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Old November 5th, 2011, 06:47 AM   #21
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that cage looks good . clean
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Old November 5th, 2011, 04:37 PM   #22
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Subscribed, John.

It looks even better in-person.
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Old November 5th, 2011, 05:23 PM   #23
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f-in gorgeous. i saw another of your posts and was intrigued by the links in the sig, glad to see the write up. i love the little lift/ big tires look, on my last jeep i was running 34's on about 3" of lift. wheeled awesome, you'll love it.

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Old November 5th, 2011, 06:25 PM   #24
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well i figure ill run the d44 i got with the spare shafts and when i run out outa shafts will probly go rcv or somthing of the sorts.. the jeep looks sweet in person and thanks again for those parts
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Old November 6th, 2011, 06:38 AM   #25
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well i figure ill run the d44 i got with the spare shafts and when i run out outa shafts will probly go rcv or somthing of the sorts.. the jeep looks sweet in person and thanks again for those parts
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Just run what you have and see what happens, you may not run out of shafts. You may be surprised how well it holds up. The Internet is a scary place and the Jeep boards will have you believe that D44 is going to blow up on the way to the grocery store. You're welcome for the parts, glad they are going to good use.
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Old November 6th, 2011, 06:40 AM   #26
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f-in gorgeous. i saw another of your posts and was intrigued by the links in the sig, glad to see the write up. i love the little lift/ big tires look, on my last jeep i was running 34's on about 3" of lift. wheeled awesome, you'll love it.
Thanks, it's not too low though. I'm about 7-8" of lift which will be perfect someday when it's on 40's.
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Old November 6th, 2011, 06:42 AM   #27
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It looks even better in-person.
Thanks Craig. I've got some parts coming; I'll be calling you soon to help...
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Old November 6th, 2011, 06:50 AM   #28
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List of things to do...

I have the mid-stiffies, just need to clean the unibody and weld them on.
Front coil mounts coming from Ruff Stuff.
T&T High Clearance Inner Fender Panels coming.

The inner fender panels will require a side mount for my Optima and a new mount/position for my PCM.

I picked up a new engine harness too. There are a few things that I would like to change from the first go at the harness. I also plan to strip the XJ harness of everything I can to clean it up under the hood. This harness is a 2004 vs. the 2005 I currently have so I will need to swap the alternator to a 2004 also.
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Old November 6th, 2011, 10:01 AM   #29
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Just run what you have and see what happens, you may not run out of shafts. You may be surprised how well it holds up. The Internet is a scary place and the Jeep boards will have you believe that D44 is going to blow up on the way to the grocery store. You're welcome for the parts, glad they are going to good use.
yeah i keep trying to remind myself of that. its helpfull though to see the other d44 guys running around to
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Old November 11th, 2011, 04:41 PM   #30
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Got the high clearance inner fenders from T&T Customs. I was going to make these myself but I am glad I didn't. For the money these are really nice pieces.



Before



A bunch of rivets to drill out, then some prying an pounding and it was free.



New panel installed welded in.



I did have to make the triangle piece behind the headlight bucket.



From the inside.



Now the other side, it will be a little harder with the fuse block and battery.
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Old November 11th, 2011, 04:51 PM   #31
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Check out my build thread for ideas on how to mount the battery box and Fuse block. Jeeps lookin good
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Old November 11th, 2011, 05:11 PM   #32
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fap fap fap the jeep looks great!!!!
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Old November 12th, 2011, 09:32 AM   #33
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Check out my build thread for ideas on how to mount the battery box and Fuse block. Jeeps lookin good
Thanks. I might use the fuse box turning idea, but I am still not sure on the battery. We'll see what happens, I got the passenger side done today so now I can start working on the battery location.
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Old November 12th, 2011, 10:17 AM   #34
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Love it, John. I'm pretty certain I mentioned looking at the T&T pieces for Mira's Jeep, too. It's good to hear that you're happy with the fit/install.

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Old November 17th, 2011, 11:25 AM   #35
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I decided on the battery, I am going to do a remote in the cargo area. I ordered up 15 feet of 1/0 welding cable, lugs and a battery box. I think the flat area will make an excellent mount for the Chevy PCM and additional relays.

I also got the 38's mounted. They actually fit better than I thought. The front won't require much trimming at all. For the back I already have the RuffStuff leaf spring perches with the three holes and it's currently in the center. So, I will use the aft hole to stretch it an inch and I won't have to mess with my gas tank. I do have plans for opening up the rear wheel well to make some room. Once the axle is moved back I will have a better idea how much room is needed. I picked up 1.75" more clearance at the differentials too.



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Old November 17th, 2011, 12:16 PM   #36
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Very nice rig!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old November 18th, 2011, 07:11 PM   #37
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just some advice i wouldnt cut any higher then the top of the factory fender, mines cut to about 4" below the rear quarter glass and is a little excessive, look in mini beast build youll see what im talking about as im running his old chasis now.
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Old November 19th, 2011, 05:25 AM   #38
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Drew, there are a lot of pages there, I'll look when I have more time. For now I don't think I will need to cut much. That pic is with stock opening and flares still mounted. I have a lot of room to play with before I need to consider cutting deep.

Going to pull the engine harness today so I can do that over the next week along with headlight harness.

Advance Auto is supposed to have a 2000 Dodge MC for me today also so I can measure it and hopefully be able to use it. The Internet told me that I could use a 2002 up Dodge MC, however it is VERY tall and there is no way to fit it under the stock hood. The 2000 looks more promising.

These guys showed up yesteday from T&T, they are really nice pieces.

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Old November 20th, 2011, 09:25 AM   #39
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Old November 22nd, 2011, 04:55 PM   #40
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I put the XJ wiring harness on a serious diet this weekend and removed what seems like a mile of wire. Everything that was originally connected to the PCM was removed back to the relay center or the body control module. I still have to pull everything back from the section that goes through the firewall about in the middle to under the dash. Not sure yet what that’s attached to. It looks a ton better and will be much easier to manage.

I also worked on upgrading Jeep’s sorry excuse for a headlight wiring harness today. Like all XJ’s mine struggles to put out any reasonable amount of light. Currently I run Silver Star headlamps and will never (never say never) go to an expensive projector type set-up so I used 12 awg wire for the new harness. I also gave each headlamp a dedicated ground using 12 awg. The stock harness uses tiny 18 awg wire for the headlamps power/ground and they are also prone to corrosion.

I dissected the C106 connector and removed four pins, the fog lamp feed and ground and a one feed for high and one feed for low on the headlamps. I don’t remember where this connector was located originally, but it’s near where the Jeep PCM/factory airbox was.



The remaining pins are:
2. High beam relay switched power.
3. Left turn signal.
4. Ground, also using this for the relay grounds.
7. Left marker lamp feed.
9. Low beam relay switched power.
10. Right turn signal.
11. Ground.
14. Right marker lamp feed.

I used a set of these connectors and crimps. They worked out nice.



Finished harness, ready to install.



I figure I have about 20 bucks into it and yes I know you can just buy them off ebay cheap. However, this one is exactly the way I wanted it to be and much of it looks like factory. Plus I like to say I made my own.
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