Jeep Comanche Desert Truck

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I've been building this jeep off and on for a few years, and right now I'm in process of taking it to another level.

I have a complete build thread on a Jeep specific forum, but being that it's not on 40's and solid axle Dana 60's...the jeep guys don't get the new direction.

The new direction is long travel obviously. I have acquired some parts, some knowledge, and some effort to get these for traction beams under my old jeep pickup.

The truck is an 89 Jeep Comanche, I bought it from the original owner, in the original town, down the street from the dealer he bought it at in 1989...oh and it came with every document, service record, window sticker, reg&ins cards since the day he got it.

I did the first phase of the build with basically all bolt on parts, nice control arms, fenders, bolt on shocks, etc...

Now starts phase 2, obviously the beams are going under it, and I am still deciding what I want to do with the rear. But I'm not sure if that will be a phase 3 or not.

A background on me, I am a huge jeep fan, I believe this is my 11th jeep. I have a mechanical engineering background, and have had my hands in off road since I could walk. I live in southern California, naturally. Side note, I also went to school for welding. Focusing on TIG & MIG.


I have begun the design for the ttb crossmember. It will be a bolt in unit, utilizing factory bolt locations on the unibody, but of course it will be welded in once installed. I am shooting for the common 16" wheel travel, with factory Dana 44 beams. I know it has been done countless times.

The only problem is I don't have access to a TTB vehicle to pull measurements from. I have found some of the dimensions I need for mounting the TTB's amongst other forums and threads, but then again that's trusting someone else's measurements, in hopes they are measuring the way I needed.

I have built a jig, and will be testing the mounting before finalizing the crossmember obviously. The crossmember is very roughed in currently, rightfully.

As stated, I'm not a long travel expert, I haven't built a beamed anything before. So constructive criticism is appreciated, and any tips (especially ttb related) are welcomed.

Here we go.
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JDDurfey

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There is/was a TTB Cherokee build on Jeepspeed.com about 10 years ago. The guy did a really good job. You might look it up for some inspiration.

I have a 93 Cherokee, and if I had more time I would build it into something cool. Right now it is relegated to my ranch and my 9 year old son drives it around.
 

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This one is being reconditioned by Martin from Milestar Tires. His IG is @dontneeroads



 

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There is/was a TTB Cherokee build on Jeepspeed.com about 10 years ago. The guy did a really good job. You might look it up for some inspiration.

I have a 93 Cherokee, and if I had more time I would build it into something cool. Right now it is relegated to my ranch and my 9 year old son drives it around.
You might be referring to the same jeep below. Built by filar brothers.
 

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Using UTV shocks?
Yeah, I believe they are. Obviously not using stock configuration off a UTV, though.

I don't think these are going to be the long term shocks. But they will work for mockup, and at least get it rolling until I get better ones.
 

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Took some elbow grease and a wire wheel to the beams, got them looking much better than they did. But still more can be done.

If only my two helpers would quit being so lousy.
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Added Double Swing Steering into the mix...
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Those jeeps are my favorite body style but...... by the time you squeeze a cage inside the cab there's not a lot of headroom left.
 
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