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Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler Rock Fenders & Suspension - Project Scratch-Built Scrambler

Posted in Project Vehicles on May 1, 2010
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The Scratch-Built Scrambler has been a long and arduous project spanning a number of years, but sometime in the next few months we hope to have the rig out on the trail. Those of you who have built a rig from scratch or completed a frame-off restoration know just how time-consuming a project of this magnitude can be. There will always be a number of components that need to be refabricated, replaced, tweaked, and retweaked before the machine hits the road.

The more we looked at the suspension and wheelbase of our Scrambler, the more we realized it needed some fine tuning. We cut off the original shock hoops, removed the suspension links (which will be replaced later with ones 10 inches longer), and lengthened the wheelbase from 103 to 108 inches. The steering box was also relocated farther forward on the frame for better steering geometry.

We weren't happy with our first choice of front fenders because they didn't have inner fenderwells. The fenders wouldn't protect the engine and components under the hood, and they looked unfinished. Since the Jeep is now being built at Overkill Engineering in Nuevo, California, owners Gabe Gile and Mark Hanson offered up their Original Rock Fenders.

While installing the fenders, we stepped back and took a good look at the Jeep and the suspension geometry, and things just didn't look right. So we took this opportunity to rework the front suspension, build coilover mounts, and lengthen the wheelbase. We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and with a little luck these parts and suspension modifications will get us closer to the big test run.

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Walker Evans Racing
Riverside, CA 92516
Overkill Engineering
Nuevo, CA

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