You guys may be many things, but helpful is not one of them. One takes 10 seconds to tell me to spend the next 2 weeks reading 10 years of threads.
You know, the OP of this thread doesn't spend too much time on this forum at all - looking at the last time he was active was about half a year ago.
Second, the guy who mostly built this with Andy, is also a LOT more active over on Pirate with his own builds - not here.
Third, if someone is asking questions on how does one make 1-tons work on a unibody vehicle, the person asking that question is definitely not familiar enough with the kind of project he/ she is possibly thinking of doing. Some effort (=read, research, study, learn
) is needed.
Fourth, this board really doesn't have too many guys - especially on the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee sections - who have actually done 1-ton or 3/4- ton swaps on their Jeeps, or that much of serious fab work anyways. If they have, most builds are posted on other message boards.
I suggested you visiting Pirate4x4 Cherokee- section (which includes XJ/MJ/ZJ/WJ), because most swaps done there are 3/4- ton and 1- tons. There are also excellent TOTMs (topic of the month), which answer ALL of your questions and a whole lot more - if you just read and do your research. The guys over there can be dickheads, but they know their stuff.
You don't even need to ask them anything, just read through the pages, google the TOTMs, go through the multitude of info available on that site. A lot of people who post there are competing in different off-road races across the USA.
The other disparages my abilities without knowing one damned thing about me.
I was not disparaging your abilities, I was being realistic. If you knew what all needs to be done to make 1-tons work on a unibody Jeep, you wouldn't be asking such basic questions on this forum, would you?
You may very well be capable of welding a battle ship from scratch, but it doesn't mean you can do a 1-ton swap that works properly. Not without research and studying, that is.
People here - including me - are more than willing to provide new guys with plenty of info. But don't expect people to teach you how to build a Jeep, if you don't show those people you're willing to do some of the work in the learning experience yourself.