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Offline raf2379

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Re: Raf's XJ
« Reply #30 on: November 20, 2011, 09:26:52 AM »
40" on an XJ?


well 39.5" IROK's and If I go with a different tire brand it would be 40's. with the 36" IROK's it just looks to small for this build and the 39's will accomondate the 110" wheel base better.

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Re: Raf's XJ
« Reply #31 on: November 20, 2011, 04:32:55 PM »
40" on an XJ?

It's not actually an XJ anymore. As soon as Raf built a frame for it, it became a YJ. Now he just needs to fix the hard top so that it is easier to take off.
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Re: Raf's XJ
« Reply #32 on: January 08, 2012, 09:27:10 PM »
I had to redo the motor mounts, I did not like the bastard version I had where it bolted through the frame, so here is an updated version. also got the front drive shaft in and made up my Long arm links. And started mounting the body with 1" body mounts from a CJ7.






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Re: Raf's XJ
« Reply #33 on: January 09, 2012, 10:54:50 AM »
Ohhh Raf... you know how we feel about body lifts... ESPECIALLY on an XJ....  ::)
I did a Google search for "hot trannies" but nothing came up about oil coolers  :o

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Re: Raf's XJ
« Reply #34 on: January 23, 2012, 10:31:44 AM »
Got the lower links all tacked in. Now working on the upper links, I got the front truss/link mount tube bent up, just need to install it maybe tonight.





and the 4-link nymbers
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Re: Raf's XJ
« Reply #35 on: January 27, 2012, 06:36:24 PM »
so i got the upper links finished today.







came to a clerance issue with driveshaft and upper link. I will need a 2" body lift and I will need to raise the uppers about 1" up higher than they are. I ordered some browndog motor mounts which lift the motor up 1" easier than redoing the motor mounts again.









lots of tedious work of getting it right.

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Re: Raf's XJ
« Reply #36 on: January 27, 2012, 07:01:15 PM »
looking sick

damn nice work
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Re: Raf's XJ
« Reply #37 on: January 27, 2012, 07:43:34 PM »
I wan't your garage...

Nice looking project as well.  Can't wait to see it rolling.

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Re: Raf's XJ
« Reply #38 on: February 29, 2012, 06:25:51 PM »
Small update. Had some time in the garage today. I started on the rear suspension. I got the skid all tacked together and bolted up ready to start on the rear link mounts.

Drilled holes in the frame, and welded in dom tube inserts (crush sleave) this is where the skid/cross-member bolts onto, did this for the front and rear of the skid.





and the skid, which will be plated with 1/8" plate with dimples for strength.

21" belly clerance



got the rear links all cut to length



I also wanted to share some tips and tricks when welding.

A great way to weld up holes or in my case two pices of angled 1/4 plate. is to use some brass.

In order to weld these two pices of metal together with a flat surface on the inside, I used some 2" brass plate.



clamped it all together to give me my 2" inside width, clamped the brass plate and welded it all up









and the final result is a welded mount with a flat even weld on the inside that does not require grinding, which would be almost impossible.



this trick works great when you want to weld up holes.
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Re: Raf's XJ
« Reply #39 on: February 29, 2012, 06:55:44 PM »
nice work .. looking sick
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Re: Raf's XJ
« Reply #40 on: March 08, 2012, 07:29:13 PM »
i got some holes in the floor

I got the rear links all tacked/welded up. Time to close up the holes in the floor and reinforce the floor a bit







rear at full bump



once i get the floor done i'll move onto the rear coilovers

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Re: Raf's XJ
« Reply #41 on: March 12, 2012, 05:07:29 PM »
Started setting up my coilovers

This is at full compression with 36" iroks, 39.5" will be going in instead.






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Re: Raf's XJ
« Reply #42 on: March 18, 2012, 07:05:59 PM »
Re did the front 4-link, and With Trevors help installed coilovers in the front.

All links and coilovers are finally installed, suspension flexed to check for any binding and interference. So Now it needs to be all welded up, and gustets installed.

At ride height with 36's.













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Re: Raf's XJ
« Reply #43 on: March 18, 2012, 07:55:30 PM »
Depending on what you have access too a piece of aluminum will also work for that welding trick.

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Re: Raf's XJ
« Reply #44 on: March 18, 2012, 08:07:26 PM »
Depending on what you have access too a piece of aluminum will also work for that welding trick.

yup it sure will