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post #1 of 349 Old 08-05-2012, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Project Overland DD

Out with the old, in with the "new"


So old jeep got totaled by some guy driving down the road late at night drunk. Long story short bought it back for $350 and parked it for the time being. I'm thinking it'll be come a trail rig and I'll update accordingly in its own thread.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f177/...hread-1222997/

So this one. Found it on CL last minute at dealer for $3995. Call a friend they drive to check it out. This place closes at 7 and they roll in low ball the guy hard, test drive it and leave. Guy is already ready to go home. Now mind you I told him I would show up around 7 ish but with traffic let's be real.. Roll up around 730, drive it, get out slap 3k on the table and say that's all I have.

The perfect score. Guy was so ready to go home he just waived it away.


Specs:
1998 sport
144k
Dana 30/Dana 35
Factory fogs
Np231 tcase

Pretty standard xj

Plans:
Build it to a overland DD'er for commutes to work and adventuring on the weekends while black 98' gets built up.

Like so..



List up front is going to be maintenance
Diff fluids
Oil and filter
Trans oil and filter
Tcase oil
Alignment

Stage 1
Rattle can the fenders because they are faded
Swap tow hooks over from black xj
Install new bar pin eliminators
Swap rubicon shocks over
Install 2" coils I have
Install new quadratic hd leaves because the stock ones are sagging and inverted. ( should net about ~2 of lift in rear)
Swap bumstops over
Swap 31s over

I can't decide if I should run the eccos I have on the black xj or run some canyons. Maybe just maybe I'll look into rubicon five spokes

Somewhere between 1 & 2 a cargo basket will go on the roof.

Stage 2:
Diff Covers
T-Case Skid
Lights
Winch/recovery

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post #2 of 349 Old 08-06-2012, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Test fit Eccos with 31s...

I like this look. Pulled the c4x4 tow hooks from black Xj

I'll throw em on tomorrow
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post #3 of 349 Old 01-18-2013, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Most of the summer not much happened

Small maintenance items, damn those brakes were bad, changed the diff fluids and pulled off my old front tow hook kit and Hella 500 fog lights.





Sat like this for quite some time.


Took it on a few adventures and camping.



Ended up selling my black XJ to a NOVA Jeepers members and kept the wheels and 31's. 31's DO NOT fit well already under a stock XJ without some serious rubbing. Well when your rear leafs are practically flat you get even more.



Took the money and ordered/bought the following

OME HD leaf packs
Rubicon Shocks
JCR Offroad Transfer case skid.





Already had 2" lift springs from the first iteration of my black XJ, extended rear bump stops and some bar pin elminiators from my old busted Rubicon shocks to give me an extra ~1" of shock travel.


Front took about an hour and the rear consumed most of the day. The biggest hold up being the shear torque needed to loosen the bolts which held the old packs in place.. And my ******* for forgetting well over a month ago to press out a metal sleeve in the bottom of the rear shocks.

Some pics of install and old parts comparison.
(buddy wrenching away)




So now it sits like this.




I've got a few driveline vibes which aren't bad.

Mainly my next course of action is as follows:

Install Tcase Skid
Fix driveline vibes
Build CB antenna mount
Mount CB antenna and wire up CB
Purchase/install some front quick disconnects

Get it out on the trails! I'm really itching to get back up to Harrisonburg and hit all the local trails I miss.
Updates will come as things progress.
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post #4 of 349 Old 01-18-2013, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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So I should probably add some updates to where the XJ is now.

TC drop was installed and helped rid almost all of the vibes except around 35mph and 55. Got the JCR skid installed and cannot be more happy with the fit and finish.

XJ's are notorious for burning up Fog light switches so got to order a new one of those and my cruise control stopped working. Couple of things to check and eliminate the problem.

So I would say ~Stage 1 has been accomplished with a few things to set it right.

I threw the 2" coils on because I had em. Jeep sits too raked and I know it will cause some clearance issues with flex.

So Stage 1.5:
Buy 3" Rough Country coils to bring it up to level and give me more clearance.
Buy/Install JCR Quick Discos.
Build/Install CB mount/Antenna

Keep up with Maintenance(burned switches, fix CC, etc.)

I found this guys 93 XJ running 3" and 32's.. With the proper backspacing and bumpstopping (and obvious fender trimming) he's got no rubbing. So 3" and 31's has never been a problem for me but the look and feel of this jeep is the long term blend of function and form I'm looking for.

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3" RC coils ordered.. So much for that 2.5" lift thing... HA
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post #6 of 349 Old 01-18-2013, 12:58 PM
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3" RC coils ordered.. So much for that 2.5" lift thing... HA
From where?
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post #7 of 349 Old 01-18-2013, 02:20 PM
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Got my eye on this one once I get the 40s for my jeep I will be building something similar. DD and max of 31s
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Got my eye on this one once I get the 40s for my jeep I will be building something similar. DD and max of 31s
Dana 44 and 40s no gonna work.

5.2 ZJ Pushing a dana 30 as far as it will go.
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Dana 60 rear, Dana 44HD that is trussed and all the jazz up front I'm good. I have a 60 ready to build for the front of **** doesn't work.

BTW, my front came out my buddies XJ and he was running 40s



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Go to pirate and look at all the Dana 44s broken on 38s, I'm trying to help you as a friend so you don't break expensive stuff!
But I dig this build!

5.2 ZJ Pushing a dana 30 as far as it will go.
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I appreciate it buddy, been a long time user of pirate. I don't Beat on my rigs with the skinny pedal, I will be fine. once it breaks we upgrade that's the name of the game!

back on topic! get te roof camper!
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Dana 44 and 40s no gonna work.
I know a guy that does it. It will work, just remember you still have a Dana 30 u joint...
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Like where this thread is going. Keep it up man, Overlanding can be fun as **** if you take the time to set up for it properly.

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From where?
Rough Country.

Buddy of mine sold is 89 XJ that never got off the ground.. Baby on the way. Picking up a roof rack from him in the coming week. Overland theme getting closer.

Still need to get my lazy butt to the store to find materials to fab up a CB antenna mount. Would preferably like to mount my CB up in between the visors. Anyone got tips for this?

The woman and I have been escaping the grind every weekend. This past one we went hiking out at Skymeadow's State park. Gorgeous weather.


Little after hike snack!


Packing the Heep back up to head home
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Like where this thread is going. Keep it up man, Overlanding can be fun as **** if you take the time to set up for it properly.
Thanks man! Like I said before, the woman and I crave being out and away from the hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia. So this rig functions as my DD and our expedition steed to the great outdoors.

I drafted up some sketches to build a rack/basket in the cargo area. Give me a place to put my spare without it being on the roof killing MPG's.. BUT still have the space underneath to fit a grocery bag, packs, gun cases, etc.. I'll have to snap a pic tonight of what I'm trying to build.. I'm thinking mainly square tubing should suffice for strength, weight, and cost.
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