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Old November 17th, 2015, 09:29 PM   #1
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I guess im going to start a build thread here too.

Ive lerked on here for a year or so, buying, selling reading crap like that.

Current project is a 97 cherokee i picked up 2 years ago...

picture time i guess?

I picked it up looking like this.


it had a mix n match 4.5" lift on it, rear quarters cut and folded, and some 2x6 rockers that i ended up redoing...

typical bed line and floor rot repairs.





front got done too, cant find pics but w/e.

forgot to mention this is my second xj, and picked it up off a buddy cheap. first on is next to it here.



5" lift and 33" dirtytracs. some other crap also.

but back to the xj at hand.

got all the bedliner done.

found some 33s on "street lock" wheels.



got it in a garage - very small one, but a roof and walls none the less.
and started tearing into the front end.

ball joints, u joints, crossover steering, over the axle trac bar, mini truss crap like that.







one of these fancy things got thrown in too.


frame stiffys and shackle relo brackets from HD, also tossed in a lock rite.





had to deal with some unirail rot...



dont have any pics of the patches but got the relo brackets in and painted.

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Old November 17th, 2015, 09:41 PM   #2
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ended up picking up some claytons.



did some chevy 1500 extended brake lines.



Hack and Tap SYE


then drove it a bit to "shake it down" and to work a few times.





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Yeaaaa bout damn time! Lemme know if you ever need help, I'm only a short drive south
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Old November 17th, 2015, 10:41 PM   #4
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ive been debating about it for awhile, just means one more thread to update when ever i get something done. or make any progress. lol.

and il keep that in mind...when we doing some tube work on yours? lol.
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ended up picking up some 35" BFGS. and these...



and rigged up this mess.



also installed some bilstein 5100s up front. the ride quality went through the roof compared to most XJs ive ridden in.

did intake/exhaust gasket as i was replacing the notorious cracked mani.



did some cool ricer paint on the intake while i had it out.



also pictured is the WJ power steering pump.

then i did some wheelin.











i had to get tugged out of this... no spotter, and both rocks dropping off at the same time led to sitting on the unibody rails, not going anywhere.



and some horrible quality ones.





somewhere along the line i added in a small fuel cell, after the first trip to R&V i cracked the stock plastic tank, and didnt feel like dealing with a full size tank, with how little this gets driven.

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then last November this happened. and i havent bee wheeling since. =/



found me a set of these.



and waited a month for ballistic to ship me this order...



received these.



got a nice box from barnes4wd.

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ditched the drums for something alittle lighter.



ended up ordering me a JD2 model 3 so made me a basic mount



found a set of 39.5s...still looking for a spare BTW...



next to my brothers 2" BB'ed xj



some bastard joints, and brake parts showed up.

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and il keep that in mind
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when we doing some tube work on yours?
haha seeing as I have none of the experience or equipment that one is up to you.. I can burn things together but that's about all always up to learn though - she'd look good with a bit o' toob
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got some links built



and the front end mocked up.



ive since moved the upper link up to get some more separation. i now have 8" at axle and 4 at frame side.



stopped up at Griffen fab works and had them throw a 15* in the tie rod at each end to clear dif cover.



proceeded to cut out the whimpy leaf spring hanger. and build some beefy ones, also mover them forward ~3" to accommodate the chevy 63" leafs. and not end up with 9" of stretch.

they are welded to the frame stiffeners, boxed, and will have a support ran from the 2x6 rocker to the box.




bent up some shock hoops.



working on steering at what was presumed to be full bump.





got the hoops burned in and let it sit at full bump.



then some springs came in 14" 175# over 16" 200#. I have roughly 1" of preload, with 5.5" of shaft showing...



engine cage/hoop spreader.



then started on my exo hybrid cage.



next to my brother 2" BB



spent way too much time on these A-pillar gussets



some tube fitting



and most of the exo portion finish, getting some paint.



back on the jeep with some B-pillars in there ( dont make fun of my non symmetrical roof spreader. I should have just made a new part, but used a portion of tube that already had my bend in it. )



started on the quarters.





and then i didnt like what the sheet metal was doing so chopped that off too. ( i like cutting things)

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haha seeing as I have none of the experience or equipment that one is up to you.. I can burn things together but that's about all always up to learn though - she'd look good with a bit o' toob
sweeeeeeeeet. im known to have a stash of Tennessee fire around :fire:


eh im no expert. lol but we can make some cool shit. lol. i wish i wouldnt have started my cage already, because the little imperfections are bugging the shit out of me now, where as before i just wanted to get it done... i mean after a flop or two, probably wont even notice...but. live and learn i guess. bendtech makes everything to easy now... lol

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geared my first axle. i must say, its not that hard... its just a bitch.

.006-.009 BL. my carrier run out - not professional by any means... no v blocks or anything, but set on a flat plate and spun, came out to .002 over at the highest area didnt seem too bad to me. BL is within range and i dont think it will be a problem. rig wont see street time as it is.



dif protection came in.



rear axle buttoned up with the exception of welding some brake line tabs on, and a dif breather...



front axle getting ready for gears. so much crap came out of those tubes it wasnt even funny.



did some knuckle beefing before things got out of hand.



decided i hate the standard shock hoop deal so chopped them off and re started.



also wrapped up the B-pillar



ive been working on designing the D-pillar/cargo area cage lately and this is what ive come up with.



not sure how i feel about the curved spreader up top, i threw it in there to "go with the flow" i like it, but it just doesnt quite match the rest of the cage. idk we will see.

that pretty much gets me upto date, im sure theres a ton of stuff i left out. but thats the majority of it.
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sweeeeeeeeet. im known to have a stash of Tennessee fire around :fire:


eh im no expert. lol but we can make some cool shit. lol. i wish i wouldnt have started my cage already, because the little imperfections are bugging the shit out of me now, where as before i just wanted to get it done... i mean after a flop or two, probably wont even notice...but. live and learn i guess. bendtech makes everything to easy now... lol
Sounds good to me. That's what I've heard
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Old November 18th, 2015, 02:52 PM   #12
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What did you do with those sport king at tires?
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What did you do with those sport king at tires?
sold them last year to a guy on the east side of the state.
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Dang was hoping you still had them!
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nope. sorry.
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What did you use to truss the front axle?
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on the Dana 30 i used a left over piece of 2x6 3/16ths wall. I did not truss the dana 60...yet... i might redo all the axle mounts. if i do it will be getting trussed also.
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Old November 18th, 2015, 08:40 PM   #18
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Damn this is cool
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Might be a stupud question, and hopefully doesn't make me sound stupid but I'm new to alot of this and sort of teaching myself, what's the purpose of trussing an axle? Just for extra strength and support? I've seen it done on rock buggies but usually they run higher in horsepower and I could see why since those buggies are used and abused for what they were built for! Lol
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