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Old May 15th, 2018, 19:31
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Chassis on a rotisserie ??

I've been thinking (bad idea, right), has anyone put a cherokee on a rotisserie to work on the body ?

I have plans to:
1) put on front & mid stiffeners
2) patch some minor rust spots in the floorboards
3) install 2x6 rockers
4) upgrade the lift to the 5"-6" range, maybe even go with the new ironman 4 link front & rear (currently 4.5" mixed bag of parts type lift)
5) remove the factory roof rack, weld up holes and install custom roof rack w/drip rail mounts
6) modify the seat mounting points to lower the seat height
7) remove rear seat completely and replace with storage
8) replace front & rear axles
9) could also use a new exhaust manifold (easier to do with the engine out)
10) maybe replace rear main seal (not leaking , just weeping at this point)
11) rebuild t-case (chain & basic rebuild & put the magnet back in that I left out with the SYE install)
12) maybe install some flares, likely the Notch Custom brand


basically, perform the work in the sequence listed


My question is, if I strip the steering/suspension/trans/t-case/engine/interior/fuel tank to get as much weight off the chassis as possible, but leave the doors & hood/hatch on to help with the stiffness and then put it on a rotisserie and flip it to weld on the underside, will I have flex problems ??

Should the windshield be removed ?? I would think it would help with flex as well.

or should I tack the stiffeners on good before doing so ?

With all the work, I will be close to stripping it all the way down anyway, and I know for sure welding with it flipped will be easier than upside down, as long as it doesn't cause problems with flex in the body.

Thoughts ? Ideas ? Suggestions ?



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Old May 15th, 2018, 20:46
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Re: Chassis on a rotisserie ??

No clue. Maybe weld in some temp. cross braces?
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Old May 16th, 2018, 05:15
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Re: Chassis on a rotisserie ??

Not a great idea. The unibody will flex. Anything you fix may end up wrinkling when you take it off the rack.
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Old May 16th, 2018, 08:55
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Re: Chassis on a rotisserie ??

It's been done, and I've seen pics in the past, though it was used on a bare chassis. Years ago, AZRick had one for sale even, once he was done with it...

Throw "rotisserie" into search here, and you can follow some of the threads...
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Old May 16th, 2018, 09:20
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Re: Chassis on a rotisserie ??

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It's been done, and I've seen pics in the past, though it was used on a bare chassis. Years ago, AZRick had one for sale even, once he was done with it...

Throw "rotisserie" into search here, and you can follow some of the threads...
I did last nite, and didn't see much of anything.......
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Old May 16th, 2018, 09:43
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Re: Chassis on a rotisserie ??

You'll spend a ton of money/time just building the rotisserie!
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Old May 16th, 2018, 09:45
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Re: Chassis on a rotisserie ??

It can be done. If you are worried about flexing you can easily tack some cross beams inside. Unless you're unibody is flaking apart I highly doubt it's just going to crumple being flipped on it's side. People use rotisseries on unibodys all the time, XJ isn't going to be any different.
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Old May 16th, 2018, 11:32
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Re: Chassis on a rotisserie ??

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You'll spend a ton of money/time just building the rotisserie!
May be...but I am pretty sure I can make one out of a couple of engine stands, some scrap metal, and a welder that will serve its purpose just fine.

Google chassis rotisserie and look at the images.....not a lot to it.



More worried about the potential of chassis flex while welding the stiffeners & rockers in upside down resulting in problems when back upright on the ground.

Since the interior will be out, I suppose I could tack in some cross bracing to mitigate flex, then remove the doors/hatch to lighten it even more.


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Re: Chassis on a rotisserie ??

rotisserie xj?

aren't you worried about it drying out? wouldn't an instapot be way better?
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Re: Chassis on a rotisserie ??

A rotisserie is a great way to work on a stripped chassis.
If you are worried about flexing when welding in the stiffeners and rockers, tack them in well, with the chassis level, and then rotate it for better access, to finish welding.
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Re: Chassis on a rotisserie ??

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rotisserie xj?

aren't you worried about it drying out? wouldn't an instapot be way better?
WTG Cal.........was waiting on either this or a "which spices did you use?" question........................
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