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post #1 of 39 Old 05-27-2017, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Goliath WJ Overlander build

GOLIATH WJ Overlander Build

Few weeks ago I picked up a red jeep grand cherokee WJ laredo.
Unfortunately I can't find any photo how the jeep looked like, but it was a typical laredo wj.

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At the shop we started to striping it down. Jeep had regular dana 30 on the front and dana 35 on the rear, because it is 4.0 inline 6. We took the axles out and made some room for dana 30 and 44a from overland WJ with quadra-drive ( hydraulic lockers ).
Also we test fitted some bushwacker flares and mock up the snorkel.
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* Engine was blown, so we sold it to Titan engines in Ocala and made some money

Now it's time to beef up the axles a little bit. We are working on the trusses and diff covers for dana 30 and 44a.
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Scored the carpet for the WJ on the junkyard yesterday. This thing is in perfect condition! Paid $16
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During the last few day I did some progress on the build

Spare tire area delete and shortening the gas tank skid plate. Now gas tank is sitting 6" higher than it was before. Nice upgrade to gain some ground clearence. Will post some more pictures when I get everything welded together and painted.
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Front axle received new coil buckets. Now start to build some long arms for the front.
I also painted whole undercarriage with some undercarriage paint with sound deadening additive.
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super good work also with this one, keep it up
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Like where this is going. Since the I6 was blown, are you going with something different or sticking with a 6?

Give us some ideas on the plans, tire size, lift height, plans for the D30/44a, etc.

Body looks like it's in great condition. Great base to work off of......

keep us up to date on the build.

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Like where this is going. Since the I6 was blown, are you going with something different or sticking with a 6?

Give us some ideas on the plans, tire size, lift height, plans for the D30/44a, etc.

Body looks like it's in great condition. Great base to work off of......

keep us up to date on the build.
Yes, I'm going to stay with Inline 6. Picking up brand new engine with 100k miles warranty from Titan Engines, stock specs.

I'm not going crazy with this build. Tires gonna be 33s. Clayton springs 6". Long arms by Goliath Off Road front and rear + some 1 ton steering. Dana 30 is with hydraulic locker and dana 44A as well, so just gonna leave it as is, because it's enough for this build. Gears are stock from V8 WJ ( 3.73 ) which I'm also gona leave, because I don't need anything more for this set up. Dana 30 and 44A will receive our prototype trusses, diff covers and coil buckets

It's a Florida car. It's 100% rust free. Just painted the undercarriage to make it looks better, protect and the stuff that I sprayed is also with sound deadening.

I'm working on all my projects every day, so I'm gonna post every time when I make any progress.
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Looks like a nice clean Jeep! I'm form wisconsin and its super hard to come by a clean wj. I found a nice 2004 Freedom Edtion in Minnesota that I went a stole. Had 98k miles on it and got it for 6K. No rust at all. Also, has the High output V8. Looking for ideas with doing my 2" suspension lift. I bought the 2" lift from FatBobsGarage. What are some ideas such as tire size and spacers for the wheels. Last Jeep rubbed the paint right off the from lower control arms. I had the 245/70/ R17 duratracs on there.

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Looks like a nice clean Jeep! I'm form wisconsin and its super hard to come by a clean wj. I found a nice 2004 Freedom Edtion in Minnesota that I went a stole. Had 98k miles on it and got it for 6K. No rust at all. Also, has the High output V8. Looking for ideas with doing my 2" suspension lift. I bought the 2" lift from FatBobsGarage. What are some ideas such as tire size and spacers for the wheels. Last Jeep rubbed the paint right off the from lower control arms. I had the 245/70/ R17 duratracs on there.
I bought this WJ for $500. In Florida most of them are rust free.
With 2" of lift you won't go super crazy. My dad has 2 inch lift on his DD WJ and he is running stock size tires, only wheels have more offset .
If your duratracks rubbed on the paint on the control arms I would recommend 1" spacer or wheels with more offset so they stick out a little bit more than stock.

Thant's my dad's WJ
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I bought this WJ for $500. In Florida most of them are rust free.
With 2" of lift you won't go super crazy. My dad has 2 inch lift on his DD WJ and he is running stock size tires, only wheels have more offset .
If your duratracks rubbed on the paint on the control arms I would recommend 1" spacer or wheels with more offset so they stick out a little bit more than stock.

Thant's my dad's WJ
Very nice! Yeah my Jeep is pretty much my daily drive for now and I want to keep is as reliable as possible, hence the 2" lift. I would like to run a little bit bigger of a tire, imma stick with the 245/70/ R17 tire size. Im going to stick with the stock rims from the freedom edition for now. I will probably go with a wheel space for sure though. 1" of wheel space should be good enough then you think?

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Very nice! Yeah my Jeep is pretty much my daily drive for now and I want to keep is as reliable as possible, hence the 2" lift. I would like to run a little bit bigger of a tire, imma stick with the 245/70/ R17 tire size. Im going to stick with the stock rims from the freedom edition for now. I will probably go with a wheel space for sure though. 1" of wheel space should be good enough then you think?
Yeah, 1" will be enough. It doesn't look very big, but on the car it makes a difference.
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Tank tuck is complete! I have to paint it as the rest of the undercarriage also.
Now is time to make some suspension.
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I like where this is going, keep it up!


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