Well, maybe not a total thrasher but its going to be my dedicated trail rig. It was my girlfriends DD until she wrecked it. Just started work on it. Here is what I have so far.
As it sat when I got to it today
Kinda stuck. Had to move a few things
Got it in the shop
Scoped out the damage
Not looking good
I was able to muscle the hatch open
Then yard it off
Tired to straighten it with no luck. It just picked it up
You can see how the body shifted. This is the seat thing that leans it down
Got the back seat out
Finally got the top off too
These pillars were the smashed ones. I left them so I could beat them back to place so the metal at the base wasnt all twisted
Got the rest of that seat out.
Took the pillars off.
Starting to look like something ya?
Bottom portion of the hatch is still good. Gonna cut it and weld it on like a tail gate. But perminant since the Jeep will be so open and low reaching over will be easy. Its just for containment so things dont fly around. If i really feel like getting crafty I may tail gate it, but dont plan on it
Visors look awesome on big XJs but this one is now going to stay fairly small so off it comes
This is left of the damange on the roof. I left a little extra so I could figure out what I wanted to keep when I build the cage but I dont really want to cut that far forward. I wanted to leave more metal behind our heads. but its really tough to fix so I will probably come off and just add cage
And everything I took out I was able to fit in my truck lol
They def do stock I think. But they look great on a lift with decent tires. We had almost another 5 inches on top of the budget boost for this Jeep. But then the crash happened and she wanted a truck more anyways than another XJ.
It doesnt need much money. Its a 97 or 99 (I forget) with only 109k on it. Runs great. New battery, nice stereo, needs nothing like that.
Only things I want to buy for it are a high lift, harness ready seats (jegs special, I have the harnesses), get some wheels with more back spacing, a tool box and a CB.
Other then random things like that, its all work. I might add an inch or two of lift on top of the BB but not for a while.
My buddy races cars and has 200ish feet of roll cage tubing I can use. I am going to use it so strengthen the unibody, strip the doors and X brace the door frames. Make bumpers and sliders out of the tubing, and then tie it all together. I need to go to bed for work but maybe tomorrow I will sketch up what I am thinking to give you all a visual.
I have an 8.8 that is waiting to go in, but I dont think I am going to bother with the swap untill I actually break the D35. With I plan on doing since I am going to weld it, and get it on a set of 32s I have. But I can break the Dana since it will need to get trailered to any serious trails. It will remain street legal though.