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I’ve been building on this CJ for 6 years, and I’ve been documenting it all on Jeep Forum, but I think it’s time for a more hardcore audience. Originally I was content with creating a Rubicon ready rig that wasn’t too big, but now I’m swan diving directly into the “tons and fodes” pool.

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

I don’t want to yammer on forever as this place is more about tech than my personal garbage, so I’ll 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, I’m just going to make my CJ bigger. After all, I dig the project and the fabrication just as much as the wheeling.

Right now I’m in the process of installing an LQ9 in the rig. I’ll 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 ~110”-118” wheel base (see concept below. If that’s your jeep, thanks for the good side shot!)
-NV4500 to Atlas

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Here’s the current state of things

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Here’s 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 I’m designing for this build that will accept the motor mounts.

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Thanks! You laugh, but my business partner has a 69 C10, and we’ve 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 we’d name it something that had to do with aired down tires.


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Modified my fuel tank to accept a retrofit in-tank pump kit with an attached sump. It’s 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 (3-4”) rear stretch. It has a 3/16” skid and a 16 gallon capacity. I’m 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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Thanks man!


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Thanks fellas.

I’m very fortunate to use Creo 4 every day at work. My boss doesn’t mind if I mess around in my free time. I found the LS model on grabcad and I’m using the rendering application in Creo to make the images.


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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 carb’d 4.2L

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I’ve 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 don’t belong, prepped the surfaces as much as I can without going off the deep end, and started masking.

I’m 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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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 96” now,I know it’s 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,I’m 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! I’m sitting at 91” now and it’s so much better. I shoulda bought a 7...


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