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01' XJ that I put a 4 1/2" lift and 32" tires on. Absolutely loved that thing, drove it for years, but then I let my wife trick me into trading it in for a sedan. That only lasted a year before I traded that in for my 09' KK which is my new obsession.

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First 4x4 I owned was a 67 Jeep Pickup. Loved driving it and was happy to use it for work until I had to pay for a damaged roll of carpet that hung off the tailgate during a really wet snow storm.

First 4x4 I called my own was this fine ride owned by the US Army:

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Promised myself, if I lived through it, I'd get me a Jeep one day. Didn't think it would be a pickup, but it was all good.

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My 2005 CRD KJ is the first I've owned. The first I used (long ago) was an issue LR Series 3 Lightweight - freezing in winter and leaked in rain.

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My current ride, 2003 Jeep KJ, is the first and only 4x4 that I have owned. Traded for it in June - 2015. I wanted a Jeep, it just so happened to be a 4x4.


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Suzuki Samurai KJ410. Camo paint, 2' lift and big wheels. Pretty much like this:

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It accelerated like a cow in a swamp and drive was smooth as riding a kangaroo. But fun it was, especially during snowy winters.

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A pair of Series IIA SWB Land-Rovers, both diesels and fresh off of a lifetime of hard work on a farm.

Had to take the dead one to get the good one. Turned out to be a bonus as the dead one had a Series III gearbox; made for a nice upgrade to the running one and gave me synchromesh on all four forward gears.

Been through a variety of 4WD and AWD vehicles since - MQ-series Nissan Patrol, Lada Niva, Subaru Brats (three of them, and they're fantastic vehicles), Citroën Mehari 4x4, Subaru Forester, Fiat Panda 4x4 (the original, made-from-pressed-tin, brilliant Panda), AMC Eagle wagon, three XJ Cherokees, and a few others.

