Sort of like a Jeepspeed XJ

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Bertismyname

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Dent fix tools makes an air powered undercoat removal tool that works really well for a decent price. Or use a twisted wire cup on your grinder. Heat gun and a scraper works well too. Clean with acetone then sand away paint. Makes welding much easier and cleaner.
 

SByota

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I have been thrashing like crazy to get this pile ready for KOH. It’s far from done, but it’s good enough to take and put some dirt miles on it.

I’ve been driving it around town for a few days now. No issues other than it’s really fucking loud inside. The noise is to be expected though, no carpet, no headliner, no real interior.

I definitely want to lower the front down, it’s sitting a little tall. I think the added caster from lowering it will help with the drive ability too. I only have like 4° right now.

The co driver LOVES riding in it and hitting the dips as fast as we can.

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SByota

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Been driving the Family Truckster around town for about a week now. Put around a 100 miles on it. Nothing really exciting to report, it ventured onto the freeway and it did fine, the 4:88 gears are perfect for 35’s.

I’m excited to take it out to KOH and just cruise around and see how it does. I’m pretty sure the rear shocks are going to need stiffer valving, but I’m not messing with it until I get back from the desert.

Whipped up a quick light bar from some original bumper brackets, a chunk of tube and some of china’s finest LED lights. They work decent for the money.

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SByota

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King of Hammers was a blast. The XJ did great, no issues. Put about 100 dirt miles on it. From sandy washes to some 4Lo stuff.

The front feels good, the rear shocks need stiffer valving for sure. The transition to the air bumps is really harsh. I’m going to try stiffer valving in the shocks and lower the nitrogen pressure in the bumps. I’m not using all the travel. Initial set up was a total guess. 200 PSI was too much for such a mellow set up.

I drove it like a pussy pretty much all weekend. I did charge one set of whoops and was quickly reminded that 10”/12” of travel really isn’t that much. Hit the face of a decent whoop and it launched me into the air pretty good.

A solid trip, nothing broke and lots of smiles. I can’t wait to do some more work and put it back in the dirt
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SByota

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Have not worked on it much since KOH. Just small BS issues. Moved the brake line inlets on the calipers so they don’t crash into the shock mounts anymore. Clipped a coil of the front springs to level out the ride height. Swapped out the clevite style rubber bushings on the front axle for a Currie Johnny Joint.

The co-driver still loves it and asks for rides all the time. I really need to pull the rear shocks and re valve them. Also need to finish the cage, build bumpers, build sliders.........it never ends.
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