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    1. Member wheeltowheel's Avatar
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      04-22-2012 12:37 AM #51
      Awesome job!

      Reminds me of my Cherokee. But it's 2wd
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      04-25-2012 10:38 AM #52
      Not much happening lately. Got the hubs back last night though, gonna mock up the rear caliper setup tonight hopefully.



      Also, had this cut. They effed it up. But gave me the parts anyway for test fitting.

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      04-26-2012 08:36 AM #53








      the rear 72" from the wheel outside - outside. my XJ is 68, 69ish.
      need more parts before I figure out the front...
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      06-25-2012 12:36 PM #54
      Well axle work has got boring & expensive, so that's on hold while I do some work that comes with me on wheeling trips this summer.
      Gonna do some cage work here soon, so I started prep work.



      patch panels where the heater box came out.



      mounted my spare inside, got some rear tailgate hinges that work, got rid of the factory airbox, cut out a bunch of the factory wiring harness that's for options this will never have, been out driving it on weekends mostly though, instead of tinkering in the driveway...



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      06-25-2012 01:23 PM #55
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      06-27-2012 06:06 AM #56
      Ben,

      Jeep is looking great. I have the same problem with owning too many jeeps Hope you don't mind me keeping this photo, its one of my favs.

      Question, I saw these steelies on a cherokee in the local salvage yard. Problem is there were only 3. Can you tell me what they are off of? Thinking of these with some intercos
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      06-27-2012 06:58 AM #57
      I could be wrong, but I thought he mentioned they were 17" steelies off of a Dodge Magnum.
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      06-27-2012 07:25 AM #58
      I could be wrong, but I thought he mentioned they were 17" steelies off of a Dodge Magnum.
      Dang it. I searched magnum and found it when you posted. I was too caught up in the photos to see that Thank you
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      06-27-2012 07:26 AM #59
      Quote Originally Posted by coatofarms View Post
      Dang it. I searched magnum and found it when you posted. I was too caught up in the photos to see that Thank you
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      06-27-2012 08:49 AM #60
      Quote Originally Posted by coatofarms View Post
      Dang it. I searched magnum and found it when you posted. I was too caught up in the photos to see that Thank you
      Yep Heff is right, 17x7" steel wheels from a dodge magnum, or a chrysler 300.
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      08-01-2012 01:52 PM #61
      Started the cage work.



      did a 1.5" body lift.





      putting this on tonight.

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      08-01-2012 04:41 PM #62
      lookin' good
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      08-06-2012 12:29 PM #63
      God damn torx bolts
      Got the cage all tacked together, but broke my T50 bit on the family bar, so I can't take it out to burn it the rest of the way in.
      Pisser.

      Welp.
      Did the 1.5" body lift, motor mount lift, and trans lift/belly-up skid plate saturday.
      Then welder fun sunday.
      Fubar'd my seats cause I'm a douche and didn't take them out before welding spatter went everywhere.



      stock:


      UCF ultra high clearance aluminum
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      08-11-2012 11:21 AM #64
      I'm all over the place.

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      08-20-2012 05:09 PM #65
      cage is done.









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      10-13-2012 07:35 PM #66
      XJ Update

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      10-14-2012 04:09 PM #67
      Whaaaa???? Whats up with that?

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      10-16-2012 12:56 PM #68


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      Sorry to ask, because I know alot of people arent willing to give away info, but im semi-local to you and was wondering where this picture was taken at? looks like a cool little trail section... and my lifter 4runner and my buddies XJ would love to go exploring Pm me if necessary

