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06-03-2012 06:26 PM
GreatWhiteXJ
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Originally Posted by DutchVDub View Post
(minus his blasphemous ideas of coils and links)
06-03-2012 10:40 AM
TDIJ Sad to see the end of this build... I was looking forward to the new suspension drop.
06-03-2012 07:26 AM
Dirt Diver Oh yeah, axles in the back ground are a 44 and 14bolt.
06-03-2012 07:22 AM
Dirt Diver Sorry to hear about the YJ leaving. I havent been on here in a while to follow because of moving cross country. My build is slowly going. Finally got the thing disassembled for a clean up., ,,,,,.

Still got some left to do as far as tearing down. Then clean up begins. Afterwards, new mounts for the 350/4L60E,Dana 300 and shackle mounts. Once its all on a rolling chassy, Ill start Engine testing to see how my rebuild did before i start throwing the tub back on. Fun project though. Still going to be atleast a year until done though. (got to love the military). Im debating on starting a build page. Would anyone follow it?
06-02-2012 03:12 PM
DutchVDub Sadly the YJ is now gone. A buddy just picked it up and will be continuing the build. I know he'll do a good job (minus his blasphemous ideas of coils and links) but its still a sad day.*
04-30-2012 04:49 PM
GreatWhiteXJ Welll......wasnt expecting that.

Lets see the XJ!
04-30-2012 02:37 PM
OverkillMotorsports I thought you would have learned from my mistake of taking a perfectly good vehicle and making it completely useless by lifting it, adding big tires and never finishing it. Your XJ looks like its coming along however!
04-27-2012 08:26 PM
DutchVDub
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Originally Posted by Gravy View Post
wow. shoulda left it alone and just gone wheeling.
Tell me about it.

The Cherokee is just about ready for a season of wheeling and camping, then I can get back to tinkering with this thing.
04-27-2012 05:17 PM
Gravy wow. shoulda left it alone and just gone wheeling.
04-20-2012 12:21 AM
TDIJ
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Originally Posted by CTeunuch View Post
Wait, what the fuck is going on...?
I thought I was the only one that was lost

Quote:
Originally Posted by DutchVDub View Post
Two possible ways it's going to go:

1) I completely ditch the thing and start fresh later on down the road

Or

2) It sits in my driveway and over the next few years gets built up using the 5.0 and AOD from this 85 bronco I've got. If that's the case it'll get a HP driver drop D60/14 bolt combo, Atlas, propane injection, and a totally new cage.

The cage has been modified a few times now so I'd rather start fresh. I'm tired of wires and complication so a propane only setup sounds like the ticket, I want more power so the 5.0L and AOD I already have fit the bill, it's way expensive to put a D300 behind said AOD so might as well go Atlas, and I want hydraulic assist so I can use it on the street as needed.

If I ditch the frame and tub it's no real loss as both are beat to hell anyways.

Right now I'm focusing on my XJ, camping stuff, and guns as its all stuff the entire family enjoys and can do together. A big expensive "buggy" isn't. I have been but by the bug though and the wife is accepting of it so I won't be completely abandoning it.
Well... a little refocus is never a bad thing... jeeps are always here. I say play with the XJ a little and share the passion with the fam!
04-19-2012 03:30 PM
DutchVDub Two possible ways it's going to go:

1) I completely ditch the thing and start fresh later on down the road

Or

2) It sits in my driveway and over the next few years gets built up using the 5.0 and AOD from this 85 bronco I've got. If that's the case it'll get a HP driver drop D60/14 bolt combo, Atlas, propane injection, and a totally new cage.

The cage has been modified a few times now so I'd rather start fresh. I'm tired of wires and complication so a propane only setup sounds like the ticket, I want more power so the 5.0L and AOD I already have fit the bill, it's way expensive to put a D300 behind said AOD so might as well go Atlas, and I want hydraulic assist so I can use it on the street as needed.

If I ditch the frame and tub it's no real loss as both are beat to hell anyways.

Right now I'm focusing on my XJ, camping stuff, and guns as its all stuff the entire family enjoys and can do together. A big expensive "buggy" isn't. I have been but by the bug though and the wife is accepting of it so I won't be completely abandoning it.
04-19-2012 03:15 PM
CTeunuch Wait, what the fuck is going on...?
04-19-2012 10:46 AM
Cumminshunter Maybe I missed it, but what's the plan for the replacements?
04-18-2012 10:05 PM
DutchVDub
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Originally Posted by GreatWhiteXJ View Post
How things comin Rich?
Steering is sold, engine is sold, and the axles have a pending buyer. The trans and t-case are still up for grabs though. I also think I'll be able to cut the cage out in a manner worth adding some feet to and selling.
04-18-2012 03:24 PM
GreatWhiteXJ How things comin Rich?
03-22-2012 07:44 PM
tjrhd Nice paint job.
03-22-2012 07:36 PM
DutchVDub Bring on the Zombies

I finished repainting the SKS and my bi-pod came in too.



