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HRDROKN 01-02-2012 05:52 AM

HRDROKN's 87' XJ build...
 
So it begins....

Picked up this 1987 Jeep Cherokee from my Dad a few weeks ago. He had owned it since new, so I figure it would be a good candidate for my next crawler... she has had less than 100K easy miles on her.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/c...d/CIMG1062.jpg

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/c...d/CIMG1061.jpg

:D

HRDROKN 01-02-2012 05:58 AM

To get this going, the build plans include....

D60 front on a 3 link.
14 bolt rear w/ disc on leafs for now, possible 4 link later.
NP435
NP241/NP205 doubler
110" wheelbase +/-
Comp cut....

HRDROKN 01-02-2012 03:38 PM

Looks like the top of the NP435 will require some heater duct mods... anyone done one of these or similar in their XJ? Pics?

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/c.../J121611-2.jpg

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/c.../J121611-1.jpg

N8-96XJ 01-02-2012 06:10 PM

Sweet lookin 2 door! Shoujd be a really cool build:head:

HRDROKN 01-02-2012 06:50 PM


Originally Posted by N8-96XJ (Post 1431548)
Sweet lookin 2 door! Shoujd be a really cool build:head:

Thanks!

I promised the wife that I would keep it drivable during the build, so that should be interesting as it usually isn't my style. :D

jon_89 01-02-2012 06:59 PM

Rip the heater out and put in a mojave or similar...:D

HRDROKN 01-02-2012 07:08 PM


Originally Posted by jon_89 (Post 1431689)
Rip the heater out and put in a mojave or similar...:D

Since I was planning on converting the A/C to OBA.... that might be the way to go! Sure will get rid of a bunch of crap under the dash and simplify things. Hmmmmmm...

HRDROKN 01-02-2012 09:04 PM

First things first....
 
Need to get some uni-body reinforcemnt completed. I ordered up these stiffeners from Ruffstuff and had to make some minor changes for fittment, but overall a nice product.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/c...nforcement.jpg

jon_89 01-02-2012 09:21 PM

I ripped the stock one out and used a heatercraft. I got all sorts of room under there now. Super simple to. If it burns up undo 4 bolts, disconnect the 4 wires, and two hose clamps and its out.

HRDROKN 01-09-2012 09:25 AM

I was able to get a little work done this weekend in preperation for welding up the Ruffstuff stiffeners.

Started with stripping the undercoat and welding up the factory seem....

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/c.../J010312-1.jpg

Decided to do these in two pieces as I wasn't ready to cut the LCA mounts off yet...

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/c.../J010412-2.jpg

Drilled some extra holes for more weld area....

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/c.../J010612-2.jpg

Completed one side and ran out of Argon on the weekend! :cursing:

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/c...J010912-1a.jpg

HRDROKN 01-09-2012 09:28 AM

Working on some temporary LCA mounts with some Ballistick joints and 2x.250" DOM....

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/c.../J010912-2.jpg

:gunsmilie:

HRDROKN 01-09-2012 09:29 PM

This will be the temporary lowers until I get a D60 ready to go in...

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/c.../J010912-4.jpg

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/c.../J010912-5.jpg

:cheers:

HRDROKN 01-11-2012 10:43 PM

Cuting those damn stock LCA mounts off was a real pain.... the previous owner had lowered the LCA's and welded them up when he added the lift. Anyway the ruffstuff stiffeners are in....

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/c.../J011012-2.jpg

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/c.../J011112-1.jpg

:gunsmilie:

HRDROKN 01-19-2012 09:18 PM

Injectors...
 
I installed a set of "703" injectors over the weekend, along with a new regulator and fuel filter (all original equipment). Nice improvement in idle and a noticeable improvement in throttle response! Only have about 5 or 6 cycles since resetting the computer... initially she was a little hard starting, but that seems to be changing as we go.

Highly recommend!

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/c.../J012512-6.jpg

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/c.../J012512-7.jpg

:thumbup1:

HRDROKN 01-20-2012 10:24 PM

Went out to pick n pull with tape measure in hand and came home with a pair of Dodge 1/2 ton 60" leafs for a 5" stretch out the rear. This will ultimately be a temporary modification as I want to do a four link with coilovers.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/c.../J011912-2.jpg

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