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Old June 22nd, 2010, 13:16
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Ill start out by introducing myself. My name is Kevin, and I am from Pleasanton. I have been around ATV's, go-karts, dune buggies and automobiles all of my life, and have enjoyed every second of it. This build is just feeding my addiction.

So I got this 96 Jeep Cherokee Sport for $2000 w/112,000 miles. It was in immaculate condition. Paint is (was) perfect, and interior is almost spotless. It has a 8.25, D30, AX-15, NP231, 4.0 I6. Has a slight miss at idle but runs strong. This XJ is my first car and will be my daily driver and weekend wheeler.

Here I will be keeping track of all that I have done, and all that will be done in the future. All tips, comments, jokes etc are welcome!

I couldn't wait to wheel, so just a few days after I got it, we headed up to our cabin at Lake Alpine and hit up Slick Rock. Got about half way through and then chickened out.


When I got home, I bought a Rough Country 4.5" full leaf kit, and riced it up a bit with some red walmart paint.


Drag XJ


Lift Complete


Wired in an electric semi horn. Had some fun scaring people with this


Then I made some rock sliders, installed a Warn T-case skid, RC Front diff skid, changed all the fluids, threw on some 31's on Black steelies, and took her to Hollister.



Poser shot FTW


Pops drivin


And how it got its name


Don't worry, the rice in the windows is long gone.

That pretty much brings it up to speed.

List of mods so far:
RCX D30 Diff Guard
Home made rock sliders
31x15x10.5 Kenda Klevers
Black RCX Steelies
CB
WARN T-case Skid
Thrush Welded Muffler (Flowmaster 40 Knock-off)
6.5" Polk db650 Speakers
Removable Doors


Soon to come:
Shackle Relocation Brackets W/longer shackles (already have them)
RE Hack n Tap SYE
Rear Brake Lines
Longer Rear Shocks w/ shock towers in cargo area
Tube Bumpers Front and Rear
Tube Doors
Hybrid Cage
Home Made Long Arms
Longer front shocks (possibly with shock hoops in engine bay)
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 13:20
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Re: My "Hero" Blog

A few other pics:

Yes I'm stuck




The setup


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Old June 22nd, 2010, 15:49
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nice looking jeep.
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 19:00
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Very cool. Welcome to blogsville on the Sierra Chapter.

(You've guilted me into removing my "rice" window decals).
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Old June 23rd, 2010, 09:45
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Welcome. I am in Dublin so I am sure I will see your rig around. I also have a cabin in Blue Lake springs and spend a lot of time on slickrock.
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Old June 23rd, 2010, 13:33
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Thanks for the kind words guys!

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Welcome. I am in Dublin so I am sure I will see your rig around. I also have a cabin in Blue Lake springs and spend a lot of time on slickrock.
If your gunna be up there at all this summer, toss me a PM, maybe we can meet up and do Slick Rock or Deer Valley.
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Old June 24th, 2010, 11:04
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Thanks for the kind words guys!



If your gunna be up there at all this summer, toss me a PM, maybe we can meet up and do Slick Rock or Deer Valley.
Sounds good. I think i will be doing slick rock 7/30-8/1 camping at Utica.
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Very cool. Welcome to blogsville on the Sierra Chapter.

(You've guilted me into removing my "rice" window decals).
funny you say that. cause when he made that comment, i instantly thought of your sticker covered windows hahahahahah

nice jeep btw, its looking great!!!
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Old June 23rd, 2010, 17:58
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Heres a pic with no doors


Bike mirror



Didn't get much done thats worth posting today.. Just finished wiring up my speakers, and installed a new steering stabilizer.

The real fun will start after the 28th (Monday) when I get my tube bender in the mail!

Right now I'm crunching some numbers for a front 3-link build. If anybody has experience with 3-links, let me know.
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Old June 24th, 2010, 17:49
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There's nothing wrong with rice, and I definitely felt a loss on HP when I took them off... I plan on slowly adding more, but will be sticking strictly to brands that I use.

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Sounds good. I think i will be doing slick rock 7/30-8/1 camping at Utica.
I wont be around then, Ill drop you a PM with the dates I will be up there.
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Old June 28th, 2010, 17:27
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Well, the brown santa came..... multiple times. Sorry for the crappy cell phone pics. I need to stop being lazy and actually grab the camera next time.

HDOffroad Shackle Relocation Brackets



Rough Country 1.5"-2" Adjustable Shackles



Bad Apple 8.25 cover (thanks to Rocknxj)



And lastly (my favorite)







Let the fun begin!
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Old August 5th, 2010, 13:32
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Its about time for an update. Ive been gone wayyyy too much to work alot on my jeep. I did wheel it however.














Im gunna wheel slick rock again this weekend, and will hopefully start on the cage/bumpers when I get back from my trip.
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Re: My "Hero" Blog

cool pics!

what are you doin with the steering?
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Are you asking if I am upgrading it?
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Are you asking if I am upgrading it?
yep...just curious
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