Originally Posted by 1tonxj
Green Mamba Clayton, OK XJ Rockcrawler - YouTube
114 WB on 40's
pigs pen snowshoe wv - YouTube
114 WB on 44's
XJ ON 44´S TSL- XRCT - YouTube
Wheelbase unknown on 44tsl
These videos only really tell me a 60/70 or 60/14 bolt combo will hold 44's fairly easy , But as for steep climbs ...not so much since there is steep but no real super steep ledges/waterfalls here to judge ...On pirate you got guys who went from scratch straight to what they got which either what I have or what these guys have , so no real comparison to be had ...LOL...pretty much just going to go ahead and do my winches possibly remove the spacer up front to level it with the rear possibly add some ORI struts and tweat the wheelbase as needed after every roll over until I have it where it needs to be ...I'm most likely over thinking it .
That first video is a decent climb. Seemed to struggle a litt but it made it.
ORI Struts are great as they are probably the first air shock that can survive a long time with out fading or excesive heat wear.
That last video..... Yeah that guy is dumb. That rig will crumple with a solid flip. There is no triangulation for the cage and the only thing in the middle looked liked the stock B pillar. Not to mention the idiot does not know how to drive it. Oh and the fact he is not wearing a seat belt. Cage aint gonna do you any good if you fall out and it rolls on top of you.
The second rig is kinda eh.. Seems really stock on the top and my only question is this. Why build a rig that big that will get crushed in a roll and is not built to be on its side.
Look I am not saying you CANNOT build an XJ to a 115+ WB... Im just saying that if your going to go that big.... why do it to an XJ There are so much better options to build than that.....
As far as axles... a 60/14 bolt combo will hold 44" but that is about where you would want to stop. You can go bigger but the Dana 60 ( if built right) should hold a 44" without to many issues. Not saying your not gonna break something but it should hold fine. Another really good option is to find an older Eaton Axle. It is the same as a 14 bolt but has a drop out 3rd and axles ahfts are thicker. I put on under my YJ and will never look back. Only thing stronger is stepping up to a Rockwell... which depending on your build could be about the same cost as a 60 front 14 rear combo...
But seriously. You have a big rig that can probably wheel anything you want... Why change it.... Why not build something different?
Out of all those rigs the first one is only one that I would give respect to... But for the money and effort your going to spend to tube it out.... Why do that to an XJ so many better options... Even th engine bay is small so putting anything other then the 4.0 would be a major PITA...