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Unread 12-28-2008, 01:47 AM   #1
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bgwyllys61's XJ Build

I am posting all of this info for my friend Will (bgwyllys61) since he doesnt like the computer that much and doesnt know how to post stuff lol. So anyway here it is.

The Jeep:
1997 Jeep Cherokee 4dr
4.0 Straight 6
Automatic transmission


The Goodies:
HP Dana 44 from 70's Bronco
Ford 9 inch
5.13 Gears
35x15.5x15 Super Swamper TSL/SX
Welded Front
Spool in the Rear
Trimmed fenders
Low COG
Complete Custom Front Suspension


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We started today with myself (Brads_nky_yj), Will (bgwyllys61) and my friend Nate (wranglerswrock) around 10:00am. The first thing we did was sat around and chatted about nothing and then about jeeps and then decided to work on the XJ. Today's challenge was going to involve re-gearing both axles to 5.13 gears and getting the axles under the jeep.

We first started with the rear. Here is the Ford 9 Inch all set up and put in place. It took forever to get the axle all set and fine and all that nonsense. It ws nice not having to deal with shims tho. Sorry no pics of the third member on the table, I didnt think about taking pics then.





Here is a pic of the RuffStuff U-Bolts, Spring Perch and U-Bolt Plate. This thing is SOO beefy and is SOO strong!!! I am definatly ordering my 8.8 swap kit through them.



Here are the MASSIVE tires. The 35x15.5x15 Super Swamper TSL/SX's:



Then I had to take Nate home so he could go to work. I then returned to Will's house to continue work. We then decided to start work on the Dana 44. EDIT: We tore the Dana 44 apart before Nate left. It sucked and took alot of smashing, heating up, cussing, chiseling, pounding and pushing but everything came off and looks great now!! Plus we went to the parts store a few times.

The empty Dana 44:




Will removing an old pinion bearing. Again this was the first time any of us have re-geared ourselves and everything turned out very well and looks great. Thank God for that book from Randy's Ring and Pinion and all those cool tools.



For now Will is going to be running the front Dana 44 welded and the rear open until he can find that spool or locker he wants. Here are some photos of Will welding up the Dana 44 and then after shots once it was all tucked away nicley into the housing ready to have the axle shafts put back in.




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Before massive fender trimming to fit these huge tires on these full width axles: We hope the ride height only to be about 2-3 inches higher than it is in these photos. The rear suspension is stock except for an Add A Leaf and the front is some sort of sweet Johnny Joint/Radius Arm/4 Link thing Will is finishing tomorrow.





And a shot of the only fender we got trimmed tonight, due to it being so late and us being overly frikin tired.



And here are the last 2 shots before my stupid camera crapped out on me. This is how it sits as of now, but Will will be finshing the front suspension and re-installing the axle shafts tomorrow so hopefully it will be on wheels and he will be sending me pictures as he is doing it so I will make sure to post em up.




And my baby, sitting outside in the rain this whole time.

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for the record, i am the original Will and why the hell wasnt i invited?
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For the record you were but you told me you were in La Grange. remember???
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Unread 12-28-2008, 11:36 AM   #5
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gettin a late start today, had to spend a little time with the Lady of the house this morning, should have some progress pics later
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Unread 12-28-2008, 11:46 AM   #6
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Just post up the links to the pics when your done Will or send em to me and I will post em up. Cant wait to see that front done. Maybe even have the Jeep on tires too!! You could drive it almost...only if you had steering!! lol
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this town isnt big enough for the both of us.

is this XJ going to be ready for HnH on the 3rd?
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in all reality probably not. If he gets all the parts in and what not by then, then yes but its still iffy. It would be sweet tho!!
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i hardly got anything done, i feel like absolute crap today, this cold is starting to catch up with me, i got the 9" assembled, and the brake lines run for it, put one tire on, and realized ive got some major trimming to do, so i started on that, ill send you a teaser pic of the rear
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yeah I knew the back would have to be trimmed a fair amount. I will down there again this week helpin Nate with his 8.8 and stuff so I should be able to stop by for the hour or two you have free a couple of those days. At least get everything trimmed and the axle shafts and front hubs all set up. Maybe even get the radius arm front done.
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im hoping that if nothing else i can bust *** new years day, and just about get it done, you have any plans? haha im praying my steering shows up by wednesday, then ill be good to go
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i will most likely be down there new years day so I could definatly help out. It would be awesome if you could come with us on the 3rd lol Ok here are some new pictures from today.

Some pictures of how wide this thing is gonna be: 35x15.5 TSL/SX:




Here is some of how close the tires are. And remember this is a LOW COG build, so the rear suspension is only an AAL kit, thats it.




Hopefully we can get almost everything knocked out by the end of this week. Hopefully the steering shows up this week. Enjoy!!
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i actually started on the rear trimming, as you can see, but since this pic was taken i have extended my wheel well to the back about 3 inches or so, good thing is, i dont have to drive this thing to HnH if we get it done
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very true!! im just praying we can get it out of the garage lol
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it'll come out or ill just take the garage with me
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