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 Project CRD MJ: 
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Got a shell for the MJ, its a brahma which means its kinda cheap, maybe in the future if I find a nice leer that I like I will upgrade, but for now this is fine by me.
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The holy grail of MJ 97+ door panels:
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Scored a set of seats from a 2 door......the seats themselves are pretty much junk, but they have the tilt mechanisms which can be installed into just about every other jeep seat(could install them in heated leather seats for example).
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Fri Mar 02, 2012 1:24 pm
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I got a wildernest topper last year in august of 2017. And then finally got rid of the other shell on CL. Turns out the old one fit a longbed toyota truck perfect.

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Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:59 pm
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New as of 3-NOV-2017:

I ordered a pair of metric ton leaf springs with ~3" or so of lift. Took a long damm time to come in but they finally arrived last night.

I have a set of ruff stuff SUA perches that I will use to mount these up to a KJ 8.25 from my 05 parts CRD.

http://www.ruffstuffspecialties.com/cat ... -WIYP.html



The 8.25 I am using has a limited slip and 3.73s which is a good match for the CRD powerband.


Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:59 pm
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Rolled the MJ into the garage and started prepping the KJ axle, got the KJ brackets - lower control arm, shock mount, and spring pad cutoff, and I am half done grinding the tube smooth.

Brackets to cutoff:

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Spring pad cleaned up:

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Everything cutoff:

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Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:01 pm
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In preparation for installing the axle I sprayed the leaf springs. They were basically bare steel, or one step above it. So I prepped them by cleaning with Acetone and a microfiber rag. I had a ton of high temp rustoleum black around so I used that, hit the leaves with a bunch of coats of. Might not be the best prep or cleanup or even paint for the long term, but its gotta be better than bare and I'll its under the jeep anyway.

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Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:02 pm
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So I made a video showing some things I ran into with the spring......
https://youtu.be/4aUsUiwlxrk

I think I'm going to try and push to have some more videos go along with what I'm doing, youtube recently changed their rules so I am now in a push to hit 1000 subscribers, I have a little over 500 currently.

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtRd0A ... irmation=1


Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:03 pm
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Old springs VS New.

https://youtu.be/9vq6Y7Ka3p8

I wasn't able to get the axle in, turns out I was shipped the wrong perch, so the axle wont be under it until next weekend I would guess.

https://youtu.be/-lbpswKezQs


Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:04 pm
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Got the new perches, got it in last night. Took a video showing the installed state and a few things about it.

Be forwarned its a little long if you are not planning to swap this axle into an MJ:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcPzZFVUUrs


Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:05 pm
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Finished installing the Chevy drop shackles. I got about an inch of lift out of them, I have one higher hole on the shackles I could use, but it won't give me much more lift.

This was the set I picked up, I am pleased with the quality for the price.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0106NWAJY


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MJ shackle top(which is longer than an XJ shackle)
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The width is a little different. I used giant cresent wrench to bend open the frame side shackle box, put the shackle in, and then bolted it tight. If I were a more patient man I would have pulled the bushing out, shaved down the width of the metal sleeve, and then bushing to make it the correct size.

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Likewise the other end is a little large, I picked up a couple of fender washers to take up space and then bolted it tight, again the nut and bolt pulled it closed some.

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Installed in lower position:

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How it sits now:

About 20" between flare bottom and wheel center. Height is OK. Might end up moving the shackle up once springs settle some.


Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:24 pm
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I finished cutting off the old bracket and I got the new one trimmed to fit.

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I finished cleaning up the floor with the wire wheel and flap disked the area where the bracket needs to be welded down. I'll hit them with some copper weld through primer before welding, then follow up with seam sealer and POR15.


Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:27 am
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