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      10-16-2012 03:15 PM #69
      Quote Originally Posted by silvermannn View Post
      Whaaaa???? Whats up with that?
      Unibody rust... the drivers side leaf mounts were all but gone, the whole jeep was leaning it was so bad. The rear cargo area floor was gone, the drivers & passenger floor pans were patched 5 years ago, and the whole thing was going to hell. shocks were popping through the tub... It needed to be completely rebuilt, and I have a good friend that spent the past 2 years doing all the floor metal work in an XJ, and I just didn't want to go there. It looked pretty with the wheels & tires & lift, but it wasn't good on the inside.
      I sold the motor & trans to a friend, sold the np231 on craigslist, and the front HP30 will go in the TJ here shortly, with the LS 8.8 I just picked up. The rear 4.10 27 spline 8.25 will go with the TJ's LP30 in another friends daily driver. The unibody will be cut up and scrapped.
      I'm still working towards the d60s, but the TJ is fun as-is right now, but I'm pushing my luck spinning 33s on a d35. So, I figure set up an 8.8 that'll bolt in, keeping the body side mounts, then I have something very sellable in the future, when I swich over to the full width axles. I wanted a rear axle swap that costs a few hundred to cover me for the next couple years - If I go straight to the tons, I'm not gonna have anything to drive in the short term. An $80 limited slip 8.8 that's geared right, and I already have most of the brackets... most of the cost of the swap is gonna be the SYE and new driveshaft. Plus I know a couple people running the ford rear in TJs and it seems to work well.
      Closing the chapter on the XJ sucks, but a lot of the parts are living on in either my Wrangler or some other locals.

      Quote Originally Posted by 02vwgolf View Post
      Sorry to ask, because I know alot of people arent willing to give away info, but im semi-local to you and was wondering where this picture was taken at? looks like a cool little trail section... and my lifter 4runner and my buddies XJ would love to go exploring Pm me if necessary
      I've tried helping guys find wheeling spots before, but I get a lot of nasty PMs about it.
      Sorry - good luck.
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      10-16-2012 06:56 PM #70
      Pretty cool project.
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      10-26-2012 10:59 AM #71
      Welp.
      I made a pretty good size excel sheet on the cost of what these 2 axles need.
      At the same time, I parted out my old XJ. Sold off a bunch of stuff, but still have the 4.10 hp30 and 8.25. I had done a bunch of new brake hardware, boxed all the CA mounts, and a few other random things on the hp30.
      I'm bailing on the 60s. For now. I moved them up to my other shed, and just tucked them away. There's a lot of other work that should go into this thing before I try to just slide tons under it. I want to build a complete package. I can't see squeezing a hp60 under the 4 banger, when I know the 4 is on borrowed time.
      So I'm following the herd and throwing a 4.10 8.8 in the back.
      I picked up a LS 4.10 8.8 from a buddy for $80, and just ordered the artec TJ swap truss.
      Gonna keep it 5 link for now. Short term axle work, DS and SYE will hurt the wallet enough. Plan is to 4 link eventually, but when I really get into the frame side work, I'll use that time to do some gas tank clearancing, coil bucket relocation, shock towers and possibly sway bar relocation. So that's down the line sometime. It won't be too hard to chop off the axle uppers and the truss should make it fairly easy to convert to triangulation.

      Oh. I'm also hand digging a bigger driveway.

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      11-04-2012 05:02 PM #72
      Cut the brackets off the 8.8.
      The bracket kit from artec still hasn't arrived.



      Bolted these things on.
      rugged ridge rockers 3/16" steel.

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      11-07-2012 11:12 AM #73
      the artec 8.8 kit is a cool and very well designed system.
      I gotta knock the ears off the abs sender so the pinion angle can be set right.





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      11-09-2012 06:59 PM #74
      get an 8.8 they said.
      it's a heavy duty axle they said.

      retaining bolt snapped in the crosspin. Fun.

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      11-10-2012 09:19 PM #75




      Went with this kit, cause I can bolt it up to all the stock locations now, then down the line chop the 2 upper mounts & trackbar off and 4 link it, relatively easy.
      But I don't want to get into all the body end modifications now, so this should be fairly close to bolt in.



      Last edited by deucestudios; 11-10-2012 at 09:22 PM.
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