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Old July 12th, 2010, 04:21 PM   #1
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Well I finally found a project I kept long enough to drive! I picked this 2000 cherokee up at the end of last winter out in the thumb for $800. It had 312000 miles on it and had no motor in it. The story was that the guy who I bought it from was going to turn it into a weekend warrior and then he lost his job and needed the cash and I found it on craigslist the day he put it up for sale. I went and picked it up and brought it home and it sat at my house for a while before I did anything with it. The owner before the guy i bought it from drove it from michigan to ohio everyday and she racked up the miles, he had quite a few new parts for it still in boxes in the back and everything from the motor besides the head and block.

I picked up a motor from a wrecked 98 cherokee with under 100,000 miles. I took it apart cleaned it up really good, had the head machined, a valve job, and hot tanked and all new gaskets throughout the motor. Most of the stuff was replaced on the motor too like power steering, alternator, etc.

The electric fan wouldnt come on so I hooked up a relay and switch to a aftermarket fan and that sucker works good! You can feel the air being drawn through the radiator with it.

I also replaced the stock motor mounts with brown dog offroad h.d. mounts.

I added a 2.25" budget boost but that soon changed once I started ordering parts after getting really bad death wobble. I ordered an iron rock offroad track bar that is adjustable and has a h.d. bracket and shear joint is what they call it instead of a tie rod end. I ordered rustys adjustable lower control arms, and rustys sway bar discos. I am going to replace the spacer lift with real rustys 3" h.d coils and on the rear I have a add a leaf plus block which is going to be replaced with a boomerang shackle.

So far here are some pics of my bumper, engine, jeep, etc. I am going to get some 31"s for it build a rear bumper, sliders, and roof rack.
Here is pics of the build so far!















The bumper I am building in the pics is for the front, it is 2x5x3/16" rectangle tube, going to have 1" dring mounts, and has tie in plates I built out of 1/4" flat bar. Up by the bumper looks like there are a million holes, thats to tie the plates to the angle, they are going to be a bunch of plug welds. I need to weld the tie in plates and angle tie in plates to the bumper and the dring mounts yet with my girlfriends dads stick welder yet but I have them tacked up so far.

Hopefully in the future I will get Disc 8.8 with a mini spool and replace the carpet with spray in bedliner. So far this jeep has costed me many trips to prime fasteners and autozone but I was at least able to finaly drive one of my projects on the 4th of july weekend.
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Old July 18th, 2010, 05:52 PM   #2
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Here are some updates. I installed the rustys offroad lower control arms and iron rock offroad trackbar and bracket. Installed a moog steering stabalizer. All that helped control my death wobble a lot. I think I need an alignment to make it perfect but I am going to wait a week or so until I take the old lift off and put my new 3" h.d. coils in and rear lift. I finished the front bumper and put it on. Here are some pics of that. It mounts on both sides of the frame rail with 7 bolts a side and I have a JCR inner steering brace on the inside between the steering box and "frame rail." The last pic is of my jeep next to my sisters.




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Old July 18th, 2010, 06:39 PM   #3
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looks nice you need to get some new rubbers for that bad boy.. i got a couple sets if your interested..
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Old July 18th, 2010, 07:57 PM   #4
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yeah i do need some, what do you have?
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Old July 18th, 2010, 08:59 PM   #5
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hey that garage door looks familiar I really like the front bumper, it looks good. nice work.
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Old July 25th, 2010, 09:41 PM   #6
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I finally got around to ordering some rims. I stopped at discount tire and ordered 4 of the unique rims...they look like basic cragar rims, just black steelies with 4.0 backspacing. I get those this week and will pick them up friday with a brand new set of 31x10.5 r15 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs. They looked like just what I wanted they looked pretty aggressive with a nice side wall lug and looked like they would last a bit longer than the MT's.

I will probably throw on the 3" coils this week and the shackle in the rear to make a little more room for the tires.

This is the beginnings of my rear bumper, this is all just tacked up, I need to make the corners yet for it but this is the basics. Its 3/16 wall 2x5" tube the brackets are 2" sch80 seamless pipe and 1/4" plate. I bought the reciever tube at TSC and put that on there also. The Dring mounts will be rounded like the front bumper and are 1" thick all the way thru the bumper and have a 7/8" hole in them.

