Project: Ground up
Well since I've got a large inventory of parts I've collected to build a Jeep thats been scrapped, I will be building another Jeep...... eventually. For now I'm going to continue working on what I have already, and the parts I know I will be putting in the new rig. Namely the drive train, I'll add the Jeep later.
Here is what I'm working with right now:
Ford HP Dana 44
BTF Dana 44 Front Truss System
Dana 44 Inner Knuckle Gusset Set (Inner C's) - Done
5.13 HP Dana 50 gears to be installed(Jana54)
Chevy flat top knuckles w/Moog ball joints, Chevy small bearing spindles - Yukon - Done
Warn Premium Lockouts - Done
79 Chevy outer axle shafts - Done
79 Ford inner axle shafts - Done
Dana/Spicer 5-760X u-joints with full circle clips.
(Eventually RCVs are very possible, just trying to get it closer to being assembled and driving first)
Custom Mid-arm 3-Link Front Suspension
Custom track bar 1.5"OD .250 wall DOM w/hiems
Upper arm - 1.75" OD, .250" wall DOM w/ 1" shank Johnny Joints
Lower arms - 2" OD, 4340 heat treated w/ 1 1/4" shank Johnny Joints
95-96 XJ brake booster, 98 Dodge Durango master cylinder - Done
Front: 79-86 Chevy 3/4 ton calipers, Performance Friction pads(P/N 0052.10- Severe Duty) - Done 76-92 Ford 1/2 ton hubs and rotors(11 3/4" dia)- Wagner - Done
Rear: Custom disc brake brackets, 83-97 4WD S-10 front calipers - Done, Performance Friction pads - Done, 95-01 Ford Explorer front rotors(11 1/4" dia) -Wagner - Done
Steering Kit 3/4" with High Misalignment Spacers
D44 High steer arms - Done
03-06 SRT10 Viper power steering pump - Done
PSC Power steering pulley - Done
99 Durango power steering box
Hayden power steering cooler - Done
Moser Engineering - Ford 9" axle housing brace
For the time being I'll be running a Factory Ford 9" Nodular 3rd member - Done, Strange Engineering spool, factory 31 spline shafts, 5.14 gears, 1350 Yoke
BTF 9" Pinion Guard
Single Triangulated 4-linkRear Suspension
Upper control arms - 1.75" OD, .250" wall DOM w/ 1" shank Johnny Joints
Lower control arms - 2" OD, 4340 heat treated w/ 1 1/4" shank Johnny Joints
Very possible I will be doing coil-overs in the rear, either Bilstein or Radflo, depending on what kind of deals I can get.
Goodyear MT/R Kevlar 37x12.5 R17 D2
KMC XD Enduro bead locks
Clifford carburated 4.0L intake manifold
GotPropane.com conversion kit
JBA Header 00+ 4.0L
TUPY revised 0331 head - Done, ported and polished - In Progress
Mopar Performance 0.043" Head Gasket - P4529242 - Done
COMP Cams 68-239-4 Cam and Lifter kit - Done
COMP Cams High Energy Timing Chain Set - 3219 - Done
Harland Sharp Pedestal Mount Bolt-On Series Rocker Arms - S40196
Keith Black Forged High-compression Pistons .060 over - IC945-060 - Done
Stock 4.0L connecting rods - Done
AMC 258/4.2L crank - Done
99 WJ 4.0 Block - Done
COMP Cams Engine Oil Break-in Additive - 159 - Done
M.O.R.E. BombProof Block Brackets - Done
Projected power based on "Rule of Thumb" Guestimated Mathematics: ~330 HP/400 lbs/ft +/-
Aisin/Warner 4 Speed (AW4) - Done
RADesigns Rock Shifter
NP231D HD Dodge/Jeep hybrid
New replacement wide chain(Cloyes P/N 10-022) - Done
NP241D 6 pinion planetary gear set - Done
Tera 2Lo - Done
JB Conversions SYE w/ 1350 flange
Ford 9" rear axle
37"x12.5"R17 Goodyear MT/R Kevlar
17x8 KMC Enduro bead locks
Custom 3 link front
Custom triangulated 4 link rear with coilovers
89 MJ long bed(119" wheelbase with a 88"(7.3') bed), back halved and bobbed to make it a 5' box and 109" wb. Cage in the bed, with an exo'd cab. I will be running Hannemann fiberglass pre runner fenders and rear blisters for the increased tire clearance and tire coverage.
Electrically I plan on ripping out everything that isn't absolutely needed, strip it down to charging/starting, lighting/gages, stereo, and a few other odds and ends, no need for any emissions/fuel system since I will be running on propane. Charging/starting and lighting wiring harnesses are going to get beefed up, found 1 gage battery cables at work the other day that will do nicely for the charging/starting system.
Thats a pretty solid set up you have going there. I cant wait to see it all in a jeep.
I'll be watching this....[pulls up a chair]
I'm still trying to decide what color I want to paint it, but right now the front runner is:
Solid color, so it's easy to paint, and can be sprayed as a single stage paint, making it cheep and easy to touch up. I also think the color itself will hide a lot of little scratches and what not thats bound to happen wheeling it.
So what is the deal with the Ballistic Fab steering klt? I have never seen or heard of anybody using one, and I'm interested. Pros,cons,etc.
It's a do-it-yourself kit, you measure it, cut it, then weld it yourself. Mostly used for custom applications, where someone has done an axle swap, and off the shelf steering like Currie will not work.
hey....found this in the classifieds - if you're still looking for stroker parts.
Can't wait to see what you put the parts into.
Here is what I'm thinking long and hard about, the MJ I picked up needs a lot more work to the engine than I had originally thought. Namely engine work, like a really good candidate for a new engine. I don't like the transmission, or the rear axle. And I've been playing with the idea of a 4WD conversion. So I am basically looking at an entire drive train swap.
I really didn't want to swap the above drivetrain into the MJ, 120" wheelbase was just too long, and I hadn't seen a clean large tire MJ build that looked right to me, until I saw the Zone Offroad MJ that they built for the Ultimate Adventure.
I agree on the wheelbase issue. Unless you are running 42"+ tires 120" wheelbase is unneeded IMO. It'd be a ballin mj though.
It's clean, fairly low(atleast by XJ/MJ standards), and it makes those 40"s look a lot smaller than they are. I like the look and function of the Baja/Jeepspeed fenders and bedsides(like hi-lines for XJ/MJs), but I'm still uneasy about fiberglass in the trails so I'm looking into Dzus fittings for an easy quick release set up for when I need to "get skinny" on the trail.
So I already said 120" is too long, so my next option is shorten the wheelbase, so I'm cutting the bed down just over 27" over all, and back-halving the frame to match, which is going to put me at about 107" WB. Still a little on the long side but a lot more manageable. With the mild front stretch I will get from the axle brackets I'm going with, it should put me at about 109". I'm still not sure how much lift just yet, I had plans of 5.5" and 37"s with the XJ, and have no plans of going any higher than that, but no lower than 4.5".
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