Project Rudolph

XJ_Rudolph

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Hi Everybody! I started my first ever jeep build a few weeks ago, a 1998 XJ Classic that is chili pepper red. It has the 4L I6 auto tranny and NP231 T-case. I am installing an Iron Rock Offroad 5.5in long arm lift with DT8000 shocks and an SYE. I will be getting 33x12.5 on 15x8 rims. Iv got a ton of stuff planed for her to get her ready to run the rubicon this summer! Here are my build pics so far!













Better photos of it all lifted will be coming soon! Also, if you are in the bay area, or tahoe area (CA) and want to wheel or just talk about builds hit me up.
 

831_xj

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lots of wheeling over the mountain from you. I'm in santa cruz and that thing looks real nice
 

JeepinSeal

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I'm digging that headliner man! Looks good! Yeah get sliders ASAP even bolt on ones are better than nothing.
 

XJ_Rudolph

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Right now im running her on a front drive shaft only to test everything, and she wont shift out of 4wd :( I am most likely going to be dropping the Tcase again today. I will be posting pictures later of what happens!
 

Goose_XJ88

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Probably just need to adjust the linkage. I know on last years Reno Fest, 831_XJ and I both had problems getting out of 4wd after flexing on the RTI ramp. I also had issues after flexing on a concrete barrier too back in Sac later. I'm planning on fixing mine by installing Boostedworks t-case linkage in when I swap my new 231 for my 242. try driving in reverse for a bit with the lever in 2wd to see if it will disengage.
 

XJ_Rudolph

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Probably just need to adjust the linkage. I know on last years Reno Fest, 831_XJ and I both had problems getting out of 4wd after flexing on the RTI ramp. I also had issues after flexing on a concrete barrier too back in Sac later. I'm planning on fixing mine by installing Boostedworks t-case linkage in when I swap my new 231 for my 242. try driving in reverse for a bit with the lever in 2wd to see if it will disengage.
I disconnected the linkage and tried to actuate it manually but still nothing happened. I havent driven in reverse for more than about 10 feet with it in 2wd trying to get it into 2wd. The SYE I installed has a port that you can open to see the shift yolk rod, and when i put it into 2wd the rod does not move and also the rod looks crooked in the hole, so im thinking that at some point in my rebuild it unseated itself and it needs to get seated back into the hole at the bottom of the tcase.

Let me know if you think that it is possible for it to get unseated from the hole at the bottom of the tcase
 

XJ_Rudolph

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Got some better photos of the jeep with the lift this morning while trying to get the tcase to shift into 2wd. Still no luck there :(



If you guys want specific pics of any of the lift parts let me know ill be glad to shoot them and post them!
 

Goose_XJ88

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In reno, We both had to drive backwards for what seemed like a 1/4 mile. When it happened to me again back home, I had to drive backwards for 500-800 feet for it to finally disengage. Both times we were using 4wd on the street flexing out so idk.
 

XJ_Rudolph

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In reno, We both had to drive backwards for what seemed like a 1/4 mile. When it happened to me again back home, I had to drive backwards for 500-800 feet for it to finally disengage. Both times we were using 4wd on the street flexing out so idk.
hmmm ok. I just tested it and a drove backwards the length of my street (average court size) and nothing happened. My problem could also be because im not running a rear drive shaft right now, there isnt enough resistance on the rear yolk for it to disengage?

In your case, would the lever go into 2wd but the tcase wouldn't?
 

XJ_Rudolph

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Exactly, Lever was in 2wd but the case wouldn't shift and my Part time light was still on.

My lever goes into 2wd, light turns off (i think :/ ) but it wont shift. Im going to try lowering the tcase a little, because i think i pushed it up higher under the body than factory and that could be causing some issues.
 

knucklehead 61

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wow, those iro longarms sure hang down low!
try installing the rear shaft before you pull the t-case back apart.
look into the boostworks linkage kit, it is super simple compared to the insanely complex factory shit linkage.
 

XJ_Rudolph

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wow, those iro longarms sure hang down low!
try installing the rear shaft before you pull the t-case back apart.
look into the boostworks linkage kit, it is super simple compared to the insanely complex factory shit linkage.

Thats what im going to do, mostly out of sheer laziness. And I will look into it right now thanks man!
 
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