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Old July 24th, 2010, 05:05 PM   #1
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Hi I'm new to this forum, (so go easy on me) thought I'd share my KJ with you. (I know.... it's not "hardcore" enough for some of you)Bought it new in '01 and just used it as a DD til it was paid off. Then I started ...

It has taken a while since it's a DD and I need to keep it running so everything needs to be done in a weekend. So far I have installed Old Man Emu springs on all 4 corners with Rancho shocks and struts for about 2.5" of lift. Then I added spacers to the bottom of the front struts for another 7/8" lift. After that I put on a 3/8" top spacer for another 3/4" of lift. Fitted 33" M/T on it with a little creative fenderwell trimming.
I didn't like the roof racks available for the Liberty so I built my own roof rack. Mounted 4 Front 55w lights and 1 rear B/U light on independant SpDt switch so it works with the B/U lights or the switch, or I can turn it off completely. Mounted the spare up top with the Hi-lift and shovel. Mounted up full skids, tow hooks, added 2 more lights to the front bumper on a custom bracket, and trimmed the front bumper some more. HAD to put tunes in so it's has a Pioneer Premier HU with rockford fosgates in each door and 2 12" subs in a custom enclosure in back with 650w amp. Put an Optima battery in it. Alarm system with remote start was also installed. Put the Mopar rockrails on it too.

Even with the lift, I still was trimming more and more of the plastic fenders because of rubbing with the 33's. I ended up taking the flares completely off along with the liners. I needed something so I fabbed up my own flat tube fenders for it. I am still working on the ones for the rear fenders.

Then IT happened! I dropped a valve keeper and the motor got trashed! I started checking around on prices for 3.7 remanneds and even just parts for mine but prices for the 3.7 are nuts! So.... I decided.... MOTOR SWAP!

The KJ is in the driveway/garage now getting a Ford 347 Stroker! I have the KJ stripped out and ready. The motor is on a stand getting fresh gaskets and cleaned up. Since I am not going to worry about the smog all the Computers came out. Since the ECM came out ... no gauges ... so I am installing all Auto Meter Ultra Lite II gauges in the stock dash cluster ( Speedo, Tach, Water Temp and Fuel). Thinking about adding an A-Pillar Pod with trans temp, oil pressure and volts. The motor should be ready to go in about the next week. Novak Coversions motor mounts should be here this week ... but... I'm still missing a trans and transfer case! Not sure what I'm gonna get yet but I'll need something in the next couple weeks. ( Anybody? recomendations?) The motor is out of a '69 mustang originally and I'm not sure what will work/bolt up or not. C4? C6? AOD? And same for the transfer case, I'm not totaly sure what I'm going to go with/need. Then comes all the wiring and hopefully it'll be ready to wheel by the middle of September!

Here's some pics of where it was, and is at now





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Old July 24th, 2010, 05:21 PM   #2
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Looks good, keep up the good work. I would think that an axle swap is in order while your at it.
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Old July 24th, 2010, 06:12 PM   #3
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Nice KJ. Don't listen to the haters.

Personally, I'd do a solid axle up front over a V8...
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Old July 24th, 2010, 06:39 PM   #4
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glad to see a liberty build, i like it!

i've seen a few lately and i like what people are doing with them.

stock they will always be gay but most stockers are.
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Old July 24th, 2010, 07:08 PM   #5
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Thanks for the encouragement! I don't plan on a SFA. There is a steel diff available now to replace the aluminum D30 IFS. It will take a little bigger gear too. The biggest I can go with the D30A is 4.10, the steel diff will take up to 4.56. I'm sure this motor will accelerate that mod.
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Old July 24th, 2010, 07:26 PM   #6
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your probably right about the motor accelerating the SAS

But for now the Liberty looks good
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Old July 24th, 2010, 08:07 PM   #7
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why do jeep guys always put those shitty looking tube fenders on their rigs
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Old July 24th, 2010, 08:31 PM   #8
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why do jeep guys always put those shitty looking tube fenders on their rigs
why do all those full sized guys with oilers cut holes in the bed and run sewer pipes up behind the cab?
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Old July 26th, 2010, 03:50 PM   #9
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Nice rig man! Me and my woman Dawn have the lifted blue KJ in the Crawlers.
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Old July 26th, 2010, 04:11 PM   #10
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How much does the front suspension articulate? 2 inches?

