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Blue Dildy 90 XJ mild trail build

Old 07-19-2017, 02:35 PM
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Default Blue Dildy 90 XJ mild trail build

New to the forum thx for having me. I've been putting together a 90 XJ for trail runnng, no daily driving this will be my dedicated weekend rig.

Phase one of this build is getting it trail ready and laying down a good foundation for future mods.




How I got it<br/>Reman 4.0, aw4, 231 sye, 30/35<br/>Zone 4" lift <br/>Pretty much rust free minus a couple spots in the rockers. <br/>Mismatched 33s and the flares<br/>



Started by making bumper brackets usin 3/8 plate



Tied into the front uni-member



Both sides done



Did I say they are beefy?



Started on bumper



Side tracked by making and welding in frame stiffeners



Using .035 fluxcore. Not the best wire selection for welding thick to thin but I made it work



Primed



Shackle relocation bracket



Rear frame plating



Cut hole for tank lift and boxed in the inside of the frame



Tank in for fitting.



Made cross member for future long arms



Installed cross member



Found a ford 8.8 from a thunderbird I think, 60.5 wms, drums, 2.85 tubes, 410s and full Detroit locker



2x6 .188 rockers



More welding thick to thin. What a pain but doable



Struts to the frame rails



Finished the front bumper and mounted badlands 9000#



Inboarded my shocks, welded on future track bar mount



Rear close to done, new bumps



Found some cheap'ish but new TSLs



33x12.5



How it sits today waiting on adjustable uppers from core and then I'll get the tires mounted.
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Old 07-19-2017, 02:46 PM
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I ended up swapping in a low pinion Dana 30 from a tj with 410s, new ball joints and u joints. Leaving it open for now. I didn't want to regear the stock hp30 to 410 so I am using the LP30 temporary until I build up the hp30, and I will re gear to 488. I'm just waiting on the core upper arms and she will be trail ready for the most part.


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How I did the rear bump stops. Flow master muffler.
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The 8.8 I'm using has a 1330 big cap yoke. I created an adapter u joint using a 1310/1330 joint with the 1330 BC cap.
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I'm no professional welder, but I'm getting better
Using a Lincoln 180, with fluxcore.
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You've been busy. Some good work there. I'm tuned in for what happens next.
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Found a faded colour match hood, grill, bezel and lenses. Front end looks a bit better. I really wanted a wagoneer grill but couldn't find any in my area.

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As far as the u joint on your 8.8, I wouldn't trust that. Looks like the cap is barely in the yoke.

My 8.8 is out of an Explorer, so it has the flat flange. I installed the flat flange adapter from a Ranger onto my driveshaft (using stock XJ u-joint on my stock XJ driveshaft). Bolts right up. It's easy to swap the yoke, just need to make sure you don't over crush the crush ring.
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Originally Posted by bad_idea View Post
As far as the u joint on your 8.8, I wouldn't trust that. Looks like the cap is barely in the yoke.

My 8.8 is out of an Explorer, so it has the flat flange. I installed the flat flange adapter from a Ranger onto my driveshaft (using stock XJ u-joint on my stock XJ driveshaft). Bolts right up. It's easy to swap the yoke, just need to make sure you don't over crush the crush ring.
I ended up with a 1310/1330 big cap conversion u joint.








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Got the tsl's mounted and balanced. They actually ride smother than the miss-matched set I was running before. Ordered the radesign rail shifter so that should be here soon. Still waiting on the adjustable upper. The caster is a bit floating so that needs to be dialled in. Braking is a bit lacking with the ford 9" drums in the back so I ordered diy calibre brackets from A&A manufacturing to work with s10 calipres.



Adjust the rear brakes while the tire guys did their thing.



These should work good here in the PNW, mud, rocks, logs etc.



Behind the wife's minivan
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Nice. I like where this is going. Not much different than what i've done with mine. Keep it up!
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Installed the core 4x4 upper arms. They are well built and bolted right up. I got the pinion angle where it should be. Drives much better now. I made a bone head mistake and lost a caliper guide pin while driving around, turns out my 1990 has 84-89 style brakes, found this out getting the wrong pins from the parts store, then I researched and learn the 90 could have 89 parts mix in, as mine does. Fun stuff. I'm taking it on a shakedown trail run on Saturday...pics to follow





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It's a bit smokey on the lower island due to wildfires.



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I swapped in a 242 tcase in my 98 ZJ 5.2, no more AWD bull****. This has totally transformed my grocery getter into a mallcrawler, celebrate by doing donuts in a gravel parking lot. We are a jeep family!!!


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Fianally got some dirt under the tires. It's been dry and hot so the back country is pretty much shut down until we get some rain.
Found out my front brake lines are too short, but other than that it climbs and flexes good enough, even with the tires at 20 psi(street pressure). Drove home with the pass front hose vise gripped.



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