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Old 10-06-2018, 04:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alpine Lizard - LQ9 Powered CJ5

Iíve been building on this CJ for 6 years, and Iíve been documenting it all on Jeep Forum, but I think itís time for a more hardcore audience. Originally I was content with creating a Rubicon ready rig that wasnít too big, but now Iím swan diving directly into the ďtons and fodesĒ pool.

My rig right now:
-AMC 304
-Ford T18
-Terralow D20
-Waggy D44
-Rodeo D44
-7Ē stretch (4Ē front 3Ē rear)
-Bald 36Ē irok bias

I donít want to yammer on forever as this place is more about tech than my personal garbage, so Iíll try and keep the intimate details on JF. Long story short, I only have room for one crawler at the house, and now that my wife and I have 2 little girls, I need more jeep also. So rather than build a second, bigger rig to run 40s, and rather than sell this and buy something bigger, Iím just going to make my CJ bigger. After all, I dig the project and the fabrication just as much as the wheeling.

Right now Iím in the process of installing an LQ9 in the rig. Iíll be doing the upgrading here and there with a lot of driving and wheeling in between. My build will look something similar to this in the future with some added stuff in between:

-LQ9 installed and running good
-1 ton rear and 3/4 ton hubs in front
-1 ton front
-Truckify and ~110Ē-118Ē wheel base (see concept below. If thatís your jeep, thanks for the good side shot!)
-NV4500 to Atlas

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Old 10-06-2018, 04:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hereís the current state of things

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Old 10-06-2018, 04:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hereís a pair of motor mounts I designed and welded up. The logo is for a company my buddy and I are trying to start called Aired Down Syndicate.

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This is an engine girdle Iím designing for this build that will accept the motor mounts.

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Old 10-06-2018, 04:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Aired Down Syndicate sounds like an air bagged company or group. Cool product anyways.
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Old 10-06-2018, 04:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Alpine Lizard - LQ9 Powered CJ5

Thanks! You laugh, but my business partner has a 69 C10, and weíve talked about bagging that thing

We wanted to come up with a name that includes everyone who wheels, not just specific groups, so we thought weíd name it something that had to do with aired down tires.


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Old 10-09-2018, 03:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Modified my fuel tank to accept a retrofit in-tank pump kit with an attached sump. Itís the giant hole surrounded by a million smaller holes. I repainted the tank last night. I was running TBI before this, and I was using the mechanical pump and a surge tank with an airtex e2000. The LS wis getting a walboro 255.

A little backstory on the tank. I designed this stretch tank for the later model CJ5s that allows for a mild (3-4Ē) rear stretch. It has a 3/16Ē skid and a 16 gallon capacity. Iím hoping to put this into production some day. The production version will include a sump .

I also added some -AN bling.

The first two pics are the tank design and the original final product. Third is the modified and repainted tank.

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Got a lot more work done on the engine girdle. It now has adjustability in XYZ and a removable center section for oil pan work. The center has weld nuts on the bottom for mounting a skid plate.

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Old 10-10-2018, 11:18 AM   #8 (permalink)
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This is rad, sub'd!
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Old 10-10-2018, 03:25 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 10-10-2018, 03:46 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Old 10-10-2018, 09:19 PM   #11 (permalink)
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That's awesome work man, what kind of programs do you use for designing that?


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Thanks fellas.

Iím very fortunate to use Creo 4 every day at work. My boss doesnít mind if I mess around in my free time. I found the LS model on grabcad and Iím using the rendering application in Creo to make the images.


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like the design concept, can't wait to see more fab work.
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Old 10-16-2018, 12:41 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Thanks guys for the kind words.

Got a little closer to being LQ9 Powered. Out with the old 304. She already has a home lined up in a CJ7. The guy buying this complete TBI injected setup is very happy to be replacing his carbíd 4.2L

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Iíve been doing the standard fall honeydos: pumpkin patches, apple hill, family photos, visiting family. The Jeep has seen very little progress.

I also decided to clean and paint my firewall, so that has haulers the major action. I welded up all the random holes that donít belong, prepped the surfaces as much as I can without going off the deep end, and started masking.

Iím going to spray it with boom mat, which insulates agains both heat and sound. It also has a rougher texture like bed liner and is top coat able. Ya know, boring stuff.

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I did same thing last winter,was on 44s and 37s and it worked great,drank some koolaid and this happend,itís amazing how much better it wheels but my frame is paying the price now.
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That's a great looking 5 man. What's your WB?

I've heard the frames don't appreciate much abuse. I figure I will have to plate mine at a minimum. Might as well wheel it till she goes i guess. haha
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That's a great looking 5 man. What's your WB?

I've heard the frames don't appreciate much abuse. I figure I will have to plate mine at a minimum. Might as well wheel it till she goes i guess. haha
Thank you!I am at around 96Ē now,I know itís not much but from a guy who went from a flatty to a 5 and now this it feels and wheels great,the extra wheel base made all the difference,Iím with you on the frame,wheel until it leaves me broke on the trail,plate,break,repeat lol
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96 is a buttload more than 84! Iím sitting at 91Ē now and itís so much better. I shoulda bought a 7...


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The firewall is now covered in boom mat. Iím trying to decide what to top coat it with. I actually love the texture and color it is now, but I know how ugly it gets when covered in dust and grime. I think matte black engine enamel will look nice on it.

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I also got my 37x12.50R17 Pitbulls! These plus that motor equals D44 death Iím sure. I weighed one on my cheap bathroom scale a few times and the best answer is have is 90lbs plus/minus 2lbs. They are also 36.75Ē at the tallest point unmouted. The tread is every bit as wide as my 36x13.50 irok bias plys and my 37x13.50 stt pros.

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I always say the same thing lol,and I still may,looking for a good deal now.Your rig is looking good!!!!
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The firewall is now covered in boom mat. Iím trying to decide what to top coat it with. I actually love the texture and color it is now, but I know how ugly it gets when covered in dust and grime. I think matte black engine enamel will look nice on it.

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I also got my 37x12.50R17 Pitbulls! These plus that motor equals D44 death Iím sure. I weighed one on my cheap bathroom scale a few times and the best answer is have is 90lbs plus/minus 2lbs. They are also 36.75Ē at the tallest point unmouted. The tread is every bit as wide as my 36x13.50 irok bias plys and my 37x13.50 stt pros.

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How many cans of Boom Mat did you use on that firewall? It looks like it went on pretty well, I need to find something that works good for my YJ. Do you have prior experience with it?
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How many cans of Boom Mat did you use on that firewall? It looks like it went on pretty well, I need to find something that works good for my YJ. Do you have prior experience with it?
This is my first time using Boom Mat, but I've use similar undercoatings before like 3M. I used 1.5 cans for 2 thick coats. The coating sprays on really well, but there is a tendency to tiger stripe, so you have to pay attention to even coverage. I sprayed the first coat horizontal and the second coat vertical. I had to cover a small spot a third time to break up a heavy handed spray pattern, but i really like the stuff overall.
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