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Old 05-25-2014, 11:08 PM   #51
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:27 AM   #52
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The frame side panhard mount was the one and only mount I bought and used for this jeep. I really don't know how it ripped like that but I have an idea of a better mount that I'll try and cut out tomorrow and build it stronger. Also bent my Tie rod really bad on the way out. I don't have a long enough chunk of 1.5x.25 Dom I might look at sleeving some pipe.

On another note I'm really happy with the way the jeep preformed before the breakage. Love the front spool. Full hydro is in my future.
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Old 05-26-2014, 01:05 PM   #53
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Bummer on the Panhard. Looks good though. Awesome build.
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Old 05-26-2014, 01:50 PM   #54
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Thank you. I really like your build also. Hope to get to wheel with you guys sometime.
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Old 05-26-2014, 04:55 PM   #55
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Right on. Sleeving sounds like a good idea for the tie rod. Short of your stuck, did you enjoy the flowtation with the big tires?
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Old 05-26-2014, 07:16 PM   #56
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Yeah they did really good for what they are. I drove right thru the first hole coming from the moosemedows Side and even drove around and played a little in that same spot. The hole that I got stuck sti dropped in, tried to back out still had 1/4 of my tire out then tried to go forward in 4 low with my 5:38's and spooled all around saw the tires spin once and stopped. Every rotation was digging down a little more. I think I could have worked it back and forward and got out with out my winch but that's not good for the vedgitation and it only took me 10 mins more to winch myself out.
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Old 05-26-2014, 08:11 PM   #57
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awesome bud, good job!

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Old 05-26-2014, 08:16 PM   #58
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I have your beadlocks cut. Ill hit you up tomorrow.
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:00 PM   #59
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IV got a lot of views but not many responders. I know there are some things people see that I should either do right away or make sure I watch. The only criticism that I think I'd kinda ignor is about the uni body plating. It took the longest and was a pain but I think it's a must on an xj. It was all pretty much 3/16" but I would like to hear what other people think. To the guys that have thank you very much.
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:25 PM   #60
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Only response I have is I want one...
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exactly what he said.... ^^^^^^
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:43 AM   #62
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Yeah they did really good for what they are. I drove right thru the first hole coming from the moosemedows Side and even drove around and played a little in that same spot. The hole that I got stuck sti dropped in, tried to back out still had 1/4 of my tire out then tried to go forward in 4 low with my 5:38's and spooled all around saw the tires spin once and stopped. Every rotation was digging down a little more. I think I could have worked it back and forward and got out with out my winch but that's not good for the vedgitation and it only took me 10 mins more to winch myself out.


Good job on the winching. I wouldn't worry to much about any nay Sayers. The more you hang around here, the more good people you will meet who's advice you will respect. Looks freakin awesome man. Super impressed with the fast build, now just enjoy it!

Personally, I think putting a tire that big on a jeep is a great step to protect the trails. Thumbs up
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:38 AM   #63
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I did that same trail last year when the jeep was still on a 3" lift and 32's and It was much worse on the terrain. This time I could just creep thru everything. Until my panhard broke.... then I unlocked the hubs and tried to stay in 2wd
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Where did you go James? Looks like the jeep did great besides the minor issue.

You wanted input, so i'd put some fender flares on that beast
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As far as the frame/body plating goes, I think you did a great job. It is time consuming, tedious, and most definitely not easy. Doing that should make your rig last with all that heavy running gear under it. To me, you did a great job. I'm impressed.
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:13 AM   #66
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Where did you go James? Looks like the jeep did great besides the minor issue.

You wanted input, so i'd put some fender flares on that beast
shoot, I still need to fininsh up the inner fenders... Once I get the bugs all worked out I will be building some small tube fenders for it.
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:20 AM   #67
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As far as the frame/body plating goes, I think you did a great job. It is time consuming, tedious, and most definitely not easy. Doing that should make your rig last with all that heavy running gear under it. To me, you did a great job. I'm impressed.
Thank you, It is for sure what I have the most time into besides planning everything else.
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Old 06-01-2014, 02:12 PM   #68
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Good to see you again bud, and thanks again. That thing is a BEAST!
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Old 06-01-2014, 02:18 PM   #69
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we'll all be at m&g
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whenever I weld on a frame I make sure I preheat and post heat after the welding.. I like to keep it around 400 - 600 degrees. I am not saying you didnt do that but I am just saying that is what I did and Havent had any issues yet! of course now that I say that. something is going to rip off.
. .. maybe it got a bit brittle in the area you welded on. but now that it broke you know it will need additional bracing and need more attention to heat while welding
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Old 06-01-2014, 07:03 PM   #71
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No problem Greg it was nice taking inventory of your lot. I welded the new one on I made today. Made it out of 5/16's and gusseted It well. The only thing I can think that made that ruff stuff bracket weak was maybe the heat from the weld made the metal weak around the area. It left at least 3/4's of an inch of the bracket on the jeep. The metal on the bracket looks like cast... I'm sure it's not but if I didn't know it was ruffstuff I would have thought it was.
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:06 PM   #72
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After going threw this build thread, I am officially jealous.
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I helped a friend by welding a straight pipe in place of the muffler on a woody jeep cherokee. I thought about what it would take to plate the unibody like yours and I might say.. you had to definitely want it done to get it done! nice work!
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It was a pain in the *** and I have some scars that i will keep forever from burns haha
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I helped a friend by welding a straight pipe in place of the muffler on a woody jeep cherokee. I thought about what it would take to plate the unibody like yours and I might say.. you had to definitely want it done to get it done! nice work!
A '91 Briarwood? 3.5" lift and a chick drives it? If so, That was mine at one time. I miss that heep. It was cool.
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