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post #1 of 18 Old 11-10-2015, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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Xj WJ -> 4 door Comanche

I've made up my mind that this weekend I'm going to do something I never done before and cut up my jeep.

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WJ -> 4 door Comanche. I wanted a 6-foot bed though so I don't know how that can happen with drivetrain or anything. What do you suggest?

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post #2 of 18 Old 11-10-2015, 10:50 AM
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Well, how much of the WJ do you want to keep? Are you using only the body/unibody and attaching a bed behind the second row of seats then putting a whole new drivetrain under it?

I'm getting ahead of myself. Here's an even better starting question - Have you ever done something like this before?

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A la Brute?

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Well, how much of the WJ do you want to keep? Are you using only the body/unibody and attaching a bed behind the second row of seats then putting a whole new drivetrain under it?

I'm getting ahead of myself. Here's an even better starting question - Have you ever done something like this before?
Never done anything like this before but I have the tools. I'm thinking of keeping the front half and adding a bed behind.. and hopefully use the tailgate like the current jeep. I honestly don't know.



I'd like to keep the unibody but I don't like how small the bed is. It's just sheet metal so we will see what I end up doing. What would you do?
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Personally, unless I had disposable time and money, I don't think I'd try to turn the WJ into a truck. That's just me though.

I think you're going to find this to be quite the project. I doubt I'll be much of any help but I'll definitely stick around to see what you come up with. Good luck!


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post #6 of 18 Old 11-10-2015, 05:48 PM
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Please don't drive the end product on public roads. Thank you!


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My recommendation would be based on your fabrication/ body work skills. If you want a longer bed you're gonna have to extend the frame and fab up all new rear fender as well as fab new control arm mounts to the new section of the frame, new brake lines, driveshaft, move the gas tank, and the list goes on.

Or go with a two door version, like this


So if you have minimal experience in fab and body work I would recommend going with a short bed version such as this


If you have no experience I would recommend just buying a small 4 door truck and modifying it to work as well as the WJ would.

But to help out, if you search chopped WJ on google you'll find a few threads with different examples with write ups on some of them.

,,,soooo I graduated in 2013...
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I think that's the only one I have ever seen that turned out halfway decent

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post #10 of 18 Old 11-10-2015, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the search term so I can find stuff on google. I was searching for wj truck conversion, but I didn't find anything like these pictures. Chopped WJ is giving better results. Now I'm second guessing this decision. Hmm
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post #11 of 18 Old 11-17-2015, 07:32 AM
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Do they not have any Comanches or other Jeep trucks down in Mexico?

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OK, I don't get it. I mean the reason for doing this? To me at least, those chopped vehicles all look awful. Some were done better than others, but none are something I'd be seen in public with. Is the idea to make a grand cherokee ugly? What would the purpose be of doing this?
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OK, I don't get it. I mean the reason for doing this? To me at least, those chopped vehicles all look awful. Some were done better than others, but none are something I'd be seen in public with. Is the idea to make a grand cherokee ugly? What would the purpose be of doing this?
Good thing its not your jeep and you don't have to drive it. Lets keep the creative train going and keep negative, subjective comments like these to a minimum. Hopefully this thread goes somewhere. Id like to see what the OP can come up with

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I kinda dig this. Cut out the top of the roof over the driver and front passenger, and make a soft top like a TJ Unlimited...... A WJ 2-door Unlimited Softop.
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post #15 of 18 Old 11-18-2015, 03:57 PM
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How much strength do you lose, putting a big hole in the frame structure like that?
It's done somewhat commonly on Cherokees, and there is a tone of reinforcement that has to be done afterward to keep the rig from twisting into a pretzel the first time you hit the gas...
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