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    Default Budget, what budget?....build.

    Just joined recently so I decided to bring my build thread with me. I bought this very clean '98 early this year with a lot of the mods I wanted already on it. The price was awesome so I pounced.

    Here is what it looked like when I bought it:


    This is a project for me and my 13 yo son to work on together. He has since laid claim to it for his own.

    The first thing I did was put a new Tom Woods front shaft in ( the slip yoke on the old one was shot ). Then some new u-joints in the front axle. Then a test drive:


    The next item was the 10,000# Warn winch I traded for. It was suppose to bolt right into the ARB bumper. Well it was an older model I guess, after much tape measure work it was determined that it would NOT in fact fit inside the bumper. Let the fun begin.

    This is the "before" picture of the bumper:


    Next I made room for the winch on top of the bumper and built a mounting flange for it:


    Now the winch is mounted and the fairlead was attached after building brackets for it:


    I think I like the winch up high so it will stay out of the mud and water. The only drawback is at 70 mph + the engine starts getting a little hot due to the restricted airflow through the radiator. (Wasn't a problem before the winch was mounted). I can live with it since I don't drive that fast much anyway.

    Stay tuned, next is the wheel swap, fender and bumper trim.
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    98 Cherokee Sport,
    Build thread:http://www.xjtalk.com/showthread.php?t=5172

    Some big gnarly rock crawler thingy.
    Build thread:http://www.xjtalk.com/showthread.php?t=16616

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    Default Re: Budget, what budget?....build.

    Well a couple of weeks into this new project I found one of the wheels cracked. I wanted something that stuck out more anyway soooo.... now I have an excuse to buy these:


    I loved the look after the install but turning sharp was impossible, time to man up, break out the plasma cutter and make some big fender openings.
    Off with the flares, cut the front along the body line then cut and fold the rear. Now we have this beast:


    Heres a couple of shots of the bumper trim:






    Then my son went out in the yard to flex it a little:



    Coming up next I start building sliders.
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    98 Cherokee Sport,
    Build thread:http://www.xjtalk.com/showthread.php?t=5172

    Some big gnarly rock crawler thingy.
    Build thread:http://www.xjtalk.com/showthread.php?t=16616

    My offroad Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-...75944179170166

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    Default Re: Budget, what budget?....build.

    Very nice looking Jeep. Can't wait to see it in person. Maybe we could build some sliders for mine while we are at it. Do you still have the old wheels?

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    Default Re: Budget, what budget?....build.

    Yes I have the wheels, The cracked one still worked fine, I just liked having an excuse to put the wide ones on.

    I've got a full compliment of metal working equipment and love to fabricate. Also have lot's of down time during the winter. It would only take a day to fab up some nice sliders. I'll get the pics posted soon.
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    Build thread:http://www.xjtalk.com/showthread.php?t=5172

    Some big gnarly rock crawler thingy.
    Build thread:http://www.xjtalk.com/showthread.php?t=16616

    My offroad Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-...75944179170166

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    Default Re: Budget, what budget?....build.

    Thanks for joining and especially for posting up all the fun stuff.

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    Welcome to xjtalk... Aweswome looking rig... Wish I could have found a rig that was already started for a good price.. What is the backspacing on those Cragar rims that you installed??

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    Default Re: Budget, what budget?....build.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mudderoy View Post
    Thanks for joining and especially for posting up all the fun stuff.
    Your welcome, I like pictures better than a bunch of typing

    Quote Originally Posted by bluedragon436 View Post
    Welcome to xjtalk... Aweswome looking rig... Wish I could have found a rig that was already started for a good price.. What is the backspacing on those Cragar rims that you installed??
    Thanks, the back spacing is 4", it moved the tires out at least 3" from where they were.

    Dover Del., I have a friend that was stationed there. He moved back here about a year ago. C-5 pilot, now he's back flying for Cont... oh well, United, whatever.
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    Build thread:http://www.xjtalk.com/showthread.php?t=5172

    Some big gnarly rock crawler thingy.
    Build thread:http://www.xjtalk.com/showthread.php?t=16616

    My offroad Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-...75944179170166

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    Default Re: Budget, what budget?....build.

    nice lookin jeep real clean and great that your kid likes to work on it with ya good times

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    Thanks nismo.


    Well now for the sliders. They are nearly finished but I been busy with other things so they have to wait.

    Here is a series of pictures from lay out to mock up:












    Maybe I'll get them mounted some time soon.
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    98 Cherokee Sport,
    Build thread:http://www.xjtalk.com/showthread.php?t=5172

    Some big gnarly rock crawler thingy.
    Build thread:http://www.xjtalk.com/showthread.php?t=16616

    My offroad Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-...75944179170166

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    Default Re: Budget, what budget?....build.

    nice looking jeep ,, like the arb front bar ,have one on my pos ... welcome to xjtalk as well mate
    keeping it red........

    I DRIVE A BARBIE JEEP

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    .... lol Im a jerk tonight!
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    Think I would go that crazy too if my Jeep turned white

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGg0C...eature=related


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    Default Re: Budget, what budget?....build.

    Yeah I like the ARB setups... I just wish they weren't so expensive to purchase...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluedragon436 View Post
    Yeah I like the ARB setups... I just wish they weren't so expensive to purchase...
    ARB was my first choice, but I'm really glad I went with something custom.

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    Default Re: Budget, what budget?....build.

    Love the fab stuff. Keep it up. It is the truly cheap way to go.
    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
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    And a bunch of other stuff

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    Default Re: Budget, what budget?....build.

    jeep looks clean.... dont wory the cuting and fab has just began lol

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    Ray, Ive yet to meet you but Im looking forward to hanging out with you and putting our metal working skills and ingenuity together and making some cool stuff... I wish I could score a deal on a nice bender and a tube notcher so I can get this freaking EXO underway
    I already have enough pipe to do the lower sides from bumper to bumper I just need the roof coverage as well as the up rights ... let me know if youve got a bender Ill come with pipe and BREW of your choice!!! or cash if you prefer

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