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Old September 1st, 2016, 23:05
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The Lab Rat - SFR's R&D Comanche

So some of you might find this a little hard to believe, but in 14 years of business I've worked on countless Jeeps, done significant builds on dozens including a few very competitive racecars, but had never actually owned a Jeep until now. And I popped my cherry with a little white pickup......and it's 2wd





The plan for this truck is to be a showcase for all of our products, as well as a tool for developing new products for the XJ/MJ market. I'm planning on building as a fun, but not too extreme street/trail rig along similar lines to what most of my customers would like to build for themselves.

Rough plan is to:
  • Convert to 4x4 using HP D30, AW4 and 231
  • 4-5" of lift
  • Mid or Long arm front with SFR Aluminum suspension links
  • SOA Rear with Ford 8.8
  • Alloys and lockers at both ends
  • 33" Tires
  • Custom bumpers at both ends, winch in front, hitch in back
  • Sliders
  • Frame Stiffeners
  • New seats
  • SFR Trail Proof Engine Plates
  • SFR Trail Proof Motor Mounts
  • SFR Trail Proof Transmission Mount
  • SFR High Roller Steering and Brake Kit
  • Whatever other stuff we decide to design and build
  • and a sweet paint job.

So here's where we start. Hopefully along the way we'll have some fun, as well as find some cool new stuff to build. There's already a few things that should be hitting www.stinkyfab.com pretty soon.
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Old September 1st, 2016, 23:11
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Re: The Lab Rat - SFR's R&D Comanche

Here are a couple more pics of the blank canvas








And parked next to her much bigger badder buddy.
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The Lab Rat - SFR's R&D Comanche

Is that a steering column shifter mj??
You should really really try and make that work with the aw4. Don't see many of the column shifter rigs anymore.
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Old September 2nd, 2016, 07:18
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Is that a steering column shifter mj??
You should really really try and make that work with the aw4. Don't see many of the column shifter rigs anymore.
Actually, I believe that's common in the comanches. Mine is factory column shift with the factory AW4.



So glad to see this happening....maybe we'll get some decent MJ specific parts now
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Old September 2nd, 2016, 10:19
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Actually, I believe that's common in the comanches. Mine is factory column shift with the factory AW4.



So glad to see this happening....maybe we'll get some decent MJ specific parts now
Yep, it's a column shifter, and yes it will stay.

What MJ specific parts are you hoping for? Not gonna make any promises, but if I know what people want, that helps me.
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Old September 2nd, 2016, 10:29
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Re: The Lab Rat - SFR's R&D Comanche

So through a complex combination of deals and timing I accidentally ended up with 2 Comanches. I had made a deal with someone for this long bed which has the drivetrain sitting in the bed (and a window in the block). It was supposed to be my R&D truck, but before I could pick it up I had the white one fall into my lap in running condition. I didn't wanna go back on a deal that was already made so now I have a spare truck.

If anyone is looking for a project or a parts rig I'll let this thing go cheap.

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if I know what people want, that helps me.
I, for one, would sure like to have a dead pedal for my XJ. I'd make one myself if I had even minimal fabrication tools, but I don't. I'll gladly lend you my '99 for design purposes if you think it'd be worth your while.
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Before we could get started on actually building the MJ we had to get it running and driving properly. It ran when purchased, but barely, and it definitely wouldn't pass CA smog.

Here's the beauty of living in CA though. ALL we have to pass is smog. People from other states love to trash on CA for all sorts of reasons, but when it comes to cars we pretty much have it made. Keep it running clean and you can pretty much do whatever the heck you want with it.

I replaced the entire vacuum spiderweb under the hood, put a cheap set of shocks on the front end, and quickly replaced the front brake lines after nearly dying of shock when I saw their condition (and I had been driving on them). The TPS was also shot, and it had a MASSIVE rear main leak.

Cal came over to the shop and made a big mess all over my floor and himself while I did the easy job cleaning up the oil pan. After all this the thing passed smog without much issue and I was able to get tags for it.







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Re: The Lab Rat - SFR's R&D Comanche

So you did the easy part, and ya still got a tsunami in the paint on the pan.......................
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Actually that was there when I started. Quality work at that there factory.

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ok..ok...ya get a bye on that one........
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Re: The Lab Rat - SFR's R&D Comanche

Unfortunately I'll probably have to get to it myself some day since it isn't exactly high demand, but I have been wanting a tire carrier rear bumper. I think it would look and perform great with a shell on my truck. And of course it needs to hold a 40.
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Unfortunately I'll probably have to get to it myself some day since it isn't exactly high demand, but I have been wanting a tire carrier rear bumper. I think it would look and perform great with a shell on my truck. And of course it needs to hold a 40.
you could make one that pops into the trailer hitch pretty easy?
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you could make one that pops into the trailer hitch pretty easy?
My only hitch is part of a dirtbound bumper....no way I'm trusting that to hold a 40.
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Re: The Lab Rat - SFR's R&D Comanche

Today I finally got a start on modding this thing, as well as the first bit of product development.

I've been wanting to do our own spin on the well known 1-ton steering setup, and with a stock rig, that will be getting built up it's the perfect opportunity, as I'll get to test it out with a couple different setups on the same vehicle.

Since this thing is a 2wd I had to pick up a new front axle for it, and since it's still sitting on my material cart it was pretty easy to tear into.





I yanked all the outers off the axle and brought the knuckles over to the mill. Now normally I'd just drill and taper the knuckles since I have a mill and the proper reamer, but since this rig will be used for prototyping both a UTK and an OTK steering kit I decided to just drill them out and use tapered inserts that I can remove and flip over later. Eventually I'll weld them in place, because that's just how I roll, but for now I'm gonna run it like a garage builder :-p

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