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Taco driving jeep wheeler
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Got a start on the hd engineering no lift brackets. Passenger side upper shackle bolt was agreeable with the impact so the process went relatively smoothly cutting out the old box with the angle grinder. It’s funny how new straight parts help you to realize how out of wack your rig might be. I had to use “beater”the hammer quite a bit to get things back in line and then get the boxes in place. Not even off the jack stands and I can tell a huge difference. Suspension droop is waaay better, although now my largest set of jack stands is now useless for anything other then the axles as a lift point without pulling tires. A new experience for me- and I’m excited to see with a difference this makes out on the trail.

I am just starting on the drivers side and I can already tell this side will be a battle. Impact broke off the frame side weld nut so it’s coming out piece by piece.

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Taco driving jeep wheeler
1991 XJ
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Discussion Starter · #23 ·
LOL at the jack stands to small. I feel ya there! Good progress you are making. The unibody looks pretty clean and rust free at least
lol time for a bigger set! Thank you, I’ve been trying to hit it an hour here or there as much as I can. I’ve been lucky with the main unibody on this critter, I’ve been around much worse. It’s Michigan winter driving days are over. Haha
 

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Taco driving jeep wheeler
1991 XJ
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Things that used to take me a weekend, now take a month. Lol Finally got the drivers side shackle relocation bracket in place and got the boomerangs at as close to 45 degrees as I could manage. Also got my diy bumper primed. Paint hopefully this week so I can get it on the jeep.
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Taco driving jeep wheeler
1991 XJ
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Discussion Starter · #26 ·
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I really liked the whole “progress is progress” statement, kinda keeping me sane at this point.. lol.
Anyhow, my wife is a badass and surprised me with a warn 10k winch for Christmas. I’ve had to hog out the jcr bumper a bit to get everything clearing properly, but finally got around to getting that done. Finishing up the second coat of paint as I type this up, so I will hopefully be picking up bolts from the hardware store tomorrow and hang the bumper Saturday. Looking forward to seeing how much squat I get on the front end for dialing in the suspension moving forward. Can’t wait to see how it all looks.
 

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Taco driving jeep wheeler
1991 XJ
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So my Meddling dd got in the way of my Jeep Project. Lol with fuel prices so high and my wife’s Hemi Durango is so thirsty, I had to prioritize the little TDI. But with a new radiator in place it was happily back to 50mpg’s and I could get back to the jeep.
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Finally got the JCR bumper hung and got the warn mounted. I was going to get the cable re spooled, but I found my battery has finally kicked the can. It’s time to shop out a new battery and while I’m at it, I’ll be upgrading the wires in the jeep to something better suited for winch work. I had been super concerned with my control arm angles, but after the 1/2” or so of the lift up front was eaten by the winch and bumper, I don’t think they will be too severe. I really don’t currently have it in the budget for long arms and I don’t really love the idea of drop brackets so we will see how it rides. Next up after the wiring I’ve got brake work in the back, and then I can finally start working on the front axle.
 

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In Da Faaaaaace!!!
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I'm sure once load it all up with gear and yourself, it'll settle to a ride height that is fine. If not....... well its just money.... lol. Springs should settle some after you beat on it a bit. JCR makes some nice stuff.

I been buying my big power cables on amazon from these guys. Really nice flexible cable. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MUC9JPA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1

Use one of these fancy tools for pain free crimps! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003X51S00/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

These guys have great wire as well: Del City - Electrical Supplies & Professional Grade Wiring Products

What all is left to get it on the trails?
 

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Taco driving jeep wheeler
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I'm sure once load it all up with gear and yourself, it'll settle to a ride height that is fine. If not....... well its just money.... lol. Springs should settle some after you beat on it a bit. JCR makes some nice stuff.

I been buying my big power cables on amazon from these guys. Really nice flexible cable. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MUC9JPA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1

Use one of these fancy tools for pain free crimps! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003X51S00/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

These guys have great wire as well: Del City - Electrical Supplies & Professional Grade Wiring Products

What all is left to get it on the trails?
I have to think it will be close on the angles, but probably ok. I think I’m making a bigger deal then it is. I will need to get a slightly longer lower control arm (I’m thinking about just getting an adjustable lower control arm) to get it dialed in.

I’ll have to check out those links, I’ve still got stock ‘91 wiring with a 136a ZJ alternator, and I have to think the flow is meh. It needs a good update.

So to get the jeep on the road I’ve got to fix:
-rear brakes
-replace oil pressure switch
-check and see if my trac bar is long enough (I have an adjustable trac bar but it’s for smaller lifts- I might need another one)
-ball joints
-wheel bearings
-Dana 30 Lunchbox locker (I’m thinking Spartan?)
-alignment
 

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Taco driving jeep wheeler
1991 XJ
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lack of time seems to be a re-occurring theme.. lol anyhow instead of doing my own cables I ended up ordering the jeep cables “big 7” kit in 2-gauge. I am pretty satisfied with the kit and it was nice to get everything upgraded.
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Lol just ignore the cheap bungee strap holding down the battery, I’ll get around to putting a legit hold down In one of these years. Lol
Finally with everything together I got to test the winch for the first time. Things are starting to fall in line. Also got the rear brakes bled, and a new oil pressure sensor installed.
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Taco driving jeep wheeler
1991 XJ
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Discussion Starter · #33 ·
Nice looking XJ. Gonna be a great trail cruiser!
Thanks! I can’t wait to get it back on the road. My oldest loves the darn thing, but it hasn’t been drivable for longer then he’s been around. When I finally got it running yesterday, he came running across the yard and was grinning ear to ear. Can’t wait to get him out in the woods.
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