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Old 05-12-2010, 05:40 PM
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So I have had my 91' XJ for a while now, but i'm just now figuring out what I really want it to be. I love the JeepSeed race trucks, but I also like to just cruise down trails, and even hit a few mud pits on the way. So I have to decided to build my Jeep for high speed, but also make it capable of flexing down some trails

So here are some pics of what I have already done...

It currently has no motor, tranny, or t-case in it... but this is what it looks like with a 2 1/2'' AAL, 2'' blocks, 4.5'' front springs, and 30x9.5 Wild Country M/Ts
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:53 PM
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I got bored so I took a few pics of the suspension and even tried flexing it a little in the driveway
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I decided to make a little list of things I want and need to do for this project. So that you all know what I'm trying to do

-Complete set of adjustable control arms
-Swaybar links/ disconnects
-shocks
-Stainless braided brake lines
-Hanneman fiberglass front fenders
-Custom rear tube fenders w/2'' flare
-5 100Watt Rooftop lights w/ light cage
-Fix minor rust issues
-lightweight tube bumpers w/ recovery points
-34x10.50R15 Interco LTBs on some new wheels
...and of course there will be many others mods that will make it even better
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well i hope the motor is out because your upgrading to a stroker or a much largr engine...... what are your plans with that?
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Nice start, man. Hope the project goes smoothly.
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well i hope the motor is out because your upgrading to a stroker or a much largr engine...... what are your plans with that?
Well actually the motor is out because I took on a mud hole that was way too deep for my Jeep and hydrolocked it. I really want to put in a stroker, but I dont have that kind of money right now. Right now my plans are to run the 4.0, but I have a set of 5.0 Mustang injectors, 99' intake, a Comp H/P cam, and cold air intake for it. I also have a full 2.5'' exhaust from the downpipe all the way back with no muffler and no cat. Its gunna be pretty loud, but at least i'll be making some decent power
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Nice start, man. Hope the project goes smoothly.
Haha! Me too. Thanks bro
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if your guna go for high speed you might not want to run a short arm set up. a lot of shock will be thrown up into the body
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if your guna go for high speed you might not want to run a short arm set up. a lot of shock will be thrown up into the body
I was wondering about that. You think it'll be that bad? I've thought about doing a long arm set-up, but I'm not sure of how to make one and I sure as hell cant afford to buy one
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can you weld?

building you own will still cost 250-400 depending on what materials you use (flex joints, dom tubing, thick steel)

Im at 5.25 in front and was running short arms. i do a lot of interstate driving at 75mph. pot holes sucked. i did drrop brackets and the ride is awesome, flexes way better, and pot holes are nothing. Now for high speed i dont think i would recomend them. but rock what you can afford/ build

my drop brackets and control arms where free because i buit them from crap i had laying around

long arms some day but flex joints run 35-50 a piece
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can you weld?

building you own will still cost 250-400 depending on what materials you use (flex joints, dom tubing, thick steel)

Im at 5.25 in front and was running short arms. i do a lot of interstate driving at 75mph. pot holes sucked. i did drrop brackets and the ride is awesome, flexes way better, and pot holes are nothing. Now for high speed i dont think i would recomend them. but rock what you can afford/ build

my drop brackets and control arms where free because i buit them from crap i had laying around

long arms some day but flex joints run 35-50 a piece
I can weld, and with enough time I could probly make a long-arm setup. Its the money part that has me stuck. I can get a full set of adjustable control arms for $300, and I need control arms really soon. My XJ has been sitting in my driveway for a 8 months since I started building it, and my dad is getting pretty pissed that it cant at least move itself lol
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if your at the hieght your guna be at, you can make a set of fix control arms to get you by till later

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Looks like a good start. Long arms would be your best bet for the best ride quality and ride characteristics i think.

Another thing to think about is plating the frame rails to stiffen the body up and not flex, unless you have a cage planned later on down the road.

Looks like a great start up tho.
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Originally Posted by posjeepxj View Post
if your at the hieght your guna be at, you can make a set of fix control arms to get you by till later

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http://www.lunghd.com/Tech_Articles/..._Arm_Chart.htm

what i did (until i can do long arms)
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Hmm... Now you got me thinking I can make a set, until I can afford to make a set of Long-arms or maybe buy a Long-arm kit
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