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Old 06-23-2016, 09:37 PM
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apparently i like working on jeeps more than wheeling...

im taking everything from the "brodozer"

https://www.cherokeeforum.com/f46/de...odozer-223616/

and its going in here

http://comancheclub.com/topic/48876-wheels-89-manche/

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pics will do most of the talking


motor out of mj

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insert stroker and ax15, courtesy of Budweiser,

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wired up, header panel back on, fin!

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floor debacle

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tcase in

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axle almost all tacked up (i re positioned the trac bar mount from the first pic)

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for the drivers side, since the tube is so short (89 kp d60) im electing to do this. a buddy of mine will weld the casting ot the tube with nickel rod when its all said and done

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it will look like this when finished

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this is when my phone broke, it was on its last leg anyway, so i dont have anymore pics but im going to use the xj tank in the mj. it will eventually sit in the bed in an enclosure, but for now the bed is off and im building a mount for the tank.

i pulled the rear d60 from the xj and cut all the old mounts off, need to finish up the interior wiring, floor/tunnel obviously, tack up drivers side of the frnt axle, set it under the truck so i can measure for and build links... the list goes on but i feel like it should come together pretty quickly now. hope to have a new phone soon so i can get more pics

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Old 07-15-2016, 04:24 PM
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went on vacation for the 4th, blew the tranny up in our durango, and we're moving this month so progress will likely be slow...

but here's how it sits now. decided to use the xj tank. ill build mounts for it to sit in the bed. fuel system is plumbed and all electrical besides the rear tails is done. now that i found my keys, i can start it up too lol

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looks like a tractor lol

gonna just sandwich the rear mounts on for now so i can roll it onto a trailer to move it
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Old 09-03-2016, 07:35 PM
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wanted to get an idea of how itll eventually look before i roll it into the garage

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classy instagram pic

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LOTS of trimming to do lol

unfortunately, the motor in my daily (96 xj ugly betty) clapped out on me when scouting for deer last week... so I'm temporarily robbing the motor/trans/tcase from the mj till i get my other one rebuilt
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Old 10-13-2016, 12:26 AM
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not much of an update, again (sorry to disappoint) but now that ive got more free time and my daily is back on the road, the ol mache should be getting more attention.

got back to work on my kingpin dana 60. i had a swamp cooler running in my garage all summer and didnt oil everything or cover it very well, hence the surface rust. but everything is tacked on. now to get it under the jeep and measure for links. I'm thinkin the upper link mount is going to be moved more passenger

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playing around with the camera on my phone

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Old 10-13-2016, 01:30 PM
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Old 10-15-2016, 02:37 PM
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Picked up some square tube. Got more than I need cause I'm going to redesign my welding table as well

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Also I think I'm goin to use these spacers on the spring pads as they will alow the spring to sit "flat" without have to grind the spring or modify anything else. Gonna weld tabs or a ring on the Mount to keep them centered. These along with rubicom express 5.5" coils and the larger axle tube ill be around 6.5-7" of lift. Ignore the short drag link, i was just playing around

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Got to work on the floor pan a bit too

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That diamond plate was riveted to the angle iron that's just tacked in there... then silicon was used to try and seal it all up. Messy job

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Old 11-05-2016, 09:13 PM
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not much to report, but progress is progress right?

header panel off for the eleventymillionth time along with the front bumper. flares removed for good. i traced the outer edge before removing them. this will be the preliminary cut, then ill trim accordingly

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passenger floorboard. there was a piece of diamond plate riveted here, and after removing it i found these gobs of caulking.... hope they arent hiding rust! rest of the floor looks good though

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Old 11-12-2016, 08:35 PM
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Got the axle put under the jeep last night and did some mocking up. got lower links cut but not welded. did some things to the clayton crossmember but still not done. I'm going to reinforce it more and add front and rear skids


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Old 11-14-2016, 07:46 AM
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thankfully all that caulking wasnt hiding any rust on the pass floorboard, but im still going to cut out a pocket for the 3rd link to fit in, then box around it

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"to-do" list is getting shorter! HOPING to get this done before new years! the gf is dropping hints, but i got her with the spellcheck!

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not jeep related, but built a new exhaust for my brothers rx7 drift car. tail pipes stick a good foot and a half out form the rear of the car

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Old 11-15-2016, 12:49 PM
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just ordered parts for hydro assist from surplus center:

ram: 1.5X8X1 DA HYD CYL SWIVEL EYES

hoses (x3, one spare): 3/8" X 48" JIC 6F X JIC 6F 4800 PSI HYD HOSE

fittings for box (x2): JIC 6M x 1/4 NPTM 45 ELBOW

fittings for ram (x2): JIC 6M x SAE 6M SWIVEL 90 ELBOW

going to make my own mounting tabs, might get a ruffstuff cover and mount the ram to it...

also ordering a full set of t&m frame stiffeners, and steering box stiffeners on their black friday sale

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Old 11-15-2016, 10:26 PM
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slowly chipping away, got all the links tacked up including the drag link, just not pictured. gonna install this tomorrow after i drill and tap the steering box, and drill out the pitman arm for a 3/4 bolt. then i should be able to get it rolled into the garage and start prepping for stiffeners and finish the floor...

portaband made quick work of the 2x2x025 square tube

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links, and my dog. lowers are 37" at thier shortest, upper is 40" at its shortest

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Awesome build, I want to build a three link similar to yours as soon as I get some time, how come you are going to have to notch the floor if the Clayton normally doesn't? Is it because you moved it to the pass side or is the upper link mount higher on your setup?
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Originally Posted by kyle96xj View Post
Awesome build, I want to build a three link similar to yours as soon as I get some time, how come you are going to have to notch the floor if the Clayton normally doesn't? Is it because you moved it to the pass side or is the upper link mount higher on your setup?
i think its just because my mount is higher and im using 1.25" rod ends not johnny joints the clayton kit uses. i could be wrong, but i believe the rod ends are slightly larger in diameter than the jj's. also not sure if the mj floors differ in that area much from the xj. i could probably get away with "massaging" the floor, but since ill have 9" vertical separation at the axle end, and about 5" at the crossmeber, all on about 6.5" of lift, i want the link to have room for up travel. pictures will explain it better, but basically from just in front of the seat mounts and just inside the "frame" channel over to the trans tunnel, im going to raise the floor 1-1.5" all the way to the fire wall. my exhaust is also going to be moved closer to the trans/tcase so this will help stuff it out of the way
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Originally Posted by wheelsaz08 View Post

i think its just because my mount is higher and im using 1.25" rod ends not johnny joints the clayton kit uses. i could be wrong, but i believe the rod ends are slightly larger in diameter than the jj's. also not sure if the mj floors differ in that area much from the xj. i could probably get away with "massaging" the floor, but since ill have 9" vertical separation at the axle end, and about 5" at the crossmeber, all on about 6.5" of lift, i want the link to have room for up travel. pictures will explain it better, but basically from just in front of the seat mounts and just inside the "frame" channel over to the trans tunnel, im going to raise the floor 1-1.5" all the way to the fire wall. my exhaust is also going to be moved closer to the trans/tcase so this will help stuff it out of the way
Okay sounds good, looking forward to seeing the finished product.
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thanks! REALLY hoping to get it done for a new years run. the gf doesnt know it yet but im planning on popping the question, on the trail, in the jeep lol shes helped me a fair amount with this and my other projects

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