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post #286 of 340 Old 12-25-2012, 07:09 PM
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Any progress?


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post #287 of 340 Old 12-25-2012, 08:42 PM
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Your xj is niiiiiiicccce !!! ... I love the gunmetal blue .... jeep looks great man

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post #288 of 340 Old 12-25-2012, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks.

LOL not much progress lately...I don't have a garage and there's not much to do other than get the rear bumper off so I can put the shackle relocation brackets in. I'll probably be getting an ARB roof rack with the tax return though. Everything else will be pretty much accessories for a while...a few lights, on-board compressor, diff covers, etc. Maybe some rear disc brakes and alloy shafts by the end of spring...to prep for the eventual 35's.
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post #289 of 340 Old 12-25-2012, 09:35 PM
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I love when this thread pops up.

Great build

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post #290 of 340 Old 02-21-2013, 09:35 AM
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Just scrolled through this thread real quick. You have a LOT of goodies that I wish I had the cash for. XJ looks great! So, when is the axle swap going to show up on the to-do list?
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post #291 of 340 Old 02-21-2013, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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Most of the cash was from my severance at my last job, so I went a little hog wild with it.

Not sure yet if I really need or want to do an axle swap. I will probably move up to 35's eventually, but plan on installing 4340 shafts and upgrading the D30 to 30 spline in the process. Both ends should hold up pretty well then, and I'm fairly easy on the skinny pedal as it is. Both axles will be getting Soild diff covers put on next weekend, and I'm finally going to tackle the shackle relocation brackets to help level out the rear.
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post #292 of 340 Old 02-21-2013, 02:00 PM
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Which relocation brackets? The HD Offroad boxes were easy to install. I love them and can't wait to see them in action. I'd like to bump up to 35's, but I can't see that being in the budget for quite some time.
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post #293 of 340 Old 02-21-2013, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, the HD ones. I tried to install them once, but the nut for the upper shackle bolt inside the frame rail lost its welds at some point, so I can't install them until I yank the whole rear bumper off or cut into the rail from above. I'm leaning towards cutting, given the number of bolts that are in that bumper.

I probably won't go up to 35's until my 33's are completely worn out, but they still have a ton of life even after almost two years of being daily driven and punished on the trails. Then again I could probably sell them for at least half the cost of a set of 35's. I'd like to get the shafts done and do a disc brake conversion on the 8.25 first anyway.
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post #294 of 340 Old 02-21-2013, 03:07 PM
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I'm in the exact same boat with my 33's. Tons of life left and I love the MTZ's. As much as I want them in the 35" flavor I don't want to pay for them, so I'll probably wait a few more years until these are worn out unless I can afford to buy them without having to sell the 33's first.
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post #295 of 340 Old 02-28-2013, 10:29 AM
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What do you think you'll need to do to fit the 35's? I've got a pretty similar build, OME ACOS AAL Shackles, etc, except JKS short arms instead of Y-Links and am about to buy 33's, but if you think you can fit 35's without any more lift ...
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post #296 of 340 Old 02-28-2013, 10:54 AM
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I can fit 35's no problem. Might trim a little more fender. . . Not sure.
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post #297 of 340 Old 02-28-2013, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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I know I'm going to need new front springs because having the ACOS adjusted down to compensate for the shortness of the 3" OME coils makes it easy for them to try to fall out under a fair amount of flex. Not sure on the rear yet as I don't have my shackle relocation brackets installed (doing those this weekend.) Not too worried about it right now as I want to do rear discs and chromo shafts first which are way down on the priority list.
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post #298 of 340 Old 03-18-2013, 07:34 AM
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OK, I picked up my 33's on ~4" BS rims and I'm installing my flares at night this week. I think I'll still need to push the front axle forward to avoid too much rubbing. I saw you moved yours forward 1.5" or so. Did you have any issues with track bar or steering clearance when you did this? Anything else I need to check when I do it?
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I know I'm going to need new front springs because having the ACOS adjusted down to compensate for the shortness of the 3" OME coils makes it easy for them to try to fall out under a fair amount of flex. Not sure on the rear yet as I don't have my shackle relocation brackets installed (doing those this weekend.) Not too worried about it right now as I want to do rear discs and chromo shafts first which are way down on the priority list.
Go ahead and just getn ew springs. Those ACOS nned to go!
































So just let me know how much you want for them
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post #300 of 340 Old 03-18-2013, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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OK, I picked up my 33's on ~4" BS rims and I'm installing my flares at night this week. I think I'll still need to push the front axle forward to avoid too much rubbing. I saw you moved yours forward 1.5" or so. Did you have any issues with track bar or steering clearance when you did this? Anything else I need to check when I do it?
Actually all I did was adjust the long arms to stock wheelbase length, 101.5" or whatever it is. I took that pic while the short arms were still connected to give an idea of how much forward clearance is lost in contrast to lift height. I just set it back to stock so I wouldn't have to fight with pinion angle and caster too much.
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