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Unread 05-12-2011, 02:15 PM   #1
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2doorxj's 98 2 door build: Part II

Whats up guys, im Chris, im 18, senior in high school...yadda yadda yadda....

This is the second part to my build thread, as some of you may know, i recently picked up a Marquette 220v welder, with 75/25 gas, this section of my build will include more fabrication, rather than bolt on parts.


Over the next couple of months, i plan on doing:

-Custom 3 link, with panhard bar

-Swap in a new Ford 8.8, 4.10 gears, and an lock rite/aussie locker.

-Possibly a front 44 build ( time will tell)

-High clearence cross member

-Other small odds and ends, frame stiffeners, shocks, ect.

Heres the 3 link kit im looking at:

http://www.barnes4wd.com/product_inf...oducts_id=2368


Okay, now ill summarize my old build:

It all started out July 18th, 2009. I picked up my jeep. 1998 Jeep cherokee sport, 56,xxx, 5 speed, 3 inch skyjacker lift with full leaf packs and upper and lower control arms for 3200.

Heres the first day i had it:



As soon as i got it, i was infected with a bad case of the Jeep bug.

I threw some cheesy roof lights on it, and thought it was literally the coolest thing on the planet.

I then decided to sell my quad to buy some tires.

I got 31x10.5x15 Bfg KM2s:







Then i decided i needed to go bigger, so i sold the 31s, and bought some 33x12.5x15 Goodyear MTR/kevlar, mounted them on mickey thompson classic II, that i painted black:




Heres the tires mount on the jeep:



As you can see, i needed a little more lift, and alot more trimming.

Heres a random pic, from the first day i had my liscense:



I then found a ford 8.8 on craigslist, ready to bolt into a cherokee, and it came with a HP d30, both of them had 3.73 gears.



Got a riddler cover and a SYE:





Shortly after, i bought bushwacker pocket flares, and a JCR pre runner front bumper:





Installing the bushwackers by myself in 20 degree weather was NOT fun at all, took me more than 8 hours, with occasional hot chocolate break.






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Unread 05-12-2011, 02:19 PM   #2
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The bumper, i installed with the help of my dad, it went pretty smoothly, i didnt even break any steering box bolts


Noob poser flex:


Went offroading for the first time, and got stuck real bad:

I wanted a little more height, so i got a teraflex 1.5 BB:

Then flexed it out again:

Look at this rear flex!!!

Got a roofrack, (which i later sold to my friend)

Random shot:

Made some bumpstops, and got some Ajs super rails:

I then decided, bushwackers were gay, i took them off and sold them:

There were a bunch of scratches/damage/holes underneath the flares, so i bedlined over it, (stupid desicion) I also took the doors off, another stupid desicion.

I decided my jeep needed a complete makeover, so i traded the mickey thompsons for some ravines:


I then put JK fogs into the front bumper:

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I then got IRO long arms another stupid desicion, the caster adjust bent like a wet noodle:

Random shots:








Random pics from rausch creek:






Then i got the holes from the bushwackers filled in, and the fenders re painted:

Then, i traded my mtrs, for some KM2s in the 33x10.5 flavor:

It snowed:
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Got a jcr stage 2 rear bumper:

Then i decided 33x10.5 km2s were too small, so i got mtrs...again haha.

ZJ leather seats:


JCR one ton steering, rock krawler bomb proof trackbar, and riddler front cover:

Tom woods rear DS:

More wheelin:

Closest i ever came to flopping:


If i had flopped there, i would have rolled allll the way down the hill, if you look how steep it is, look at the trees behind my rear bumper, pictures always make things look 139,876 times less awesome/intense.






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Okay, heres probably the single most important mod ive done too my jeep:
The dd mod:

Heres some of my welds:

Hit it with a hammer, metal bend, welds still good:

Look how easy changing coils is when you have an engine hoist, and long arms:


Most recent pic of the jeep as of May 11th:
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I dont know i dont have and pictures of my aussie locker install, but ill keep looking.

Uploadin pics of the new 8.8 now.
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Rotors, and pads (still need calipers)





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Mmm that looks yummy looks like the last owner changed that fluid often haha
BTW thanks for introducing Harrys u pull it I need to plan a trip to pick up a lot of odd little parts for me jeep. Maybe a new motor with lower miles (im at 285k) How often do you go out there?
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Mmm that looks yummy looks like the last owner changed that fluid often haha
BTW thanks for introducing Harrys u pull it I need to plan a trip to pick up a lot of odd little parts for me jeep. Maybe a new motor with lower miles (im at 285k) How often do you go out there?
I dont really go on a schedule per say, but i have been like 4-5 times so far.

Its probably a better idea to rebuild your engine, rather than get a "new" one from the junkyard.
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did you run spacers with the ravines and 33x12.50s? im getting an xj soon, love your setup...
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did you run spacers with the ravines and 33x12.50s? im getting an xj soon, love your setup...
Yes, you need too, or else youll rub the leaf springs, and when flexed out, youll rub above where the coil mounts.
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Wow, I remember when she was just a golf cart with painted rims and a brush guard, youve done an excellent job of keeping her in good shape/modding her. :thumbsup

That 3 link kit seems kinda expensive, I suggest when you make a new belly pan that you can integrate some 4 link brackets into, thats how i made my belly (no brackets, but designed it to easily accept them.)

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I see you also twizzled your scart lead. Well done! :thumbsup:
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Wow, I remember when she was just a golf cart with painted rims and a brush guard, youve done an excellent job of keeping her in good shape/modding her. :thumbsup

That 3 link kit seems kinda expensive, I suggest when you make a new belly pan that you can integrate some 4 link brackets into, thats how i made my belly (no brackets, but designed it to easily accept them.)

good luck
Thanks man!

Im really leaning towards a 3 link because, im looking for bind free flex, and i wheel is the rocks, no go fast stuff.

The 3 link kit is pretty expensive, but i figure after i really dont want to have to fabricate all of the brackets, if i had a plasma cutter, then it would be a different story.

Still though, even after DOM, it will still be significantly less than a RK 3 link, clayton 3 link, ect. And will perform as good if not better, and will most likely be stronger because ill be using a HD link tower with a heim joint, rather than using the cast with the rubber bushing on top of the dif.

10mm bolt doesnt cut it. IMO.
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what 3 link kit are you looking at?
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Yes, you need too, or else youll rub the leaf springs, and when flexed out, youll rub above where the coil mounts.
thank you sir.
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