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Old 08-23-2012, 01:43 AM
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i dont have any pics from before but im goin to start a build thread from here on out on everything else i do to it. it will be just a trail rig/rock crawler. its a 96 cherokee. has full interior and blows cold a/c !!! has 6.5in coils in front along with a dana 44 with 5.29 gears. ford 9in in the rear with 5.29 gears, locker, and disc brakes. it just has adjustable shackles right now. my HD shackle relocation kit is on the way. im still trying to figure out what leaf springs to go with. i put some chevy 52in springs in it which set axle back 3in but they dont have enough arch to them so the shackle and back of leaf spring sit low. so they will hit on everything.(so any advice on some springs that i should run with enough arch and that will set the axle back 3-5in would be appreciated) running 37-13.50 pitbull rockers. also i took the gas tank out. i was going to cut floor out and put it there for some clearance but decided that im going to order a fuel cell because my tank is beat to hell. i will be building bumpers, rock sliders, diff skids, and tc skid very soon. i already have the rear fenders cut out for the axle being set back. i still have to go through and clean everything up and weld in new wheel wells. i will also be getting rid of them wheels for a set of steel beadlock wheels. anyways heres a few pics of the xj,,,,






a pic with the 52in chevy springs. they set axle back 3in but i dont think they have enough arch. so there for the shackle sticks down very far.






before chevy springs

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Old 08-23-2012, 01:49 AM
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also my cherokeeforum.com stickers are on the way!!!!!!!
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wow that looks sick! love the gauges on the inside too
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thanks. theres a water temp, oil pressure, and volt gauge.
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sweet, any reason you didnt put a trans temp one in there? or didnt you put them in?
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i just had them laying around at the shop so figured id put them in
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ohh gotcha. well im excited to see the rest of the build. good job so far!
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thanks!!! im excited to get it going so i can go crawlin. ive had it out a few times with the way it is and it did awesome ecspecially with the gears!!!
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So did you swap the 9" and 44 in yourself or did you buy it like that?
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I got it with the axles already swapped.
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Well.. got my HD shackle relocation kit in friday and i painted it today and got it put on. shackle angle looks WAY BETTER now. hoping sometime this week i will get a new set of leaf springs. i guess im goin to try some s10 springs. i need something with more arch to them and not as stiff as these 52s i have on it now. also i repainted my steering arms and track bar. then hoping tomorow i can build my new driveshaft. im still waiting for my cherokeeforum.com stickers











Then i built me a potato gun!!!

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Subscribed!!!! Haha looks good man
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Thanks!!! also debating what muffler to run. i dont want it crazy loud. just alittle tone. i was thinking about a 40 series flowmaster.
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The 40 series sound real good from what I've heard. I just run a small spin cat and straight pipe back
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ya i have a 40 series at the shop so imma prolly just run it. i also have a 8in tip off my cummins imma put on the jeep to hahaha JUST KIDDING!!!
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