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Old March 5th, 2013, 07:24
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Troy's "I need to quit working on my wife's Jeep" build

Story goes, 2 years ago my wife wanted a Jeep. She had one in college and missed it. I've never owned one but decided a Cherokee would make a fun 3rd vehicle. We bought what was already a fairly capable rig. After getting invited to take it to some trails by some buddies its been downhill since..lol I've changed all of it and would consider it 80%+ done. I've learned everything from these forums so hear is my thread to help others.

I'm wanting to attend the 35th anniversary in Moab so hears is the history and where I'm at.

Here's what it looked like when I bought it a little over 2 years ago.



- 6.5" RC short arm lift
- LP Dana 30 with Ox locker
- Dana 35 with 30 Spline Ox locker
- 33"s

Rust free and in perfect shape. The previous owner had put some decent parts on it but didn't wheel it. Didn't even have disconnects. It needed tires so I put some 33" Treadwrights on it and powder coated the wheels. We then tossed the flairs and trimmed the fenders (I'll skip that stuff plenty of threads showing how to's)

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Old March 5th, 2013, 07:28
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Re: Troy's "I need to quit working on my wife's Jeep" build

Took it wheeling for the first time and found out two things.
1. This is alot of fun!
2. My weekend spent fender trimming was a waste because the Jeeps front flex trashed a fender 1st time I worked it = more trimming!





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Old March 5th, 2013, 07:34
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Re: Troy's "I need to quit working on my wife's Jeep" build

First project was to build a front bumper. My goal was to keep all my additions balanced between weight and strength. This was built with 1.75" x .095" HREW.

Drew it up in Solid Edge.









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Old March 5th, 2013, 07:44
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Wasn't long before 33"s were sold and replace with 35"s. Even though I had the super 35 kit in my Dana 35 I made a quick brace for it before we took it on a road trip to Arkansas for a friends wedding. He just happened to have the wedding near an ORV park.







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Old March 5th, 2013, 07:55
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Last winter I did a ton of work to it. In no particular order.

- Inner fender clearancing.















- Frame Stiffeners and Rough Country Long arm upgrade









Long arms installed.



Bilsteins.

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Old March 5th, 2013, 08:07
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Next was a new exhaust. I'll go into a little more detail here. I wanted it all replaced with 2 1/2' mandrel bent tubing. New aftermarket header, Magnaflow muffler, high flow cat and Performance curves tailpipe.

New stuff.



I wanted to get rid of the junk crimped down pipe so I bought an extra piece of mandrel tubbing to build my own.

Old downpipe.




Old exhaust.









The new header need the weld in the port ground down so I fixed that first.





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Old March 5th, 2013, 15:44
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WOW!!!!

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Old March 5th, 2013, 17:41
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Interesting
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Old March 6th, 2013, 13:20
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Re: Troy's "I need to quit working on my wife's Jeep" build

Sure glad you got ride of the 35, good move.
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Old March 6th, 2013, 18:01
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Very nice work and attention to detail!... taking some ideas from here!

Where are you at in Kansas?
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Old March 6th, 2013, 18:43
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really digging this!
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Old March 6th, 2013, 18:53
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The halo needs more triangulation but otherwise i like it! Nice work!
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Old March 7th, 2013, 06:24
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Re: Troy's "I need to quit working on my wife's Jeep" build

Sweet God that thing is awesome......Stealing parts of your cage design......

Ram" Time for a Halo" Rod.....
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Very nice work and attention to detail!... taking some ideas from here!

Where are you at in Kansas?
Thanks for the nice comments, I'm west of Wichita near Haven.

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The halo needs more triangulation but otherwise i like it! Nice work!
I went back and forth on this. I agree ideally it needs to be triangulated to some nodes for the ultimate in strength but I had my reason to build it the way I did. Most because If I ran the tubes triangulated to all the vertical "thru the roof bars" I wouldn't of had enough room to weld it all together the way I wanted. Also I wanted it laid out the way I did so I could haul stuff on the top. The 24 gussets I welded in definitely help.
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I went back and forth on this. I agree ideally it needs to be triangulated to some nodes for the ultimate in strength but I had my reason to build it the way I did. Most because If I ran the tubes triangulated to all the vertical "thru the roof bars" I wouldn't of had enough room to weld it all together the way I wanted. Also I wanted it laid out the way I did so I could haul stuff on the top. The 24 gussets I welded in definitely help.
Good enough explanation for me. I actually prefer the looks of the triangulation but to each their own. I plan to carry stuff on top of mine as well but between myself and Brianho13 i'm sure we can figure out a solution(when I have the money for a cage that is).
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