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Unread 09-19-2012, 09:30 PM   #1
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Brazilian WJ Project

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


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Unread 09-22-2012, 06:16 PM   #2
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did i read that correctly....a WJ costs $100k USD?? if so feel free to buy mine
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Unread 09-22-2012, 06:27 PM   #3
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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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Unread 09-22-2012, 06:33 PM   #4
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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!
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[QUOTE=YoureverydayXJ;14318981]This is the most metal thing I have ever heard.[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=doublins;15539665]I always get people coming over and saying things like "I wish I knew how to do that," etc- but they don't realize- at some point I didn't know how to do it either- I had to figure it out.[/QUOTE]
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Unread 09-22-2012, 06:45 PM   #5
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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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Unread 09-23-2012, 10:34 AM   #6
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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!
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[QUOTE=YoureverydayXJ;14318981]This is the most metal thing I have ever heard.[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=doublins;15539665]I always get people coming over and saying things like "I wish I knew how to do that," etc- but they don't realize- at some point I didn't know how to do it either- I had to figure it out.[/QUOTE]
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Unread 09-26-2012, 07:40 PM   #7
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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
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Unread 10-02-2012, 09:19 PM   #8
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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
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Unread 11-09-2012, 08:18 PM   #9
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first time I ran and flexed...suspension is working fine I guess...
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Unread 11-09-2012, 08:38 PM   #10
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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
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Unread 11-09-2012, 09:28 PM   #11
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some friends and I ran a month ago at night...such nice trail..one of them was shooting...
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Unread 11-14-2012, 11:26 AM   #12
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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
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Unread 11-15-2012, 04:13 PM   #13
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Looks like a good time!
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Unread 11-20-2012, 08:20 PM   #14
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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"...
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Unread 11-20-2012, 08:22 PM   #15
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now pics of the new tires
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