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Old August 28th, 2013, 09:10 AM   #1
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I am transferring this thread from XJtalk.com to here, seems to be a better site and Maybe ill meet some offroading buddies on here! I have been working on this project since April and it has come along great, its been alot of work, used a ton of Kroil and PB blaster, destroyed a ridiculous amount of cutting wheels and sawzall blades but it been total worth it so i hope you all enjoy my build.

OK this is my first build thread and my first xj build so i will probably be needing lots of advice along the way.
Stats- 97 cherokee 133k, 4.0l, auto tranny.
came with some sort of budget lift and 31's
THE PLANS
-fix the cancer(cut out rocker panels and convert rockers to sliders)
-replace floor pans
-6.5 inch long arm lift from IronRock Offroad
-35's or 33's (not sure which yet)
-build rear bumper
-mount a winch(not sure what kind)
-lockers
-cb radio
- chop top and build full roll cage
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Old August 28th, 2013, 09:40 AM   #2
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I got busy today cutting some cancer and cleaning up the front bumper.




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Old August 28th, 2013, 09:45 AM   #3
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Not much work done today but did buy a welder and installed a new cap and Rotor


Here is my first Build an 87 4runner

And my Second an 85 4runner

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Ordered some new floor pans yesterday from Classic 2 Current http://c2cfabrication.com/ .They have super deals on body panels, so we will see how they fit. Should have them by Friday.
-Also ordered some 2x6 1/8" tubing for the rockers that will be here tomorrow.
Ill be posting pictures of the progress this weekend.
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Passenger side floor pan was not too bad to install.


The driver side on the other hand was a totally different story
had to fab up more sheet metal after i cut out all the rust. Complete pain in my A**


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And here are the rocker rock sliders. They may need further re-enforcement to the frame later but i think they turned out pretty good
I used 2"x6" 1/8" wall tubing welded directly to the body and tied into the frame. currently I have 2 tie in points to the frame but may go to 4 and change the angle iron to square tube.


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Next I ordered a 6.5" long arm Kit from Iron Rock off Road and got to install. Let me tell you this Job is not for the faint of heart especially if you plan to do this job by yourself. Since its a Michigan jeep i had a ton of siezed bolts even though i soaked them for weeks in advance. My biggest problem was the bolts for the control arms and leaf spring had completely siezed to the inner sleeves. which means even though they were turning they wouldnt come out of the holes. This is where a lot of cutting began, and made the job more than twice as long and difficult as it needed to be.
New Kit!

This was the demon Bolt. Ended up having to cut off my rear spring hanger and make a new one. Oh well it A LOT more Beefy.




Old Front End YUCK!

New Front Suspension YES!


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Subscribed...looks like a good start. I thought mine had some rust, im looking to do floors before winter, last winter wasn't nice to my girl..
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