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Offline SuperXJ87

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« on: December 29, 2011, 02:40:41 pm »
Hey guys,

Newbie here. I live in Scotland. Couple of my buddies on here talked me into going to Monkey Creek last year...and I've been addicted ever since! A week or so later, I picked up an 87 Cherokee. It was pretty much stock, outside of a front coil spacer lift (which I can't wait to ditch) and cut fenders. The interior was amazingly clean, and everything worked.

Since I've had it, I have replaced the radiator and added 2 electric cooling fans. I went ahead and used a newer style radiator to get away from the closed cooling system. I built a front and rear bumper, and put on a set of 33-10.50-15 Maxxis Mudders on steel Cragars that came off my buddies YJ. The paint has hideous, so a few rattle cans made that change quickly! Still rollin stock axles, but I do have a Ford 8.8 ready to install. Went ahead and welded the rear on the stock Dana 35 to see how she does. I have the front axle disconnect setup on a cable, so I'm really wanting to weld the front. (Any pros or cons to this would be appreciated!) I also cut the door pins so I can easily remove the doors when the weathers right!

Lovin the Jeepin world now days, and hope to get to meet some of ya'll on the trails!

Offline SuperXJ87

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2011, 03:20:58 pm »
And...My name is Matt Lindemann... (guess I should have read the Instructions)  :icon_smile:

Offline Ken

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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2011, 04:07:52 pm »
Welcome to TORC Matt! Sounds like you got the bug like the rest of us. As for the welded front axle, my last buggy had a welded Dana 60 and it worked fine. It does make steering a little difficult verses an open diff.
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Offline SWAN22

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2011, 05:30:11 pm »
welcome matt
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Offline Tex TJ

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2011, 09:36:15 am »
Welcome Matt, hope to see ya soon
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« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2011, 10:50:22 am »
Welcome to TORC Matt.
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Offline hazyredeyes

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2011, 11:04:18 am »
Welcome Matt!

My opinion on welding the front: If the cherokee is any kind of daily driver, dont do it. Your best option would be to save up for a lunchbox locker like a lock right. If its a trailer queen and only comes off for offroading then id say weld it and time how long it takes to grenade.

Offline Mahana79

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2011, 03:31:50 pm »
with the cable operated front disconnect you could effectively "unlock" it while on the highway or when you don't need the front locked in.  Not ideal...but effective
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