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    Default My Jeep XJ...

    Many of you have seen my build on LuckyOffroad.com, but I thought that I would share it here also.

    Somewhat recent pic:



    Vehicle:
    1989 Jeep XJ

    Renix 4.0, AW4, NP242

    Axles
    Front: HP Ford D44, welded, 4.10 gears
    Rear: Ford 9", mini spool, 4.10 gears

    Suspension
    Front: Custom Radius arms with 4.5" RC XJ coils
    Rear: leaf springs

    Tires/Wheels
    35x12.50R15 Goodyear MTRs on 15x10 black steelies

    I bought it with a 4.5" lift and 31s, so first I put some 33s on:



    Then I built a rear bumper:



    Then LuckyCharm and I built the front bumper:

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    I bought an XRC8 winch:



    Then I bedlined the sides and made some rock sliderz:



    made some tree sliderz:



    Then bought some new 35s:

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    Then chopped it:



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    My stock axles were a dana 30 front and a locked 35 rear. So I knew it was a matter of time before the rear broke on me. So I decided to do the 44/9 swap. I made my own radius arm suspension up front and left it leaves in the rear:









    I also stretched the front 2"





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    On its own weight:





    Then I made some tail light housings of 1/4" and used semi trailer lights:



    And I've used this sawzall so much that I had to replace the bearings in it. LMAO!!!



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    Default The floor...

    My stock floor was rotted really bad. So I made my own that was way thicker steel. While I was at it, I installed Corbeau seats and 5 points.













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    My cage:













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    And Holy BIG Pics! Sorry bout that guys, not sure why some of the pics are so big like that.

    Oh yeah, the steering box sheared off on me up Winch Hill, so I had to replace that. I made a brace of 1/4" that goes between the box and the unibody. I replaced the old XJ box with a Dodge Durango box.

    Now my plans are to do an otk steering set up cause my tie rod doesn't do well as a bull dozer where it is now.
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    nice i was following your build on the lucky site before i left for basic. sure has came a long way!! looks awesome man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GP320 View Post
    nice i was following your build on the lucky site before i left for basic. sure has came a long way!! looks awesome man!
    Well thanks for serving for our country man! It definitley has. Thanks!

    My heims came in today for my new steering set up
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    nice to see another XJ build, by chance- what are you using for tube ?
    YouTube Channel - check it out
    http://www.youtube.com/xjcustomcoupe

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    looks good. i always liked chopped XJs.

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    Nice work can't wait to see it next month at Rocks N Valleys

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJcoupe View Post
    nice to see another XJ build, by chance- what are you using for tube ?
    For the cage, it's DOM 1-3/4 .120 wall. For front radius arms, DOM 1-3/4 .250 wall, and I still need to order the tubing for my new steering set up. Not exactly sure what I'm gonna use yet.

    Thanks for the compliments, and R&V is on the calander for NOV. 18-20.
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    Sweet rig!!! Have fun with it!!


    The man....the legend.....the dork with the trailer!!


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    Well, I hauled the Jeep to work today to put it on our scale. It weighed in at 3,960 lbs. I don't think that is bad at all. Considering all of the tube, axles, tires, and hd floor.

    And the only dirt mound at work...lol

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    New tie rod I made. 1-1/2 x .250" DOM. Used 3/4" chromoly heims.

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    I am in the process of beefing the piss out the front portion of the unibody. Then I'm going to weld in a crossmember to stiffen the front rails up before I make the drag link.
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    Doing lots of work to the Jeep good job

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    Looks good, looked like it did really well yesterday.

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