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Unread 07-10-2010, 08:22 PM   #1
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The new project...

Well 3 months ago I sold my 00' XJ and started looking for a LJ.

My old XJ all buffed out for All Breeds Jeep show in PA last year...


About a week ago I bought a 05' LJ Rubicon sitting on a 3.5" X-Factor short arm kit with 305/70/16 **** Cepek FC-II's on it.



First I took the pinstipe and 4X4 decal off the side of it, looks much better in my opinion...


Now for the fun... Time to rip it all apart and get rid of stuff.



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Unread 07-10-2010, 08:41 PM   #2
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A few more pics...




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Unread 07-28-2010, 10:34 PM   #3
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Just a little update.

I sold a few things out from under the LJ... the Dana 44 front axle, the Rock Krawler 3.5" short arm kit, and the wheels and tires.

I bought a brand new JK Rubicon Dana 44 rear, complete with a factory e-locker so all I need is gears for it now. I have a bare JK Rubicon Dana 44 front housing on its way to me now. I have to get shafts, locker and gears for it along with a few other little things. And the parts list begins, I've got some ideas for the armor I just have to talk to the GenRight guys first.

What my build should consist of:

-JK Rubicon Dana 44's front and rear

-E-lockers front and rear

-5.13's

-Custom Rock Krawler 3.5" long arm 3 link front with 2 5/8 Pure Performance Prodigy Emulsion Coil Over Shocks

-Custom Rock Krawler 3.5" long arm triangulated 4 link rear (4" stretch)

-GenRight tube fenders with 4" flare

-GenRight rocker guards

-GenRight rear 4" stretch aluminum corners with 4" tube flares

-Beadlocks of some sort

-Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar - 37X12.5R17

-Bumpers and a winch of some sort, still have to do some shopping around

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New JK rear Dana 44



Goodbye JK brackets



Old brackets


New Rock Krawler cradle and lower control arm mounts
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Unread 07-28-2010, 11:32 PM   #4
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good start. what are the specs from the cherokee
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Unread 07-29-2010, 06:33 AM   #5
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That LJ is going to be stout. Just curious, what are the benefits of going to the JK 44s over the TJ 44s? Just the lower gearing or strength too?
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Unread 07-29-2010, 06:49 AM   #6
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That LJ is going to be stout. Just curious, what are the benefits of going to the JK 44s over the TJ 44s? Just the lower gearing or strength too?
JK44's are much stronger. Essentially, they're mini Dana 60's. I have a buddy that runs them with 37" mtr's and chromo shafts in a jk unlimited rubi. he's not nice to it at all and they've held up amazingly.
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Unread 07-29-2010, 10:08 PM   #7
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good start. what are the specs from the cherokee
My last jeep was a 00' XJ, 4.0, AW4 auto with; 96' high pinion dana 30 (open), 29 spline Chrysler 8.25 with an Aussie locker, 4.56's, 6.5" Rock Krawler X-factor long arm kit, Rock Krawler X-factor steering, 305/70/16 Mickey Thompson MTZ's, 16x8 moab (rubicon) wheels, OrFab front winch bumper, homemade rear bumper w/ JK tow hook and swing out tire carrier, straps/rear tow hook, smittybuilt xrc8 winch.

And ibjeepin95 just like 97tjeff said, the JK Dana 44's are a lot stronger then the TJ/LJ Dana 44's. The rear is in between a regular Dana 44 and a Dana 60. The gears are bigger, tubes are thicker, in the front the unit bearings are bigger. Three main reasons I picked the JK Dana 44's over the TJ/LJ Dana 44's is that the brakes are much larger (easy to stop my 37's), they are wider then TJ/LJ 44's but are not full widths, and they come stock with e-lockers factory so it saves me some hassle in the long run because I didn't want to run air lockers.
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Unread 07-29-2010, 10:37 PM   #8
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Sick. I'll be watching this one.
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Unread 07-30-2010, 03:03 AM   #9
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Cool project. I will definitely follow this build thread.
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Unread 07-30-2010, 08:08 PM   #10
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good start. what are the specs from the cherokee
haha That's what I said. There's really something to be said about being the only one sitting in air conditioning all day in Naches, WA while everyone else was sweatin balls and eaten alive by mosquitoes.

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Unread 07-30-2010, 08:52 PM   #11
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Thanks for the interest guys, heres a few more pics, one of these days I'll find my camera so i can get some nice pics instead of the cell phone pics.

Got the cradle and lower control arms welded on tonight and welded the axle tubes. Still have to weld the spring pads and swaybar mounts on.





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Unread 07-30-2010, 09:07 PM   #12
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Cool, I'll be following this build.
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lookin good man. having been part of that axle swap its not easy but definately worth it
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Unread 08-04-2010, 11:20 PM   #15
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lookin good man. having been part of that axle swap its not easy but definately worth it
So you've done a JK axle swap into a TJ/LJ also? how did it turn out?
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