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Old 11-13-2015, 08:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is the story of a Jeep I bought for $500 last year and the pile of parts I had laying around the shop. On the 18th of October I started this build to attend the weekend trip my friends have planned for thanksgiving in Clayton. With just over a month to build the jeep, I've been putting in a lot of late nights to get this done. I'm ready to prove to myself that I can hit a deadline.

One of my big goals with this build is a below average curb weight, lots of ground clearance, and build it as cheaply as I can. The bone stock and completely unmolested, $500 XJ, received a used later model head I had laying around to replace it's cracker one. I then proceeded to sell off the doors and factory wheels/tires for another $300. The rest of the parts and materials I either had in stock or left over from past projects.

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Shaved Dana 30 front, lunchbox, RCV's, 3.55s
Shaved 29 spline 8.25, stock, welded.
Some lift
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frame plated, boat sided, and a epi9.0 in of my ORS Stubby bumpers
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Track bar bracket and Chop top.
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Tube work continues, seats get mounted harnesses get secured
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and another one bites the dust!
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Seat mounts, and a bit of a prequel. JK spring mounts, shock mounts and raised track bar. Used a JKS unit we pulled from a high steer TJ. JK spring pads sit nearly 2" further back to allow me to push the axle forward, 1" higher to help with lift while using factory coils and to clear the one ton tie rod that I cut and sleeved before mounting over knuckle. I then shaved the 30.
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gonna finish this one? or work a bit more on it, and then put it on the back burner...

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gonna finish this one? or work a bit more on it, and then put it on the back burner...

Yeah dude, how many XJ's have you completely mangled and then never actually returned to driving condition?
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Old 11-13-2015, 01:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Two I sold mid build and the new owners never finished. One I still have that isn't finished. About 12 have been finished but I never posted build threads.

Seriously, if you don't want me to share the pictures and information, I'll just stop posting threads.

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Keep posting the pics/builds.

Looks exactly like my pos daily
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Looks like a good start. This forum needs builds, don't let the jealous web wheeling homo's with no rigs chase you off.
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Two I sold mid build and the new owners never finished. One I still have that isn't finished. About 12 have been finished but I never posted build threads.

Seriously, if you don't want me to share the pictures and information, I'll just stop posting threads.
quit being a bitch and post some more pictures.



Why 3.55s? Because you have them?

Weight?
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Old 11-13-2015, 04:15 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Why 3.55s? Because you have them?

Weight?
because on 33's it will be fine and I'm using what I have. I may rob the axles from my firewall buggy. Or I may do something else. For now though, I don't feel I have time to add setup new gears to these axles. Trying to be realistic with my time line.
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Realistically if your just trying to hit a deadline that is less than a month away I think you have many areas of the jeep that need much more attention than regearing the axles. Mine was my dd on 33s with 3.55 gears for almost a year, almost all highway and it actually drove pretty good and fuel mileage wasnt too bad either. Wheeling on 33s and stock gears was ok too, still had decent power to get more than enough wheel speed when needed and I could still crawl when needed. Deeper gears now with 35s are obviously much better. I just want to see this one completed and wheeling because I have always enjoyed all the fab and detail in all your other builds.
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:48 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Shaved the 8.25 tonight, about to weld the spiders and douche the housings before I go back together with the gear sets.
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Lot of Dana 30 shaving going around recently be interesting to see how the already small gears do with even less gear to them. Looks like a cool start though.
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Axles put back together. Still need to relocate the shock mounts on the rear and paint them before they go under. But for the most part they're done.

One thing I'm still on the fence about is my RCV's. My long side is twisted pretty badly. RCV requires it to be fully broken to warranty the axle. I really don't want to deal with a broken shaft on my trip. I ran stock shafts in my white XJ with the same tire and axle setup without issues. So I'm contemplating just throwing a new pair of Spicer 760's on the axles and not worrying about the RCVs right now. What I really don't want to happen is the shaft break and take out the pins in the locker or get stuck in the carrier.
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The Fab work is nice, the concept is kinda
Looking forward to seeing where this goes
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I'd put that RCV in another cherocar and pull welded fwd donuts until it broke or I puked... But that's just me.
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I'd put that RCV in another cherocar and pull welded fwd donuts until it broke or I puked... But that's just me.
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-Ultra light weight
-Ultra high clearance
-Zero dollars out of pocket to build
-Quick to throw together.
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Added some 3/16 to the 8.25 cover to keep it for peeling. Cleaned and painted both axles. I'll add shock mounts to the rear once it's installed. Then I finished swapping the 241 in. Super awesome swap if you don't need a speedometer. Bolts right in. Instant 32 spline front and rear outputs and fixed rear output. Then bolted my Stubby bumper on and got the winch in and wired up under the hood. Finished off by mocking up the passenger fender.

My shop is closed Sundays and Mondays, so I'll hopefully get a lot done over the weekend.
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-Ultra light weight
-Ultra high clearance
-Zero dollars out of pocket to build
-Quick to throw together.
I understand light weight and clearance but a 30 is already a pretty small axle. people shave 14bolts because it a damn boat anchor hanging down but I dont see the point in where you did it. Maybe I'm just a backyard hack who doesnt know shit about anything but all I saw was a bunch of work for no real reward.
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Looking good!



The 241 is a Chevy case correct?
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The 241 is a Chevy case correct?
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