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Old March 10th, 2010, 08:06 PM   #1
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Well i managed to scoop up a dirt cheap 95 cherokee, 4.0L high output d30/8.25 AW4 auto trans, and a 231 t-case. it wasn't perfect definitely a diamond in the rough. But it was 500$ and the four wheel drive works. So i did all the tune up stuff make sure it runs good, then ordered a rough country 6.5" lift and stumbled across a set or brand new 35x12.5R15 with rims. Rims aren't great but they will do. I installed the lift with help from matt, trimmed the fenders and a few other things here and there. So far invested 2200$ including the price of the jeep, not bad for a trail rig. So without any more delay pictures:D

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Still left to do bumpers, rockers, a little bit of body work and maybe an axle upgrade in the future, enjoy.
sorry for the pictures not quite sure how you put them in the order you want, so their kinda all over the map, but you get the idea.

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well took the jeep wheelen this weekend in my back yard. Did pretty good but the welded D30 didn't like the 35's and i like detonated the spiders broke the rear window glass and some other body damage but had a good time none the less......PICS











All this in my back yard, not to bad eh.....
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well started on my front bumper, its very similar to what most guys build for their cherokee's. It will still have a stinger added and possibly a pocket for a winch. Another one of my goals was to make the entire bumper using 8"x3/16 plate and 4"x3/16 plate. That way there i saved both money on material and having to cut it to width. I should have my steel to actually build the bumper.




Started off removing the factory bumper and trimming the front fenders to the same line as the front fenders.





Next i drilled the 4"x5/8 plate, using 1/2" drill. I drilled for the 3 factory holes and 1 other hole that connects through to the steering box. and simply has a clearance hole on the passenger side.





An hour or so later after cutting up a bunch of cardboard and painters tape. I came up with this, again using only 8" or 4" wide strips of of cardboard. I should have some shots tomorrow with some actual steel on the jeep. Enjoy....
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So made some very good progress on the bumper today had my buddy matt come over and hit the grinding wheels hard. 3 hours later we arose with this need to finish welding grinding and at a few supports here and there. I ended up using 1/4" steel because is was a little more available.

Started of cutting pieces from the templates i made out of cardboard. They worked out perfect.



Oh and i also made these at work as well.


Next came alot of fitting welding fitting welding etc.... until it was time to finish well all of the inside.



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Next it was thrown up on the bench/folding table and the last few piece where added and every thing was burned in.








And last but not least back bolted to the jeep to test fit and take some pictures. It turned out much better than i was expecting and i still would like to add a stinger before its painted. Feel free to comment, ask question any thing. I'm trying to get a decent build thread started with very little luck:tears:




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Started on the tube work for the front bumper so far so good seeing as how ive never really done to much tube work before. Also made up some fancy gussets and will try and make the rest of them so what match to get a theme going. I took a few pictures here and there just to show progress is being made. Enjoy....






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Okay so i haven't posted in a while but i have been working on the jeep so here are a few update shots of both the front and rear bumpers. And for the rear bumper i'm also building a fold down tire carrier stinger.

Finished all the gussets for the front bumper and fully welded it so all thats left for the front bumper is clean up and welds and pain/powder coat it, i haven't decided what yet.






next is the rear bumper pictures as well as shots of the tube work for the fold down tire carrier. its the basic parts for now. still need to add some tube, gussets and other dodas here and there. As well i need to build the part that will actually hold the tire and the part that will secure it to the jeep. Also need to rework the mounts to the jeep they aren't very strong but not sure how i wanna do it. So if any one has pictures of their mounts that would be great. Thats cruddy old me (19) grinding. Also i know its frowned upon but all the tube work is being made using schedule 40 pipe because ive never done any tube work, and don't have a bender for any thing els. Enjoy what ive got done, and criticism is always welcome.











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Sorry, i know its a lot to take in but i had the whole thread on another forum and wasn't getting much feed back so i thought i would move it to where more people might see it, get more feed back and plus most of you aren't far from me. enjoy, thanks...
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Nice build. Have any larger pics?
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Not sure why they showed up so small, they come up big on the other forum they are posted on, i'm thinking this has some thing to do with the way the forum works. Ill half to look into it when i get a chance. Sorry
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