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Unread 06-12-2013, 12:08 PM   #1
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The year 1995 came from the 3 trucks that are going to make up this build.

The main Jeep is a 1987 MJ. 2.5l, 5 speed, 2wd. This was my back up driver for when my XJ broke, but then the MJ threw a rod towing scrap. It was only running on 3 cylinders anyway.

Engine donor is the blue ram. It's a 1999 1500, 5.9L auto 4x4.

It will be getting the front clip and interior from this 2000 XJ.

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Unread 06-12-2013, 06:02 PM   #2
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This is one build I can't wait for! 38/14.50/17 mtr/ks or km2s?

How much lift? 4.5"? How much cutting?
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Unread 06-12-2013, 07:08 PM   #3
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Probably 38x12.5x15 grooved TSLs to keep the cost down. $300 a tire vs over $400 a tire for MTRs. I just graduated high school so I'm not making boat loads of cash, but working 2 jobs should help.
I picked up a set of 15x7 AR racing wheels for $80 in good shape.

Lift, I'm undecided. Half of me wants to keep it low, the other half wants to go right around 7.5-8".

I've been busy between school and working full time. I'm going to NY this weekend. When I get back, I'm cleaning the garage completely. I did manage to get the engine/trans and axles out of the MJ.
And got the ram parted out and scrapped. The 5.9l is big.
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Unread 06-12-2013, 07:15 PM   #4
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This is my old XJ, which was going to get what the MJ is getting but with a chop top but due to my neighbors complaining and space, I stripped it and scrapped it.
And the second pic is my next build. 64 J200
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Unread 06-17-2013, 11:31 AM   #5
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Got the 5.9 out.
Anyone need a 46re for a dodge?
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Unread 06-17-2013, 03:08 PM   #6
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How high or low you want your rig really depends where you wheel it and how you drive. What made you wanna go with the 5.9?
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Unread 06-18-2013, 08:14 AM   #7
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I'll be wheeling mostly pits and in the pines. Maybe a few trips to rausch a year.
I got the 5.9 because i missed the torque of my CJ. A 5.9 was cheap(I made money on the truck). It should work with most of the 00 XJ electrical stuff. And if I'm going through the trouble of a V8 swap, why not get a 5.9 instead of a 5.2.

I ordered a Grizzly, 5.13s, and a ultimate 88 kit for the rear. I know an 8.8 isnt a true 3/4 ton, but I think itll hold up fine. Especially with chromos. If it doesnt, I'll build a 14 bolt.
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Unread 06-20-2013, 04:28 PM   #8
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2 of the 38s came in.
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Unread 06-30-2013, 03:13 PM   #9
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I can tell you RC has plenty of rocks and boulders... being jacked up in the air won't aid you in staying planted to the ground. Those 38's are huge.
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Unread 07-01-2013, 09:32 AM   #10
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I've wheeled Rausch creek plenty. I have a lot more mud down here.
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Unread 07-03-2013, 07:28 PM   #11
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Just a little update. I haven't done anything since i got the tires. I've been too busy with work. I got the engine sold out of the XJ. My rangers trans took a dump, so I sold it. I'm going to look at an MK tomorrow.
I also got the bellhousing I need, but a dakota came with it.
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Unread 07-03-2013, 08:03 PM   #12
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Can't wait to see this done!
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Unread 07-07-2013, 12:04 AM   #13
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I should have some updates of the MJ on tuesday. Everything for the rear came in, now I just have to order some diff tools.

I bought the compass. It's an 09 limited 5 speed 2wd. 88k on it: I got it for 11,000 plus tax and stuff. Has heated leather, sunroof, navigation, 18s(prob gonna try to stick some 15s or 16s on it though) all it needs is 2 tires and a tpms sensor. I really like driving it. Now the little time I have off can go towards the MJ, instead of trying I fix the pos truck I had before.
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Unread 07-07-2013, 06:33 AM   #14
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Going to be keeping an eye on this one, Love them Manches.. Cant wait to see how this one turns out.
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Unread 08-03-2013, 01:39 PM   #15
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I haven't gotten much done. I've been working on my buddies TJ doing 3/4 tons and 38s. I did manage to get the bed off and raised up to the ceiling.
I also ordered a weld on beadlock kit.
I'm about to order a caliper, torque wrench, and dial indicator for the diff setup. Any recommendations?
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