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installing a daniels on a jeep cherokee...

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by NorthernSvc's, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. NorthernSvc's

    NorthernSvc's Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    so i finally broke down and bought a daniels back blade for one of our jeeps... well see how it works out before i get more...
    one of the major issues for my resistance is that the jeep cherokees which i use for driveways have a unibody frame, and the daniels ( and almost all other backblades worth a s h$t) are heavy and would wreak havoc on this frame... so not only would i have to drop some dough for the plow, but would also need to reinforce the whole rear end of the jeep...
    Soooo... after some late nights, and several cases of beer later i present you with our installation of a daniels with frame modifactions for the jeep cherokee...

    step one was tearing apart the inside, dropping the fuel tank, and plasma cutting some slits along the frame...

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  2. NorthernSvc's

    NorthernSvc's Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    step 2 was running reinforcing plates along the top of the frame rails, and tying them into the lower portion of the frame ( boxing)... Keep in mind all of this was done with scrap steel ( steel left over from other projects) which is why the pieces are so thick... a little overkill but hey it's free....

    after that we took off the hitch, cleaned it and the frame ( both were pretty badly rusted), and replaced all the old bolt hardware and welded the hitch to the frame. after that we ran several pieces down from the top support to the hitch.

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  3. NorthernSvc's

    NorthernSvc's Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    of course we did this on the weekend... and we ran out of gas....:realmad::realmad::cry: so we had to switch over to flux core wire...

    next step was making a support for the front portion, which we could just bolt up instead of having to weld, i was originally going to weld it on but i hate flux core...so i tig welded some front plates with threaded rod and bolted them on...

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  4. NorthernSvc's

    NorthernSvc's Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    next: fitting some thin stock to tie the floors back in, wire brushed the underside, and rattle canned some 3m undercoating to protect the new welds and bare metal... (had pictures but they were all blurry)
    daniels design has the pump outside, which adds weight to the back, and also leaves all those connections open to the elements, we thought it best to keep everything inside, and since the daniesl plow when on will block the rear door from opening decided to just mount in the back... so we ran all the power cables up through the floor and coiled them, and then took some extra hoses we had lying around, and bought 2 sets of quick couplers.
    final step was putting a crossbrace in and attaching a piece of angle that we could mount the pump to.

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  5. NorthernSvc's

    NorthernSvc's Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    final pictures to come... had to grab the front plow so we could finish doing the work, putting the back and attaching the plow tonight...
     
  6. Showmestaterida

    Showmestaterida Senior Member
    Messages: 408

    wow! more pixs
     
  7. vegaman04

    vegaman04 Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    Coming along....
     
  8. NorthernSvc's

    NorthernSvc's Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    ok finally got her finished, went to the hydraulic shop to have them custom make some hoses, and had to replace the quick connects because the ones i had were junk...
    anyways here are the final pictures! this truck is finally done, ill post some pictures of the truck in the daylight tomorrow...

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  9. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    interesting....
     
  10. PabstBlueRibbon

    PabstBlueRibbon Senior Member
    Messages: 733

    you just screwed ever trying to sell that thing by cutting and welding onto the "frame" of that thing
     
  11. NorthernSvc's

    NorthernSvc's Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    yea.. not planning on selling them...
     
  12. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    this is definately interesting..
     
  13. nicks_xj

    nicks_xj Senior Member
    Messages: 170

    very interesting did or do you have to beef the rear end up to hold the extra weight
     
  14. nicks_xj

    nicks_xj Senior Member
    Messages: 170

    Do you have any pics with the blade attached
     
  15. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    That's dedication right there.
     
  16. Dubl0Vert

    Dubl0Vert Senior Member
    Messages: 178

    Looks good!! I always like a purpose built rig...and those cherokees can take a pounding!
     
  17. NorthernSvc's

    NorthernSvc's Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    thanks guys! it should really speed the guys up... anyways here are some final pics i snapped of the blade attached...

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  18. SDP Hauling

    SDP Hauling Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    pretty neat looking...hope it serves you well
     
  19. nicks_xj

    nicks_xj Senior Member
    Messages: 170

    that looks awesome I'm jealous and want a pull plow now
     
  20. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 818

    I love this setup!, very nice job. Always wondered about gettting one of those, wether it would save time on the certain pain in the A.. back dragging driveways.