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Old 02-16-2012, 11:25 AM
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Great to see a cherokee specific forum, I gues i'll start out with a build thred, this is an ongoing project for about a year now, i'm trying to get it finished for this summer.

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Ford HP D60
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Fox 16" coilovers
Front and rear triangulated 4-link
39.5" Iroks on 17" rims.
Frame.

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the last days of the XJ being off-road
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ok Lets get to it, this is After chopping the unibody rails off.
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junk
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cutting and custom fitting a 2x4x3/16" rectangular tube required.
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once the tubes were bent, and fitted I tacked it all together and did a test fit again to make sure it stil fit.
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once I was happy with the fittment It was time to weld it all up, added some fish plates for strength and threw it back under the jeep.
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The motor went back in and new motor mounts fabbed up.
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after final adjustments of where the frame needed to sit and help 1" body mounts were installed.
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Fitted the D60 to get ready for the long arm build.
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Got the lower links all tacked in. Now working on the upper links, I got the front truss/link mount tube bent up, just need to install it maybe tonight.
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and the 4-link calculator numbers
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got the upper links finished today.
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came to a clerance issue with driveshaft and upper link. I will need a 2" body lift and I will need to raise the uppers about 1" up higher than they are. I ordered some browndog motor mounts which lift the motor up 1" easier than redoing the motor mounts again.
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lots of tedious work of getting it right.

dont mind the ducktape, something had to hold my drive shaft in place
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Looking good, can't wait to see how it turns out. Welcome to the forum!
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Very nice!

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Looking good man. Welcome to the forum.
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Wow, I must say I clicked on your thread to come in here and tell you how much of a complete dumbass you are for attempting to put a frame under another XJ but you're actually off to a good start.


The only thing I'd be concerned about is the lack of rigidity in the actual body now and the strength of the body mounting points without the unibody.

What do you think?
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what do the body mounts attatch to?
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Never thought I'd see the day where an xj really had a body lift. I thought this was going to be like the one on pirate where he put the unibody frame on top of a scout? frame... (which looked terrible) this is much cleaner looking
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by ktmracer419 View Post
what do the body mounts attatch to?
Curious of this myself. Seems the weight of the body being thrown around would yank the bolts out of the thin floor.
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That's sick! I envy you guys that are at that level with fab. Love it!
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body mounts are a concern if you leave the thin floor stock, it was my concern as well. right now I have 1/8" plates welded where the mounts are. I will take pictures once I get home, i'm in Kenya at the moment. also there will be a cross brace inside the cab to keep it strong and ridgid. its work in progress still, but I will definetly make the floor strong enough to witstand the forces i just need to get the running gear under the jeep first.
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They have the enterwebz in Kenya?
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Right on!!! You've definitely know what's going on here. Props on the build so far. I'm staying tuned for this one.


Edit.... due to lowrange pointing out the obvious; oops.

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Originally Posted by s14unimog View Post
x2, I'd like to know this too.


Originally Posted by raf2379 View Post
body mounts are a concern if you leave the thin floor stock, it was my concern as well. right now I have 1/8" plates welded where the mounts are. I will take pictures once I get home, i'm in Kenya at the moment. also there will be a cross brace inside the cab to keep it strong and ridgid. its work in progress still, but I will definetly make the floor strong enough to witstand the forces i just need to get the running gear under the jeep first.
dot dot dot
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Can we skip to the end, i wanna see this finished

Also another thing i noticed.. where is your steering components?
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looks like the early stages of something great!
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