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Old 10th January 2009, 10:47   #1
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I am posting pictures of a friend' CJ-500. Drove her two days ago with the top and windcreen down and it was quite an experience. It' a CJ-500 Diesel 2WD. It think that it's a fun car that does not take it self too seriously and this makes it a nice weekend cruiser.

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Incase anyone is curious, here is the list of mods:
1) Wheel Base Shortened (Not sure by how much)
2) Scorpio Front Seats
3) HRS Rims
4) Michelin LTX (Not Sure of the Size)
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Wow, that sure is one good looking jeep. Too bad it doesnt have 4wd. Any plans of converting?
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I am posting pictures of a friend' CJ-500. Drove her two days ago with the top and windcreen down and it was quite an experience. It' a CJ-500 Diesel 2WD. It think that it's a fun car that does not take it self too seriously and this makes it a nice weekend cruiser.

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Incase anyone is curious, here is the list of mods:
1) Wheel Base Shortened (Not sure by how much)
2) Scorpio Front Seats
3) HRS Rims
4) Michelin LTX (Not Sure of the Size)

tyre size should be 235 75 r 15 for sure

Viper and 4 WD is all it requires.

Say congrats to your friend

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I am posting pictures of a friend' CJ-500.
1) Wheel Base Shortened (Not sure by how much)
Hi ,

Very nice jeep. She looks so cute in her black 'parda'

Can any one explain me how the wheel base will get shortened? Is it by cut the chasis? if so from which end?

sadiq..

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Can any one explain me how the wheel base will get shortened?Is it by cut the chasis?
Yes, it is done by cutting the chassis and using shorter drive shaft.

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if so from which end?
It is done in the middle.
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Yes, it is done by cutting the chassis and using shorter drive shaft.

It is done in the middle.
Thanks babboy. I had this dount since long in my mind. I saw some jeeps with shortened w/B and some other with stretched

By cutting the middle of chasis, does it affect the strength of chasis? or need to do some other amendments to strengthen?

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Immaculately maintained Jeep. With the chassis cut, it looks just like any other 340. But she does need a 4x4. What engine in the CJ500?
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Viper and 4 WD is all it requires.
And a numberplate in front, if I'm not mistaken.
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thats a nice thought about buying a CJ500 and shortning it to make it look like CJ340!

a job weldone by your friend and he sure has good taste.....congrats to him and you too!

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Looking good but a Jeep has to be 4x4.

I always wanted to understand if it is really possible to maintain the same strenth after cutting + rewelding the chasis. I still belives that if this task is being done by any expert, it is not impossible. I wanted to have other's view on it.

Customized Lining in the center of the bonnet looks great.

The front seats are not in the same level. Something better can be done with the back of the rear seats too.

Overall I have respect for the one who dare to undertake this job on his Jeep.

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Question for Experts:

Is it possible to modify a CJ500 Diesel 2X2 Jeep to 4X4 if yest kindly explain the procedure in breif and a rough estimate of expenses.
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Thanks for the compliments! I am sure my friend will appreciate it. He did put in some hard work to make the jeep look special but classy at the same time.

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Immaculately maintained Jeep. With the chassis cut, it looks just like any other 340. But she does need a 4x4.
No plans for a 4WD conversion just yet. Plus he doesn't really off road much. The job was done on a 80K budget simply for a weekend ride, so not sure if the 4WD conversion is worth it in the long run.

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And a numberplate in front, if I'm not mistaken.
Plates were put on post the photo shoot.

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The front seats are not in the same level. Something better can be done with the back of the rear seats too.
Seats are of the same level - the angle of the photo is throwing it off. Rear Seats - Not much option. Thought about 2 more bucket seats or a rear horizontal bench but then utility is lost.
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