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Offline Morg

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Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« on: December 20, 2015, 01:59:34 PM »
I think I’m going to call this build “Project: Kemosabe.” Kemosabe was what The Lone Ranger called his sidekick Tonto. New LJ = Tonto

After I got out of school I decided I definitely needed a decent rig to tinker with and hopefully take me to new and adventurous locations. With a little luck I won’t finish the build only to turn around and sell it on a whim. I was thinking about getting another JK to start with. I knew I didn’t want a 4 door so I checked out a few 2 doors. The JKs don’t feel right to me. While they may be arguably better built and more capable out of the box, they are too cushy and refined for me…. maybe I just have a soft spot for CJs and TJs? Anyways, I decided I wanted a LJ the same color as my TJ (below)….. and I wanted a low mileage, rust free, and unmodified one also. After about 3 or 4 months I found one that had been slightly modified, but was 100% rust fee and stupid clean. It came from Arizona and I’m thinking a retired guy just tooled around in it, because there are no signs what so ever of off road use.

The old…..


The new….
It came with 33s and a Teraflex lift. The lift looks to be 4” with a 1” body lift. It also came with a hi-lift and a CB radio.

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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2015, 02:48:18 PM »
I’m not 100% sure where this build will go, but my main emphasis is just to use the friggin thing. I know I want more power. A lot more. I would like a suspension/drivetrain that works well on the road, on the trail, and can take high speed punishment. I plan on building as much as I can myself….. hopefully more efficiently than before. This time I’ve got some fun machines at my disposal!!

I think this time I’m going to try and keep everything store bought made in the USA (Australia too). This may be a little bit of a chore and I’m sure will cost a bit more, but not using China, Korea, etc made stuff is worth it.

My initial winter/spring list…..
New windshield (just busted it)
New soft top
Half doors/windows
Cut front bumper
Correct body lift
Stereo/Navigation
Build cage and spare mount
Water and fuel storage
Bedline inside
Aux Lights
Rock sliders
Front lunchbox locker
CJ tailgate
On board air

The first thing is was planning on crossing off the list was the trimmed bumper… which I got done, but I decided while I had the sawzall out I may as well trim my fender flares a bit. Two hours later I decided to highline the front. This was not on the list…. And so it starts

I wasn’t happy with my initial measurements. This is the first time I’ve done bodywork with a laser level!





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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2015, 04:46:08 PM »
How do you hold the hood down now?

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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2015, 04:55:12 PM »
I'm doing hood pins.

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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2015, 05:13:44 PM »
I'm doing hood pins.

Do the Aerocatch pins, please.
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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2015, 05:35:49 PM »
I really liked the Rokmen hood pins, but I'll have to check those out for sure.

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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2015, 05:47:38 PM »
I'm doing hood pins.

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Oh duh lol



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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2015, 07:14:42 PM »
Brainstorming…

I saw that someone had removed the front diff cover. With how well this thing wheeled the few times I’ve been out I wondered if it may have a lunchbox locker. I didn’t find a locker but I did spy about a half a tube of silicone.

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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2015, 08:08:13 AM »
Your front diff looks like a third grade art project

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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2015, 12:08:42 PM »
Is this one going to be wheeled?  Or sold and then cried over?

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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2015, 12:23:08 PM »
This one will DEFINITELY get wheeled... but odds are I'll sell it and cry myself to sleep for a while.

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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2015, 12:28:39 PM »
SMORR trip!!!! >:D
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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2015, 12:30:11 PM »
I hope to have this part of the build done by Howiepalooza. I've missed that trip the last 4 years!

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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2015, 12:43:32 PM »
Ive been dying to make a smorr trip, maybe it'll be howiepalooza this year!

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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2015, 09:48:21 PM »
I hope to have this part of the build done by Howiepalooza. I've missed that trip the last 4 years!

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