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Manatiburon Apr 16, 2020

  1. Manatiburon

    Manatiburon Test Drive

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    All right, here we go.

    First post, too much to update, but I will keep it brief. Snagged a 2000, 5 sp, 4x4 KV-8 gray Xterra out of Chicago, with around 216k mi on the ODO. Put Some 200 miles on our way back home and this is how she sits...
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    Right off the bat:
    Motor, Diff's and Transfer oil/fluids changed
    PML
    Resonator delete
    Snorkel installed (from a Jeep Cherokee XJ, $56 snorkel with minod mods)
    Inner fender liners removed and cleaning avery single cranny where soil/leaves/water accumulates fro rust inhibition and paint.

    On the roster, the list is sooo long but ASAP:
    Full undercarriage rust inhibition
    DIY steel bumpers with tire carrier
    manifold/full exhaust replacement

    The rig will be used for family trips offroad, with some long haul vacations along continental US. I have removed the spare and currently tinkering with the idea of putting an extra fuel tank (likely from a Jeep YJ) to increase fuel capacity over long trips. Any ideas are welcome and thanks for reading through. Here is how she sits with her new $56 snorkel.


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  2. TheCrabby1

    TheCrabby1 Sliders Supporting Member

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    If you can make your own bumper's couldn't you make a tank to fit where the spare was ?
     
  3. Manatiburon

    Manatiburon Test Drive

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    Yes, that is the goal! There is tons of space down there, and even without redoing the bumper there is quite a bit of space for at least 10 more gallons of fuel. Anybody who have done something similar?
     
  4. Manatiburon

    Manatiburon Test Drive

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    2" lift done! Starte to use rust inhibitor (Ospho) on frame, body and parts that were showing rust issues. Picking up a set of 31's to replace old BF' s... IMG_20200504_193141.jpg

    I'm thinking about just starting the bumper build, but we'll see... I also noticed some moisture below the carpet, so I'm going to remove the padding to avoid further rust issues. If you haven't check, make sure you take a look below your carpet and take some action before it's too late!
     

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    Manatiburon Test Drive

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    I have yet to replace the tires, but I snagged a 3/16" steel bumper for a 100$. It needs cut and resizing, along with repurposing plate material to build a winch plate, but for the price I couldn't even get the materials alone.

    The end result is expected to look like a DIY version of the ARB bull bar. We will see!
     
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    Manatiburon Test Drive

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    IMG_20200512_163221.jpg IMG_20200512_191241.jpg IMG_20200513_194053.jpg Also, for those of you who might want to build a winch plate with a stock bumper, the jeep yj-tj winch plate might be a ticket... And is only 45$.

    Here is how it looks on the frame horns. That was going to be my route, but the cheap bumper changed my plans.
     
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    Manatiburon Test Drive

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    IMG_20200529_155354.jpeg Cutting and fitting the bumper on its way... I got some issues with picture sizing, but I will keep loading them up!
     
  8. Manatiburon

    Manatiburon Test Drive

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    Alignment set'ish...
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    After some welding, I was able to tack the bumper to 3/8" flat bars connected to chassis horns...
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    Top loops need to be cut down about 6", but so far so good... I was also able to tack the winch base to tow points and bases in bumper....
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    Slowly but sure!

    This love for X's is strong... Snagged a 2002 manual, 4x4 with a broken timing belt for $400. My plan was to use it as a parts vehicle, but I slipped a new belt and the engine purrs like a kitten! No interference damage, so this second X will stay stock and kept as a family spare... Although not recommended, I towed it with Cholula and a tow dolly for about 170 miles straight, doing 55-60 on the highway we made it home.
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