Well its begun. Many of you may have seen DukeGnarly's extended YJ build thread. This one is similar in the concept of stretching the YJ, but with a few changes to suit my choices. The TJ Unlimited has a wheel base of 103.5" while the regular TJ and YJ have a wheelbase of 93.5" so the unlimited has a stretch of 10". However they stretched the body nearly 15" versus the non-unlimited which leaves a nasty 5" extra overhang after the rear wheels, killing the departure angle.
Here are my objectives that I will try my hardest to keep in line with:
As for my last build, it was nowhere near street legal, which forced me to trailer my Jeep from trail to trail, and not bein able to run errands with it.
#2- Somewhere around 8" of lift.
This will most likely be comprised of Six inches of suspension lift, and 2" of body lift. (The frame of the vehicle has to be no more than 24" off the ground (in between the wheels) to stay street legal.)
#4- *Run 40" tires.
So, I used to want to run 37" tires.. but I think I will be going with some 40's or 39.5's...
#4- Have a wheelbase of around 110".
Give or take 3 or 4 inches.
#5- Have Maximum Street-Legal Approach and Departure angles.
I will try to keep the edge of my tires just about 1 or 2 inches inside of the end of the bumpers, keeping it street legal without smacking my bumper on everything.
#6- Nice Quality Fabrication
My last build was kind of thrown together really cheaply and quickly, and yes I admit lacked in some safety aspects.
What components I have so far-
Ford 9" rear axle, 28 spline, locked, disc brake conv.-*Sold
Ford HP D44 Front (usable because its a '69)-*Sold
37" Worn out tires on 18" rims. -*Sold
*Ford D60-1979-High Pinion-King Pin
*GM 14Bolt-197?-Detroit Locker
4.0L from my 87 XJ
AW4 Auto Trans
NP 231 Xfer.
*TJ Dash&Center Console
What I will need to buy still-
4 Coilovers. - *Most likely BallisticFabrication's...
New Tires. -*Most likely Nitto Mud Grappler- 40x17
A selectable locker for the front (most likely an ected or similar)
Tubing for roll cage
SYE - *Most likely JB Conversions "Super-Short SYE"
Control Arms/ suspension fab parts. - *Most Likely BallisticFabrication stuff
*Axle Trusses F&R
*5.38 Ring&Pinions - F&R
*8 Lug 17" Rims
*Something along the lines of a fuel cell
*All items with a "*"
are items as updated on 3-10-09
Well It's time to start the build up.
What I started out with- a $200 body complete with good windshield frame, good hood/grill/tub/tailgate. No rust!