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AgitatedPancake 04-15-2009 10:23 PM

AP's 5 Speed WJ Build
Alright I guess it's time for me to get some of my truck up here...though this is definately gunna be a shortened version!

Got the jeep as my first car at 17, less than a year later had it lifted 4" on 33" MTR's.

Had some fun on the rubicon my first time ever in the spring when its slick and WET

REALLY wet. I circled the waterline.

Then came the claytons

Then I started building it a bumper

Cut my fenders some later on

And widened my sliders

Pulled a front 44 from a full sized cherokee

and got the gears set right on the THIRD attempt...took a long time.

D30 coming out

and the D44 goes in:

Spliced the waggy's steering sleeve onto the WJ's for my draglink



AgitatedPancake 04-15-2009 10:26 PM

Also my single UCA on the passenger side

So here I am with it "done"
Flexin it out the first time, nice

Now a while down the road, my single UCA mount failed
Tore through 2 peices of 1/4" plate, but it was a bad design on my part.
Hit the brakes too hard, UCA mount tore off and the whole axle rotated forwards ALOT. Springs removed themselves from the upper perches, it snapped both my shocks and broke the straps out of the front DS yoke.
SO It was time to rebuild the upper mounts, and do it the right way.
Left side in the pic is a 1/2" plate with a hole bored in it with tube for the bushing, 3/16" support. The truss is 2x2x.250 tube with the tube welded on, it's been years like this now with no issues.
Then I swapped the engines, after this incident it never ran right after...
Out with the old,

Reman goes in-

Then the new engine had to come BACK out because the guys who built it didnt tighten down the cam gear bolts so one of them spun. No internal damage. Got it fixed and back together, have over 2k miles on it now, the swap was completed about 2.5 weeks ago I'd guess?

After that hassle, built some upper coil retainers.

iananderson17 04-15-2009 10:31 PM

You officially have my vote for greatest build thread name yet. :bacon::bacon::bacon::bacon:

CaribouLouWJ 04-15-2009 10:32 PM

thanks for all the ideas on what not to do :D

AgitatedPancake 04-15-2009 10:41 PM

Now the reason for saying DON'T DO YOUR DRAGLINK LIKE I DID!!!
Yeah...I cranked to hard and snapped the draglink near one of my we made a new one on the trail. This happened after having a BAD time with the stock waggy tie rod. I bent it early on and kept pushing it. It kept bending back so far the draglink TRE nut was hitting the lower track bar bolt and not allowing me to turn, so we stopped there for the night and did some custom work on the tie rod...

Over on the drivers side you see my hi-lift handle over the factory BEND in the waggy tie rod...I pounded it over the bend by hand by slamming it on a rock. I woke up with blisters in the morning. On the drivers side we welded a little angle iron to the back using our batteries, it also acted as a skid across the head of the track bar bolt. Got me further into the trail, then back out, then 100 miles home.
But it was enough - Flat top knuckles, high steer arms, new balljoints and 1 ton steering. YUP.

This is how I roll now:

I was also dog tracking BAD after that trip. I wonder why...


Later on, got my 35" swampers I'm running now...

Snow wheelin/camping trip with swampers =D

Gas tank raise


Built a tunnel for the fuel hoses to run through inside.

And another wheelin trip:

DothanJeep 04-15-2009 10:43 PM


Nice build man!!! love the Jeep!

and I love Pancakes... ( 22 to be exact )

CaribouLouWJ 04-15-2009 10:46 PM

Nice steering.....I'm going assist with the 44 up front, I was having a bad enough time with the 35's, the 37" Creeps are going to murder my PS pump

AgitatedPancake 04-15-2009 10:48 PM

Fast forward to what i've been working on recently...
and rolled over
Bumpstop extensions
New lower shock mounts for the axles
And new upper shock mounts, in the form of a new crossmember kinda.
Then I got into building my bumper, which is where I am currently =D
Step one: Clearancing all the way up to the floorboards, lots of cutting and some sheetmetal welding.
1/4" plate
Shape tacked in, transforming more...
Storage =D
And shaping...
Hitch going in and getting supported...


AgitatedPancake 04-15-2009 10:52 PM

The other side gets trimmed to match, came out cleaner
Yay kinda hidden hitch!
Dunno if i'm going to be fully welding those supports yet, probably.
Underside, protected.

AND THATS WHERE I AM! Crap....that was a LOT of pictures...

Cairbou - yeah I wouldn't mind the assist, when I go bigger I'm gettin it for sure, I even had problems with my 33's at one point.

Thanks for the comments guys! =D

rustynail 04-16-2009 12:04 AM

Everything's just awesome. The bumpers are so original and aggressive. Nice work :thumbsup:

retroron 04-16-2009 04:59 AM

i have to say i really like the fab work!

2007GC Overland 04-16-2009 06:08 AM

Hi Great build and great job! somebody is a very good welder.

spidermonkey 04-16-2009 07:37 AM

It makes me want to build a dubya. Awsome job man.

fivespeedsteed 04-16-2009 07:53 AM

hell yeah dude id say you know a thing or 2 about welding. this is about one of the couple dub builds that are all balls to the wall. everything in this build is just fabbed beef. great build bud.

Ridin' Around 04-16-2009 07:57 AM

This is a WJ that I have lusted after for quite a while on here. Thanks for all of the do & the DONT'S. Those are very helpful. Great photos & thread.

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