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Old 08-02-2017, 02:45 PM
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Jeep "Dragoneer" - Full Airbrush Custom XJ

The Jeep has been featured in JPFreek Adventure Magazine Fall 2016 and has been front page news in Baraboo News Republic newspaper. (I will include links at the bottom of this post). I airbrushed it last year in the backyard. Hubby and I rebuilt almost everything this year.

- 1998 Cherokee Sport
- 176K miles
- AW4 transmission
- NP231 transfer case

Custom Paint Job:
Sanded and primered with White primer
Base coated with Autoborne Sealers
Airbrushed with Createx Colors Wicked Colors
Napa Semi-Glossy Clear Coat

Drivetrain Modifications:
Ford 8.8 rear axle with Limited Slip & Disc brakes
4:88 Gearing both front and rear.
Solid brand diff covers
Slip Yoke Eliminator & Custom driveshaft.

Front Suspension & Steering Modifications:
Rough Country 6.5 Coil springs
Rough Country long control arms
Rough Country adjustable track bar
Rough Country Shocks
Rough Country Sway Bar quick disconnects
Rough Country Cross member/skid plate
Extended brake lines
Dodge Durango Steering box, new pump & hoses

Rear Suspension:
Rough Country 5.0 Leaf Springs
Rough Country 2 Drop shackles
Extended Brake Line
Rough Country shocks

Wheels & Tires:
35x12.50x15 MasterCraft Courser MXT Tires
ION Alloy Rims

Mechanical Upgrades:
4 Core aluminum radiator
3 Electric fans with aluminum shroud
165 degree thermostat
129 AMP alternator
Optima Dual batteries with solenoid & cutoff switching
K&N Filter
New sensors and new (and programmed) CPM
New water pump

Exterior Upgrades:
Tuff Stuff 4x4 Front Bumper
Badlands 12,000 Lb winch
Stainless hood vents
KC HiLites Daylighters
RGB 3 round LED lights with halos
Blue LEDs behind front grill
Roof rack with Jerry Can, Hi-Lift Jack, and shovel
Removable front doors

Interior Upgrades:
CB & Antenna
Newer interior panels
Leather seats
Removed head liner and painted ceiling (easy cleaning)
Removed carpet and cut custom mats and added aftermarket mats.
Military Molle system packs & MVPs on back of front seats
o Holds: recovery gear, tools, straps, netting, bug sprays, sun screen,
rain coats, etc.
Wood Ammo crate & ammo box to house tools and chains.
Fire extinguisher

YouTube Channel ~ check out what we have been up to!

Baraboo News Republic - Front page:

JPFreek Adventure Magazine - Fall 2016 Freek Feature (Page 98)":360649}

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Old 08-09-2017, 01:45 AM
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Carnage Canyon Buena Vista CO
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Chinamans Gulch Buena Vista CO
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meet and greet half finished rig flexing .
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Flex shot Holy Cross trail CO
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The top of Cleveland Rock Holy Cross winch required .
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Leisurely drive back down Holy Cross after victory over Cleveland Rock
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Rig sitting on 44s ...42pits work better so dropped the 44s.

Front axle-- 79 Dana 60 Full hydraulic steering , Custom modified knuckles , 5.13 , Detroit locker , 4340 inner/outer shafts Yukon Joints, Yukon Hardcore locking hubs , full truss...bla bla bla

Rear axle 14 bolt Detroit 5.13s ,disc brakes, Full Ballistic bottom shave. Artec truss...home built rear back bone, home built diff cover to truss tie in , home built pinion bridge tie into truss.,tubes welded .

4.0 Atlas 5.0 Home built DOM 1/2 wall drive shafts .

Full belly skid subframe

4link rear/Radius arm front

Overkill boatsides

Full exo tied into inner 6 point cage tied into su frame and boat sides ...not bending thus "unibody"

Hd off road full frame plate ...1/4 over that from frame horn to firewall .

Gas tank raised up between unirails ...rails boxed in and a cross member welded in front and rear of tank . Aluminium tank cover to make pretty .

