannel in order to get to the speedometer. The metal pannel is held in by three small screws underneath.

Then the metal pannel was removed.

After removing 16 screws total we were finally able to get to the speedometer. Which we then took out and blew out the dust with an air hose. The final step was to spray the backside of the speedometer/connectors with contact cleaner/ enhancer.

Putting the pieces back together wasn't all too complicated, but after finishing the steering today and rotating the tires it took about 10-15 minutes of driving until the speedometer to start working again.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: May 07, 2018, 12:07:22 AM »
For some reason cavfab decided to paint the drag link and tie rod but not the track bar. As mentioned prior it took six weeks for our steering and track bar system to show up from them. Quoted lead time was two-three weeks. Quality of parts were high, customer service not so much.

Next order of business was to install the new lower track bar bracket, which dad did while Dave (next door neighbor and xj owner) and i worked on speedo.

Had to trim out part of the old lower track bar mount to make room for the new one.

As we let the paint dry on the new lower mount we replaced the upper single sheer mount with a sturdier double sheer mount that incorporates a cross member that ties both frame rails together underneath the oil pan.

Went to install the steering box brace which also ties both frame rails together of sorts as one end mounts to the steering box. It is a Rusty's offroad part which was a half inch too short. So we sleeved it with some 3/4 inch black pipe and paint.

Once the steering brace was installed loosely we tightened down all the upper structure. Next we drilled the drag link and tie rod bolts for cotter pins. Cavfab sent us bolts long enough to accomodate cotter pins but no pins or holes included. Also no instructions...

Then we installed the drag link and tie rod.

New system has no provision for a stabilizer shock, at time of writing xj has no bump steer and no need for the stabilizer shock. Handling is night and day difference once again. Front end feels extremely rigid.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: May 06, 2018, 11:45:58 PM »
So here goes the two day steering and track bar replacement/ reinforcement with an add in of a speedo fix...

the system i had was called an inverted y

so basically this is the gutting of the old system

at this point all of the old is gone and we need to ream the tapered holes, started to pull the pitman arm then decided to just do it on the steering box

the knuckles went pretty smooth as they appeared to be soft material versus the pitman arm which appeared to be semi hard.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:04:49 PM »
I am extremely pleased to see the proper use of socks to protect ones feet, open toed shoes can be bad but using socks closes them right up,   I chose to weld and grind with out socks as to burn off the hobbit feet hair

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Since you liked those socks so much just wait until the next post :)

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:01:43 PM »
thank you.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: March 17, 2018, 10:49:12 AM »
square nuts fit into the winch mount but we couldn't find any locking square nuts so we made our own.

here is the finished product including the battery cable quick disconnects and el jeffe winch cover courtesy of amazon.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: March 17, 2018, 10:45:17 AM »
here we added d-ring mounts and a lower 1/4 x 2 facet.

dads old winch from the early bronco that we drug out of the shed and mocked up, it fits!

me with some elbow grease cleaning up this dirty winch

finished up each side with 1/8 flat steel to create wings and then painted it with a textured grey and black paint.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: March 17, 2018, 10:38:39 AM »
This is the jeep as first purchased with the OEM bumper minus the end caps.

strip down minus the OEM bumper

then we started with a couple pieces of 1/4 x 6 flat stock to create the frame mounting plates.

Then my dad cut and bent 1/4 x 8 flat stock and added holes for the winch mount. It was then tack welded to the frame mounts. One goal was to keep the winch low and tight out of the grill so the winch wouldn't restrict air flow to the radiator.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: February 11, 2018, 08:41:55 PM »
removed ghetto wiring and rack mounts

Then so the broomstick could be retired we had to replace one lift struts and add another, also am now aware of what the difference between single and double shear is...

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: February 11, 2018, 08:36:47 PM »
First Update...

Out with the old junk.. still trying to figure out who Blain is?

In with 300 more CCA's

Then we crimped on new military grade battery terminals that I stole from dads secret jk stash...

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: January 28, 2018, 10:27:12 PM »
I like that, and interestingly enough, I plan to buy my 15 year old one of those and build it as a father/son thing sometime this year.
I will be watching with much interest!

Very cool!

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: January 28, 2018, 10:20:46 PM »
Looks good baylee, looking forward to the improvements.  Just make sure you keep your dad on track and dont let him go all crazy.

I’ll sure try, no promises lol.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: January 28, 2018, 06:11:30 PM »
Currently the XJ has 31 inch BFG All terrains on 15 inch wheels, 4.5 inch lift the best we can tell, it also has SYE, and detachable sway bar links.

Goals for the XJ is to replace the front and rear bumpers, add light bar, mount the rack properly (hose clamps don't count), proper sized battery, remove the getto sub and amplifier wiring, add an anti-theft kill switch, and new gas struts to replace the broomstick handle currently residing in the trunk.

Build Threads / 2000 XJ
« on: January 28, 2018, 06:00:26 PM »
Recently I purchased a 2000 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) with the help of my dad. So he is pushing for me to start a build thread so... here we go.

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