Im going to be doing my first frame off build up for a trail rig...not a rock crawler. What I would like to be able to accomplish with this is a trail rig I can haul a$$ in on the trail if I would like. Deal with rocks, Mud and logs ect. It doesnt need to be street legal but it would be nice.
Trails + Haulin' A$$ + CJ =
But I guess that all depends on your definition of Haulin' A$$... I've never seen a pre-runner CJ... But I guess anything is possible...
Right now, Im running an AMC360, T176 , Dana 300, Amc 20 in the rear and Dana 35 in the front. Up on 33 x 12.50. So its stock with the exception on the Engine from at 88 Grand Waggy and the lift w/ tires.
Nothing wrong with your powertrain. Except if it's really the D35 in the front (typo?). If you plan on Haulin' A$$ (and jumpin it), then you'll need to upgrade the front to a D44 or D60 and do the same with the rear. The FIRST decision you need to make is what size tires you will run. There are so many things that are affected by that ONE decision. If you want to stay with the 33" tires, you can probably get away with the stock 30/20 combo. With some mods. Start thinking bigger, than IMHO, go directly to the 60's or 60/14blt (or other HD combo). Remember: You said you wanted to 'do it right'.
Make that tire size decision, get back with us, and you'll get lots of real world experience. And lots of opinions.
This is going to be a long build up as far as time...
Do not start taking a running vehicle apart without a time frame. Ya gotta trust me on this. Too many projects end up like mine: 12 years in the making. Some never get done. What happens, is that some of the new parts you put on in 2008, are no longer new in 2012. Meaning you get to replace them again. Or the parts you removed in 2008 you can no longer find in 2010 because you've moved them 'somewhere'.
I'll give you one HUGE lifesaver: DIGITAL CAMERA. If you don't have one, get one. It is your 'memory', when 'Next Saturday' turns into six months away.
I know what im doing to an extent but it is going to be a learning process for me.
Yep. If it ends up like my project it'll be an expensive learning process. Again, it really does depend on what you want the Jeep to become. And what sort of 'finished' look you are trying to get. Obviously a trail 'beater' will not take the care/time to finish, as a 'show and go' Jeep will need during the build.
Moneys always an issue too but I want to take my time and do it right.
Nothing against you bro, but I've seen this statement posted so many times that it makes me either smile or laugh. Or both.
I started with a $500 CJ5. You've got to add a couple more zero's to that figure to get to what I've dumped into this 'project'.
If money is/will be and issue, don't do a frame off rebuild. Again, it depends on what you want the vehicle to become. And there are so many variables and there are so many MAW's that you'll be running your CC up and draining your savings before you know it.
Like the term Haulin' A$$, it all depends on what your definition of 'do it right' is. Mine is not to remove good parts and replace them with more good parts two weeks later. If you aren't equiped, capable, or have the resources to tackle a build: It's gonna be expensive. The 'proffessionals' will take your money. And there are good pro's. And not so good pro's. All part of the 'learning experience'...
So, What id like from you guys is a direction to take to achieve my goals, Everything from Axles to armor. Specific products too direct bolt in swaps.......Anything will help...
Mild to Moderate Trail Street Legal CJ:
Stay with the drivetrain you have. 4" SUA lift, 1" BL. Run no more than a 35" tire, toss some 4.56 gears in the axles. Go ARB's (ya said ya wanted to 'do it right') or selectable in the front. At the very least on a CJ7 you can run a full Detroit in the rear and a soft locker in the front. Either install a hydroboost system or upgrade to a dual diaphram vacuum system. Oh, and dump the rear drums for a set of discs (they're better in mud). Toss in a 4:1 kit on the D300 (LoMax would be my preference) and properly twin stick it. 6 pt roll cage, harnesses, decent front bumper (with winch), decent rear bumper. Both with adaquate recovery points. Add some rock sliders, and corner protection (recess the tail lights). Consider installing an OBA system (you can use it to run the ARB's too).
I probably missed a few items (actually I know I did), but this is what you need to do before you turn a wrench and start taking things apart. Oh, and some advice about wrenchin' buddies: Don't let them work faster than you can 'keep an eye' on. 'cause they might be three states away when it comes time to re-assemble what they removed....