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Old 01-11-2011, 07:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have had this XJ for 4 or 5 years now and have been building it up since then. Current specs on it are:

Drivetrain:
4.0L, AW4, 231 tcase w/ AA SYE and Tom Woods DS

Front Axle: Narrowed HP Dana 44, 5.13 Yukon Gears, ARB, CRANE diff cover, West Texas offroad hydro assist, Dedenbear knuckles, Alloy shafts, CTM joints

Rear Axle: Ford 8.8, CRANE diff cover, 5.13 Yukon Gears, Detroit locker, Dutchman Alloys

Suspension:
4.5 inch RE coils up front
4 inch BOR leaf packs out back
HD Offroad Engineering shackle relocation brackets
Extended lift shackles
Fox 2.0 Reservoir shocks all around
BNS Fab custom 3 link using aluminum BUNK links
Teraflex speedbumps at the corners

Wheels and tires:
35" Goodyear MT/R's
TrailReady 15 inch beadlocks

Armor:
Those Guys hybrid roll cage, tube flares and rocker replacements
Custom lower door guards
THOR rear quarter guards
Assorted skids and braces
Front winch bumper
YJB fab rear bumper

Other stuff:
Master-Pull 5/16ths Superline XD winch rope
Superwinch 9k winch
Vision X rock lights
Cobra CB
Icom race radio
Crow 4pt harnesses and bucket seats
Master-Pull recovery gear
Warrior Products prototyped front tube doors
BUNK power steering cooler


Last year we used this jeep for recovery on the top of backdoor during the LCQ and on Aftershock during the main race. I was doing alright on the trails at the Hammers but wanted to be able to move a little quicker so new shocks and bump stops were ordered up.

Our local fab guy (Jeremy from DBS customs, Cal rocs 35" and under spotter team #426) has been helping me out with the welding that I can't do for a while. In June we put the Fox shocks up front and he built me a kickass rear bumper shortly after.

Finally he had enough time to take care of the rear end of my XJ, here are the fab porn pics:













He is going to start on the front end next week and get the bumps in, we just have to move the hydro assist ram and then everything should be clear to flex it out faster at the Hammers this year.

Heres what the XJ looks like:



-Alex
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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great work what type of rubber boot are you running on your shocks to seal the cab up
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great work what type of rubber boot are you running on your shocks to seal the cab up
Looks like a 4" to 2" reducer for PVC poop pipe.
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you guys have some nice rigs..

are those the foam filled bumps? How are you liking them?
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Thanks, our ZJ and YJ are alot cleaner then my XJ but this gets the job done and is wheel-able without worrying about scratching the paint.

They are foam filled bumps and they are pretty new, Teraflex just brought them out last year for the JK and TJ's but never had a XJ application so we went custom on it. The fronts are done and I took care of some maintenance stuff (water pump, battery, PS pump and cooler) over the weekend. I will post up a few more pics tomorrow and hopefully go testing in the next week before we leave for the lakebed.

In all honesty this XJ is probably over halfway through it's lifespan, it was lifted in the summer of 07, caged in the spring of 08. Since then it has been wheeled pretty hard and is starting to show a few signs of that. We are hoping to get at least another two years out of it before a buggy build starts or just something totally different.

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Old 01-19-2011, 12:10 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Here we go with the fronts:


What is started out as.

Cutting the old bumps out:




Welding in the new cans:



Final:





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Old 01-19-2011, 04:08 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Looks like the only support for the rear shock cross member is off of the wheel wells, Those things are thin as all get out and wil start tearing, get some down supports to the floor off it or it will be flopping around really soon, trust me, I know
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Not so much, I guess.. they're mounted to the cage
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Yup they mount to the cage too.

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I like your cage, I did an XJ kinda like that before and used the halo as a roof rack. I cant tell from the pics, but did you sandwich the roof or penetrate thru?
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It goes straight through then is welded around the roof and sealed up with seam sealer so it doesn't leak.

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That's what we did.. I had to do a double take to make sure it wasn't the same rig.. It was an ex-buddy's.. it lives somewhere else now.

looks good
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Yup they mount to the cage too.

-Alex
It would be easy to tie the rear cross bar just inside the shocks to a plate on top of the uniframe. Id be more worried about the cage safety then shocks.
If you dont use the rear cage hood for safety id leave it alone.
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Not so much, I guess.. they're mounted to the cage
From the looks of the picture, it is only going up to the halo, I do not see anything tieing it in to the floor behind that. If that is the case, the halo being unsupported at that point will not stop it from tearing out of the wheel wells
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Their is a D pillar behind it that drops down for the rear of the cage and suspends the halo.

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okie dokie, you cannot see it in the pics is why I brought it up
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Yup I figured that was why.

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The rest of the XJ is falling apart, but I think the shock mounts will survive.
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The rest of the XJ is falling apart, but I think the shock mounts will survive.
I give you the master fabricator that built those shock mounts and bumpstop brackets.

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Not so much, I guess.. they're mounted to the cage

He was saying that the cage is only tied in to the wheelwells right there, and he had flex.


Alex, did you buy this Jeep from Matt, up in Seattle? Could swear his was a white late model with masterpull all over it.

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No, his was a 2dr. I have worked for Master-Pull for 3 years now, and have had this jeep for longer.

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XJ looks good i like the set up do you have a wright up on your front axle
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Nope sorry I don't. Opie (XJ_Ranger -I think) was running it full width for calrocs for a few years and some trail riding too, he decided to build a 609 so we took the 44 and narrowed it down.

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Today, Jeremy built my double sheer pitman arm:



Double sheer knuckle:



And we added some new paint to freshen up the cage:



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Finishing the paint up.

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