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About IronManche87

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  1. It definitely does matter what you'll be swapping in but in my case, I got an 87 parts xj for my 87 and literally was entirely bolt on. But if you plan on swapping a newer drivetrain the work will be more extensive but you'll be able to piece together a pretty solid drivetrain. Just depends on the use of the truck. Sent from my LGMS210 using Tapatalk
  2. It's surprisingly pretty darn straight forward for these trucks. I too have an 87 I'm in the process of swapping. Mines a long bed which the only difficult part is/was finding the rear shaft. On a short bed (correct me if I'm wrong anyone) you can use I believe a front xj shaft with an SYE. But things needed would be as follows: Front axle Front driveshaft 4wd trans w/ tcase Rear driveshaft with correct length and spline count for your tcase output shaft or SYE 4wd shift selector Correct Speedo cable/connector into tcase Shift linkage bracket that bolts to trans tunnel That I believe is everything minus the badges which once you swap is just a nice touch [emoji106] I found it nice to do it in stages. I've been driving around on the 4wd front axle for a couple months now as I tried tracking down a cheaper rear shaft and haven't had a single issue even with doing the alignment myself. If you are lifted it's easier but I also had to get a new track bar since the 4wd axle sits the front a tad higher. I also would suggest rebuilding the front axle before swapping it in. Makes it a million times easier replacing everything beforehand. Then it's literally unbolt the 2wd axle then bolt the 4wd one in. If it's lifted I'd recommend adjustable control arms and track bar so once everything is in and you get it aligned, they can center the axle up as well as adjust caster. For the entire swap, you only have to drill out 4 pre dimpled holes for the shift linkage bracket. HOWEVER, this would be the perfect opportunity to swap out the crappy z linkage and get an aftermarket shift linkage kit which will eliminate 1) the z linkage setup which is prong to popping put and 2) will eliminate the need to drill out those holes. Unfortunately, I learned that AFTER drilling out the holes... If you have any questions feel free to ask away here as there are fellows here that are WAY more MJ saavy than myself but feel free to drop a pm as well with any questions! I'm sure plenty of us can provide pics as well as helpful tips and tricks when the time comes! Good luck and happy jeepin'! [emoji106] Sent from my LGMS210 using Tapatalk
  3. This is actually a pretty cool idea! Just seeing this thread now but been here for a bit now. My name's Trevor and like everyone else here, I have a jeep problem [emoji23] most recent photo I have since I take way more pics of the jeep than I do myself lol Sent from my LGMS210 using Tapatalk
  4. I think if we all team up and work together to share as much knowledge and help each other as much as possible, I don't think this place is going anywhere. We all share a passion so deep, that losing such a valuable friend and resource should bring is together and make this community stronger! I live in central California and the closest member to me is over 2 hrs away but once I get the 4wd swap done, there's nothing I wouldn't like more than to meet up with some fellow enthusiasts and have a little meet and greet! The closest OHV area to me is Pismo like 45 mins north but been dying to go on some trail rides! Sent from my LGMS210 using Tapatalk
  5. The crop looks clean but honestly I'm a fan of both. The rectangular one would be easier to fit more places and less wasted material but I like the crop cut for a sleek look. Sent from my LGMS210 using Tapatalk
  6. Actually I still have two more pieces to track down that I almost forgot about! Still need a tan ashtray and a tan full center console! Aside from those everything else is there! For the glove box, I have the original lock but not the key so I have a burgundy lock and key for now until I get the tan one rekeyed. Sent from my LGMS210 using Tapatalk
  7. When I first got the truck it was missing a few pieces nothing too major. The headliner of course was gone but thanks to SMS Headliners I got an awesome replacement! That and the visors are the only lives that aren't OEM as I snagged visors from a mid 90s xj to have the plastic instead of the cardboard ones. Made it super easy to cover them with the supplied material to match the headliner! And thank you! It was my first experience with body work on my own and I'm pleased enough with the outcome! Sent from my LGMS210 using Tapatalk
  8. I'm sure a pic or two are repeated but who doesn't love some good ol' MJ pics [emoji41] the next update however should be one of the most significant in my build as I FINALLY found a driveshaft for my 4wd swap! Just scrounging up some funds and gonna pull the trigger! A fellow on one of the comanche FB pages had one laying around and soon it shall be MINE!! Stayed tuned y'all! Sent from my LGMS210 using Tapatalk
  9. I also recently wired in LED flood lights for fog lights/work lights and utilized an OEM fog light switch wiring it up so when the switch is on, the light on the switch turns on as it normally would and man I love it! And thanks to Will, I now have a not broken trans switch, horn cover, THE MATCHING DRIVER SIDE ARM REST WHICH I'M MOST EXCITED ABOUT!! And I traded him my brushed silver cluster bezel for the OEM black bezel with the piece that goes under the column! Also super excited about that!! It feels awesome having the interior closer to stock and complete! For the switch panel on the left, it's still open and I'm unsure of what I'm going to do as I'm going to use those spots for either E lockers or an E locker and a winch. I'm not sure of what route I'm going to do for the lockers but will get there eventually when money allows. I'm torn between running dual E lockers and running an E locker up front and LSD in the rear. For this post I'll have to snag a pic of the dash to show off what I have so far as I THINK I have a pic of the new bezel but waaay too many pics to try and dig through BUT there WILL be one I promise! As for now, I think that sums up the little projects I've done since the last update but plenty more to do! So alas, here goes the promised pic dump! [emoji106] Sent from my LGMS210 using Tapatalk
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