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July 2017 ● DigitalBman's '87

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Oops!... looks like we're a day late, but not anything short when it comes to quality Comanches! Have you ever looked at a project before even starting and then decided to pump the brakes? No shame in that! Sometimes it just makes sense to pick up where someone else left off. I've been there. We all have at some point. This month, let's have a look at such an example!







Originally - 87 jeep Comanche SWB 2.5L 2wd base truck

Currently - 99 Drivetrain 4.0 4x4 with 2001 XJ Limited Interior




Purchased this from someone down in Las Cruces, New Mexico. That person purchased it from KCsurfer20 from here on CC. He is the one that performed the original conversion 


Items marked with an *** are things i have done since owning it

1999 4.0 Rebuilt and bored .30 over

Bored out TB Melling Oil Pump

Brown Dog Block Brackets

Ironman HD motor Mounts

Eddlebrock dual outlet header

High flow intake manifold 

Moroso Multibaffled Oil Pan ***





AX-15 out of a 1999 XJ

Np231 transfer case, with HD wide chain, gears, and a 6 pinion planetary

Dana 30 up front with OX locker ***

C8.25 in the rear with an OX locker and 29 spline axle shafts ***

4.88 gears in the front and rear ***



High flow water pump ***

Stock radiator and stock fans


Dual battery setup with 2 Blue top Optimas ***

Auxiliary fuse box from CR-Snow over at CF ***





6.5 inch lift

Adjustable upper and lover control arms

SOA in rear

Fox Shocks in front ***

BDS in rear

Track Bar from IronMan4x4 ***

Steering Box Brace with sector shaft support from IronMan4x4 ***

Steering Box Spacer from IronMan4x4 ***

Track Bar drop bracket from IronMan4x4 ***

Track Bar drop bracket brace from IronMan4x4 ***




2001 XJ limited interior with the wood grain accents

Heated Leather seats

Pioneer double din touch screen head unit (did not trim bezel or vents) ***

2 tweeters, 2 Mids 6.5”, 2 6x9” Lows, 2 6 3/4” Bass ***

Custom headliner with the overhead sound bar ***

XJ limited Overhead console shortened ***

LED interior lights

Jeep WJ overland steering wheel ***








stock - for now


Rigid Industries headlights ***

Aux beam spot lights


Winch bumper up front

heavy duty bumper in rear

Bushwacker flat fenders



33” Dynapros



7 switch panel bezel ***

Factory style locker switch ***

Factory style LED Lights switch ***

Rear Winch bumper from Krustyballer with warn winch

Baja industries flush mount flood lights in rear

OR-Fab winch bumper with Warn winch

Rigid industries light bar and spot lights up front

Cowl intake 



35”+ tires

On board air from VIAIR

Rear sliding glass

Roll bar


Wire the steering wheel controls

Cameras wired to head unit to use as rock cameras for self spotting

Create a logic board that lets me use the steering wheel controls to select front or rear winch and then use them to winch in/out




Remember That One Time?... Tell Us Your Best MJ Story ●

The first time i took this jeep to do some serious off roading was to the frostbite event at Kansas Rocks Recreation Park. I was absolutely amazed at the capability and frankly, the jeep was able to outdrive me. It made me look like i had more technical skill than i did. But my biggest sense of pride came when i tackled “The Slab”. After watching several vehicles try and fail, and after one jeep broke the driveshaft just trying to get to the obstacle, I succumbed to the peer pressure and went for it. If it wasn't for my lack of technical skill it would have made it up without a single hiccup like it was nothing, but it took me two tries to get the traction I needed. Sure 'nuff, I got it! Crawled up it without even going over 2500RPM. 







In the past I have been used to mud and sand type terrain, but now that I am in Kansas, I have been expanding my technical trail ability thanks to this jeep. 

CC is Awesome!... Why Do You Think So? ●


The wealth of knowledge is great! I needed to do a gear swap and locker install on my axles after the spartan locker blew up and destroyed the front Ring and Pinion Gear… If it wasn't for the help of the members and their know-how, I would have felt a lot less confident going into the project. With having the input from people here checking my work, I am very confident that my install will last for the life of the jeep! Comanche Club RULES!!!! 


Stay tuned! In the coming months I have a lot of plans for this jeep!


I just found out today that my first child is going to be a baby boy!!! Let's hope that the jeep blood runs in the family! :] 








Way to go, Brannon! I think you did the right move with taking a good truck and making it great. I think a lot of times a project can stall out because they take longer than originally anticipated. By picking up where the past owner left off, you could focus on the finishing touches right away. I really like that you still have plans for it too. They're never really done, anyhow! Congratulations!



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Thanks everyone!! Stay tuned, iv got quite a lot to do in the next couple months.


Been getting the finishing pieces together to finish my current projects.


I'm also going to an event at Kansas Rocks on the 22nd! Hope to see some CC members there!

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Also just wanted to add, for me and my needs, picking up someone else's project was the best move for me.


Relocating from Florida to Kansas made me rethink my jeep plans. I fell in love with this jeep and decided it was worth the 26 hour round trip to New Mexico to get it.


Having a converted comanche was my dream jeep for a long time... And now I am making it my ultimate dream jeep which is a well built converted comanche.


Thanks again to everyone on this forum for the helpful information and support system!

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Thanks guys! I really appreciate it!


I have made some progress if anyone is curious!


Got the sliders installed from Krustyballer


Finished wiring the fuse box


Working on getting the high idle to work like the factory police package XJ's but with the manual computer


Got my lockers totally wired with one switch on a factory style toggle that operates front and rear independently of one another.


Got the cowl intake done


And a few other things! Thanks again guys!:]

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I'm going to give you a tip. Get as much done on the truck as you can before your boy comes because you life is going change enormously. Raising a child is the hardest job you'll ever love. Congratulations all the best the you and your family.

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very nice comanche and i bet this one is awesome off road. 

 Thanks Blaine! I went to MOAB and I went up every trail we went to! Went up hells gate, the escalator, top of the world and several other ones. It really suprised me just how capable it was! I am going back to MOAB next October and I have a few trips to other places planned between now and then. I'm hoping to compete in the Gambler 500 next month as well. Check out my build thread if ya have time, iv done quite a bit since MJOTM.



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Will do taking notes for my future Comanche  thumbs up for making one amazing mj even more awesome .

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1 minute ago, riverrat92 said:

Looks like a sweet build planning on doing a similar paint style on mine.

Thanks man! 


I have done quite a lot since MJOTM if you wanna check out my build thread. 



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