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Unread 03-02-2009, 11:13 PM   #1
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The build finally begins...

Ok guys, I have been looking thru this forum pretty much every day since I found it and have been drooling over some of the rides that ya'll have done!

Well to start off I bought a 88 XJ last year for a cheap 350 bucks!! Its was very basic, but it came with a 4.0 and a stick! When i was looking at it the guy who owned it stating that it was over heating and his mechanic said it was the head gasket... well i decided to buy it and towed it home, did some of my own mechanic work and found out that it was not overheating at all and the only thing that was wrong with it was the temp sending unit!!! So it is and will be a daily driver and weekend play toy, about the only thing I have done to it has been a 2 in Budget lift and wheels and tires.

Well tonight I scored another great deal! Scored a RE 3.5 super ride kit, with additional upper control arms, Track bar with a hiem joint with the modified mounting bracket and skyjacker shocks which everything is BRAND NEW never installed and the best part, I got a ford 8.8 witha tru trac locker and 3.73 gears along with 3.73 gears with the 3rd member for a dana 30..... and the final price 600!!
I already have a HP non disconnect dana 30 with all new steering with 3.73 gears that Ive been waiting to put in when i got my lift.

Over the next few weeks I will be completing the project (I travel alot for work so not a whole lot of time) I will keep you updated with pictures.

Here is a couple pics of when i first got it to what it looks like now! Also if you have any suggestions or advise Im all ears.

Thanks guys

Just after I first bought it
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h1...b611c72ee4.jpg
after 2 in BB and rims and tires
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h1...s/HPIM0967.jpg
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h1...HPIM0968-1.jpg
and finally the new parts
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h1...s/HPIM0977.jpg
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h1...s/HPIM0978.jpg


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Unread 03-03-2009, 05:51 AM   #2
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sounds like a pretty sick budget build! keep us updated and make sure to kick the crap out of it after you get done
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Unread 03-03-2009, 10:12 PM   #3
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So I got started on the tear down tonight!! I ripped the rear axle out and so far I only have the rear springs in. But the good news is Ive decided to go 5.5 with the shackle and spacer that i already have. WHOO HOO!! Figured I might as well go big or go home! I will go and beat on it a little, but for the most part its a airport runner.... Until the carnage begins! haha
Here are a few pics of my progress
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h1...s/HPIM0980.jpg
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h1...s/HPIM0979.jpg
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h1...s/HPIM0981.jpg
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h1...s/HPIM0983.jpg
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Unread 03-03-2009, 11:00 PM   #4
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Ok guys, I have been looking thru this forum pretty much every day since I found it and have been drooling over some of the rides that ya'll have done!

Well to start off I bought a 88 XJ last year for a cheap 350 bucks!! Its was very basic, but it came with a 4.0 and a stick! When i was looking at it the guy who owned it stating that it was over heating and his mechanic said it was the head gasket... well i decided to buy it and towed it home, did some of my own mechanic work and found out that it was not overheating at all and the only thing that was wrong with it was the temp sending unit!!! So it is and will be a daily driver and weekend play toy, about the only thing I have done to it has been a 2 in Budget lift and wheels and tires.

Well tonight I scored another great deal! Scored a RE 3.5 super ride kit, with additional upper control arms, Track bar with a hiem joint with the modified mounting bracket and skyjacker shocks which everything is BRAND NEW never installed and the best part, I got a ford 8.8 witha tru trac locker and 3.73 gears along with 3.73 gears with the 3rd member for a dana 30..... and the final price 600!!
I already have a HP non disconnect dana 30 with all new steering with 3.73 gears that Ive been waiting to put in when i got my lift.

Over the next few weeks I will be completing the project (I travel alot for work so not a whole lot of time) I will keep you updated with pictures.

Here is a couple pics of when i first got it to what it looks like now! Also if you have any suggestions or advise Im all ears.

Thanks guys

Just after I first bought it

after 2 in BB and rims and tires


and finally the new parts


clickless...

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Unread 03-03-2009, 11:02 PM   #5
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So I got started on the tear down tonight!! I ripped the rear axle out and so far I only have the rear springs in. But the good news is Ive decided to go 5.5 with the shackle and spacer that i already have. WHOO HOO!! Figured I might as well go big or go home! I will go and beat on it a little, but for the most part its a airport runner.... Until the carnage begins! haha
Here are a few pics of my progress



and again...
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Unread 03-03-2009, 11:04 PM   #6
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looks like you got a steal

have fun with it!
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Unread 03-04-2009, 12:26 AM   #7
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Ok guys I have a question, I was sitting here talkin to a friend and since I am going up to 5.5 inches of lift, obviously I am worried about my driveline issues. Ive heard of alot of guys now (sammies and yotas) are putting a spacer between the output shaft of the rear axle and spicer adapter? Has anyone heard of this being done on these rigs? And if so did it work? I was thinking of this since I have the 8.8 out back now

