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Old 04-06-2014, 08:30 PM   #1
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Well I just had a lot of info and a back story in here but it deleted. So now a strat to the point version I'll go back and add pictures. Friend talked me into wheeling a Cherokee for night he got in a trade. I followed him thru the wrong spot and sunk it aka soggy bottom.... He has a jk on 18.4's shame on me. The jeep had some 32's and a 3" lift on it otherwise stock 97 Cherokee. The first week of owning it I built a bumper and put my winch on it built some shackle relocate boxes. Took my lightbar off my dd and put it on it then wheeled it the rest of the summer




So the build v1.0. Got a late 70's f250. Stole the lp d44 and rear d60. Bought some 8" lift coils and 4 trail gear Johnny's and 10 3/4 rs heims. Half rights and left with all tube adapters (thanks Dan at gtf) got my link material all 2x2x.25 square tube and 1.5x1.5x.188. Also so 1" sch80 black pipe. Found a used set of 16.5/16.1's on Craig's. Plan was to just build my own radius arm lift quick and prettys straight forward. Also bought a crossmember from Clayton just to make it that much easier for my links.




Well then I decided I didn't want to do all this work and be on 3/4 ton axles so heavyweather boats rent the end bay at my work and he's had a 88 f350 sitting there for years. He had the truck all gone thru and axles then a few weeks later he got t boned. Well I finally asked him what it would take to get it and we agreed on a price. Stole the axles out of that one also. D60 and a 10.25. Ordered 5:28's got a spool for the front and my buddy Cody helped me gear them. got a set of 16x10 steel wheels from diversified and cut out my own bead locks on my table at work.





Then a month or so ago I met a guy that had a shop full of cool stuff and was looking to get rid of it all. Got a set of 16" foa's brand new and 6 or 7 sticks of Dom, 4 1.25 rs heims and 4 7/8's ruff stuff heims. Also another set of tons but that's for another project.

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Old 04-06-2014, 08:51 PM   #2
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So that gets us up to build v2.0 the plan now is use the one ton axles and 3 link with panhard front on my coil overs and 4 link on my 3" lift coils for the rear.I plated the unibody from front to rear (very time consuming) Built a truss for the d60 full width of the axle. Then I had the clayton crossmember up there and decided I think I could build one that suits me better. I got a remaned astro van steering box. It's reverse gear steering box so the pitman arm faces forward so I could stretch the front as much as I wanted. Over the last couple weeks I got the axle under the front and fininshed the three link mounts and today finished the arms and started on my axle side panhard mount.









I'm sure I missed a lot of small details so far but now IV built everything on this jeep so far. I'm happy with the work it's taking me a while but I don't want to rush it and I want it done right the first time. The jeeps in Palmer and I live In eagle river and work in south anchorage so I don't get much time on it. Give me a little time to add pics. It might take a while off my iPad.

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Old 04-06-2014, 09:00 PM   #3
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If you guys have any advice or questions feel free. This is my first offroad/ little buggy build. I think it's going well!
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:56 AM   #4
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wanna cut some plain rings for a 16.5 rim, 8 rings to be exact.
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Old 04-07-2014, 03:48 PM   #5
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You'd have to call in and get a quote for those. They take for ever to cut out! But the sales people wouldn't know that so it shouldn't be to bad. Maybe a little cheaper than buying them from the lower 48. Mine are 1/4". For smaller brackets or link mount you guys can pm me. I draw them up in cad if I get deminsions or if it's a template I have a program to trace them out and turn them into a cut file. I have a few different styles of coil mounts with or without link mounts built in. One guy wanted the upper and lower going to the coil mount so I have that cad file saved also.
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:07 PM   #7
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Thanks man. It went off the deep end quick. I went from wanting a rig on 37's to a trailer only rig in about an hour once I saw the ags for sale. Took off work early to get em. They've seen better days but they are the galaxy's. Hard to come by, 10 ply/106 pounds each. The lugs are still decent. Just a lot of the corners are rounded off. Figure a case of beer and a hot knife will fix that right up.... After I get the front and rear suspension done though. Still have a lot of fabbing. And to the xj guys... I have a cad file saved for frame stiffeners also. From right behind the steering box to the front rear spring perch. It's a three piece kit. A torch makes it pretty nice to install so you can contour the front section. From behind the steering box to where the frame goes straight to the rear.
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got a little more done






With that little bit of flexing nothing got in a bind. I think the next step is setting up my coilovers and hoops. Kinda lost on that part.... From what I read I need to put my big tires on and put the axle to full bump figure out what the compressed length of the shocks are and then make my hoop 1" taller than that. Anyone else have advice? Id like to get about 5" up and 11 down. And Ill limit the down when stuff starts to bind with straps and I have bumps to put on to limit up
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Old 04-10-2014, 02:45 PM   #9
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Like your vanily says. "Its only money"

My dad preached that all his life.

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Yeah. Luckily I made 99% of the lift myself. Only part that's premade is a Ruffstuff pan hard mount and that's just because it was laying around and I was lazy haha. Everything else is just taking a lot of time and I seem to have hardly any extra of though. Between the jeep and my car hauler and work I'm booked
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Looks good!

I have a "guages" cluster here for you. I'll get ahold of you when I get back.
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Sounds good!!
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Worked on the bead locks some last night. Got help from my girlfriend and dog!!


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Looking good. Good decision on straying away from the d44. From what I understand, moving from jeep axles to a d44 isn't much of an upgrade at all, just heavier housings/more weight.
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So the girlfriend gave you a hand eh? Mine gave me the stink eye when she walked into the living room and saw 4 Ags, wheels, beadlock rings, tools and hardware spread out.

I let a guy borrow my Ags to do some mud racing and he said that the rings (mine are pretty deep like yours) caught and kept a lot of mud trapped inside. I plan on cutting mine out/trimming my outter rings down.
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Yeah that thought crossed my mind. Maybe even cutting out a small center for it out of 10ga or even less that could bolt in to block the whole center. Wouldnt be hard, just tap the bead lock for a bolt so you dont have to worry about nuts on the inside. And thanks full83size a couple of my buddies are still putting a 44's under his jeep, we will see how it goes.
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Started on the bumps tonight.
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looking good man, keep pluggin along.... XJ's have always been my favorite to work on...
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still got the blue ford? If so, I need the two front doors.
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No. I gave the rest of the truck and idi away. I didn't feel like dealing with parting it out.
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And the tires backwards because IV only mounted two beadlocks so far and they just happened to be both rightys
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Well we have all the beadlocks done now. Have the bump
Stops fabbed
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