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Darren Larson
SE Washington
45 years old
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ABOUT ME
I love to blow all my money on Jeep upgrades.

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Join Date: 09-21-2008
Total Posts: 39 
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PACKDUDE'S JEEP
Year & Model  
1998 XJ Cherokee
Engine  
4.0 Liter
Transmission  
AW4 Automatic
Transfer Case  
JB Conversions Heavy Duty NP231 w/ Super Short
SYE, Tom Woods CV Driveshaft
Front Axle  
Dana 30 w/ Aussie Locker, Kevin's OffRoad Track
Bar, JKS Quicker Disconnects
Rear Axle  
Dana 35c w/ Detroit TrueTrac
Gear Ratio  
3.54/3.55
Suspension  
OME 2 inch Heavy Duty, JKS Sway Bar Disconnects
Tires  
LT235/75R15 - Firestone Destination A/T, Toyo
OpenCountry AT, Kumho KL-71
Wheels  
Wrangler Sport Steel Wheels (Refinished Black)
Recovery  
Fastenal D-Rings front and rear
Armor  
ARB Bull Bar, JKS HD Xmember, Riddler Diff Cover,
Gas Tank Plate, XJ Tailbone, Control Arm Skids
Accessories  
Yakima Kayak and Bike Rack, 3M dark window
tinting, CSF 3-row radiator, FlexALite 4120
tranny cooler
Future Mods  
Alloy USA CroMo rear axles, Detroit TrueTrac Dana
35 differential, ARB roof rack, Warn M8000 winch
 
INSTALLED PRODUCTS
Armor
ARB Bullbar, AJ's Offroad Armor Super Rails, Detours USA - Detours USA XJ TailBone, Skid Row Lower Control Arm Skid Plate, JKS - JKS Heavy Duty X-Member
Audio, CB, & Electrical
Yaesu FT2800M
Axles
Body
Engine
Brown Dog Offroad Standard Motor Mounts, not the 1
Interior
Recovery
Suspension
Old Manu Emu Nitrochargers, Old Man Emu (OME) 2.5" HD Lift Springs
Tires & Wheels
Firestone Destination A/T, Jeep Stock
Transfer Case
New Process NP 231
Transmissions

JEEP HISTORY
This XJ is my first Jeep. I bought it in
July of 2005 with 90k miles. It's a
surplus US Forest Service unit that was in
great shape when I bought it from a used
car dealership. It has a stock Dana 35
Trac-Lok limited slip differential in the
rear right now. I kept putting off
doing many upgrades until 2009, when they
all seemed to come at once. It all
started when I noticed my rear leaf
springs were sagging by an inch... I was
going to replace them with HD stock height
springs, but ended up getting a set of OME
HD 2" springs. Of course, I had to
get the front springs to match, then the
OME shocks, then the HD JB Conversions
transfer case with SYE and CV driveshaft
to cleanly eliminate the vibes (transfer
case drop kits are tacky and a temporary
fix until you can get a SYE). And you
can't have a stock bumper on a Jeep, so I
went with the ARB bull bar. That was
spendy, but worth it. A JKS heavy duty
transmission cross member became essential
after I realized how crappy the stock
cross member and skid plate are when I was
installing my temporary transfer case
drop. Then I saw the Aussie Lockers and
had to get one of them for my D30 up
front, along with a Riddler diff cover.
And the Detours XJ tailbone rear
"bumper" and tire carrier,
because I couldn't have just a stock rear
bumper with the ARB hanging out in
front. Then I'll need to get an ARB
cargo rack to replace my wimpy Yakima
rack. And some kind of upgrade to the
rear end, whether it just be some chrome
moly axle shafts, or a full-on Super 35
with 30 spline axles and a Detroit Soft
Locker with another Riddler diff cover for
the back. And some control arm skid
plates. Oh, and a Kevin's Offroad
adjustable track bar. Then I'll be
done, after spending more on upgrades than
I paid for the vehicle. JEEP = Just Empty
Every Pocket!

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