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Old 03-18-2014, 05:30 PM
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bought this jeep in late 2009 stock with bald tires. she was mostly stock for the first two years while i planned what i wanted to use her for. being my dd it makes modifications take longer as i have to plan around them. I've worked at DirtBound Offroad for the last two years so she has grown alot. luckily the boss lets me design and build stuff for her using all the nice tools.

she has been named by the jeep club i wheel with Sarge in refrence to the movie cars

her current specs:
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1997 Cherokee

Drive train:
4.0L H.O., Aisin Warner ax15 5 speed manual, New Process 231, high pinion Dana 30, Chrysler 8.25, Teraflex hand throttle kit, Brown Dog Offroad motor mounts

Suspension:
Iron Rock Offroad 5.5" lift coils, Iron Rock Offroad 3.5" lift leaves, DirtBound Offroad Mid arm kit, DirtBound Offroad shackles, Fox 2.0" factory series reservoir shocks, Rubicon Express stainless steel brake lines, Currie Enterprises Johnny Joint replacement for jeep D30 bushing, Currie Enterprises Antirock sway-bar, Currie Enterprises Johnny joint track bar.

Steering:
Currie Enterprises Rock Jock steering

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Dirtbound Offroad rear side armor, Dirtbound Offroad 97+ gas tank skid, Dirtbound Offroad belly pan skid, 5150 Offroad rock sliders, Ruff stuff Specialties XJ chassis rail, DirtBound Offroad front frame stiffeners, DirtBound Offroad rear frame stiffeners, C-Rok steering box reinforcement plates

Wheels and Tires:
Procomp Rock Crawler series 15x7 steel wheels, BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A 33/10.5R15

Lighting:
vision X OPTIMUS SERIES PRIME TWO 10W LEDS LIGHT, dual 10w cree leds on a pillars, and 27w cree floods on bumper.

coming soon:
tube fenders, new roof rack, new paint and changing some things that are already done to her.




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Old 03-18-2014, 09:37 PM
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heres some pics of the fun stuff:

T-case skid
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fron axle modifications to fit the fox 12's and get the most travel i could!

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raised sway bar links so the steering would clear while flexed
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anti rock and fox shocks:


full droop with the fox's


setting up bump stops with 35's mounted (planning for later)


Rear bumper before paint



gas tank skid
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Old 03-19-2014, 05:44 AM
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Pretty awesome truck man! Can't wait for more action shots....
By the way what gas tank skid did you use?
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Old 03-19-2014, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by 88whitecomanche View Post
Pretty awesome truck man! Can't wait for more action shots....
By the way what gas tank skid did you use?
Its a skid I designed and built that is now available through DirtBound.

heres the cardboard version. i call it version 1 cad
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as for action shots the group i wheel with isnt great at stopping to take pictures.

i have a few:





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Old 03-19-2014, 10:46 PM
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I like that rear bumper, pretty *****in..how do you like that anti rock?
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Old 03-19-2014, 11:26 PM
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The anti rock is pretty nice. Let's the body roll a bit more than I like. But keeps it under control for highway use.. It's awesome not having to disconnect the sway bar when wheeling.
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Originally Posted by desertrunner97 View Post
The anti rock is pretty nice. Let's the body roll a bit more than I like. But keeps it under control for highway use.. It's awesome not having to disconnect the sway bar when wheeling.
I don't street mine, but ill need something to limit body roll..I've heard good and bad things about the antirock.. not to mention they are kinda pricey for what they are..thanks!
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Subscribed! Hope to see some desert running lol go fast
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Condonsation View Post
Subscribed! Hope to see some desert running lol go fast
hopefully come next winter she will be ready for more go fast. the rear iron rock springs are a bit soft for what i want to do with her so i will have to see what deaver wants to rework these with a extra spring or two. not to mention my rear bumps need some love! thinking some large poly bumps the multi rate ones till i can get a deal on some air bumps or hydro bumps.

right now im working on a new front bumper gonna look basically the same just changing the one we do for production since my jeep gos to the shows it has to have the current production stuff on it.
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:41 PM
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Really like your build.
I'm running the 33x10.50 bfg on stock 15x7 rims. What are you run for tire pressure on the street?
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by timamybrown View Post
Really like your build.
I'm running the 33x10.50 bfg on stock 15x7 rims. What are you run for tire pressure on the street?
seems for perfect tire wear 26-28 psi is about right but feels a bit loose so ive been running them at 30psi which makes them wear the center a little more than the edges.
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got the new bumper built now its time to figure out how durabak works gonna start the color change. ive got 2 gallons of olive drab dura back for the body and 2 gallons of black for all the excessories. really looking forward to losing the snake skin hood! haha

heres the new bumper not a huge change mostly small things.
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heres what ive been working on lately for her alot of changes coming soon this is just the tip of the ice berg!

rears are already started should have some progress pictures of them in the next few days.





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So did you build the rear bumper? I love the way it looks!
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So did you build the rear bumper? I love the way it looks!
The rear bumper is a DirtBound Offroad rear bumper.
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