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    Just another mall crawler...

    I got a little down time right now so I guess I can start a build thread over here now. I bought this Jeep from my brother back in 2012 for the soul purpose of having a vehicle that would fit in the parking garage at my employer at the time. Here is a picture of when I first got the Jeep.

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    I drove it around like this for about 2 years before I started building it. I donít really have much for picture on the first build, it was just your average 8.8 and 5.9L Magnum with 46RE swap with a little lift and some tires.
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    About 2 weeks after getting the tires on some lady decided the she just had to turn left right in front of meÖ

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    It took 5 weeks for the insurance company and body shop to decide that it was a total loss but in that time frame I since I knew it was going to need a new engine and all they were going to do is give me a used one I decided I to have a 408 built for the Jeep. At this point I was fully committed to putting this Jeep back on the road. So the fun began, I found a new to me frame and went to town with it.

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    I decided that I wanted a triangulated long arm TJ, so off came all the factory brackets for the suspension as well the factory motor mounts as the V8 uses different ones.
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    Next it was time to start welding in the new brackets.

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    Then it was off to sand blasting.

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    I then started figuring out what kind of flex this thing will have with the long arm and settled on some 16” travel Bilstein shocks, and with that came modifying the current shock mounts.

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    With the welding complete on the frame I moved onto painting the frame.

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    After the paint dried it was time to get the axles under it and make it a roller.

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    I had to modify the factory belly plate to clear the long arm brackets.

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    By this time the engine was ready to be picked up from my engine builder and the trans mission was ready at the transmission shop. It’s all sitting in the frame now.

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    Moving onto the exhaust now. It was a bit of a challenge to fit 3” exhaust and making it clear the long arm kit.

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    After getting the exhaust done I was ready to move onto the dreaded body work. I’ve spent nearly a year on this portion of the project now and it’s almost ready for paint.

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    Somewhere in the midst of doing the body work and armor I worked on building the roll cage, I didn’t get any pictures of that project but will get some as soon as I get it back from the powder coater.

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    I also worked on doing the WJ big breaks on the front axle. I went a different route than most, I kept the stock style steering.

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    Outstanding build! You posses some incredible skills. The picture for the rear fender with only the skeleton makes me think that could be a "thing". It looked bad ass. Almost like rubrails as a fender. I know you ended up putting a skin on them but it has got me thinking.

    Will you end up putting a larger tire on? Any issue with your rear upper arms hitting the exhaust at full droop? Hard to tell from the pics.


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    At full drop on the rear suspension there is still a 1/2" worth of clearance between the links and exhaust. I feel that should be more than enough for any situation that comes up. As for the tires, some day I would like to go to 37" but that will be down the road quite a ways. Lots of upgrades will have to happen for 37", for now the 35" will have to do.

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    Looks great man keep us posted on the build.


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    An amazing achievement and one to be proud of.
    Look forward to seeing more.

    I have to check the manual to remember how to change a flat

    Well done.
    My friends call me Gary ~ wait ~ I don't have any friends

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