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Unread 10-19-2015, 11:30 PM   #1
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Project Slap N Go in 5 easy steps Small rock crawler CJ7 build

I have been collecting parts for a CJ trail build for many years now so it was time to do a quick mock up, and test it out at the next club trip in a few weeks.

Step one: Gathered the parts.

Pulied out an older Advanced Frame Works CJ7 frame from the frame pile (yes there is a frame pile) that I had hot dipped galvanized...along with all the little parts that go with it.

Pulled down a nice 1995 YJ tub from the tub shelf (yes, there is a tub shelf in the garage)

Bought a set of almost new 33s MTs from a buddy for a great price.

I already used my 4:10 axle set and next ratio I had was 3.54. Although not ideal for 33s, my "33s" only measured 31.75 inches inflated with no weight on them, so I went for it. I installed a Lokka in the front Dana 30. Swapped the 5 bolt hubs to 6 bolt and added Warn lockouts with grade 8 shoulder bolts.
The rear is a late 86 Dana 44 with an Aussie locker. Lube Lockers on both diff covers.

Step 2: Make a rolling Chassis

Tires were mounted to Eagle Allows and secured to the axle with Gorilla Wheel Locks. A new set of SkyJacker 4" springs and shocks were used with Slickrock hangers up front. Modified Confer shackles were installed.

Stainless steel brake lines were used, OEM 20 gallon tank installed, steering box, and so on.

Step 3: Add a Powertrain.

Since a buddies CJ was wrecked and in for a frame swap, just borrow his 4.0/NV3550/Dana 300 for the weekend. Well, borrow his exhaust, driveshafts, and grill too as it has the electric fans and wiring up front.

Step 4: Add body and armor.

I added a CJ tailgate and dash, but used a YJ windshield I had. Poison Spyder tube fenders, crusher corners and rocker knockers surrounded the tub. Kilby gastank skid holds the plastic tank and a Riddler diff cover went on the rear 44. The tie rods were replaced with beefy units and the steering shaft replaced with a new top and bottom Ujoint version. Warn bumpers were added front and rear. A matching set of gray YJ seats and risers were slapped in.

Here's the semi-final result minus the Warn winch which was added at the final hour.

Step 5: Test it and have fun.

We went to Morris Mountain Off road park in Alabama. With the fuel injection and the lockers front and rear, it pretty much went everywhere it was pointed. It handled most level 3 and 4 trails with a little scrapping of the armor. Tire size was the limiting factor in the rock gardens.

Testing the armor!!!!!

Came home in one piece....busted side mirrors and dirty.

Future plans include returning the items to my buddy and using an AMC 360 on BombProof mounts with TBI. I have an AX15 and will go with better clearance with a Barns belly pan. Bigger axles with ARBs and 35 inch PitBull Rockers are next. Probably 4.56 or 4.88 gears. and above all, a FULL CAGE

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Unread 10-20-2015, 04:15 PM   #2
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Wow, how long did it take you to "slap" it all together? Must have been very amusing to watch from a neighbors perspective. However I'm sure they're not surprised since you have that much Jeep stuff around haha
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Unread 10-20-2015, 04:47 PM   #3
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WOW-How much coffee did that take?
Nicely done
Have'n you along, is like loose'n 2 good men
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Unread 10-24-2015, 09:08 PM   #4
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In the past, I was able to "slap" a quick build together in 10 to 12 days but it was all stock parts, it bolted right together, and I had all the parts.

This one kicked my butt. The combo of having tennis elbow and working with aftermarket parts killed the time frame. Just the fiasco of ordering parts was draining. These big box places take your orders on line with ease, BUT its not until the boxes show up that you see something is missing. The shipping receipt says..."item back ordered".....well thanks for telling me that when I was ordering the stuff and there was no indication that they didn't have the item. I went through FOUR of the biggest on line places to get the rear bumper. It wasn't untill Morris 4X4 came through and physically checked inventory before they sent me their last one. BUT the biggest pain in the rear was the frame....Don't get me wrong, very nice and super strong, but I sure hope they have changed quality control since I got this one about 10 years ago (It was a different company then). The holes are more of in the general area then in the right place. IF I had known, I would have done a FULL mock up before galvanizing it. I mean right down to the brake lines and little brackets. ALL but paint type of mock up. Ive never needed to use a plasma cutter to install a winch mount until now. With delays on parts, and LOTS of fab work, it took me around 6 weeks of working on it here and there.

Lucky for me (and the neighbors), all my Jeep stuff is hidden in the backyard and out of sight from the street. I try to stop all noise at 9 to 10pm. Air compressors charging and hammer hits aren't good for sleeping neighbors.

Two things that I am 100 sold on is this is the first trail CJ Ive done with MPFI. I will do this from now on. Next was the swapping in of a TJ booster and master. Great holding power on the rocks.....when rolling back isn't an option.
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Unread 10-25-2015, 10:26 AM   #5
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This cracks me up!! Frame pile? Tub shelf? Oh man...

Took me 3 and half years to build my first Jeep!

Go Fish! <*////><

But the right word at the right time... "Hey, give me a little hug!" That's the difference between lightning and a harmless lightning bug!
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