Thanks

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Unread 03-04-2009, 01:21 AM   #8
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no it will not work because the transfer case you have has a slip yoke. the samurais have a fixed yoke the spacers are to give you a more usable amount of slip yoke so you dont need a longer drive shaft. you will need at a minimum a transfer case drop and most likely a slip yoke eliminator and a double cardin drive shaft
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Unread 03-04-2009, 09:37 AM   #9
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you might also want to adrress that trac bar you got. if thats the one for the 3.5 kit, you might need the one for the 5.5 kit to match. lookin good, i like that grey color on the xj
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Unread 03-04-2009, 10:14 AM   #10
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no it will not work because the transfer case you have has a slip yoke. the samurais have a fixed yoke the spacers are to give you a more usable amount of slip yoke so you dont need a longer drive shaft. you will need at a minimum a transfer case drop and most likely a slip yoke eliminator and a double cardin drive shaft
Nonsense.

I ran 6+" with a 1" T-case drop and about 4 degrees pinion angle for years with the stock driveshaft.

Ate up the top U-joint about once a year but it ran vibe free.

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Unread 03-04-2009, 10:22 AM   #11
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(quote)Ok guys I have a question, I was sitting here talkin to a friend and since I am going up to 5.5 inches of lift, obviously I am worried about my driveline issues. Ive heard of alot of guys now (sammies and yotas) are putting a spacer between the output shaft of the rear axle and spicer adapter? Has anyone heard of this being done on these rigs? And if so did it work? I was thinking of this since I have the 8.8 out back now

Thanks
(quote) no it will not work because the transfer case you have has a slip yoke. the samurais have a fixed yoke the spacers are to give you a more usable amount of slip yoke so you dont need a longer drive shaft. you will need at a minimum a transfer case drop and most likely a slip yoke eliminator and a double cardin drive shaft

I think you may have misread my question, yes I know that I have a slip yoke on my transfer case, but with the new 8.8 rear end that i have it does have the fixed yolk, and that is were I was thinkin that I could put the spacer. In my head I can see how it would work, because with the spacer on the fixed yolk on the 8.8 wouldnt it slide the slip yolk back into the transfer case and as long as my pinion angle is right I shouldnt have any binding (in theory) im just wondering if anyone has already done this.


And you are right T4STE I am probably going to have to address the trac bar issue, and if anyone is looking to part with some control arm drop brackets
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Unread 03-05-2009, 01:47 AM   #12
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the length of the drive shaft may not be the problem but more likely the drive line angles. if you were to need the extra length i say go for it and if you get vibes look into a SYE. you may need to get it custom made as i dont think the sami or yota ones will work and make sure you use very good hardware to mount
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Unread 03-05-2009, 11:22 AM   #13
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thanks for the reply guys, i will just have to wait and see and run it to see what I am gonna do... as I keep thinking about this I may just run the 3.5 for now until I can afford to get a few much needed extras like, control arm drop brackets and a sye.
Anothere quick update, I am taking the rearend to my buddies tonight and havin him put a nice thick weld around the housing to the tubes so they wont spin. then I will come home, clean everything up and prime around the welds then paint everything.
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Unread 03-05-2009, 12:29 PM   #14
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thanks for the reply guys, i will just have to wait and see and run it to see what I am gonna do... as I keep thinking about this I may just run the 3.5 for now until I can afford to get a few much needed extras like, control arm drop brackets and a sye.
Anothere quick update, I am taking the rearend to my buddies tonight and havin him put a nice thick weld around the housing to the tubes so they wont spin. then I will come home, clean everything up and prime around the welds then paint everything.
that is a great idea...
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Unread 03-07-2009, 01:08 AM   #15
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well tonight was a pretty sucessful night. I removed the 2 in drop shackles and replaced them with the stock ones (temporary) I also tore out the complete front end end suspension and axle.

Tomorrow included removing my oil pan and replacing the rear main, since everything is soo easily accessable right now. Also installing the 8.8, connecting the brake lines and e-brake cables, replacing U-joints, torque everything down in the back.
In the front mounting everything to the frame loosly, grease everything on the new dana 30 non disco, slide it under the jeep and start connecting everything. Today I did pick up YJ front brake lines. We will see how they work. Hopefully I will have everything buttoned up torqued down and road worthy by tomorrow night, then monday morning i can go get a front end alignment. Oh yeah I guess I will have to bleed the brake system too..yippee

Well Im off to get some much needed rest! I will have pics up tomorrow
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