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patto 09-19-2012 09:30 PM

Brazilian WJ Project
 
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I was borned and lives in Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil and my brother and I always be off road enthusiasts...my brother has a 5" lifted ford ranger and ran 35" BF Mud...
although enthusiasts, my first 4x4 was when I bought in 2010 a brand new Mitsubishi Pajero Pinin...along one year, I made ​​several upgrades, but always something was missing...so, in the beginning of this year, we (my brother and I) started talking about more upgrades, but the Pinin is limited, 4" and and 32" is the maximum allowed by the car and my pocket...more than this is necessary to rebuilt the whole suspension and car structure...

due to this limitation, the jeep idea began...we have thousands of XJ, WJ and WK here in Brazil, the great majority of then are bullet proof - it is a really expensive car here...a brand new grand cherokee limited worth something like US$100,000 - Brazilian Reais $205,000.

an used one, 1998 XJ worth as much as the 2000 WJ, but this one has much more comfort, technology, engine etc..so, let's go my jeep story and the project I am intending to execute...last july/2012, I had a 2000 WJ Grand Cherokee Limited V8 4.7L as shown in the picshereunder that were taken 3 days after purchased.

I searched some lift kits for the WJ, but my mechanic said that one of the best known is rough country and as my project is to run 35" or 37" tires, he indicated the 6,5" long arm lift kit with Bilstein 5000 series...I added safari snorkel as the first upgrades.

thus this is the very beginning and first upgrades of the off road WJ unnamed yet.

I am planning to run first 31" (245/75 R16) BF Mud tires, then I'll get steel whinch bumper and so on...

but here we have high cost and difficulty to upgrade a jeep or any other 4x4 car, because we have few parts, few manufacturers and is very expensive to import parts. just for example...the lift kit and snorkel I imported from US cost around US$ 8,000 (brazilian reais $16,000), shipping and taxes included. iceland bumper, for example, should come for US$ 3,000 (brazilian reais $6,000)

we are moving on with our project and any comments or suggestions will be great :)

4x4Jeep 09-22-2012 06:16 PM

did i read that correctly....a WJ costs $100k USD?? if so feel free to buy mine :thumbsup:

patto 09-22-2012 06:27 PM

Not the WJ....my 2000 WJ I bought by 15,000 dollars...a brand new WK - grand cherokee limited that worth around 100K

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HurricaneRZA 09-22-2012 06:33 PM

My uncle was just visiting us from Brazil, I loved it there. Good luck with the build, I know getting stuff imported etc can be a pain in the ***. That's why the family comes here to buy stuff to take back!

patto 09-22-2012 06:45 PM

Yes the stuffs there are really cheap in comparison what we have here...I went to Orlando FL in january and Kansa MO in may and I brought some stuffs for me...but to execute a project like this is impossible to bring in the bag some stuffs lolz

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HurricaneRZA 09-23-2012 10:34 AM

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Originally Posted by patto (Post 14203761)
Yes the stuffs there are really cheap in comparison what we have here...I went to Orlando FL in january and Kansa MO in may and I brought some stuffs for me...but to execute a project like this is impossible to bring in the bag some stuffs lolz

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Haha maybe, my uncle bought and entire sound system for his boat and propellers and everything. just get a REALLY big bag! :laugh:

patto 09-26-2012 07:40 PM

some news already...although no pics yet
my 6,5" long arm lift kit is already installed and also the tiny tires (31" - 245/75 R16) in the stock wheels...
the next step will be the snorkel and find out where is the f#$%& leak...the radiator water is desappearing...might be any hose or :confused: :confused:

patto 10-02-2012 09:19 PM

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new photos...WJ is coming...
as I mentioned before...I will run 31" (really tiny tires) at the first moment in the stock wheels...after having a whinch iron bumper, I will run 35"
I took some photos earlier today
the black is the brazilian Pajero Pinin with 1,5" lift

patto 11-09-2012 08:18 PM

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first time I ran and flexed...suspension is working fine I guess...

patto 11-09-2012 08:38 PM

by the weekend new tires are coming...I will run 35" - 315x75 R16 - mud tires...but still missing front whinch bumper, which will come soon, I hope

patto 11-09-2012 09:28 PM

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some friends and I ran a month ago at night...such nice trail..one of them was shooting...

patto 11-14-2012 11:26 AM

I just put on new tires...mud 315/75 R16...it is rubbing, I already trimmed, but I will have some professional to work on it so that I can still flexing

I'll add some pics later, during this long weekend

AutoMaster 11-15-2012 04:13 PM

Looks like a good time!

patto 11-20-2012 08:20 PM

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Originally Posted by AutoMaster (Post 14461464)
Looks like a good time!

yes, such a good time...
now I running Mudstar 315/75 R16 (stock wheels)
quite strange so big tires, I am not used and it is the first time I am running ~35"...

patto 11-20-2012 08:22 PM

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now pics of the new tires


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