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1953 Dodge M37 Power Wagon with Jib crane and Braden PTO winch. 5.13 gears, it's a beast!
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My current car, a 2005 Cherokee KJ 2.8 CRD Sport, is my first 4x4...It's also the first car I have owned with an engine capacity bigger than 2 litres and the first I have owned with six speed manual gearbox.
The 1.6 HDi engine in my previous car, a beloved Citroen C4 Grand Picasso, blew up on a Friday (blew a hole in the block and all the oil shot out onto the M3 motorway), on the way to work, so I needed to get another car real fast for the following Monday.
The KJ had been sitting in a local second hand car dealer for a long time apparently, and at £2995, it was the cheapest car they had in their yard. It only had 51,000 miles on the clock so this immediately got my attention. I fancied getting a 4x4 to help be pull my boat and trailer up slippery slipways...This had been a real pain in the Citroen, with the front wheels scrambling for grip on the muddy stones. The only solution was to tie a rope on the front via the towing eye and get several people to pull the rope at the same time as I revved it!
The KJ already had a towbar fitted, with twin electric sockets too, but the towball part itself was missing, making it useless. The dealer gave me a similar towball fitting off an old Thule tow bar he had lying around, but it was noticably smaller and narrower. I had to make two 10mm thick packing plates and drill an extra 12mm hole through the towbar to make it fit...It still didn't look right though as the ball was at 60 degrees instead of 90 degrees, and it was a bit too close to the spare wheel to allow the trailer hitch to get over it. Luckily for me, my KJ is still effected by the current recall on KJ's to have a towbar fitted...So I am going to take the existing one off so they have to fit a new one! :wink:
It came with the stock 16" steel wheels, with worn-looking, standard, 235/70R16 BFG A/T tyres on the front...But on the back wheels it had 255/70R16 A/T tyres, which are 1.1 inch bigger in diameter!...To save some weight, and fuel, I resolved to get a set of alloys ASAP and fit low rolling resistance road tyres instead of the A/T's, as my KJ was going to be my daily commuting ride to work and back, rather than for off-road use.
Managed to find a nice set of five Ultrastar, five spoke alloys ( from a 1998 Grand Cherokee), going on ebay for £150, and they were local enough that I could go and pick them up, saving £39.99 in postage.
Before picking them up I had ordered four brand new Alphamotors DK365 235/70R16 106H, road-going SUV tyres for £118 with free postage on ebay, and they arrived by courier the following morning!
Took them down to the place that had the wheels (a second-hand wheel and tyre dealer), but initially, after perusing the official Jeep offset tables for a while they told me that they would not fit without using 1" spacers...So I quickly looked up spacers on ebay, via my mobile phone and saw that the cheapest set of 1" spacers were £76 for four, which didn't seem too bad.
I asked if he could try one of the Ultrastars on, just to confirm that they would not fit, and he agreed to try fitting one...To everyone's surprise, it fitted perfectly, without spacers!
So he fitted the four new DK365's to four of the five Ultrastars, balanced all four and put them on my KJ, with the remaining Ultrastar thrown in the boot for later.
What a huge difference there was! Smoother ride, quieter, no more steering wobble, far better road handling. It now feels safe and planted when cornering, like a small hatchback.
I am averaging over 37mpg, closer to 38mpg in fact, so I it is far more affordable to run than I though it was going to be.
There were two other issues with it that I wanted to sort out...The bonnet (hood) support struts seemed to be broken as they could not hold up the weight of the bonnet...Turns out someone had fitted rear tailgate struts to the bonnet! I ordered a new pair of struts on Amazon for £11.50, but when they arrived it was immediately clear that they would not fit as they were at least 3" too long.
So I ordered another pair, from ebay this time, which fitted perfectly. The new struts have larger diameter piston rods (8mm vs 6mm) and they work perfectly now.
The other issue was that it had the wrong battery fitted...It had a 113 battery which is only 50Ah capacity and with a cranking power of just 500CCA...Fine in the summer, but come come the winter, when the cold would reduce the batteries capacity, it might not have the power to turn over my big VM 2.8 Diesel.
After much research, I found the perfect battery...An Advanced 096R XD, with a much more meaty 77Ah capacity and a cranking power of 780CCA. It was a bit longer than the plastic battery tray in my KJ though so I simply modified the tray by breaking off the vertical lip of the tray closest to the engine. I filed it flush and then the new battery dropped strait in. Last job was to make a new clamping bracket to hold it in. I used 3" of 1" x 1" x 1/8" Aluminium angle, cut to 1" x 10mm x 1/8", and drilled an 8mm (5/16") hole in the middle of the wide section to give wiggle room for the M6 clamping bolt that came with the tray. Clamped it down tight and the job was done. :D
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 Post subject: Re: What was the first 4x4 you owned?
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I believe my first 4x4 was a 76 Toyota FJ40. Loved that thing the most out of all my 4x4 vehicles. Go anywhere, so easy to work on, parts easy to find(when I had it). Had a 76 Chevy 3/4 ton with a 350, SM465 4 speed, NP205 gear transfer case, 14 bolt 10.5 inch full floater rear, Dana 44 front. Rusty but ran great, never got stuck. Had an 82 Landcruiser FJ60 wagon, that thing took lots of abuse but loved it and wanted more, lol. Had a 03 ZR2 Chevy S10. Now have my 09 Liberty 4x4. Hate the automatic trans, but it works 90% of the time. Not nearly as easy to mod as the FJ or Chevy truck, but not horrible. Kind of reminds me of my FJ from the front doors forward, simiar flat front end, upright windsheild, etc..

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Jeep Liberty KJ 3.7 V6 Extreme Sports model :)

Went through a few after the KJ...among others Suzuki Jimny 1.3, Land Rover Defender 2.8 petrol with straight six BMW motor, Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0 CRD, Jeep JK Rubicon 3.8 and now back full circle basically to a Jeep Liberty Sport KK 3.7.


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1987 Vanagon Syncro Camper, bought her in 1991 and still have her. She's got an 1992 Subaru 3.3ltr SVX motor with all the fixings, OME suspension, custom shims...

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1987 Vanagon Syncro Camper, bought her in 1991 and still have her. She's got an 1992 Subaru 3.3ltr SVX motor with all the fixings, OME suspension, custom shims...


That sounds interesting! Do you have somewhere more info about it or can you tell bit more in here, even it's not a Jeep? I used to be a aircooler VW freak (Beetles, Variant, Bus etc) but never had any syncro or watermelon engined.

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vwroad87 wrote:
1987 Vanagon Syncro Camper, bought her in 1991 and still have her. She's got an 1992 Subaru 3.3ltr SVX motor with all the fixings, OME suspension, custom shims...


