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    Ok guy here is my 87 Mj the Christmas day after the old lady gave it to me.
    Stock 2.5 aw4 2wd. dana 35
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    91 aw4 Dana 30 and 8.8 with 4.56s, 6in rough country long arm kit, hd offroad shackle relocation, 33s, Va fan full width front bumper, brown dog poly motor mount to go with a fresh long block.

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    The next day I yanked out the 4cyl. and pulled a 4.0l out of a 88 xj.

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    The engine bay being prepped for the 4.0 swap.

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    The donor tranny and tcase is an aw4/np231 out of a 97 xj.

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    91 aw4 Dana 30 and 8.8 with 4.56s, 6in rough country long arm kit, hd offroad shackle relocation, 33s, Va fan full width front bumper, brown dog poly motor mount to go with a fresh long block.

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    They tranny and engine mated and dropped in.

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    Im going to run and renix intake the block is a 95 with a 95 head. I went though it before dropping it in. I waiting to get a fuel cell so I can fab up fuel lines and a fuel pump. After that I'll finish putting the intake and stuff on.

    The axles are going to be a 78 F250 front d44 with F150 hubs to run 5 lugs, to match the 9 inch rear. I got the front housing for FREE with a machined pass side flat top knuckle. I was originally going to run a tnt truss and clayton longs arms. But after a ton of thinking and budgeting, I'm going to run leafs up front. I have a set of stock yj leafs ready to be mocked up.

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    I have a d300 Im going to slowly build so when the 231 fails I have a back up. I hoping to be done around thanksgiving. The end results Im hoping for is the Mj sitting on 37's spool front and rear with 513s.
    91 aw4 Dana 30 and 8.8 with 4.56s, 6in rough country long arm kit, hd offroad shackle relocation, 33s, Va fan full width front bumper, brown dog poly motor mount to go with a fresh long block.

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    Big plans Finney. But you are coming along nicely. Leaves are cheaper and you can go higher easier that way. Looking forward to your progress.
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    Big plans Finney. But you are coming along nicely. Leaves are cheaper and you can go higher easier that way. Looking forward to your progress.
    The height I am going to need was a big part in my decision. Not to mention leaves would knock roughly 2500 off the budget. It took roughly two weeks to get it to the point it is now. I have a pile of parts in my living room waiting for a fuel cell so I can put them on. I'm still undecided on weather to run the bed or flatbed.
    91 aw4 Dana 30 and 8.8 with 4.56s, 6in rough country long arm kit, hd offroad shackle relocation, 33s, Va fan full width front bumper, brown dog poly motor mount to go with a fresh long block.

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    I think a bed would be more classy, but up to you of course. Are you going to run a removable or telescoping track bar for the highway to get rid of bump steer on the highway?
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    I think a bed would be more classy, but up to you of course. Are you going to run a removable or telescoping track bar for the highway to get rid of bump steer on the highway?
    I'm not 100% on the trac bar. The trail guide for our club runs a custom cj10 with the same front axle and leaves. Talking to him, he said not to worry about a trac bar. He's only sitting on 35s. I've also read where guys say screw a trac bar and run hydro assist. I figured I would cross that bridge as needed.
    I do plan on running anti wrap bars on the rear, unless the spring perches make it unnoticeable.

    I have roughly ten feet of 1/4" x 8" steel I'm going to building the front cross member out of for the shackles. I not 100% on the style shackle Im going to run, yj or xj. I have a set of stock xjs and a set of stock yjs. The xj style would be easy/cheap to mock up and build the mount for, where the yjs would either require more fab or buying a set of mounts. Im wanting to make the front cross member bolt on that way if later I wanted to swap back to coils up front its a matter of swapping the leafs for the stock setup and welding a tnt truss on the axle.
    91 aw4 Dana 30 and 8.8 with 4.56s, 6in rough country long arm kit, hd offroad shackle relocation, 33s, Va fan full width front bumper, brown dog poly motor mount to go with a fresh long block.

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    I was just wondering on that. I remember bump steer quite clearly every time I got to an overpass, that dive to the right.
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    Well I got the 2wd axle out yesterday. Stuck the leafs in to start the mock up. Got alot of mearsurements so i know what modifications are needed to the front axle. Now just need to order some YJ shackle hangers and a few pieces of metal.

    Leaf mock up by Joshua FInney, on Flickr
    91 aw4 Dana 30 and 8.8 with 4.56s, 6in rough country long arm kit, hd offroad shackle relocation, 33s, Va fan full width front bumper, brown dog poly motor mount to go with a fresh long block.

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    Now there is an idea. Use the original control arm bracket as a leaf spring mount. Good job on that
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    I didn't think it was going to be so hard finding a shackle hanger. The control arm mount and reinforced from the factory on a mj but I still plan to add a little more
    91 aw4 Dana 30 and 8.8 with 4.56s, 6in rough country long arm kit, hd offroad shackle relocation, 33s, Va fan full width front bumper, brown dog poly motor mount to go with a fresh long block.

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    Well pulled the bed off. I thinking hard about a flat bed it would be so easy to do. Everything is nice and flat. It would give lots of practice welding. I wouldn't have to cut a bed to clear 37's. Anybody have input?

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    91 aw4 Dana 30 and 8.8 with 4.56s, 6in rough country long arm kit, hd offroad shackle relocation, 33s, Va fan full width front bumper, brown dog poly motor mount to go with a fresh long block.

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    There are plusses and minuses. Flat bed can be tough and you can weld in special stuff like gas can holders, air tank, spare rack etc and it can be made tough. Minus is that it would hurt resale value if you peddle it.
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    I'm installing a fuel cell and will be running oba. I'm torn between a flatbed or a custom stepside bed. I have lots of 2x2x1/8 square tube and some flat sheet metal.
    91 aw4 Dana 30 and 8.8 with 4.56s, 6in rough country long arm kit, hd offroad shackle relocation, 33s, Va fan full width front bumper, brown dog poly motor mount to go with a fresh long block.

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    All that steel, all that temptation
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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