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Kinlaw Krawler XJ Build
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Kinlaw
Sat Dec 11 2010, 01:28PM
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After getting a few wheeling trips under my belt I can see that there is going to be alot of Fab in my future, so i wanted to start a build thread to keep up with all the progress.

Here are a couple of pics of how it sat in 2008.

Here she is with a brand new bumper. (First real fab on the truck)
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And here is the bumper all painted up with winch and lights installed.

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At this point she has a 3" Rough Country lift and 2" blocks front and rear and 31" SS Trexus Mud Terrains. This lift was great for a few years but did not like the extra strain of the heavier bumper and winch. Or the extra axle wrap caused by the 2" blocks.

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XJ on 33's with some extra steel here and there

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Kinlaw
Sat Dec 11 2010, 01:36PM
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Next the rear bumper had to be addressed, so I folded my rear quarters and made this.

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Then decided to add a rear tire carrier.

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XJ on 33's with some extra steel here and there

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Kinlaw
Sat Dec 11 2010, 01:41PM
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Before I could get into replacing all the springs there were a couple of things that had to be addressed. First was the lack of power steering. Years of neglect means that the power steering pump and the steering gearbox were shot. So I installed a power steering pump and gear box from a 99 XJ with about 20,000 miles.

Next was the horrible drive shaft vibrations from over extended slip yoke. So I installed a S.Y.E. with new hardened output shaft and yoke. After I removed the drop transfercase kit I built a new crossmember out of 2"x5"x1/4" tubing with 4-1/2" grade 8 mounting bolts per side.

It was time to update the suspension with all new springs. I replaced the springs with 5" lift coils in the front and 5" leave springs in the rear. With 33" Procomp X-Terrains and Rock Krawler Simulated bead lock.

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And removed all the doors for the next project.

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XJ on 33's with some extra steel here and there

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Kinlaw
Sat Dec 11 2010, 01:56PM
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I made some tube doors with removable mirrors.

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XJ on 33's with some extra steel here and there

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Kinlaw
Sat Dec 11 2010, 02:11PM
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Around May 2010 I got my first tow rig. Man I love this Truck. 2001 F-250 7.3 Diesel 4X4 Offroad

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Now it was time to go wheeling.

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XJ on 33's with some extra steel here and there

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Kinlaw
Sat Dec 11 2010, 04:02PM
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After a couple of wheeling trips and a few small repairs I decided it was time to get some kind of locker. Well I traded a guy a rear bumper for a 89 XJ Dana 44 Rear. So I had some work to do First was to relocate the shock mounts up higher to stop them from dragging on everything. Next was build a diff cover that would take a beating. And last but not least was to install my locker.



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I Love my new locker/spool. I consist of 12- 3/32- 7018s and about 20 minutes of .035 MIG. I also had about 2 hours of clean up to get all the splatter and slag out of the diff.


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After installing the rear D44 I realized that if you move the lower shock mounts up you need to move the upper shock mounts up to compensate for the loss in shock length. So I made a custom crossmember for the rear cargo area so the shocks could pass through the floor and connect to it.

Pics soon.

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XJ on 33's with some extra steel here and there

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Kinlaw
Sat Dec 11 2010, 04:28PM
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Now that Uwharrie is Closed I am itching to dig in to this thing. I would like to change a couple of things and have it ready to wheel before April. Right now I think this is the plan ( of course this will change several times over the next couple of months)

-Build a Trailer 20' + gooseneck/bumper pull I can not decide.

-Build Custom Rock Sliders with mini boat sides that replace the factory rocker panel

-Build new front bumper with better approach angles

-Lock up the Dana 30

-Hybrid Cage with 5 point harness

-Remove rear bench seat and install one bucket seat with storage on both sides

- Mount spare tire, Hi-Lift jack, spare axle shafts, and driveshafts

-Possibly relocate the gas tank and 3-link front

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XJ on 33's with some extra steel here and there

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NC-Fordguy
Wed Dec 15 2010, 12:29AM
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Have you decided what you're going to use for a traction device on the thirty?

Another Lincoln locker?

No Hablos Jeep

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Kinlaw
Wed Dec 15 2010, 03:34PM
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I would like to get a selectable locker for the front but I am not sure. I am going to wait until I finish the rock sliders and trailer build to see how the money looks then decide. I am not going to Lincoln Locker the front but worst case will be a lunchbox locker.

XJ on 33's with some extra steel here and there

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Kinlaw
Sat Feb 19 2011, 08:52PM
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UPDATES!!!!

Got rid of the front bumper (Cory stole it from me). So I had to start the front bumper build. It's been pretty slow, I just started a new job but, I am getting rolling now.

First thing was removing the front header panel, grill, transmission cooler, winch power cables, and front fender.


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Then I cut out the front cross-member.

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After that I ground all the paint off the front of the frame and bent the old bumper mount tabs over to be welded.

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This is the basic idea for the new winch bumper. Low Profile, better approach angles, strengthen the steer box mount.

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XJ on 33's with some extra steel here and there

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Kinlaw
Sat Feb 19 2011, 09:15PM
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So i started making all the new brackets , I started with 3/16 for the nut plate that is going to be welded to the uni-body. And then I made 3/8" brackets to mount the front cross-member.

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Next I drilled all the holes in the unibody and the mounting brackets and welded them in place

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Here you can see the 3/16" plate in place with nuts welded to the back waiting for welding.

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This is what it looks like with the brackets bolted in.

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Then I made a box for the winch to sit in.

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Next I filled in the spaces between the brackets and the winch box.

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That's all the progress on the front bumper as of today.



XJ on 33's with some extra steel here and there

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Kinlaw
Sat Feb 19 2011, 09:29PM
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While I was working on the front bumper I started cutting out the rocker panels for some rock sliders with a little more clearance. The first picture is just for reference to compare before and after.

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Here is a peak at the new rock sliders.

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XJ on 33's with some extra steel here and there

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toyzilla
Sun Feb 20 2011, 06:18PM
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looking good, can't wait to see it.

"take it to the eXtreme"

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4-link F&R, 36" TSL tires, 12k winch, Fox Shox, lock & loaded, dual cases, beadlocks , New Dirty 30 Front Axles
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NC-Fordguy
Sun Feb 20 2011, 11:46PM
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Is that piece of tape holding up the grill standard equipment for jeeps?

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CDTXJ97
Tue Feb 22 2011, 05:52PM
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the 97+ came with zip ties

97 XJ in pieces..
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Mr. Gray
Tue Feb 22 2011, 10:56PM
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Just checking out your thread. Nice fab work going on in here! Looking good.

Steven
03 S10 D44 Front, GM 10bolt Rear, 4.88 gears sittin on 36's
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Kinlaw
Sat Feb 26 2011, 08:37PM
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I have been getting alot of work done yesterday and today. Pics soon.

XJ on 33's with some extra steel here and there

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redman
Sun Feb 27 2011, 11:31AM
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cool if you let us know when you are working onit some of us may be able to help

big mean machine - D44 front 12 bolt rear, stuffed with 4.88 gears, locked front and rear, all powered by a 360 on propane

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