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Old December 12th, 2008, 06:41 PM   #1
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So I have been building my rig for a few years now.

Here are some of the major mods I have done. I started with a bone stock 86 XJ.


The ones I dont have pics for are...



Regeared diffs to 4.56's

Engine (2.5L) rebuild and fuel injection swap to 97 TJ MPFI.

Steering box stiffeners...welded to the frame..and replacing the sh*tty aluminum spacer with dom tubing all the way through the frame.



I also fabbed a front longarm kit here are some pics.

I started with a box of Johnny Joints and bushings.





The test fit



and the final product







and finish install


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Old December 12th, 2008, 07:27 PM   #2
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After the front longarms were installed and I felt how much the ride improved I just had to start a rear coil conversion / longarm install for the rear.


I placed another order for joints and bushings, also ordered a bunch of steel and went to work.

1st was to strengthen the frame with some home made frame stiffeners.



I made them from 1/8 mild steel and punch a sh*t load of holes to attach them firmly to the frame.

I then made some small plates to wrap the frame in the mid-rear section to accept the crossmember.



I then used the good ol 4 link calculator thanx to Pirate4x4 to firgure my geometry, and made up my links. They are 2x2 1/4 wall lowers and 1.5x1.5 1/8 wall uppers.



I designed the crossmember on the computer first to ensure proper fitment, then tacked it all together for a test fit.



I laid out everything on the floor before finish welding in the XJ.



Here are the spring buckets that were fabbed



I used original replacement front springs in the rear to start.

I cut out the rear framewhere the factory bumpstop was to make room for the upper spring mount.



Then put it all together to get this.





After onto an alignment rack to check the numbers. Then it was off to test it.

Rear: Front:

and yes my front axle is bent hence the negative camber.



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Old December 12th, 2008, 07:36 PM   #3
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Future mods include a ford front dana 44 with 5.38's and a lockrite, and a ford 9" rear with 5.42's and an lockrite. I plan on replacing the lockrites with ARB's when the funds are available.

These are to support my new 36inch irocks that are going on in the spring.

I also have all the parts to do a 231 doubler, I'm just not sure if I'm gunna still use my factory 207 or if I should locate a d300.

Hope you all enjoy my build. I will be updating as I go along.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 07:37 PM   #4
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Nice work.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 08:12 PM   #5
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nice.. how did you cut the front fenders?
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Old December 12th, 2008, 08:16 PM   #6
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Old December 12th, 2008, 08:21 PM   #7
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nice.. how did you cut the front fenders?
With a cut off wheel on a grinder.. I made a general cut to where I wanted (pretty much the dirt line where the fender flare was) then I slice up into the fender every inch or so to fold it so it would not cut my tires.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 08:31 PM   #8
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I also made my own bumpers. here is how the front one started out.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 10:21 PM   #9
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great work ... i see that your work is top notch, those rear lower shock mounts are asking for snagups way down there? again nice work so far.
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Old December 13th, 2008, 12:53 AM   #10
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Very nice set up. YOu designed and built the parts? I ask cause they look very close to the Clayton's Long arm kits.. Very sweet though..
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Old December 13th, 2008, 12:59 AM   #11
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nice build

i was tinking it looked just like the claytom kit i put on a cherokee.....so if it is a claytons props to ya because you end up refabbing all of it any way.
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Old December 13th, 2008, 09:57 AM   #12
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Hey staang nice build.....Lets do that to my 91 runner....you in?
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Old December 13th, 2008, 11:38 AM   #13
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great work ... i see that your work is top notch, those rear lower shock mounts are asking for snagups way down there? again nice work so far.
Ya the shock mounts were just a quick attach as I didn't want to buy new shocks.

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Very nice set up. YOu designed and built the parts? I ask cause they look very close to the Clayton's Long arm kits.. Very sweet though..

Yes I designed and built the parts with help from my awsome welder buddie, I used claytons for my ideas cause I liked the way they looked which is why they look similer. My setup cost less then half of what a Claytons setup is worth.
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Old December 13th, 2008, 11:39 AM   #14
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Hey staang nice build.....Lets do that to my 91 runner....you in?
Soon buddie very soon... Just get that soild axle.
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Old January 31st, 2009, 10:44 PM   #15
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I run 36 13.50 bias iroks on my xj and I feel I get to much floatation on what ever I am on. I am new to wheeling but I have thought about going to a 10.50 to 12.50
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Old March 4th, 2009, 01:01 PM   #16
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UPDATE!!

Picked up some new parts... change of plans a lil.

I scored a 44-9" with 5.13s and a detroit for the front that I am rebuilding now and a matching 9" for the rear with 5.13s and a spool. Gunna check it and possably rebuild it aswell... just need to open it.

At the same time as these axle go in I will also be converting to rear disc brakes and a line lock for a parking brake.
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Very nice work. Let me know if you have leftovers from those axles, I am working on a set just like it and need a couple things.
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nice work....do you still have all the measurements and amount of pieces to build this kit on file.....and if so would you ever sell instructions to build the kit you have came up with???

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Thanx, Never really thought about selling instructions to build the kit. I do however offer a complete DIY kit, minus springs so you can install and set your own hieght.
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Very nice work. Let me know if you have leftovers from those axles, I am working on a set just like it and need a couple things.
Not sure if I will have extras, but what would you be looking for?
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