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Desolate Motorsports in Whittier, California, is a small shop that delivers big-time. You've seen Desolate's work in 4WD&SU before: Desolate built the front bumper for the 4Runner Unlimited. Greg Gilbert, Matt Carter, and Danny McKenna took the divide-and-conquer approach to the XJ. Greg worked on the transfer case, while Carter (Matt goes by his last name at the shop) and Danny double-teamed the suspension. The author jumped back and forth between these operations, snapping pics rapid-fire style. Once on the lift, the XJ yielded up all but one of its stock wheels. The left rear was rusted onto the axle shaft. Carter started the persuasion process with a urethane mallet and penetrating oil.