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Old January 19th, 2015, 00:40
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Another MJ build thread ...

So I picked up Pats MJ. The thing is pretty sweet. From all the variations of builds on my XJ, Ive decided to keep the MJ simple and bolt on(other than a cage )


specs:
1988 MJ
210k
aw4
dana 30 CAD
dana 44 factory LSD
long bed
bucket seats



Smogged it, registered it and go plates for it.
fixed the floppy steering column, replaced the interior lights that no longer worked and fixed a ton of sloppy wiring around the dash.






the plan for now is front locker, 3.5" lift, 33s, rebuild rear posi, upgrade steering .

Parts I've gathered for it so far:

tires:
33" wrangler duratracs( i know they are no MTRs, but they were cheap used. ill go MTR later on)
Brand new black steelies from summit

Traction:
used lockright for the 30
need to order clutch packs to rebuild the rear LSD
solid dana 30 cover
ruffstuff 44 cover
alloy outer seals and a 760 one piece shaft to convert the pass side
spare front shafts

brakes:
dakota rear brake line
SS extended front lines
WJ booster and MC from my XJ
new centric premium rotors and pads for now

steering:
goferit insert
IRO solid stock tie rod
new TREs from rock auto
new stabilizer
RE track bar cross brace
MORE steering box brace
RE gen2 discos


Suspension:

rough country lowers (still need to pick them up skipper)
cut down the old RE 7.5" coils from my XJ into 3.5" coils
adjustable rough country uppers
bilstein 5100s front and rear
prothane front coil bump stops
RE double shear track bar and mount

cut down super long shackles that came with it to a 1.25" lift shackle
3" XJ AAL from IRO(not expected to net 3" of lift)
new dana 44 U bolts



armor:
Factory tow hooks
its got factory skids
I need to build some 78" long sliders for it
cut the rear quarter panels
build a rear bumper
going to build a cage for it sooner than later.






Tonight:
I installed the driver side rear AAL and it netted about 2.2-2.6" of lift- pre-settling- , so the 1.25" shackle should put it at ~3.5, but I am sure the leaves will settle to a lower height and ill need to add more leaves. and ill probably eventually just go SOA since the SUA is a massive boat anchor . Its really fun installing leaves with a ping pong table in your back...



3 tires:




XJ AAL:
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Old January 19th, 2015, 05:02
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Re: Another MJ build thread ...

Cool to see you ended up with this mj, i was wondering who'd pick it up. I'm digging the direction you're going with it
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Old January 19th, 2015, 09:20
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Re: Another MJ build thread ...

Ya buddy! Wonder if when you go soa if you can find some flat leaves, maybe run fewer leaves and keep the mj main leaf. So it doesn't give u massive lift.
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Old January 19th, 2015, 09:24
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Re: Another MJ build thread ...

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Ya buddy! Wonder if when you go soa if you can find some flat leaves, maybe run fewer leaves and keep the mj main leaf. So it doesn't give u massive lift.
Yeah i hate the boat anchors going sua. They hang so low. Ill need to research whatothers have done for netting say 4.5" going soa.
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Old January 19th, 2015, 10:18
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Re: Another MJ build thread ...

Well those are the metric tonne leaves. So you should be good eliminating one I'd think. Or maybe replace aal but the main with a stock xj pack and work in an aal or whatever to get the height and when you load it down too.
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Old January 19th, 2015, 10:18
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Re: Another MJ build thread ...

Those leaves are pretty thick
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Old January 19th, 2015, 10:45
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Re: Another MJ build thread ...

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Those leaves are pretty thick
Ive thought about grabbing a 2wd MJ leaf pack
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Old January 19th, 2015, 10:58
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Re: Another MJ build thread ...

Ya I've read those are like 1" less lift when going soa. You'll just have to trial nd error whatever works mang. Excited to see this thing with some meats on it
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Old January 19th, 2015, 18:42
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Re: Another MJ build thread ...

If being spring under ends up being as bad as you imagine, then I think the only logical option would be to back half and link it with coilovers.

No other options really

At all

Ever

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Old January 23rd, 2015, 00:06
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Re: Another MJ build thread ...

After its all done i netted like 1" of lift in the rear with the 3" xj AAL. Ill be doing 1.5" lift shackles , fender trim, and longer rear bump stops now. And ill be looking for low profile spring perches to go SOA sooner than later and pull the damn AAL out and put stock shackles back on.



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Old January 23rd, 2015, 19:09
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Re: Another MJ build thread ...

Get the front done too yet?
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Re: Another MJ build thread ...

What u doing with ur stock shackles?
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 21:06
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Re: Another MJ build thread ...

He's reusing them. Though I think if you use some c channel for shackle relocators you could use stock xjs if you want to keep it even lower when doing soa
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 21:27
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Re: Another MJ build thread ...

I am going to keep the stockers for now and use them once I go SOA, for now I am going to cut down these super long iron man ones, from a 3" lift shackle(they are like 9" long) to a 1.25" lift shackle.

Ill try to get the front lift on this weekend.
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Old January 24th, 2015, 19:44
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Re: Another MJ build thread ...

Got the lift mostly done. Just waiting on a trackbar ball sphere to show up.
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