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Old January 29th, 2012, 07:28 PM   #1
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i Started out with a 95 grand cherokee (no pics) but I was a complete dumb ass my first trip to silver lake and did this...


RIP, it broke the axle in half, destroyed the radiator and my head smashed the windshield...and for the record i cleaned all the sand up







and then that jeep sat like this for a few months


about a week after i recked the white jeep i bought this one for scrap price, it didnt have the lift, wheels/tires, and the tranny was blown


i put a 4.5in lift on it that i took off from the white jeep. i also swapped the tranny from the white one.

i wheeled it for awhile













Have more but they are on my old phone.

I drove that for awhile untill my Grandpa passed away and left me his truck.


so now its time to rebuild the jeep. i got some 33in firestone m/t's


and a winch bumper


i bought some wheel spacers from some one on here so i could actually turn with out rubbing.







that plan failed, they rub on the inner fender wall when i turn. My plan is to not cut any of the fender out.

so now I'm stepping up to a 6.5 in BDS lift. i ordered the springs this morning, and i am custom making the long arms. my plan is 3 link in the rear and 4 link in the front.

Due to my high school budget of not a whole lot I'm using tractor joints instead of true heims. some day when i can afford them i will swap them out.

my progress as of last night





I know i need to make at least one more of these. I'm not sure how I'm mounting the front bars yet.

This is my first custom build where i have to fabricate anything so any constructive criticism or tips would be very much appreciated.
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Old January 29th, 2012, 07:36 PM   #2
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Old January 29th, 2012, 07:37 PM   #3
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Thanks if i never did that i probably never would have found this site.
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Old January 29th, 2012, 08:07 PM   #4
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The week after Christmas i was at a gravel pit in stanton hill climbing and blew out my tranny so I'm all so in the middle of swapping that. The fluid tells the story





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Old January 29th, 2012, 09:23 PM   #5
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keep us informed. I remember when I first started making my own stuff


I just put a long arm lift on my ZJ. Feel free to call/txt/pm me if you want ...
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I just put a long arm lift on my ZJ. Feel free to call/txt/pm me if you want ...
Thanks a lot man, im sure i will....but id need your number
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Old January 30th, 2012, 06:46 PM   #7
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I think this one came out a little better
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Old January 30th, 2012, 07:04 PM   #8
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Lookin good man! I wish I could have welded like that when I was your age.... It will only better and easier as you continue to grow in this sport.

Just a little tip: -a grinder with a stack of flap wheels will be your best friend
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Got them
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cant wait to see this thing done man ;) ill have to come back out and check it out throughout the build
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cant wait to see this thing done man ;) ill have to come back out and check it out throughout the build
Sounds good man, but im now building it at my house lol





NEED TO KNOW: What wall thickness of DOM tubing should i get for my control arms?
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I came home to find this on my porch today
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Old February 1st, 2012, 07:05 PM   #13
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Are you going to sell you 4.5 in springs?
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Did you get those joints from tractor supply?
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Are you going to sell you 4.5 in springs?
Yup im just trying to fine some DOM tubing the once i have that and time to tare the jeep down im selling springs,shocks, and all 8 control arms, but im not sure when that will be yet.

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Yup i sure did, have any experience with them?
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im selling springs,shocks, and all 8 control arms, but im not sure when that will be yet.


Ill grab the front uppers for sure! I did the same but had no idea I was jumping! And didn't thrash it lol but good thing ya did cause looks like you have a great start to a way better ZJ
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NEED TO KNOW: What wall thickness of DOM tubing should i get for my control arms?
Since you look like you drive like I do- just go with the .250 DOM. - but please get rid of that TSC stuff and go with a real heim and bungs. They are much stronger and have tighter tolerances. They don't cost that much more either.
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Since you look like you drive like I do- just go with the .250 DOM. - but please get rid of that TSC stuff and go with a real heim and bungs. They are much stronger and have tighter tolerances. They don't cost that much more either.
Yeah ditch the tsc joints there junk and should never be used in this kind of situation
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Since you look like you drive like I do- just go with the .250 DOM. - but please get rid of that TSC stuff and go with a real heim and bungs. They are much stronger and have tighter tolerances. They don't cost that much more either.
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What size heims should i use? And where should i get them?
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