Pearl: The Oddball 2 Door XJ

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  1. Buddy_Holly

    Buddy_Holly Professional Amateur

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    @sammi_davis has a friend with property that we are allowed to wheel on every once in a while. No rocker guards, and it shows :D The driver side has a couple rust pin holes, and I plan to cut them out and make my own mini boat sides or do 2x6 one day.
     
  2. Buddy_Holly

    Buddy_Holly Professional Amateur

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    I still get surprised looking back at how much work I put into it. Really glad I made the flash decision to buy it from you. This Jeep means so much more to me than I ever thought it would.
     
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  3. Buddy_Holly

    Buddy_Holly Professional Amateur

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    I forgot to post more pictures of our trip from a few weeks ago. I attempted Daniel and almost had it. It would have taken a pretty rowdy bump to get the rear up the ledge so I decided to put my pride away and back down before I broke a shaft. Ended up heading to the outer banks with @sammi_davis a week after uwharrie and drove on the beach for the first time. I’ll be back!

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  4. BB98xj

    BB98xj Well-Known Member

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    We need to go wheel!
     
  5. Buddy_Holly

    Buddy_Holly Professional Amateur

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    My next trip is Colorado and Utah next month :p
     
  6. BB98xj

    BB98xj Well-Known Member

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    :rolleyes:
     
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  7. sammi_davis

    sammi_davis Sawzall Surgeon

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    Hurtful words ...
     
  8. Buddy_Holly

    Buddy_Holly Professional Amateur

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    Anyone is welcome to tag along. Invite is always out there. For those who can’t go, plenty of pics and videos coming. I’m scrambling to get my shit together so I’m halfway prepared. The next week and a half is gonna be hectic
     
  9. sammi_davis

    sammi_davis Sawzall Surgeon

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    Chop chop Rucas.
     
  10. Buddy_Holly

    Buddy_Holly Professional Amateur

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    Colorado is a bust. The project got cancelled which is a very rare occurrence. I’m bummed, but now I have time to add more shit to the Jeep! Finished up my rack. I’m not 100% happy with it but I would rather it function and look a little tall than have it look cool and hit the doors. For the stuff I plan to add it needs to sit a hair high. Beefy as hell though. More parts coming tomorrow, pics when they show up.

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  11. Buddy_Holly

    Buddy_Holly Professional Amateur

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    My mall cred just went through the roof. New rooftop tent, and my Boostwerks hidden winch mount showed up today as well. Gonna need some tweaking to get my cheap crappy winch to fit but it will be neato to disguise everything behind my stock bumper.

    I bought this stuff in preparation for Colorado and just decided to keep it even though my trip got cancelled. The rack and tent are easily removed for when I feel like doing some more serious wheeling. I should be pretty close to being able to do whatever the hell I want with this Jeep now. I just wanna get out and make some memories.


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  12. ghost

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    Come up to Harlan for the 4th since you trip was canceled.
     
  13. Buddy_Holly

    Buddy_Holly Professional Amateur

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    Sounds fun. I’m headed somewhere west to the mountains the 4th through the 7th. Just don’t know where yet. I’ll keep it in mind :)
     
  14. Keith1138

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    Really want to hear how that winch mount will work. Did it come with tow hooks or d ring mounts?

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  15. Buddy_Holly

    Buddy_Holly Professional Amateur

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    BWE Comp Mount

    No d ring mounts with it. I made my own a while ago that bolt to the side of the rails.

    EDIT: I stand corrected, I never opened up the parts bags when I got the kit, it comes with recovery points. I don’t think the holes are large enough to fit a 3/4” d ring but I could be wrong.
     
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  16. Buddy_Holly

    Buddy_Holly Professional Amateur

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    I’ve been driving the shit out of Pearl lately. Just rolled over 376,000. Last week I painted a spare set of eccos and had some 33x10.50 general grabber x3s mounted up. I also installed a metalcloak track bar with an RE double shear mount and a Barnes heim since the MC stock heims suck and don’t last very long. I’m giving the metalcloak rock sport shocks a try this time. I was still running on some used stock lj front shocks and rear stock replacement Sachs shocks. It seems to ride better now. Definitely more compression valving and a little slower rebound which makes it handle much better.

    First impressions on the tires are that they are fairly quiet for an mt. Tread compound is very soft and they have pretty thick sidewalls. I like that they have some siping on them unlike the km3, which was the other option I was going to pick. The most weight one tire took was 3 ounces, though I’m going to take it to a friend’s shop in jersey next time I’m visiting to double check.

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  17. 336wheeler

    336wheeler Well-Known Member

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    My XJ chassis has 439xxx on it. Awesome to see other high mileage XJs getting a new lease on life
     
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