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post #1 of 34 Old 07-06-2015, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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Slayer's LJ

So after losing interest in building my old XJ, I decided to upgrade to an LJ. Took some time to find one I liked for a good price. Ended up taking home a blue LJ last November for 12k out the door.

Initial purchase

Here is how she sat when I first saw her:


I decided to wheel her right after I got her picked up!


Realizing so odds and ends needed to be done, I did all the basic maintenance. Fluids, spark plugs, filters, oil, etc, etc.

Now onto the fun stuff!

I gutted the headunit, speakers and speaker pods. Keeping the music up while roof-less is difficult!
  • Apline bluetooth headunit
  • Alpine power pack amp
  • Alpine 5.25 (Pods)
  • Alpine 5.25 dash
  • Dash adapter brackets

Next was installing a hidden CB with the Cobra 75WX mounting the unit under my glovebox, using a 3" firestick. Man CBs are so damn useful! I also threw on a Quadratech 9500i winch after realizing getting stuck would be no fun. Also did some other creature comforts like the daystar dash shelf thing, grab handles, and ripped out the carpet. Also I had to remove the 3rd brake light/tire carrier as it was worthless weight.



Post 42RLE

After fighting with the 42RLE in vain for months, I realized my regear and tires would probably have to hold off until I got that sorted...well...42RLE kept giving me issues (plus the normal OD sucks for highway). I ended up bumping up my plans for some mods!

I brought the Jeep to Globex down in Toms River, and got the following done:
  • NV3550 swap
  • 1" MML
  • 1.25 JKS Body lift
  • Undercover Fab Ultra High Clearance Skid
  • Front and Rear Adam's driveshafts
  • SYE

Before I brought it to them I rush installed my OME 2.5" lift to make sure I didn't have to rebuy driveshafts when I went to lift!

Here she is on the lift:



Future
  • Adjustable CAs (Rockmen or Currie)
  • 33/35s Goodyear Duratracs
  • Light alloy wheels 15x8
  • Detroit Trutracs Front and Rear
  • HP Dana 30 with C gussets
  • Chromolly shafts
  • Metalcoaks all around
  • Gas skid (still undecided)
  • Undercover Fab engine skid
  • Steering Skid
  • Rockmen aluminum drop tailgate
  • Tuffy full center console
  • JCF Offroad rear bumper (with receiver for dirt bike carrier)


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post #2 of 34 Old 10-11-2015, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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So a much needed update in the building of the LJ...

Manual swap woes

Listen to the threads on Auto to Manual swaps...it is just as terrible as you think! If you are thinking of swapping out the POS 42RLE, make sure you have all your parts (ALL of your parts) before attempting the swap. I found the PCM the biggest PITA to find. Mopar doesnt have them, aftermaket is worthless and used ones can (and due to Murphy's Law will) be dead on arrival.

It took 2 months, 3 vendors and a lot of calls to get a fully functional PCM in the truck. It also took relocating the CPS to the harmonic balancer and I still have to sort out getting the cam-crank synced at a dealer due to DRB-III being a necessity. Dealers dont want to touch a swapped truck either. The NV3550 I had swapped in also has wrecked bearings so hopefully next week I get to get my brand new AX-15 terminator w/ BM short shift. Life will be good!

If I had to do it again, I would have just done a V8 swap. Probably less aggravation!

Lifted, locked, and big shoes

While realizing my Jeep would be suffering anyways during the process of sorting out the trans swap, I decided to just pull the trigger and get my gears, LSDs, rear brakes and tires/rims done. Went with 4.56 Yukons, full master kit on both diffs, and new bearings in the rear, as well as a matching set of Truetracs mechanical LSDs. Some 33x12.5 Duratracs wrapped around some nice and light Ultra rims rounded out the package. Man does gearing really make a difference!! Even though I'm still very limited by the 500 mile break in on the gears, the Jeep runs fantastic with the new gears/tires!!

Closing out this build for the year
  • AX-15 Terminator
  • BM Short Shift
  • Tuffy Center Console
  • JCR Offroad Mid-Cruiser
  • Poison Spyder Hood Louvers
  • Cam-Crank sync (and being able to rev past 3.5k!!)

As she sits today!

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post #3 of 34 Old 10-12-2015, 09:30 AM
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I didnt see you list it, but what was the mileage on the jeep when you bought it?

I think it might have been easier to swap a 4.0L with the 5 speed you want than converting a auto to manual or v8 option like you mentioned. Why are you swapping out the 5 speed for the new 5 speed? Is it just the bearing or something else too? Seem like a lot of work to swap the stuff in and out, can you just pull the trans and rebuild it?

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post #4 of 34 Old 10-12-2015, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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I didnt see you list it, but what was the mileage on the jeep when you bought it?

I think it might have been easier to swap a 4.0L with the 5 speed you want than converting a auto to manual or v8 option like you mentioned. Why are you swapping out the 5 speed for the new 5 speed? Is it just the bearing or something else too? Seem like a lot of work to swap the stuff in and out, can you just pull the trans and rebuild it?
Jeep was at 95k when I got her.

I stupidly got an auto without researching the 42RLE (I came from the fantastic AW4). After the failed 42RLE, I realized that if Im going to put in a new trans, it isnt going to be another 42RLE. Auto swaps are actually MORE complicated and manuals are more "bulletproof".

The current 5-speed (NV3550) that is in it now is wrecked. I found that out after the swap. The bearings are whining something awful and you can hear the input shaft wiggling. Plus finding out an AX-15 terminator from rockland gear is damn near the same price as the used NV I have in it now, I'm going to go with a better trans in the end anyways.

