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Old 05-07-2008, 11:13 PM   #1
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removing the body

well.. since my jeep is waiting on new axles to go in.. i decided while its still in the garage im going to remove the body from the frame and repaint the frame and maybe even herculine the underside of the body..

my question is do i just remove the body lift bolts (11 bolts) and the center console? is there anything else attaching the body to the frame?

i bought a black console with a sub to replace my broken one.. i have been waiting to rhinoline the tub to install it but since i have to remove it anyways.. ill be installing my new one when all said and done.. i might even herculine the inside tub as well

i figured if the body is off the frame.. it will make it 100x easier to put the axles in.. also if i can get them in time ill be trying to get some new control arms.. this will keep me from having to crawl under my jeep to install them

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Old 05-07-2008, 11:26 PM   #2
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Without crawling under mine to verify:
- brake lines
- electrics that run from front to back
- steering linkage
- all the stuff that is under the hood is likely mounted to the body, but is tied to the engine
- gas lines
- one or two other things I'm sure I'm forgetting

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Just from what i know.. (never actually removed the tj body lol) Lots of wires, the tcase brackets.. hand brake brackets, battery wires and such, steering shaft, brake lines that go from the cylinder to the frame and on.. coolant lines, thats all i can think of for now.
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Old 05-08-2008, 06:22 AM   #4
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There is ALOT of things to disconnect. Trust me, I have been down that road before!
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ya, its a ton of work. definately not worth it to make axle job easier. and you can't have that much rust under there already. i'd leave it on, and clean up the underneath, you can do pretty good still.
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ya, its a ton of work. definately not worth it to make axle job easier. and you can't have that much rust under there already. i'd leave it on, and clean up the underneath, you can do pretty good still.

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Old 05-08-2008, 08:15 AM   #7
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Prep it like for a body lift, make sure the shifter can slide as you lift the body. Personally I would not take it all the way off, friend just did a YJ frame swap last year. Six people to lift and carry the body off and put it down on some supports on the ground minus the hard top while the axles, tranny, transfer, engine, gas tank, etc were moved to the new frame.
I would lift it about 3-5 inches off the frame so you are going to need at least 2 floor jacks, block all 4 wheels if you still have tires/axles under it. If you decide to take it all the way off as you lift it you will see what has to be disconnected, LABEL EVERYTHING. It's mostly wiring, fuel lines are on the frame. It is alot of work, on a 1-10 it's about a 8 or 9. When labeling the connectors just use some masking tape and put numbers on them 1 on the socket 1 on the plug, 2-2, 3-3 etc. For strange routing take pictures with a digital camera.
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yah i might not take it completely off then..

and as for the rust.. i live in indiana (they put down sooo much salt in the winter)... and its a 99.. trust me i got plenty of rust underneath it.. the only parts that aren't rusted are the new suspension parts that ive installed within the last year
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thinking about the same thing with my 97, what did you end up doing?
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thinking about the same thing with my 97, what did you end up doing?
LOL.. this thread is nearly 4 years old. I have removed a few tubs before and its a ton of work to completely remove the tub just to paint the frame. I would just lift it a little like stated above. I am going to be putting a body lift on soon and plan on hitting the frame with a wire wheel and Chassis Saver the frame. No need to take the tub off completely though..

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