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Old September 2nd, 2008, 11:43 PM   #1
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i am getting my hands on a grand cherokee soon... and its already got the lift and tires etc.... im getting it fairly cheap too so i thought what the hell... maybe i'll chop the shit out of it... here's a couple ideas.. i'm not real good with the photo shop.... but has any body seen someone do this with their rig?
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ALSO.... Thinking about comp cutting rear and moving the axle back a bit... i dunno... just throwing ideas around... this will be my first grand cherokee... so i don't really know whats possible here. HAVE FUN GUYS!!
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 12:16 AM   #2
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I thought about cutting some off the back of an XJ, but didn't. I talked to one guy who cut his and he liked it but had trouble with it leaking.

Also, you need to do something to stiffen the structure up. Basically, you better build a cage to replace the struture that you took out. The unibody relies on the whole struture for strength.
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 12:30 AM   #3
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t3h google....



And from my personal collection (I believe this picture was taken at the mounds. This guy had a photoshoot there not sure who he is or what it was for but I'm sure someone on here knows the answer)
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 07:33 AM   #4
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Almost everyone I know who has done this really regrets it. It takes a lot of time and work and you really need to consider what you are going to do to stiffen/support the unibody.
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 08:56 PM   #5
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and it looks like ass
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 09:42 PM   #6
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Never been done, you'll be one of the first.




On a side note: it takes an undecisive, a.d.d., impatient, short term memory asshat to what to fabricate a unibody. (cyrus, you can exclude yourself from parts of the lists ... or not.)
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 10:10 PM   #7
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search for timmays build on pirate. its a XJ but very much similar to the second one.
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Old September 4th, 2008, 04:57 PM   #8
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Old September 4th, 2008, 06:30 PM   #9
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Wasnt that blue one in Petersens a while ago?
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Old September 4th, 2008, 06:43 PM   #10
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I've seen the blue one - if I recall he lives in Windsor.

It was pretty well-done, craftsmanship-wise. I believe he rebuilt a wreck with rear-end damage and that's why he did it. Otherwise, it seems like a lot of work - especially for a trail rig.

Now an exo-cage would be cool...
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Old September 4th, 2008, 06:50 PM   #12
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Can't do it. There's a patent pending.
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I guess I dont know what the point is, I'm not trying to take away from the idea it just seems like a lot of work and for what?
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Old September 4th, 2008, 06:52 PM   #14
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I have cut up tons of them, they suck for stiffness with the roof removed. I have built sled bucks out of them and they weigh a ton.
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Idea #2, Isnít that called a Comanche

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It seems like the only functional reason to do it would be to take out the rear end for more wheel clearance and move your axle back
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Old September 6th, 2008, 09:00 AM   #17
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Wasnt that blue one in Petersens a while ago?

Yeah, thats me on the bottom right corner taking pictures. You can talk to Kevin Keller of Keller Motorsports over in Harrow, Ontario if you like. Good guy, he'll tell you all about it.
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Old September 8th, 2008, 11:21 AM   #19
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I thouhgt about doing it to my XJ when I had it.... I miss that thing!
Keep us updated when you do something!
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i like idea number deuce. ive been trying to convince my buddy crut to do his like that.

whats the point? well, i think most suv's are dumb. many others do as well. jeep never made a "grand comanche" so it would be kind of cool. trucks are useful, suv's arent. chopping the top offers more clearance around trees on off camber situations along with removing windows that are going to break anyway and leave glass all over the trail.

i think that you could build a cage inside the sidewalls, tailgate, and cross brace behind the seats that would provide enough support. you would lose the tailgate function, but you are going to anyway by cutting away the hinge points. just making the tailgate solid will provide alot of the strength you need.
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