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Unread 05-13-2013, 05:56 AM   #301
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Got the stiffeners burned on, primed and top coated this past Saturday. It is quite a project and I'm glad I did the majority of the prep a few days prior.

I failed to get any pics of the process but in a nutshell: put the rig on jackstands f/r and get the wheels off and outtta the way; the more hands the better (we had 4 of us getting in on the install); the more jacks the better; at least 1 large c-clamp; button/rosette welds are your friend.


First my bro tacked in starting at the front and used a bfh (manipulator he called it) to "cinch up" the stiffener to the unirail as he worked his way down. Then did 1" diameter rosette welds every 8" (drilling those out with a 18v cordless and stepbit - went through some batteries); capped off the front and rear ends; welded up the seams where the bends are; 1.5-2" stitch welds on the inboard lip of the uni/stiffener - alternating with the rosettes on the opposite side.

I also caulked in some paintable silicone around the entire welded assembly anywhere that wasn't "sealed."

As I said - it is a long, messy, steely process and it didn't occur to me to pull out the cell camera during - but I did snap some while I finished up.

3 coats of primer:





Finished with 3 coats semi-flat enamel:





Overall, aside from installing the Aussie in the rear diff - these were the funnest project to tackle on the XJ - good times.

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Unread 05-13-2013, 06:40 AM   #302
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Looking good! This is something I really need to do before long.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 02:11 PM   #303
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Looking good! This is something I really need to do before long.
X2 looks clean, I need to do this. This might just be my imagination but I can feel the jeep flex a bit.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 03:54 PM   #304
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That just looks so right
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Unread 05-13-2013, 06:54 PM   #305
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Looking good! This is something I really need to do before long.
Yes - it is. Especially before you get into the unirails too much in the rocks. Having to weld these into deformed unirails would have really been a PITA.

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X2 looks clean, I need to do this. This might just be my imagination but I can feel the jeep flex a bit.
It might not be your imagination.

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That just looks so right
Yup - it do don't it.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 05:42 AM   #306
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man I'm stoked how your jeeps turning out.. you must be really happy with it. It sweet when you do it right .. Just went though your thread again .. looks killer man .. good work
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Unread 05-16-2013, 01:37 PM   #307
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x2, one of my favorite builds right here. Just a perfect, capable all arounder. Not to mention lots of well documented progress. Props again!
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Unread 05-16-2013, 06:05 PM   #308
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Your neighbors JK looks better with a lift I believe he is on the kc northland jeepers fb page, seen it on there if I recall.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 09:30 PM   #309
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Your neighbors JK looks better with a lift I believe he is on the kc northland jeepers fb page, seen it on there if I recall.
I'm part of that club what's his name?
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man I'm stoked how your jeeps turning out.. you must be really happy with it. It sweet when you do it right .. Just went though your thread again .. looks killer man .. good work
Thanks - It's been a good project for me - keeps me busy.

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x2, one of my favorite builds right here. Just a perfect, capable all arounder. Not to mention lots of well documented progress. Props again!
Well it's far from perfect and it's good it isn't my dd - but I do what I can when I can to provide details.

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Your neighbors JK looks better with a lift I believe he is on the kc northland jeepers fb page, seen it on there if I recall.
Yes - it does look good how he set it up.

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I'm part of that club what's his name?
Ask him next time ya see him.
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So whats next on the list?
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So whats next on the list?
Wheel it!
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Wheel it!
When are you doing that?
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When are you doing that?
Tomorrow down in Mapleton (KSRocks)

How was SMORR?
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Tomorrow down in Mapleton (KSRocks)

How was SMORR?
Going on the 21st. Looks like I will be the smallest jeep in the group
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