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Unread 01-02-2013, 12:29 AM   #1
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98 XJ Broke Bank Mountain: chopped, full widths, links

Cherokee #7 for me. This build will be the most in depth out of the bunch though.

It started with me looking for a 97+ 2 door 5 speed. I ended up with a 98, 2 door aw4 in late September. In 3 weeks I rushed through a build to make it to a planned run. That was a terrible mistake and lots of money was wasted on parts. Plans changed very quickly.



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Unread 01-02-2013, 12:33 AM   #2
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Unread 01-02-2013, 12:44 AM   #3
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The quick build up was finished. I went wheeling. It performed great. I brought it home, and my mind immediately started racing about the direction I wanted to go with it.




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Unread 01-02-2013, 01:39 AM   #4
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What size are the wheels and tires?
...very curious...
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Unread 01-02-2013, 07:21 AM   #5
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Good looking Jeep. Looking forward to seeing stage 2. Ive always loved 2 doors. I am also curious on that tire/lift size as well.
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Unread 01-02-2013, 11:01 AM   #6
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Now that's just weird, but cool. I happen to be a drummer, and an ex-hockey player.
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Unread 01-02-2013, 04:33 PM   #7
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What size are the wheels and tires?
...very curious...
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Good looking Jeep. Looking forward to seeing stage 2. Ive always loved 2 doors. I am also curious on that tire/lift size as well.
36x13.50 Iroks and around 7" lift. 15x10s.
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Now that's just weird, but cool. I happen to be a drummer, and an ex-hockey player.
Ha, funny. I'm not a drummer like you two but love music, and am a huge fan of playing hockey and watching it. The NHL can suck a nut at the moment.
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Unread 01-02-2013, 04:40 PM   #8
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Let's get this party started.

I bought a Chrysler 9.25 (pic below) and a HP Full width 44. I changed my mind on the 9.25 and went with a big bearing, 31 spline Ford 9".


I only acquired the housing and shafts though so I had to purchase everything else separate (center section, gears, yoke, carrier, so on)
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Unread 01-02-2013, 04:57 PM   #9
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So...I ended up with a HP 44 front from a 77 F150. First year for disk brakes, last year for the weld on wedges (before they became cast in 78).

...and a Ford 9" for the rear out of 1979 F150. 31 spline. All I had though for that was the housing and the shafts. I had no center section, therefore no gears, carrier, and so on. I had to buy all that separate.

When using axles that are 35 years old, you are so far from being able to simply throw them under the Jeep (usually). So bringing back the axles from the dead was the first plan of attack.

Removing old seals and bearings from 9" shaft.



All new u joints, seals, and ball joints in the 44. It was quite a task just tearing down the 44 to get to this point, due to the rust making every piece as one unit.



Here is an example of the weld on wedges before I cut them off.


Rough cut from the wedge removal, before grinding smooth.


More parts.



Fresh bearings/seals pressed onto each shaft of the 9"


Ring & pinion in the 9" installed, full spool, pinion guard.
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Unread 01-02-2013, 07:58 PM   #10
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Nice start. Very interested in following this one.

What skid plate is that?
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Unread 01-02-2013, 09:07 PM   #11
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love the wheels
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Unread 01-02-2013, 09:14 PM   #12
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What a gay build name Very nice looking XJ. Too tall for my taste, but I'd wheel it. Please tell me when you say "chopped" you don't mean you are going to chop the top off and make it look like a deformed Comanche. Sorry, but that will look like a$$.
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Unread 01-02-2013, 10:43 PM   #13
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Nice start. Very interested in following this one.

What skid plate is that?
It was a Rusty's skid, but I don't know if I'll be able to use it anymore.

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love the wheels
Thanks. I put 4 miles on them, and had to sell them.

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What a gay build name Very nice looking XJ. Too tall for my taste, but I'd wheel it. Please tell me when you say "chopped" you don't mean you are going to chop the top off and make it look like a deformed Comanche. Sorry, but that will look like a$$.
It's a gay build name? Why?

As for height, I'd say it looks proportionate on the 36's, it just has a lot of cut fender. I could have bump stopped and stayed lower though. That Jeep was literally bought, and built like that in 3 weeks (that includes waiting on parts) So I didn't give it a whole lot of thought. I was on a mission. Either way, the jeep looks nothing like those pictures anymore. ha

The top cut question...that was only part of the process, and I HATE that look too. Especially if it isn't caged. Mine will not look like that. I'll get some pics on here. Which, the body still isn't done being modified by any means.

Poor Jeep is about to undergo some surgery.


My basement was starting to look like a garage, but it is time to go to the shop!
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Unread 01-02-2013, 11:25 PM   #14
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Can I get a drum roll for the look that I hate please?








Tear down has begun.

I'd be on your right. I'm actually 6'1", my friend just so happens to be a squatch.


Leafs, gone forever. ...and rear axle and factory gas tank location.




It will be getting dove-tailed in. As said before, sheet metal process still not done, and the jeep will not have doors on unless winter wheeling, maybe not even then. lol
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Unread 01-03-2013, 06:29 AM   #15
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Looks like fun. I'll keep an eye on this thread for sure!
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