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Unread 04-20-2014, 09:29 PM   #106
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As far as I'm concerned the thing is disposable.
Glad I've finally found someone else that understands unibody Jeeps are throw-away rigs! Ruin the one you've got, just get a new body and swap your good parts over.

I was talking to a guy somewhere who was rebuilding the engine from his XJ so he could keep the numbers matching like it was rare or collectible.

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Unread 04-20-2014, 09:51 PM   #107
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Glad I've finally found someone else that understands unibody Jeeps are throw-away rigs! Ruin the one you've got, just get a new body and swap your good parts over.

I was talking to a guy somewhere who was rebuilding the engine from his XJ so he could keep the numbers matching like it was rare or collectible.
Hahaha, really? Thats pretty funny. Around here XJ's are a dime a dozen. It takes a little coin to find a perfect one but you can find a good XJ for wheeling for cheap.

Check this one out. My son in law found it. 1999 with under 90k miles. It had a coolant leak that turned out to be a cracked head. He paid $700 for it. It's spotless and I mean spotless inside and out. Only damage is a little wrinkle on the drivers side door. We are turning it into a mud buggy on 1 tons and 44's.

The day I picked it up.



After a little vacuuming.





Wiped the dust off the paint and sprayed some Armorall on the tires.



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Unread 04-21-2014, 10:07 PM   #108
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I don't know how I missed this build till now, but awesome xj. Stoked to see more
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Unread 04-21-2014, 10:57 PM   #109
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That little greeny is sure clean!
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Unread 04-22-2014, 08:33 PM   #110
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By far my favorite build thread. Ive been lurking around here for four years now and this is the first one ive read completely through....keep it going!
Im thinking of relocating to AK from MT. Ive been working in Bristol Bay for the last 6 summers...love AK!
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Unread 04-22-2014, 08:38 PM   #111
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By far my favorite build thread. Ive been lurking around here for four years now and this is the first one ive read completely through....keep it going!
Im thinking of relocating to AK from MT. Ive been working in Bristol Bay for the last 6 summers...love AK!
Thanks Matt. We have lots of fun around these parts. Lots of good wheeling trails in summer and sledding areas in winter. If you need any advice on where to live send me a note and I can give you the rundown on South Central Alaska.
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Unread 04-24-2014, 06:17 PM   #112
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Awesome build! The next stage is gonna be INSANE! Were you serious about getting a supercharger? Hope so haha...
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Unread 04-24-2014, 06:19 PM   #113
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awesome build! The next stage is gonna be insane! Where you serious about getting a supercharger? Hope so haha...
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Unread 04-24-2014, 11:45 PM   #114
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i just read every page of this and watched several vids.. wow.. amazing build thread.. I will be keeping an eye on this for sure..
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Unread 04-25-2014, 12:47 PM   #115
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Thanks for the complements guys. In some circles my jeep would be considered a hillbilly build for a number of reasons. The thing many don't understand is we don't do a lot of rock crawling around here. It's mostly muddy trails and muddy hills. There are some rocky areas for sure but the muddy areas out number them 10 to 1. Mud is easier on axles than rocks. A decent Dana 44 can easily survive with 38" tires at stock HP levels. Several of my friends are running 40" AG tires on Dana 44's. Obviously that is about the limit of a D44. Once you throw a little HP at the Dana 44 even 38" tires are too big and they don't survive for long.

I mentioned a Supercharger because I really think I am going to need more power to have the same level of fun with the new tires and axles upgrade I have planned. My 38" boggers were 12lbs lighter than stock because I removed every other lug. Those stock steel wheels were very light. My tire and wheel together weighed under 100lbs. The 18.4-16.1 AG tires weigh about 130lbs and the rims with beadlocks weigh another +30lbs so my new tire/wheel combo is going to be over 60lbs heavier than those 38.5 Boggers. Even though my overall gear ratio is better with the 1 ton/AG tire combo the extra weight and traction are going to make it feel like I have no power.

We shall see about the supercharger option. I may find I don't need more power.
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Unread 04-25-2014, 12:57 PM   #116
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Hey there's nothing wrong with being a "hillbilly." Around here, kids seem to think it's a right of passage. Whoever has the muddiest truck in the parking lot on Monday had the best weekend haha. There are no rocks and there's no sand here. Just trails and mud. And every kid with a Hyundai asks you to take them muddin just because you have a 4x4 haha
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Unread 04-25-2014, 05:44 PM   #117
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I am not a fan of mud but it can be a lot of fun in some occasions and my swampers kick *** in it!
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Unread 04-25-2014, 06:45 PM   #118
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I am not a fan of mud but it can be a lot of fun in some occasions and my swampers kick *** in it!
Mud is a lot of fun and it can be a lot of work but it isn't really all that hard on stuff. Lots of guys here get away with 37" Boggers on stock D30 axles. You have to finesse it some but you would be surprised how long a D30 will last.

Obviously if you are punching out all the time and spinning the tires hard in every hole things are going to break.

We are very blessed with fantastic trails just a few miles from home. Many of the trails aren't super long, under 10 miles start to finish, but they can take 5 hours or more because of how technical they are. Tight twisty hill climbs with creeks and swamps along the way. We don't take many pictures/video of the trail because it's kinda boring but the majority of the trail is very exciting.


This is our typical group on one of our wheeling adventures.



Typical over nighter for this group. We do this every weekend all summer long.



This trail system is about 10 miles from home. The Green trail is very technical and very challenging. Dozens of creeks, and mud holes with several significant climbs along the way. We usually camp on The Bench at 1600'. During spring and fall this trail is a 38" tire and bigger trail. Its about 5 miles from end to end on the green trail and takes 4-6 hours on a good day when you are with a group of 8-10 rigs. Sometimes the more capable rigs just drag the less capable rigs through the holes.

The Red trail is also very fun. Starts at 400' and ends at 2400' in elevation. Dozens of creek and mud hole crossings. It's much more popular and only takes about 1.5 hours on a good day.
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Unread 04-25-2014, 07:00 PM   #119
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Typical trail with a tiny mud hole.



Another mud hole a little more challenging.



All loaded up ready to head down the hill.



What we have to do when one of the big rigs get stuck

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Looks like fun :-)
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