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Old 08-29-2007, 10:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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comp cutting a cherokee REAR

hey me and a buddy have a 99 cherokee that we'er building up. prolly doing rockwells and some type of big tire, maybe xml's...low budget cherokee no compitition use so i don't need all the weight weenies to chime in, lol. and yes its gonna have some crazy beefy sub frame, no unibody crap.

Anyway, ive started cutting the rear out and wanted to get some opinions on reinforcing the rear as i plan to cut out the lower section in the rear pillar. i have a pic that shows what i'm thinkin of doin...anyone have pics of their ideas or what not?

the bottom pic is my lame paint illistration. the gray spry painted area is what i have left to cut out, the thick red line would be maybe 2x3 tubing to support the pillar. btw i'm linking the rear, taking the leafs out. then the thin red line would just be some dom tubing.




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Old 08-30-2007, 05:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 08-30-2007, 06:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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only issues I have seen with comp cuts is making sure you pinch weld the panels back together

the rear fender has a big ole pinch weld that you cut off when doing this....the body will tend to twist back and forth seperating over time...unibody shit you know
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only issues I have seen with comp cuts is making sure you pinch weld the panels back together

the rear fender has a big ole pinch weld that you cut off when doing this....the body will tend to twist back and forth seperating over time...unibody shit you know

yeah. i've been cutting most everything before the pinch welds fo that exact reason.
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I don't have much of an opinion to offer, just that you A) need a better camera, and B) You are going to have one sick XJ for the record books
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I don't have much of an opinion to offer, just that you A) need a better camera, and B) You are going to have one sick XJ for the record books
lol, i don't have a camera...that was taken with my way cool slider phone. 1.3megapixels doood.
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 08-30-2007, 04:30 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Man you guys have some damn good pics. I wish I took more when I fab. I did an almost indentical cut/wheel well/and truss job as rockcontrol. Here is the best photo I have. Although I have a 22 gallon fuel cell bolted to the "bed?" where your tank is. Very clean pics though, I am humbled, doh!!




Sorry you don't have a very good view, but you do have a good idea of the line I took.
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hey RockControl...that looks realy nice. i was hoping i could find a pic like that. i like how u didn't cut out the whole lower section of the pillar...i think thats what i'm gonna do.
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heres the front...u guys think i should take out the headlight and go for 0* approach or keep it the wy it is? I just got a side pic right now...bur since this pic i have taken the front bumper off and cut out all the stupid brakets.

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Old 08-31-2007, 05:51 AM   #13 (permalink)
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You can get pretty close to 0 without having to change much of the front header panel:



My axle isn't moved forward much either.
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