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    Xj + Mj = Mxj

    Hi my name is Jenssen and I have a problem, I can't leave anything alone,.. or stock. This is my first Jeep/truck ever. I moved from London Ontaio 6 years ago to the Wild west and 4 years ago in May at a Police Auction I happened across this 1989 Jeep Cherokee,.. well it went down to $100.00 so I bid! I ended up with the truck for $200.00 and originally I was going to have it just for a winter beater. The unit had some slight front end damage and I had no idea if it ran or not,.. Later that afternoon it arrived on the hook and the lock smith showed up ,.. So after a little boost from my Thunderbird,.. the Jeep rattled to life,.. The 4.0 was a tad on the weak side but I wasn't complaining as it had a Kenwood CD player and 4 Kenwood speakers. I soon plated it and off I went for my first may long with the ol girl. I played a bit but it wasn't until June with the www.aurs.org Volunteer days that I actually put it through its paces,.. I beat the ever loving crap out of that poor thing,.. was actually manually shifting it as the AW4 was on the fritz , with worn out 28's I went for my first wheeling trip at night no less! well a 45 min run turned into 4 hrs and I was hooked! I then brought it home and started on the project,.. 3" of lift and 31 MT's that I bought second hand,...




    Then i decided I need to trim a bit of the fat off to allow for more clearance,..

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    Now I am hooked,.. but the AW4 not shifting all the time has finally worn thin on me and well the motor was noisy even with 20w50 and lucas oil so I went off in search for a new motor,... Everybody wanted a mint for the two parts so I looked for a parts truck and found a smashed up 1988 Limited that ran like a top for $600.00 on www.calgaryjeep.com offered $400.00 and soon enough I had 2 Jeeps I came home at 5 PM one night seriously mad at the tranny and motor and started the swap,.. 6 hrs later I had pulled the whole d/t from each and reinstalled the good d/t into the 89,.. the Jeep was once again alive! I pulled the blingin leather seats, gas tank (crushed mine on trail) gas ytank skid, exaust and a few other goodies from the Limited and put them in aswell,.. I wheeled the combo all summer and then the Thanksgiving weekend rolled around,... 5 months wheeling and then this,...



    The first pictre ended up in Canadian 4wd magazine, and thats the weekend when I earned the "That Guy" title shortly after that picture was taken I assaulted a shale hill took a bad bounce and exploded the rear u-joint and part of the rear diff,.. back to camp I went sadly in tow,..

    Jump forward to this spring that just passed and on a first date with a girl the diff started making a horrible grinding , before I could even slow down KABOOM!!!!!! The diff bearing on the pinion exploded and dropped the pinion into the gears and I was back to FWD,.. It was bad! I had to put it in 4wd just to back it into the garage,.. luckly I had a spare diff or so I thought,.. The 88 looked the same,.. but alas it was not. So after a bit of research I had a 8.8 from an Exploder sitting on my garage floor,.. The people who have done this swap says its easy,... I am not sure I agree 100% ,... Took a few weeks to get it all mocked up and sitting right in the Heep err Jeep but it was finally in! We modded the clutch packs, welded on ne perches and then ran ito a shock issue,.. Out came the hole saw and we put 2 3.5" hole in the floor ad mad a custom shock hoop in the rear.. So I nopw have 2 big holes in my floor with the longest Rancho 5000's peeking through in my trunk,.. but all said and done it worked GREAT!
    Next we cut up the ol 88 XJ to make room but as we severed up the Jeep carcass, we noted that the roof if removed right behind the rear doors it looked very unique,.. so aff to the pick in pull we go,.. cut the rear of a MJ off,.. Well we started on a sunday afternoon with a 24 of beers , a sawzall and to my neighbours amazement cut my Cherokee up,.. proceeded to fit the MJ rear section of the cab to it and the MXJ was born,..




    The above pictures were taken at a Cherokee meet in Calgary,.. The one problem with removing athe glass and tin from the back was the fact that I lost ALOT of weight and the rear came up about 3". Added some coil spaces to the front and new 5000's to compensate for the height increase and off to the CJA show and shine where I won the "worst Jeep in show" or ugly jeep,.. can't remember...



    At this point the 31's wern't cutting it and looked way too small with 5.5-6" of lift I broke down and bout some 33 12.5 R15 Super swampers and rock crawler rims,.. The first weekend trying out the new combo was wild what a diffrence these tires made!

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    Many more where than came from,.. but back to the build,.. I stared to think that the back looked slighty crappy and that I really needed to make it look better so back to the J/Y I went in search of a MJ box,..errr well 1/2 of it,.. I cut the remaining XJ metal off ratchet strapped the box on and went over to my Nates ,.. I also added 2X6 squre tubing in place of the rocker panels as I kind of crushed them on some rocks,.. (whoops) who happens to have a much nicer welder than I and here is what we came up with,.. Now keep in mind we ended up leveling the box after these pics were taken,..






    So now the Jeep looks abit diffrent than when I got it and well lets just say I confuse the crap out of people with it as they have no idea what it is


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    Last pics are of a run in Wiaprous with a touch of carnage,.. assaulted my nemisis "Killer Cutline" ,.. I snapped the ball joint on the track bar, bent a shock, upper link on the diff,.. cracked the diff cover and smucked up the D/S of the box and tail lamp...





    Oh and BTW when you go on a search for a track bar at another camp don't leave your keys in your truck, and friends with beer at camp.





    Soooo jump forward to this spring and the Calgary Saddle dome,... well there were a few more changes to be had










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    ***Insert Beavis and Butt Head Laugh***

    This is the MXJ's new Ride height I know the coils are out in this picture but thats where she will sit





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    Some updated Pictures from www.highriders.ca Challenge last year and a updated 97-01 nose swap
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    great thread, cool rig!
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    buddy, that is a bad ass rig, and a wicked story, you're my hero.
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    Would you westerners stop coming on here and gloating and showing off all your great trails and wheeling areas, you are making us all jealous here!

    LOL

    That truck is cool looking, kind of mini Jeep-Hummeresque? I like
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    Quote Originally Posted by apuszczalowski View Post
    Would you westerners stop coming on here and gloating and showing off all your great trails and wheeling areas, you are making us all jealous here!

    LOL

    That truck is cool looking, kind of mini Jeep-Hummeresque? I like
    I was thinking for a lincence plate 8A H2?
    but on a serious note,... we are losing our trails faster than sheet metal comes off an XJ,.. Its a shame,..

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    So jealous and a great lookin rig.

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    it looks like the old Lamborghini lm 129

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    Nice. I remember reading your build thread on some other site a couple years ago. Maybe one of the yanky doodle sites. Looks even meaner now. Sucks about all the trails closing out there over the past number of years. Climbed a couple pretty cool mountains myself back in the day when i lived out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sethlives View Post
    it looks like the old Lamborghini lm 129
    You think?? Hmmmmmm




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    wow good job man
    its ammazing how much you can build on a budget... I mean at the start of your story,
    good job

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    Quote Originally Posted by kylesYJ View Post
    wow good job man
    its ammazing how much you can build on a budget... I mean at the start of your story,
    good job
    Well its still in the $4500.00-$5000 range for the whole build to date unless you add booze consumption,...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JENSSEN View Post
    You think?? Hmmmmmm







    I said "it looked like a Lamborghini lm129" Which means it has some resemblance to, or has similar characteristics. I didn't say "wow man you made a replica 129".

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    I was just pokin fun!

    But you know dimensions wise,.. Your right!

    Most people said it looks like an avalance

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    yeah, but there is now way an avalanche is as cool or as much fun.

    Sorry I guess my post was a bit snippy.

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