Wheel base stretch to 115
Track width 92ish

I spent close to 800 hours rebuilding this after the initial exo cage work when it was on 40s...the list of actual metal work in that time is too long to list ...easy to say it's no longer a bolt on rig . I still have few hundred more hours to go before it is where it needs to be , but had to wheel it this Summer not work on it .
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:38 PM
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There isn't much Cherokee left except the front clip but here is my submission for August.

I started with a 1987 XJ with the 4.0l engine, NP231 t-case, and AW4 transmission. It now has a full tube chassis with an XJ front end and rear "tail gate". The front axle is a Dana 30 that has been sleeved, it has RCV's, and an ARB locker. The rear axle is a Dana 44 that has been trussed, it also has an ARB, chromoly axle shafts, and a disc brake conversion. The suspension is a 3-link with coilovers in the front and a 4-link with coilovers in the rear. It also has over the knuckle crossover steering with hydro assist, UHMW flat belly and boat sides, RCI fuel cell, suspension seats, 4-point harnesses, Raceline beadlocks, and 35" tires. The wheelbase has been stretched to 104" and the belly height is 20". It is also still street legal.

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Old 08-23-2017, 03:34 PM
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1990 Cherokee purchased stock of CL $500

4.0L stroked to 4.6L head and intake ported, H-beam rods Kieth black pistons,titanium valves and valve seat w/ 5 angle valve job, and custom cam - dyno tuned at rear wheels w/ 286 hp and 330 ft lbs
Browndog motor mounts
All new sensors, ignition, water pump, high flow oil pump, and new vacuum harness

Stock trans aw4
Atlas II 4.3 fully synced transfer case w/ drive flanges and twin stick control

Custom built drive shafts w/ 3" - 1/4" wall dom tube long slip center slip w/ 1350 ujoints

Front axle is 3/4 ton hp D44 with 1/2" thick axle tube auburn ected elocker w/ 4.56 Richmond gears molly shafts and stubs warn premium hubs

Rear axle is ford 9" w/ 1/2" thick axle tubes upgraded drop out housing Detroit locker Richmond 4.56 gears molly shafts and 1/2" thick pinion guard

Front suspension is RE 7.5" long arm with custom valved long travel shocks and extended bumps

Rear suspension RE 5.5 springs custom built shackle relocation brackets and aftermarket extended shackles for total 8" lift and Fox 2.0 shocks

Steering is stock box cross braced w/ high steer kit built w/ 1 1/4" - 1/4 wall dom and 7/8" hyme joints

Track bar is RE adjustable with double sheer mount w/ welded cross braced

Tires are Dick Cepek extreme country 35 12.50/15 mounted on 15-10 rims

Custom built roof rack w/ two 30,000 kp light and one 20,000 kp remote adjustable light w/ in cab controls

jCR diy front winch bumper with smitybuilt 10K winch w/ wireless remote and synthetic rope and shackle mounts

Things added since last submission use old XJ fuse and relay block and bleepin Jeep's video to make custom fuse and relay block under hood for all accessories and adding50" led light bar to back as well as green undercarriage led lights.

Just scored 1056 on 20 RTI ramp the highest of the event in Fayetteville nc. New shock on rear should afford better score.

She will run 80 mph on road and crawl anything Offroad
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Old 08-25-2017, 12:51 PM
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Old 08-25-2017, 02:32 PM
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Wow, what a line up this month!

Frikkin awesome, wish I could vote for them all.

However...gotta pick one. My vote is cast. Good luck guys, all deserving winners IMO
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Old 08-25-2017, 02:42 PM
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Holy cow look at the line up. Where have u guys been all those months? We barely get one solid good built rig every couple months and now all of a sudden there's four of you guys.
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Old 08-25-2017, 02:43 PM
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Holy smokers, you ain't kidding. Great line up this month. Great submissions. Makes for a hard choice.
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Old 08-27-2017, 08:44 AM
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Thanks to all the entrants for showing off your rigs lately on CF.
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Old 08-28-2017, 01:26 AM
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Ballot has been cast. Tough competition this month, guys!
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Old 08-28-2017, 09:02 AM
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wowweeeee this month is crazyyyyy. So glad I'm not entered lol.
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