I also added a pair of Hella 500's to the front bumper in one pic.





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Here are some updates of the jeep!
Over the past week I replaced the upper and lower balljoints after finding they were shot right as I was putting the new tires on. I also changed the axleshaft u joints while I was there. The new balljoints made it so it rides nice and straight now and doesn't wander anymore and I have 0 death wobble anymore...I recently took it to traverse city area and back last weekend and even took it up to 80 on the highway a few times and she didn't shake or handle bad at all anymore! That made me pretty happy.

Here are a few shots of the new tires. I got a set of new 31x10.5r15 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs. I love them so far. I had them mounted on new unique powder coated steelies. They feel soft but are pretty quiet on the road I played with them a little in the ditch and in some loose dirt and mud and they worked great. I took it on its first trail ride...just a short one about 5 miles through the woods. For some reason it likes to overheat a little so I kept stopping it and letting it cool so I didn't do no harm. Even in stop and go traffic or sitting idleing it wont overheat so who knows. Im going to replace the radiator witha heavier duty 2 or 3 core unit and add some hood louvers.




I just bought a 1" poly coil spacer to replace the 2.25" one I have now. A new set of roughcountry sway bar disconnects, rough country 2" shackles, and Iron Rock offroad 1.25" solid bar tie rod. It is geting all new steering links and joints and I am going to put the new lift on through the next two weeks. I am going to replace the 2.25" lift with 4" lift with my 3" rustys h.d. coils and new spacer and existing rear lift addaleaf and block and new shackle.

Next comes some bilstein 5100 lift shocks, some rear quarter guards, rear bumper finished and jcr led tail light boxes!
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I have done a lot of work to the jeep since last posted. It recieved Iron Rock Off Road. H.D. Tie rod, this thing is pretty heavy duty, its made out of solid 1.25 round bar and takes stock ends, I replaced all the tie rods and ends.



I also put on the bigger lift. It sits right about 4.5" of lift now. I threw on Bilstein 5100 lift shocks all the way around, a new rough country 2" shackle in the rear, 1" poly spacer and 3" h.d. springs with a new isolator to give it that last 1/2".



I need to figure out something for the sway bar because on hard bumps the sway bar hits my 3/4" bolt head that ties the bumper into the unibody and makes annoying noises. It has rough country sway bar discos on it too.

I just finished the rear bumper, here are some pics, I smoothed out all non structural welds on it and rounded the dring tabs. It ties into the unibody rails and both sides and rear crossmember, I think with a total of 14 bolts if I remember. I am painting it right now.


Now I am waiting for JCR to send me parts I ordered but I ordered the metal tail light boxes and L.E.D. lights and lower quarter gaurds for the rear.

Next I am going to get a heavier duty radiator and hood louvers, and am seriously considering the THOR cowl induction intake for performance and to bring up where my motor breathes through, I was looking at a snorkel but I cant decide if I like how they look or not and how they would survive up to an impact.
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Well here are some updates on it. I still need to do a few things. I plan on getting 2" ome lift springs for it, and a new 2 or 3 core radiator for it. I have all of the stuff on it to armor the rear up a little. Here are some of the pics of my rear bumper and jcr quarter panel guards and lights. I wasn't very happy with JCR over a couple of their products, In the end I made them work, and they probably would of corrected the problem if I contacted them but I didn't want to go through the hassle, not putting them down they do offer some nice products that others dont, I just expect something to not require modifying to fit something after spending that kind of money on stuff, in the end it all turned out pretty nice though. So far I have ordered three things from them, the inner steering box spacer, rear quarter guards and rear led lights. The lights look good but nothing fit right, after the run around with the lights for them I said what the heck and made things work on my own I waited all that time then when they showed up the lights weren't there and I wasn't receiving an invoice with any of it so I sent them a email and they said they buy them when the order ships which kind of made me mad because after waiting that long I would at least like to have a complete order, but a couple days later they arrived. The LED lights that they source for you did not match up to any of the bolt holes they cut into there box, and even if they did it was impossible to get the nuts started on them because of clearance issues with the nut hitting the actual light, So i redrilled the lights them self, and ground down the plastic to make them work. But other than that they fit up to the jeep pretty good and look good. The inner steering plate had a small issue I fixed too. The furthest hole didn't line up with the on in the unibody, I fixed it with a holesaw but other than that it bolted up fine and the rear quarter guards fit up flawlessly. Here is a pic with all of it on. To me it feels like all of it really strengthens up the rear most vulnerable areas. Here are a few pics and the last one is of my new project to go with the jeep. A teardrop camper. This is the start of the frame.