03-11-2012 08:48 PM
DutchVDub Lately I've jumped into a hobby thats been a bit of a distraction. You'd thing that after 11yrs in the Army I would've already been into them, and that I would be sticking with 'Merican variants at that.

Introducing my freshly painted Commie Zombie Killa
03-05-2012 10:48 PM
TDIJ
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Originally Posted by DutchVDub View Post
Yeah, too bad I welded that tubing for my boat sides to the fender.
I welded my fender to my boat sides as well... just seemed to make sense at the time?

Found myself having to tear it apart for the current build... but mine was just a little sheet metal!

I really like the side profile when I envision it 8" lower!!!
03-02-2012 06:50 PM
DutchVDub So here it is at about 115" WB. Because of the jack stand placement it's actually sitting about 4" higher than normal so once in done ride height should be about 8" below where it's at in the pic.

03-01-2012 06:26 PM
GreatWhiteXJ Hey, Im only at a 1/3 of a decade.
03-01-2012 05:55 PM
DutchVDub Thats barely the list there and you have no room to talk Mr. I've been building my XJ for the better part of a decade.

My list:
-relocate leafspring mounting points
-rebuild or replace leafpacks as needed
-relocate rear shocks
-relocate front shocks
-redesign rear traction bar for new suspension setup
-build front traction bar
-buy and install 5.38 gears for both axles
-shave 14bolt
-buy and install D300 4:1 kit
-build or buy new driveshafts
-finish boatsides
-build new floor from scratch
-make new seat mounting for front and rear seats
-buy and install 3 suspension seats
-relocate and modify fuel cell
-redesign rear cage at a minimum, possibly build an entirely new one
-get last parts for 14bolt disc brake conversion
-buy and install cutting brakes
-plumb AW4 cooler lines
-install AW4 shifters
-most likely have to do cable shifters on D300
-take it back to the muffler shop for another custom exhaust thanks to new routing restriction

Thats the majority of it, there are also things I want to do in regards to parts, fluids, and recovery gear storage. I want to try and get it all done by December because there is a good chance that we'll be moving out to Cali next summer and if so I'll be sending the wife. kid, and most of our stuff (including the YJ and my tools) out ahead of time. My in-laws live out there so it'll all be going to their property. If my Jeep is done in time then I'll have it out there ready to wheel for next year's KOH plus whenever I'm out there visiting until the house out here gets sold and I finish out my enlistment.

On top of all the work I need to do to the YJ I have to do enough sidework to pay for the parts and materials I need. Unless people want to start donating me their credit cards, if that were the case then I'd have no problem getting it all done.
03-01-2012 04:40 PM
GreatWhiteXJ
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Originally Posted by DutchVDub View Post
My goal is to have it drive able again by December.
I stole your abacus. If Im using it right, December is 9 months away.

Why so long for new cage, 1 seat, and relocating leaf mounts?

FWIW....my WB is 112.5"
02-28-2012 03:07 PM
DutchVDub Yeah, too bad I welded that tubing for my boat sides to the fender.

I might just lose the inner fenders anyways. It's not like it qualifies for the EMC stock class anyways with my AW4 swap.
02-28-2012 01:04 PM
TDIJ High lining the stock front fenders was actually really easy. Intake is the only thing it really messed with, aside from some minor alignment issues with other stuff. The only thing I spend money on was the aftermarket intake, but you could probably do it stock if you were determined enough. Just cut your hood, move your fenders up and then reshape around the grill a little. It might have been a little more challenging to reshape the front if I wasn't flat fender'd already... but as I, all you will be reshaping is the inner fender along the grill line.

If you wanted to do the rear, it would be really simple compared to your undertaking with the floor.

You'll love the lower stance... I haven't even had mine on the road yet and I am amazed at how every time I see another jeep the first thought through my head is how tall it looks. I love my LCG rig and I haven't even driven it yet.

December should be doable... as you said most of it is just putting your nose to the grinder/welder and putting steel together. My goal is end of April... as I am relocating to Durango at that time. I'm anticipating a big final push in april.
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