My end goal with this Jeep is to have a solid DD, worthy trail rig, that will not have issues for the foreseeable future (10-20-30 years? We can hope).

I am going to probably end up stopping this build pretty soon and start throwing money into a true trail only rig. Maybe a streched TJ/CJ or get fancy and do a bobbed comanche.
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post #5 of 34 Old 07-11-2017, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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So 2 year update. I had to fix the manual swap and do quite a bit of maintenance to get her all dialed in.
  • All sensors (TPS, CKP, OPDA, MAP)
  • Clean up coil rail
  • Advanced Adapters bellhousing to replace the hesco CKP relocation
  • New PCM
  • TSB to fix O2 sensor heater circuit

She flexed pretty decent for a low rig


Then I wheeled it a bunch and started finding the shortcomings. The OME lift started to sag slightly in the front from the winch, and I was banging the front on harder blues at Rausch Creek. Well...that will not do so I ordered some 35 KO2s.



Well once they were on I had to do a flex test in the driveway



Looks like I need to trim some of the fenders and bump stop a tad bit more (like 2-3" in the front depending on trimming)




So I ordered up some new parts to go with the tires naturally.
  • Brown Dog Motor Mounts (Poly 1" MML)
  • JCR Tire Carrier
  • ZJ V8 Steering
  • Metalcloak 3.5" front suspension

Planning on looking at Vanco or WJ brake upgrade.

For those who care here are the measurements for a settled OME 2.5" HD setup with 33" Duratracs

Tire to fender
Rear 7.7
Front 5.2

Perch to bump stop
Front 4.5
Rear 5.26
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I ended up missing some updates since 2017 and there was A LOT.
  • RallyTop w/ sliders and moon roof
  • Metalcloak 3.5" Springs
  • Metalcloak Rocksport shocks
  • Metalcloak Track bars
  • Metalcloak Short arms
  • Vanco 15" Big Brake Kit
  • Stoptech rear calipers, centric rotors and EBC pads
  • Revolution gear Chromoly rear axle shafts
  • Metalcloak Fenders
  • Metalcloak rock sliders


Vanco Big Brake Kit







Metalcloaks









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post #7 of 34 Old 06-18-2019, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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More recent developments:

I decided to go one tons, beadlocks, supercharger...basically full stupid.
  • Dynatrac ProRock 60 Front, ARB, 5.13
  • Dynatrac ProRock 60 Rear Full Float, ARB, 5.13
  • Sprintex Supercharger
  • KMC Machete Beadlocks 17"
  • Nitto Trail Grapplers
  • ARB Dual Onboard Air

Supercharger

This install was actually pretty easy. Hardest part was removing the fuel injectors. Took a few emails to get the tune wrapped up.










Big boy axles!!

These still need to get installed at the moment...I'm pretty excited

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I would have to call into work sick and install those axles the day i got them. Sweet set up.

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This went from 0 to 100 real quick lol
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post #10 of 34 Old 06-20-2019, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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This went from 0 to 100 real quick lol
Well to be fair there was a 2 year hiatus of me posting with lots of little changes in there.

I def did get considerably more aggressive with my build recently.

My LJ Journey. Stock to one-ton supercharged
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So while I was in the mood to forget about my bank account I decided to get some finishing touches during this phase of the build...

Found a set of complete half doors and scored for $275. Also found out they JUST fit in my tiny car...barely.



I ended up taking a wire wheel and scotch brite pad to the uppers, and spraying them with a few cans of rustoleum to knock off the rust.

Also threw on a new set of bestop uppers and hinges (which were missing). Ill paint them PBT in the winter when I'm back on full doors.




I also got some rotopax mounts, a new 8x6.5 tire carrier mount and a ARB air hose for the new onboard air. Ill mount that up before my upcoming wheeling trip next weekend

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....and here she is on 37s, KMC Machetes and pro rocks!!!











Still needs the lockers hooked up, custom one ton histeer fabricated and driveshafts otherwise she's about 10 little steps away from wheeling!!

As an FYI, the prorock has better clearance than the stock Dana 44. This is my Jeep on the same lift...yes I realize both pictures show me with the miss matching shocks.

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Awesome! Jealous of the new axles, wheels and tires! What do you think of the Super Charger? Why did you decide to go the super charger route vs other power improvement options such as a Turbo, stroker or V8?
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Awesome! Jealous of the new axles, wheels and tires! What do you think of the Super Charger? Why did you decide to go the super charger route vs other power improvement options such as a Turbo, stroker or V8?
  • Turbos were more expensive and more complicated.
  • Stroker...I'd just go V8 at that point
  • V8 far far more expensive. My tired beat 4.0 still works, why junk it?

I wheeled with a bunch of built LJs with tons, 40s, superchargers, V8s, strokers, etc. The LS seemed like a waste for the money as the supercharged rigs did everything the V8s did. Plus took me a long weekend to install a supercharger and it's reversible/movable to a new 4.0 if need be.

Only have 200 miles on the supercharger but so far so good. It fills the gaps pretty well just get HORRIBLE MPG when you get your foot in it. Averaging 140 to the tank
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So I'm having some serious power issues....and heat issues. I have a good suspicion my pre-cats have failed causing insane underhood heat and very low power. Will be cutting the hood up, and installing a brand new pre-cat back axle dump exhaust with no third cat. Also have an issue where the front yoke is hitting the down pipe.



Installed these rotopax for kicks




Just some pics of my old KO 35x12.5r15s next to the Trail Grappler 37x12.5r17s. The 37s dont seem much taller but are considerably wider.



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