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Old 03-17-2015
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I've never created a build thread for my XJ, so I'll start here.

In the below pic, the Jeep has a Rockkrawler 4.5" long-arm lift, 33" BFG All-terrain tires, and aftermarket bumpers. The front axle is D30 with a Detroit Tru-trac, 4.88 gears, and chromoly shafts. The rear axle is D44 with 35-spline shafts, 4.88 gears, ARB locker, and disk brakes. This lasted ten years.



Some of you have seen my XJ at the last VJC Christmas party that was hosted by Hunter Offroad. Hunter installed an exo case with tie-ins to the body/frame, sliders, and both bumpers.







The recent plan has been to upgrade to 37" tires. The Jeep now sits on 37x12.50R17 Nitto Trail Grapplers. The Rockkrawler long arms have been retains. The springs are Rubicon 5.5 extreme-duty coils and leafs. The shocks are generic Procomps for now. I'm considering Bilstein 7100s in a year.



The 37" tires also necessitated axle upgrades. The front is now a '78 Ford D60 with 5.38 gears, ARB locker, 35-spline shafts. The rear is a '03 14-bolt with factory disk (and parking) brakes, 5.38 gears, stock 30-spline shafts, and ARB locker.




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The intention for the Jeep is for general wheeling, moderate rockcrawling, light expedition use, and keep it streetable.

I also ordered a Genright 30gal gas tank through Knuckle Busters. The tank took about six months to get. I was about to cancel the order, when KB notified me that the tank actually arrived.

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lots of shiny parts there!

how is the hydro assist on the streets and freeway?
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The hydro-assist steering requires very little input. Until I get used to it, I have to be cognicent of how much input goes to the steering wheel.

I did it to help save the front unibody rails. I would've tried a Durango steering box and WJ steering pump anyway for the 37" tires. I chose to just bite the bullet and to hydro-assist now.

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Very impressive! Knuckle Busters posted a picture of it the other day on Face Book and I didn't even recognize it at first. The title of this thread reminded me of this:

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I wanted to choose an appropriate title for this thread, so I didn't steal Scott's thunder.
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Wow that is very nicely done.
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That is a badass XJ!
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Genright gas tank installed at Knuckle Busters.



The tank with sideplate sits closer to the axle than the factory tank/skid plate.



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Still working out a few bugs.

1) The front brakes lines were replaced with longer ones.

2) Longer bump stops will be going in.

3) The stock XJ pitman arm is to short for the high steer arm on the passenger knuckle. I lost steering radius, because the pitman arm reaches it's limit before the steering stops touch. The XJ pitman arm is 5.5" long. The high steer arm is 8.5" (from center king pin to center of draglink bolt). A stock WJ pitman arm is 6.5", but has a lower drop height. The drop height for the XJ pitman arm is 2". I'm going to next try a FSJ pitman arm for 3-6" lift from Skyjacker. FSJ pitman arm is ~7" long with 3" drop height.

4) A disk to clamp the spare tire on the tire carrier is too small. It was size for the previous wheels. I'm working with Hunter Offroad to have a new disk made.
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