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  1. #1 Lady Liberty Project: KJ 
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    So I have ventured into uncharted junk yards once again and rescued a kJ from Jeep hell
    Shes got a new engine and a bunch of other done to the powertrain so for a few hundred bucks I wrapped myself in another money pit.

    As I got her

    Although some of the body panels are a bit rough the ifs suspension was wasted (of which would be torn out anyway).

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    And the build began



    A wee cutting and stitching

    Plated and boxed the front frame ears

    "ZJ's were designed with the intention to take 1 really good hit, and fold up. As long as the occupants walked away, it was a success. In the wheeling world, we expect our vehicles to take multiple really good hits, drive out of it, and run the obstacle again!"
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    Time for a big boy axle

    And some sexy


    And built a front crossmember using the current one and adding to it so I can mount lca in a double triangulation 4-link



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    "ZJ's were designed with the intention to take 1 really good hit, and fold up. As long as the occupants walked away, it was a success. In the wheeling world, we expect our vehicles to take multiple really good hits, drive out of it, and run the obstacle again!"
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    And some uca brackets trying to keep them in a good path



    Could almost set it on the axle and it all still clears


    Nice flexibility with the links
    "ZJ's were designed with the intention to take 1 really good hit, and fold up. As long as the occupants walked away, it was a success. In the wheeling world, we expect our vehicles to take multiple really good hits, drive out of it, and run the obstacle again!"
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    I decided to build in the bumper and tie the cage in to reinforce the unibody



    Ill have to pull the grill to install or remove the winch but hopefully Im not doing that to often...!


    Rusty rockers get cut and raised with 1.5x3 .250 wall box tube




    Added a bit more to the cage

    Tied the coilover towers to the fender rails
    "ZJ's were designed with the intention to take 1 really good hit, and fold up. As long as the occupants walked away, it was a success. In the wheeling world, we expect our vehicles to take multiple really good hits, drive out of it, and run the obstacle again!"
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    More cage stuff


    Tying in the roof



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    Time for the rear axle
    Pulled out the 8.25 and cleared all the old brackets



    Rear sterling 10.5 got trussed and brackets

    I used some channel to build an inner frame




    And time to build a rear crossmember

    Test fit

    Added the upper brackets and welded her in

    "ZJ's were designed with the intention to take 1 really good hit, and fold up. As long as the occupants walked away, it was a success. In the wheeling world, we expect our vehicles to take multiple really good hits, drive out of it, and run the obstacle again!"
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    Rear links again double triangulation


    Painted





    Using my old 37s to get an idea for clearance

    Then a belly skid is happening

    Rails on the bottom as slide points between uca brackets
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    Now I have a new problem...

    the rear coilover wont fit between the frame rail and the tire... so to cut out a notch and box it or mount it another way?
    "ZJ's were designed with the intention to take 1 really good hit, and fold up. As long as the occupants walked away, it was a success. In the wheeling world, we expect our vehicles to take multiple really good hits, drive out of it, and run the obstacle again!"
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    If you go inboard the tank looks to be in the way. Cut and make a new sub frame to mount to.

    You have been busy! Looks nice!
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    So this is whats happening... to late to change now lol



    Inside for tying cage to shock mount
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    [QUOTE=Ted Z;356845]
    "ZJ's were designed with the intention to take 1 really good hit, and fold up. As long as the occupants walked away, it was a success. In the wheeling world, we expect our vehicles to take multiple really good hits, drive out of it, and run the obstacle again!"
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    This is ridiculous and unnecessary. Which is why I love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ELLLLLIOTTTTT View Post
    This is ridiculous and unnecessary. Which is why I love it.
    Precisely... and yet some say that about grands...
    "ZJ's were designed with the intention to take 1 really good hit, and fold up. As long as the occupants walked away, it was a success. In the wheeling world, we expect our vehicles to take multiple really good hits, drive out of it, and run the obstacle again!"
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    Very cool build! Although those axles doubled the weight of the KJ.....

    Looks great!
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    Solid KJ build. They have just overall underwhelmed me in encounters with them at work. But, like was said above, some said that about the ZJ and WJ.

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    Sorry I'm late to the party. All I can say is wow! Keep it up.

    With regards to the rear coil over mounts... you need to come up with a way to plate/box the inside of the unibody frame rail to replace the material you removed. Something like the rear TJ coil over mounts that notches the frame.
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    Im in process of moving shops right now but still sneaking in some time on this thing
    I have this back piece so far and plan to box it in a bit inside the frame and above
    While thinking I need an opening to remove the shock

    And this on the outside in the fender well

    And
    "ZJ's were designed with the intention to take 1 really good hit, and fold up. As long as the occupants walked away, it was a success. In the wheeling world, we expect our vehicles to take multiple really good hits, drive out of it, and run the obstacle again!"
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    Got a bit more done on the B-section but of course progress is slow mainly because Im moving to a new shop and Im helping to close out a business
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted_Z View Post
    With regards to the rear coil over mounts... you need to come up with a way to plate/box the inside of the unibody frame rail to replace the material you removed. Something like the rear TJ coil over mounts that notches the frame
    Any thoughts on my box idea? And tying the cut out area to the cross bar section of the cage?
    I would like to close it off to the outside for family reasons like water, dirt, fumes and not dropping stuff trough there while driving
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