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Unread 01-05-2015, 10:41 AM   #1
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bulding another xj on tracks

So last year I put an xj on tracks; here is a link to the thread http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f177/...arted-1552080/


It was an absolute blast to build so I'm doing another!
Here is a pic of what I'm starting out with for this 2nd build



Its a 1996 xj with 153k miles; completely un-fiddled with. I'm going to feel a bit bad cutting into this one; but I'll get over it

Basically doing the same type of setup as the red one with the following tweaks

- Instead of going with a pile of lift I'm going to extend the wheelbase via ubolt eliminators from tnt. My hope is that between 1.5 inch wheelbase extend and a 1.5 inch lift and a minor spring pack build I can carry the load and not get to terribly tall.
- Doing a tranny gauge again
- Doing a tranny cooler again
- Going with a winch this time; already have a 12k laying on the shop floor waiting for a bumper to put it into
- Skipping the roof rack (jeep got to tall) going with a front and rear bumper rack type solution

Tracks have been ordered and should be hear next week; it'll be a very busy couple of weeks as I try to land this one.

More pics and info to come as the parts start appearing. Should be a blast of a build.

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Unread 01-05-2015, 04:59 PM   #2
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I just read through your previous build and that was awesome! Going to try the hydro assist steering this time?
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Unread 01-05-2015, 10:02 PM   #3
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sounds like a locker would be good too. Awesome build on that red one and I can't wait to see what you do with this one.
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Unread 01-06-2015, 08:36 AM   #4
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I just read through your previous build and that was awesome! Going to try the hydro assist steering this time?
i really want to; the issue I'm running into is that i need the jeep up and running on the tracks to move the fish house around in the next couple of weeks (selling my red one has put me into a bit of a time crunch)

if i still have this next xj during this summer i'll be adding hydro
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Unread 01-06-2015, 08:39 AM   #5
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sounds like a locker would be good too. Awesome build on that red one and I can't wait to see what you do with this one.
yes; lockers would be nice
right now I'm leaning towards a Lincoln in the rear as I'll have the axle out next week to weld on the new perches and what's a little more wire


I think the real bonus on this green xj is that with the extended wheelbase, I'm hoping to get the clearance for the tracks without having to get so tall. I'm 6'4" and not being able to get over the roof rack from the ground was pretty lame.
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Unread 01-06-2015, 08:44 AM   #6
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so the following parts have been ordered

- tracks; short front with 1" lugs; long in rear with 1" lugs and spikes; matte back powder coat with HD boogies
- ubolt eliminators 1.5 up and 1.5 back; with a slight leaf pack build i'm hoping this will be enough clearance
- tranny gauge and 14k btu cooler
- fresh set of jk take off shocks at all 4 corners

doesn't seem like much stuff for $11k does it

should be wrenching on the xj next week if all the bits arrive
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Unread 01-07-2015, 11:36 AM   #7
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Just looked at your previous build - super awesome!

Here's some more inspiration!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aeKdmw9W50
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpuDA-qwUOA
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Unread 01-13-2015, 07:31 AM   #9
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some updates

tracks arrived!
Can't say enough positive about http://americantracktruck.com Dave is the man
This time went with 1" lugs all the way around, shorts in the front and longs in the rear with Ice Attak's and the HD boogie system.

Here is a pic of the tracks on the xj; test fitting before suspension adjusts start



You can see the front of the rear track is pretty close to the front of the wheel well; now its time to drop in the ubolt elim's and get that rear axle pushed back a bit and dropped down away from the body.

Check out how clean these rocker panels are


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Unread 01-13-2015, 09:26 PM   #10
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Please tell me you can get some videos of this one going to work in the snow
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Unread 02-10-2015, 09:54 AM   #11
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update

- installed fresh jk take off shocks all the way around (didn't even break a bolt!)
- changed the oil and now the oil plug is leaking around the washer; need to get a new one

cut of the factory perches and burnt on some tnt ubolt eliminators; also pushed the axle back 3/4" via the ubolt eliminators; between the 1.5" increase in height and the 3/4" wheelbase extend I was able to push my clearance on the rear track to 5"
all in all, the ubolt elim's are a pretty sweat deal; it was a pretty easy swap; the bump stop plates are insane!

pic at the new height


- tranny cooler and gauge are here; just waiting for me to get some ambition
- need to play with this a bit to see if I'll have a clearance issue in the front; without cutting the fenders I may need to put in some v8 coils (I have them; just looking to keep this as low as possible)

We finally have gotten some snow; so I looks like we'll be using this rig during our Canadian trip on the ice; should be a blast!
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Unread 02-11-2015, 10:16 AM   #12
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I really can't explain why I want one of these... we almost never get snow here, and this year not even in the mountains.

But...damnit, I do want!
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Unread 02-12-2015, 01:00 PM   #13
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I really can't explain why I want one of these... we almost never get snow here, and this year not even in the mountains.

But...damnit, I do want!
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Unread 02-15-2015, 10:48 PM   #14
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I still want tracks from your last build. lol.

Why did you sell the last one? And how much did you get for it?
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Unread 02-16-2015, 08:26 AM   #15
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I still want tracks from your last build. lol.

Why did you sell the last one? And how much did you get for it?
Sold the last one because the build was a blast and I wanted to do it again but with different bits. Last time I went up with lift instead of out with the wheelbase for example.

$15,500 for the last one took it down the road.
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