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Old December 10th, 2014, 12:05 PM   #1
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About a year ago I bought 2 white Cherokees for a winter ride. One was 4wd and blown up and the other was 2wd with some front end damage and nasty interior. Then it started swapped interior into the 2wd started buying lift stuff and wheels and more lift parts. I used the 2wd simple because it was fairly rust free and ran and drove. This all lead to what it currently is now.

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Don't have any pictures from the lifting stages due to being that I lost them all from a broken phone.

the begin of 2014 I got the lift were I wanted with an s10/xj bastard pack re 4.5in coils, red jk shocks and some quick discos. Still 2 wheel drive I bought brand new 35in mtr kevlars and picked up some 15x10 soft 8s.





Drove it like that as a dd til late spring then bought a 03 duramax



Picked up this bumper off Craigslist



So now I could do the 4wd swap wish ended up happening a week before committing to go to silver lake for the 4th of July. I bought this jeep for the axles with 4.10 gears and lunch box locker in the spring for the swap.



After a few issues got the jeep done just in time. The front axle from the red xj, the housing was bent. So picked up another hp 30 and swapped gears with all new wheelbearing u joints ball joints etc.
got the jeep loaded up up and off we went.





Only had a few issues up the a pinched vacuum line for the trans and electric fans not working was a good weekend.

Came back did a little trimming on the body, made some rear bump stops and made my doors for quick take offs like wranglers.





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Old December 10th, 2014, 12:54 PM   #2
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thru the summer went to rocks and valley, st helen and the mounds a few times









then i picked up a 3 link setup from off here. and before i put them on i picked up a set of ruff stuff stiffeners off craigslist for 100 bucks. got those welded up and the link on and tested it out in the backyard.






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Old December 10th, 2014, 01:26 PM   #3
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well few days after getting the 3 link on etc my buddy had picked up some dana 60s for his yj (picture if it above) and i got the bug for some 1 tons. he was talking to a guy on here for some parts for his build. we worked out a side deal for his built dana 60s and my new 35in mtrs and cash. i went and broke down the tires and we headed up north to get the 60s, 40in mtrs, fuel cell, and hydro setup.

specs on the axles are

dana 60 front
5.38 gears
yukon grizzly locker

dana 60 rear
solid diff cover
35 spline yukon shafts
yukon spool
5.38s



then started cleaning them up and getting them painted



the cool thing is they were set up in a tj. so the front coil mounts etc were usable. only thing i change was the trackbar axle mount. the rear was set up for coils and a 4 link. the funds didnt allow me to do a 4 link at this time so i order some ruff stuff leaf perch kit and welded those up. along with some 52in s10 leafs giving it little stretch in the rear.

so started getting this axles under the jeep so i could make it to t day massacre



forgot i got some blistein shocks for the front at some point ^^^

stretching the rear quarter panel to fit 40s (inner fenders still at work in progress)



order up 7/8 heims steeering kit from ruffstuff along with trackbar kit





was finally able to roll it out on its on weight to clean the garage and flex it out to make sure everything was good




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then got my 3 link and steering powdercoated also order up some ss braided front brakelines



front mostly done here



took it for a test run down the road to get some gas.





everything was good expect some death wobble. ened up moving the tie rod link under the knuckle and getting some locking nuts and torquing them really good lol

then moved on to the back to get finally welds done and make some shock towers this all happened night before t day. always last minute haha





add a 2x2 cross brace and painted them up.

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Those blue wheels looked kool!! I say powdercoat the new ones the same as the steering.

Looks great!
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Old December 10th, 2014, 02:25 PM   #6
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the evening before thanksgiving massacre alot was finished up that night, was a long night. had went out to daxs house and borrowed his 2in wheel spacers for the day to get the wheels out of the wheels wells. got her loaded up and headed off to the mounds for a test n tune.









playing on the rocks







flexing it on jakes (toyfish) tj







on the way out decide to hit the rocks one more time from another side. well i quickly found the weak spot. wheels and steering got locked up and then boom. frame side trackbar mount opened up my no frame xj like a can opener lol



got it out on the trailer with no more issues. picture of my boy standing next to it.



got her powerwashed and started working on it again. plasma cut the old mount and messed up stuff out.



so this is where im at currently. i have reinforced the inside with quarter plate then put 1/8 over that. (dont judge those welds :/ was getting porxity)



ordering some liquidironindursty front 3/16 stiffeners.




hoping to have it back together take it to big chevy at the end of dec then end of jan for the reject run. also working on boxing in the rear wheel well.

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Those blue wheels looked kool!! I say powdercoat the new ones the same as the steering.

Looks great!
thank you i liked them alot. these wheels and tires are my buddies for his yj we are building. his letting me borrow them til i found what i want. hoping to pick up daxs 39in iroks and going to powdercoat the beadlocks to match the steering etc
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thank you i liked them alot. these wheels and tires are my buddies for his yj we are building. his letting me borrow them til i found what i want. hoping to pick up daxs 39in iroks and going to powdercoat the beadlocks to match the steering etc
What color blue is that powdercoat?
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Old December 10th, 2014, 03:28 PM   #9
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Metallic teal
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Old December 10th, 2014, 03:51 PM   #10
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awesome build i want this someday for my xj
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Old December 10th, 2014, 04:23 PM   #11
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awesome build i want this someday for my xj
Thank you. Still a long ways unfinished to where I want it
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I want to do something with my XJ too. I'll live thru you.
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Lol thanks man. It's a little more work plating the unibody but hopefully it'll stay strong
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What kind of welder you using? On these thin unibodys you really have to watch the heat and penetration. Personally I would use a mig welder.

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LOVE the stance of this XJ. Nice work.
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A miller mig. I haven't burnt through on the unibody it's kind think there lol
As I go I'll get better at welding little rust been a few years
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LOVE the stance of this XJ. Nice work.
Thank you i been thinking of dropping it a inch but time will tell
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A miller mig. I haven't burnt through on the unibody it's kind think there lol
As I go I'll get better at welding little rust been a few years
Perfect, just watch the thickness of what your welding if its a 120 volt. Yeah just remember to push the pool don't drag it with wire and watch your speed and gun angle.
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It's a 220 thank you for the advice. Appreciate it
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