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Old February 8th, 2011, 11:57 AM   #1
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TOPTRUK-99 XJ 4 Linked Build - 4 Link Front & Rear, Air Shocks, 1 Tons

Figure I would start a build thread for the 99 bodied XJ that I have started:

99 XJ Shell from 8737Weaver
94 Drive train (4.0L, AW4, NP231, Dana 30, 8.25 welded)
Full cage with rocker guards
welded 3x3 angle iron for unibody strengthening

Started with this:


Now this (and more):



94 the drive train came from:



Motor going in...


Tubing for cage.. 1-3/4 x .120 DOM


Rockers being built







More pics to come... I have the cage almost done and seat mounts completed. Next is 5 pt harness tabs and rear seat mount. Going to have 3" lift with 31's or 33's..

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Old February 9th, 2011, 06:20 AM   #2
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Top roll cage done..





Messing around, had to at least drive it after its been sitting in the garage for a while...

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Old February 9th, 2011, 06:31 AM   #3
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Roof coming together...




Oh Sh!t handles...


Seat Mounts...



uni-Body strengthening stitch welded on


Front Bumper being made. got a score on some 2x4x.250 tubing off Craigs..
Wanted to make a front hitch to move trailers around as well as winch if needed on a receiver mount that a buddy has.




Shoulder harness for 5 pt mount.


5 pts.. Got em for a case of beer from a co-worker.. Thanks Steve! (HDHP)


Center support in. Tested using FEA in Catia to determine if it was needed..


Driver handle in as well.

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Old February 9th, 2011, 06:44 AM   #4
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Looking good. Are you putting anything down the middle of the windsheild area?
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Old February 9th, 2011, 11:27 AM   #5
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Looking good. Are you putting anything down the middle of the windsheild area?
Thanks. No, i am not going to put anything in the middle of the windshield. One, because i dont like the way it looks, and two, because it wasn't needed. Ran FEA without it and it passed.

With everything on except door bars..


The rest of it all...


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Old February 9th, 2011, 05:57 PM   #6
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SUP TopTruck!
Dont forget my case of for the NOS stuff haha!

Did you come up with a name? Scrapy Trailer Trash or how about
Mudd N Suds!
You know I have to drive that thing get it done soon

PS is it cold enough? I might have a wood burner for you if you want.

C ya @ work

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Old February 9th, 2011, 07:12 PM   #7
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Old February 9th, 2011, 07:14 PM   #8
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very cool.

btw was that ranger in your avatar recently at jeeperz creeperz?
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Old February 9th, 2011, 09:12 PM   #9
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Thats no Ranger! Its an effin 1 ton Chevy Big block baby.
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Old February 10th, 2011, 06:23 AM   #10
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I am looking for names to call this thing by the way. If anybody has any good names let me know! I kinda like the trailer trash, trail trash, or bits and pieces maybe.... Or backwards because it is a 99 with a 94 drivetrain

Thanks HDHP, I'll take the wood burner off your hands!
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Old February 10th, 2011, 06:36 AM   #11
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This looks like its going to be a great build.
Keep it up
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Old February 10th, 2011, 06:39 AM   #12
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very cool.

btw was that ranger in your avatar recently at jeeperz creeperz?
Thanks!

No, I have seen a similar camo painted Ranger around though. I have an 80 K30. I have never been to Jeepers Creeperz. I have only bought there stuff online.
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Old February 10th, 2011, 10:52 AM   #13
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Nice xj
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Old February 10th, 2011, 05:04 PM   #14
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Boy...who would waste their time on a project like this?

I still like the idea of calling it scrap weight or scrap bound. I'm glad you took pictures of the 94 on it's lid.

I figured I would add the 94 when it showed up at the scrap yard.
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Let's finish this project so we can work on something worthwhile.

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Old February 10th, 2011, 05:22 PM   #15
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Your FEA looks like you loaded it straight down from the top, not a real accurate test for real-world conditions. Your stress displacement looks like you left the rocker sliders as fixed, try it with your contraints on the plates attaching the sliders to the uni-body rails and use an impact load on one of the front corners.

For a typical trail-ride flop you could use the vehicle weight at 5mph with 0.25" deflection for deceleration.....I think you'll find you need some gusseting and triangulation.
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Thanks!

No, I have seen a similar camo painted Ranger around though. I have an 80 K30. I have never been to Jeepers Creeperz. I have only bought there stuff online.
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Old February 11th, 2011, 06:56 AM   #17
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Cool, another V8 Cherokee.

Looking forward to the good parts.
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Old February 11th, 2011, 01:36 PM   #18
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very cool.

btw was that ranger in your avatar recently at jeeperz creeperz?


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Thats no Ranger! Its an effin 1 ton Chevy Big block baby.


Looks like a cool project. It'll definitely be a lot different driving this around than your K30. See you @ Sno*blind
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Old February 11th, 2011, 06:49 PM   #19
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Your FEA looks like you loaded it straight down from the top, not a real accurate test for real-world conditions. Your stress displacement looks like you left the rocker sliders as fixed, try it with your contraints on the plates attaching the sliders to the uni-body rails and use an impact load on one of the front corners.

For a typical trail-ride flop you could use the vehicle weight at 5mph with 0.25" deflection for deceleration.....I think you'll find you need some gusseting and triangulation.
All valid points. The rocker sliders will be weld to the pinch weld so they are essentially fixed. The B Posts will be capped and tied in to the original B Post Base with plate steel further reducing any load the rocker sliders would possibly see. The FEA model isn't accurate right now where the A Posts are because those will be tied in to the body and currently they are left unsupported.

I will be investigating some other areas to add triangulation for further rigidity. Thanks for the trail-ride numbers. Where did you gather those from? The resultant numbers happen to be fairly close with the original FMVSS 216 regulation for Roof Crush. Now the standard is double that. My concern lies with the 0.25" deflection because even a slight variation in that assumption makes a fairly significant difference in force. All good stuff regardless.
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Old February 11th, 2011, 06:53 PM   #20
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Cool, another V8 Cherokee.

Looking forward to the good parts.
Don't heat the popcorn up yet...It'll be stale by the time that happens. I believe a BBC buggy project is in line before the V-8 swap.
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