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My first MJ. 86' XLS 4x4.


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Hello everyone, some of you may know me as "99XJDad" on Cherokee Forum. I've owned an XJ for about 1.5 years now and I just acquired this sweet clear titled MJ for $400 a few months back.

 

The cab and front clip are dent/rust free, as is the entire underside (minus some around the rear shock mounts). Here's some pics, followed by my plans.

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Previous owner installed the windshield with clear silicone. :wall: Gonna fix it...

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My XJ, just for kicks.

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EVENTUALLY....

-Strip and sell every single part I won't need

-Ditch the 2.8/904/busted 228/9

-Swap in 4.0 or a 2.5

-Twin Sticked D300, Dana 20 or 231/231 Krawl box

-TNT frame stiffeners, cut and modified for cab-back section of "frame"

-Sliders, most likely the "recessed" style 2x6 box rockers

-Long arm front with 2.5"-3.5" of lift

-Toss the bed

-Move rear axle forward 10-12"

-Bob "Frame"

-D44 front with an 8.8" (already have, needs gears, bearings, etc.) or XJ/MJ D44 rear geared 4:56-4:88 with Aussie's or similar lockers

-Hybrid exo to protect the structural sections of this beautiful cab

-33"-36" tires on 15x8 DIY or Allied beadlocks

-Swap in my 99 XJ's interior/front clip/doors after/IF it bites the dust.

-Camo headliner

 

And I've only started gathering parts.... I've got a LONG road ahead of me. :help:

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Well I pulled everything required to pull the carpet. Front drivers seat bracket was rusted to the inside stud.

 

Plenty of rust but nothing all the way through. The carpet and NVH underneath it was full of water/moisture. Not going back in.

 

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:dunce:

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I hate to say it, but that hackjob of a window seal may have kept out the water from getting to your floorboards as they look pretty good.

 

I will say that the rust location in your bed is, well, odd...

 

It's ugly as hell but it doesn't leak... The doors are where the water comes in, right at the top.

 

I might fix the rust in the bed when/if I bob it down the road or I might sell it. I'm getting ready to sell a TON of parts off of this thing to fund a few upgrades to my XJ. My XJ is the reason this MJ build is going to take a LONG time. :nuts:

 

Next step is to clean up the MJ's undercarriage and floorboards and give it a good protective coating.

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