That sounds interesting! Do you have somewhere more info about it or can you tell bit more in here, even it's not a Jeep? I used to be a aircooler VW freak (Beetles, Variant, Bus etc) but never had any syncro or watermelon engined.


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Steyr Daimler Puch was the manufacturer of the legendary Unimog running gear. They were contracted to develop the syncro running gear for the Vanagons. The cases on the running gear are stamped with SDP. I have all the originally shipped 4x4 running gear that went to South Africa: Front locking differential, Rear locking differential, Center shaft disconnect. I added an AAA Transaxle built by Daryl (RIP) with his fully mechanical posi-traction. Additionally the syncro frames are much much heavier than 2wd. Fun fact the vanagon is still the vehicle that was manufactured with the most variants every in the history of autos. These came direct from the factory: Ice cream van, Dental/Medical, Fire Assist, 16 inch running gear, Pickup 2 door, Crew Cab 4 door, Delivery Van double sliders, 4x4 of all sorts, TriStar....... The brothers that designed the vans threatened to quit VW unless they where given free hand. They went berserk.

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My first car ever was a 1966 CJ5 with the Buick 225 Dauntless V6 and the 3 speed manual. We bought it for $500 and fixed it up, had new 31s on whitewagon wheels on it.

The only new vehicle i ever bought was a 95 YJ in August of 95.

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vwroad87 wrote:
Grotsoldaat wrote:
vwroad87 wrote:
1987 Vanagon Syncro Camper, bought her in 1991 and still have her. She's got an 1992 Subaru 3.3ltr SVX motor with all the fixings, OME suspension, custom shims...


That sounds interesting! Do you have somewhere more info about it or can you tell bit more in here, even it's not a Jeep? I used to be a aircooler VW freak (Beetles, Variant, Bus etc) but never had any syncro or watermelon engined.


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Steyr Daimler Puch was the manufacturer of the legendary Unimog running gear. They were contracted to develop the syncro running gear for the Vanagons. The cases on the running gear are stamped with SDP. I have all the originally shipped 4x4 running gear that went to South Africa: Front locking differential, Rear locking differential, Center shaft disconnect. I added an AAA Transaxle built by Daryl (RIP) with his fully mechanical posi-traction. Additionally the syncro frames are much much heavier than 2wd. Fun fact the vanagon is still the vehicle that was manufactured with the most variants every in the history of autos. These came direct from the factory: Ice cream van, Dental/Medical, Fire Assist, 16 inch running gear, Pickup 2 door, Crew Cab 4 door, Delivery Van double sliders, 4x4 of all sorts, TriStar....... The brothers that designed the vans threatened to quit VW unless they where given free hand. They went berserk.


I have been using rear engine diesel 4x4 Syncro bus with m/t as a company car, was very capable in Finnish snowy winters. What interests me most is that engine swap and other modifications you've done in yours.

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vwroad87 wrote:
Steyr Daimler Puch was the manufacturer of the legendary Unimog running gear. They were contracted to develop the syncro running gear for the Vanagons. The cases on the running gear are stamped with SDP. I have all the originally shipped 4x4 running gear that went to South Africa: Front locking differential, Rear locking differential, Center shaft disconnect. I added an AAA Transaxle built by Daryl (RIP) with his fully mechanical posi-traction. Additionally the syncro frames are much much heavier than 2wd. Fun fact the vanagon is still the vehicle that was manufactured with the most variants every in the history of autos. These came direct from the factory: Ice cream van, Dental/Medical, Fire Assist, 16 inch running gear, Pickup 2 door, Crew Cab 4 door, Delivery Van double sliders, 4x4 of all sorts, TriStar....... The brothers that designed the vans threatened to quit VW unless they where given free hand. They went berserk.


Steyr-Puch also did the suspension and driveline (from the transmission back, anyway) on the Fiat Panda 4x4 I used to have. The same badges were on the tailgate.

No low range, but a very capable vehicle nonetheless.

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JBA Lifted A-Arms
IRO WJ Short rear UCA / WWDiesel mount
Yeti's Stage 2 tune
HDS Model 001 Thermostat at 203°F
Stage 1 & 2 Weeks Kit
Hayden 2986 fan clutch / GM 11-blade fan
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