I lifted my '02 KJ when I owned it. It looked decent but killed the front suspension travel, and the upper ball joints would contact the coil spring. I just had the 2.5" spacer lift from Rusty's Off-Road. Ended up really messing up the front end.

I also vote for doing a SAS over a V8. The V6 with gearing will be just fine.
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Old July 26th, 2010, 04:54 PM   #11
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Nice rig man! Me and my woman Dawn have the lifted blue KJ in the Crawlers.
Thanks Brian, I've popped in on a couple NWOC M&Gs. I was planning on running up to Silver Lake with some of you until the motor let go. Hopefully once I get the 302 (347) running maybe I can talk a couple of you guys in to running up to Bundy Hill with me for a shakedown run. I'm also trying to get it running by October 1st for a run to Coal Creek/Windrock with LOSTJEEPS. I'm still not sure which trucks I need to hunt down for the trans/xfer case combo, all I have at this point is the motor. I hope your KJ isn't one of those spacer lifts. Like GreaseMonkey said, the spacer lifts just kill your front struts. If you use OME springs and Rancho or Bilstein Shocks and struts you should really have no problems with articulation since you're not preloading the springs. Also you may need Jeepin By Al's UCA's for it. They correct the angles so it can be properly aligned and they also clear the springs on full droop and compression, in addition to having replaceable/greasable Moog 3199 Ball joints. Much easier changing a $35 Ball joint than a $250 UCA.
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Yeah Dawns is just a Daystar 2.5" lift. Its her daily driver and she has only takin it off road once so far. Its the kit she wanted and she did 75% of the install herself so Im not bitching. We wont be doing anything crazy in the KJ...my Bronco2 is for beating on.Here is hers so you can honk at her!



I also just put a 95 Mustang efi 5.0 and c4 in my B2. All C4's have removable bellhousings so look for a c4 1970 or older because the early ones used a 24 spline inputshaft instead of the later 26spline.You could also use a c5. Any 70's F series,or fairmonts,granada,mustang,t-bird,torinos,mavericks,etc.... all came with a c4/c5 as a option. Just watch out for the FMX auto which is a cast iron auto 3speed.Dont use that.I used the output shaft and tail housing off a 84 Bronco2 with a 2.8 v6 and a c5. The shaft and housing will work on any 2wd c4/c5. Bronco2's with the 2.8 carb v6 all came with the c5 and make good donors.Im not sure of any other truck to get the shaft and tail housing from at this time. Advance Adapters also sells their own shafts and housings in 3 different lengths to convert 2wd c4/c5 to 4wd.

So just for the record I am using a 95 Mustang 5.0, 1970 Torino wagon c4, 84 Bronco2 2.8carb v6 c5 output shaft and tailhousing.
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Thanks for all that!!!! That's the kind of info I was hoping for from this forum! It's helps a lot when you have resources (GL4x4) to fall back on when your (my) knowledge just doesn't quite fill the gaps. I have no problem with the fab work, just finding out what all will fit together! What about the xfer case? 203 or 205 will work?
Also the trans. choices work well because the motor came out of a '69 Mustang.
Thanks again, Larry
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Old July 26th, 2010, 07:43 PM   #14
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I like it.
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All ready to go!

My starting point.

It'll be torn down, cleaned up and painted, checked and regasketed this week. (I hope)
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All ready to go!

My starting point.
looks like a tight fit. good luck those liberty's are growing on me. the xj, though, was love at first sight.
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Old July 27th, 2010, 02:02 AM   #17
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I know Im not using the best t-case but I stuck with the BW1350. I kept my electronic shift and I have spare cases if I kill one. These things are a dime a dozen so it works for me.
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Old July 27th, 2010, 01:37 PM   #18
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Nice KJ! I'm working on mine still as well. I'm running an 02 limited with rusty's 2.5 lift, Al's upper control arms, 31-10.5-15 bfg mit's on procomp 15x8 , welded in the rear. A few other toys but that's about it for now. I like it other then I tear up cv's all the time. Damn nice Jeep.

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Old July 29th, 2010, 03:16 PM   #19
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the 205 is one hell of a tcase....Id say 205 since their everywhere!!
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Old August 8th, 2010, 05:52 PM   #20
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Got the trans and transfer case on Saturday. Picked up a fresh C4 with manual valve body, Bronco bellhousing, Bronco II tailshaft housing and BW1354 transfer case.
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