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Old October 11th, 2010, 08:49 PM   #10
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nice build so far. i like.
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Well I got the cooling system upgrade done. I added a CSF 3 core all aluminum radiator, a new stant stock temp thermostat, and a new stant radiator cap. I also added genright offroad aluminum hood louvers. All together it all stopped my problem of running warm, even when the engine is moving real slow offroad. Last night I took it out on its first real wheeling trip, it has been out before down trails that any pickup could get down. She did pretty good, everything worked the way I expected. I found out I need new upper control arm bushings or control arms on certain bumps you can hear them clunk, Im probably just going to get heavy duty uppers that are adjustable instead of messing with the stock ones, then if I decide to lift it bigger in the future I already have them installed.

Here is a pic of the hood louvers on the jeep.
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Well I decided to keep my cherokee...i had it up for sale for a while, I had a few serious people that were real intersted but I just wasn't quite ready to give it up, plus dealing with some of the other people who were a pain to deal with didn't motivate me to sell it to the others and after all the work I put into this I wasn't quite ready to part with it....so...

I took it on its second wheeling trip recently...so far it has done pretty good...nothing real extreme...got to test out the rear bumper as a recovery point and the front one when a fullsize dodge plow truck got stuck on that big snow storm we had...

A few updates on her...

I pulled the carpet and painted the floor with chasis saver as a tough coating so that the floors were easy to clean and a durable finish after I pulled out the carpet...

I fixed all the problems with it too...it turns out that it had a bad clunking for a long time and I couldn't figure it out...it had a clunk in reverse too that I couldn't figure out that sounded like something beating on the floor... turns out it was the wrong trans mount...i overlooked it because it was new when i built the jeep...but appartently autozone gave me the wrong one and it wasn't nearly sturdy or tall enough and the top part of the mount would contact the crossmember and make all those noises in forwards and reverse...i didn't ever think the two noises were ever even related...but regardless it was an easy fix...

It also received new moog bushings in the control arm and axle.

I started a pair of sliders to replace the dented up rockers in her now...they aren't rusty but some how the previous owner dented them and the door all to heck on the passenger side. I am going to use 2x4x3/16 and tie them into the pinch seam and door sills...i used sch 40 seamless 1 1/2" and 1 1/4 for the rails...im tired of hearing people say it wont last 20 minutes wheeling on naxja.org...If I can destroy those that will be the least of my worries because if those fail something else did much worse on my jeep.

I am also building a new rear bumper from some inspiration from others i have seen....there is one in the jeep subforum right now, but I am building it exactly like the one on it now, except the way it mounts will be different...it will be held on with a total of 18 bolts and goes 18" into the "frame rails" and then still bolt to the rear of the jeep where the stock bumper was...this should be a sufficient tie in job so i have no worries pulling a trailer or hard tugs from the recovery points.

I also started a cool air cowl intake...i seen a member do it on jeepforum.com...very similar to the thoroffroad one...i built the tube out of 3" electropolished stainless steel tubing and made a provision for a
ccv hose..even the inside of the tubing is polished so it should allow air to flow freely plus i don't have any worries of the tube rusting up and flaking into my engine like the one i seen done up on jeepforum.com

other little stuff was I fixed my blinkers...the l.e.ds made the lights blink fast and brought other issues...i switch to a trident fl27 flasher and it solved those...she also got a new windshield and rear wiper motor....its nice having all those little features back especially living on a dirt road when the back window gets all muddy real easy.

well here are some pics of the stuff i have been building and updates of her...let me know what you think







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