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CATMAN'S XJ

Postby CATMAN » Thu Apr 24, 2008 6:02 pm

Hell I might as well join in on this new section too.

My Jeep started out as a Cherokee with a 4.5" lift and 33's. Now it sits at 6.5" still on 33's with alot of dents in it! :D :D It has slowly made some progress and still ongoing. Here lately I have put some $$$$ into it. Last month I put a SYE in the Tcase and a Tom Woods driveshaft, Rusty's HD adjustable track bar, JCR Offroad heavy duty front and rear bumpers, and cut off the roof and put a full roll cage in it.

Next on my plate is Dana 44 axles front and rear and an Atlas II Twin Stick Transfer Case. I already have the axles all I need to do is re-gear them and lock them up. Then I have to fab up some long arms for the front end and I will be going to 35" tires!!!

Here is a pic of when I first got it. When I get back in town tomorrow I will try and get some pics this weekend if it is finished of the roof being off and the roll cage in it.
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Re: CATMAN'S XJ

Postby Jeff » Thu Apr 24, 2008 7:06 pm

john i seriously think you can destroy a vehicle quicker than anyone else here...have you even owned that sucker for a year?

and is there a straight body panel left? :D :lol:
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Re: CATMAN'S XJ

Postby CATMAN » Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:52 pm

As a matter of fact I have not had it for a year. It is getting close to a year though! There was a straight panel on it until Joe B decided he wanted drive up my 33's with his 38's and ran up my driver side front fender....bastard!! Actually the hood is still in good shape...no dents!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: CATMAN'S XJ

Postby Jason » Fri Apr 25, 2008 2:59 am

Looking forward to seeing it with no top! 8)
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Re: CATMAN'S XJ

Postby CATMAN » Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:25 am

That makes 2 of us!! I hope it is done when i get home from work today!!!!!
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Re: CATMAN'S XJ

Postby CATMAN » Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:43 pm

Here are some progress photos. I will have some finished photos up by Friday I hope.

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Re: CATMAN'S XJ

Postby Bellvis » Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:30 pm

Lookin good Catman!
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Re: CATMAN'S XJ

Postby Jason » Wed Apr 30, 2008 7:06 pm

VERY COOL! 8) Glad to see you decided to chop off the entire top. :D
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Re: CATMAN'S XJ

Postby Sewie » Wed Apr 30, 2008 7:22 pm

No turning back now, huh? :o :lol:
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Re: CATMAN'S XJ

Postby stjames151 » Wed Apr 30, 2008 7:36 pm

Sewie wrote:No turning back now, huh? :o :lol:

A little duct tape and JB weld and no one would know the difference! :lol: :lol: :lol: Are you gonna go tube door's too?
Seriously, looks good. I'm jealous. I can't quite bring myself to shaving the pillars off mine and adding a cage. They're like Homer Simpson's last two hairs.
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Re: CATMAN'S XJ

Postby CATMAN » Thu May 01, 2008 9:31 am

stjames151 wrote:
Sewie wrote:No turning back now, huh? :o :lol:

A little duct tape and JB weld and no one would know the difference! :lol: :lol: :lol: Are you gonna go tube door's too?
Seriously, looks good. I'm jealous. I can't quite bring myself to shaving the pillars off mine and adding a cage. They're like Homer Simpson's last two hairs.



Well the roof came off in on big piece so it could be welded right back on there!! :lol: :lol:

Thanks guys! I will be back in town tonight and get some final pics of it tomorrow and get them posted up. All I will have to do is paint the cage which will probably be Caterpillar yellow to match my bumpers. I am gonna eventually get tube doors for it. They are about $270 a pair for the cherokee so they will have to wait. For now the doors will get cut level to the rest of the body so they will have no frame and they will also be removable like a wrangler. I will at some point and time make some tube fenders for the front too seeing how both front fenders are completely smashed in due to unknown cause! :lol: :lol:

I ordered a complete set of adjustable upper and lower control arms which i will have to put on when they come in. When I put the 2" spacers in the front it kicked my axle up and the springs back b/c my control arms are rated of a 4.5" lift so I am excited to get those in hopefully tomorrow.

I decided to go with either 4.56 or 4.88 gears when i do my axles along with ARB air lockers.

It may look like a crushed beer can but I wouldnt trade it for anything. The Cherokee was definitely a great investment!!
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Re: CATMAN'S XJ

Postby CATMAN » Thu May 01, 2008 11:45 am

Here are some progress photos! There will be more to come.

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Re: CATMAN'S XJ

Postby PhilD » Thu May 01, 2008 2:09 pm

CATMAN wrote:Here are some progress photos! There will be more to come.
Looks good 8)

Is there any diagonal cross bracing that goes in on top?
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Re: CATMAN'S XJ

Postby Alec W » Thu May 01, 2008 4:35 pm

Looking good John :yup: :yup: :yup:
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Re: CATMAN'S XJ

Postby Ric » Thu May 01, 2008 7:22 pm

CATMAN wrote:Here are some progress photos! There will be more to come.

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You should keep your cage pink! :o
It'll show what kind of girly wheeler you really are! :lol: ;) :P J/K

Looks good John!
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