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Old 09-13-2012, 11:34 AM
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Default Intermediate Crawler Build (Not so Beginner Now)

I feel I have the very minimal requirements to call this a build so here we go. I have approx 1 month before the first trip with friends.

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1989 Cherokee Pioneer

Dad already fixed:
- Broken grille
- Non-functioning turn signals
- Non-functioning A/C and heater
- Broken driver-side door handle (90% was actually broken off and missing)
- Broken headlight bezel
- Rear window wiper replaced
- Corner markers
- Driver side entry lock

Stage 1 Plan (Oct 19, 2012 Deadline.):
- Rubicon Express 4.5" Super Flex Short Arm Kit - complete
- Pro Comp 15x8 Rock Crawlers - complete
- BFG 33x12.5x15 KM2 - complete
- Tomken Gas Tank Skid Plate - complete
- Fender trimming/hacking - complete
- Dad's old Cobra CB - complete
- BFG All Terrain 33x12.5.15 (used) mounted for spare - complete

Stage 2 Plan (July 2013 Deadline):
- ZJ Brake Booster - complete
- ZJ Master Cylinder - complete
- Rubicon Express Steering Stabilizer - complete
- C-Rok Steering Reinforcement plates - complete
- C8.25 27-Spine w/ Powertrax No-Slip and USA Alloy axles - complete
- CV-SYE, heavy duty drive shaft - complete

Stage 3 Plan (Oct 2013 Deadline):
- Aussie front lunch-box locker - complete
- JCR Sliders - complete
- JCR transfer case skid - complete
- Serious Offroad OTK 1-ton steering - complete

Stage 4 Plan (May 2014 Deadline):
- Front axle U-joint upgrade. 760 Super Joints.

Stage 5 Plan (Oct 2014 Deadline):
- XJ Dana 44 - On hand
- Locker for D44 TBD
- 92 one-piece knuckles for brake caliper upgrade - On hand

Before any mods:


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Slick Rock, Oct. 19, 2012:

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Old 09-13-2012, 11:55 AM
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Awesome plans can't wait to see it built.
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:04 PM
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I had to work half day this morning. Here's how far I got this afternoon. Still in the air because I need to mount the shocks and bleed the brakes.


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Old 09-15-2012, 10:20 PM
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Ill follow ya! The main thing is take your time and try to buy used when possible you will save loads in the long run. Also The more people that see your build then the more info and advice you can get so throw a link to your buildup in your sig. Good luck bro and keep us updated!
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Shocks mounted, brakes bleed, tires back on the ground. Too hot so that's enough for today.
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I believe I just did the most screwed up thing I've ever done to a car. Trimmed and pounded the rear fenders.


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Dont panic!! Its not screwed up! Did you do the cut and fold so you could keep the seem welds?
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Not screwed up at all. As long as you didn't cut the pinch welds you're fine. Did the same on mine and it turned out good.
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Change your decision on the rustys steering...go with currie...or serious
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Oh sorry. I didn't mean I screwed up (although it's probably not super good either). I just meant that it felt that way to cut and beat a perfectly fine vehicle. Yeah, I did the cut and bend method and didn't cut past the welds.

I'll check out those 1-ton steering. I only picked Rusty's because I have a friend that has it.

As with several other items I'm just following his build because I only have until October to get this done so I don't have time to experiment with stuff. After this trip I'll likely tear several items down and take my time.

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I'll check out those 1-ton steering. I only picked Rusty's because I have a friend that has it.
If your friend had aids would you go with that too? Haha...im just kidding...
There are much better options tho
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He hasn't lead me wrong so far so probably yes. Just kidding. I'm not following him completely blind. I changed my Stage 2 Plan for steering to TBD.
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Ready to pull links and springs tonight after work. Ipull what was left of the headliner a few days ago.


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Got done what I wanted to tonight. All 4 arms and the coils in.

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Looks good, do you have a timeline for stage 1 to be completed?
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