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Old November 30th, 2009, 12:34 AM   #1
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My buddy Tony (Boomerangfish66 on here) and I have this cool game where we convince each other to buy a volume of crap we don't need. My wife is used to it but I think he has a harder time...

This car arrived courtesy of him via a Craigslist text. I was at the guy's house in under an hour from the text. I think that is a new record.

I already have two other Cherokees, one is an exact copy of this one on about 5" of lift with 31's... I took it to the Badlands last year and was hesitant to do anything that might f-up my favorite car. It was like going to a strip club and facing the wall. I made it two days and didn't really do any damage though. The guys we went with were all more crazy/experienced, so at least with this ride I can at least be there for more action.

Well, this one has already been rolled and flopped at least 2 times so it is perfect. Motor is knocking really bad, so I am going to do my best to make a complete swap with a pre-2k engine without exchanging the head. We'll see how that goes.

My plan is 6.5" longarm with 33"s. I'm gutting the car but fixing the air and stereo... I am going to leave the axles stock for now, as I am eyeing a dodge at work that may be a possible donor (if it ever goes to auction) I'll at least get a aussie in the front and may weld the rear. I'll make up some bumpers and see about a cage. I also need to see if I am going to run stock wheels with spacers, or buy some used wheels with the proper offset.

So far, I grabbed a new V8 ZJ tie rod assy at parts galore Sat. that I threw on. I had a full Jegs exhaust that I'll put on with a scratch and dent Flowmaster from Rusty's. I mounted a power steering cooler and ordered a Rough Country 6.5 longarm kit from PORC with the GL discount. It was the cheapest price anywhere and showed up 2 days later. I bought a junkyard motor, and some tires from Ridin Dirty. I showed my wife how to unscrew the trim in the back of the car and went to work. She did pretty good. I also pulled the console, airbags, all of the flares and mounts, and the bumpers.

I figured if I started an actual build thread I won't be able to puss out and not finish this.




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Old November 30th, 2009, 12:43 AM   #2
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sounds neat. 6.5 is a bit overkill for 33"s but hey, lets see some pics.
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Old November 30th, 2009, 01:32 AM   #3
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here's after I moved another car and a bunch of crap and put it in the garage.



Then we lifted the back.




Set up the crossmember and transfer case skid. This will be a BITCH if I ever have to pull the trans. That is my only gripe so far about this kit.



The front arms and shocks went on easy, brake lines were done right after this pic, but the springs aren't here yet.



I swapped out the tie rod for a solid V8 ZJ piece. My aftermarket one on the other XJ is huge, but the tie rod ends were junk and wore out quick. I wanted to stay with factory parts on this one. I think the whole assy. was $12 at parts galore and was fairly new...



Hopefully the springs for the front will arrive tomorrow so I can put it on doughnut spares and pull the motor.
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Old November 30th, 2009, 01:45 PM   #4
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sounds neat. 6.5 is a bit overkill for 33"s but hey, lets see some pics.
I've always thought 6.5 and 33's is a perfect match.
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Old November 30th, 2009, 01:48 PM   #5
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so the LA from RC was as easy as what the magazine said huh? im thinking about buying the upgrade and getting the long arms when tax time comes around, 6" and short arms just dont work anymore
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Old November 30th, 2009, 02:35 PM   #6
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so the LA from RC was as easy as what the magazine said huh? im thinking about buying the upgrade and getting the long arms when tax time comes around, 6" and short arms just dont work anymore
Yeah, the kit went on effortlessly. I have had quality issues with their stuff before so I was apprehensive to purchase anything else from them. This kit was put together great, I just want to see how the joints last.
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Old November 30th, 2009, 06:33 PM   #7
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the RC kit and the rustys look the same put the 8" rustys on my buddys cherokee, that kit runs the same joints it has been on almost a year still holding up well, should be a good beater when done

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Old November 30th, 2009, 06:36 PM   #8
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well like previously stated that WAS going ti be an upgrade but a $1000 trans rebuild will put that on hold but eventualy
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well like previously stated that WAS going ti be an upgrade but a $1000 trans rebuild will put that on hold but eventualy
Junkyard trans and longarms = under budget! You can rebuild it later.
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not really its my DD tow rig so a junyard trans wont do, do to the poblem being a factory flaw and it would most likely happen again but i got a side job today so maybe its looking better it'll happen sooner then later. also it says its for 6" will it accomodatea little bit bigger lift or are the longs not long enough the magazine didn;t specify any of that
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not really its my DD tow rig so a junyard trans wont do, do to the poblem being a factory flaw and it would most likely happen again but i got a side job today so maybe its looking better it'll happen sooner then later. also it says its for 6" will it accomodatea little bit bigger lift or are the longs not long enough the magazine didn;t specify any of that
It says on the website 4-6" also - the uppers are maxed out pretty much when I set them where I wanted them. I think you might be able to go a little bigger, but it would cause some alignment issues.

I put the springs in and wheels on the front this morning. I will throw it on the old "stanley-liner" alignment rack, then will begin pulling the motor and re-doing the rear brake hard line.
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not really its my DD tow rig so a junyard trans wont do, do to the poblem being a factory flaw and it would most likely happen again but i got a side job today so maybe its looking better it'll happen sooner then later. also it says its for 6" will it accomodatea little bit bigger lift or are the longs not long enough the magazine didn;t specify any of that
unless its the junk five speed they came w/, i wouldnt have an issue w/ a junkyard auto
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 03:52 PM   #13
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sorry fraser for any confusion of got a chevy that the tranny blew up on
i also wouldnt have a problem with an aw4 junkyard trans iv yet to see one blow though
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Bought some black -proper offset- steel wheels... They showed up today. Just gotta get all of the tires and wheels up to our cottage to mount them. Pulled the motor with my wife last night and began assembling the used one.

Now I know why I can't use the late style exhaust manifold with a early head. Swapping out the cylinder heads tomorrow.

Finishing the engine this weekend, pulling out the seats for Boomerangfish66 to swap him since mine are very clean and his is a DD with some stains (possibly love stains...). I figure I'll just get them filthy anyway.

I'll probably start ordering up a locker for the front too.

I still have to finish cutting off the lower control arm mounts. I have found something I really hate doing in this. Oh, and I have to run a new rear brake line.
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Installed new motor last night and today. So far it runs great. Found a factory trans cooler at the 'galore that was $8 and plugged right in from an XJ limited with towing package. Took out seats and carpet, and swapped seats with my friend.

I have to buy a few feet more of cooler line before I can hook up my power steering cooler.

I found I now need to replace a small section of drivers floor... I'll do this and possibly bedliner the floor.

I also read something about using a 4.0 ZJ fan clutch in place of the stock one from the dorks on NAXJA. There was one next to me when I was pulling the trans cooler. It is a lot larger and bolted right in place. We'll see if it does anything.

I also welded up my exhaust with the Jegs leftovers and the Fartblaster. I think it is a 50 series because it is nowhere near as obnoxious as I thought it would be.

Here's another bad pic. I'll get some more when I get it out of the garage. I should have the tires and wheels mounted this coming weekend.




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Old December 14th, 2009, 03:06 AM   #16
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Looks good. Clean truck.
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Old January 14th, 2010, 07:06 PM   #17
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hows it coming?
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Old January 15th, 2010, 12:59 AM   #18
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hows it coming?

It's pretty much done. I welded new metal in for the floor, spray bedlinered over that, made a rear bumper, ran a new rear brake line, re-mounted the tires again with airsoft bbs to balance them. I hooked up my power steering cooler, got a cb for christmas and tossed it in... Oh and put in a cd player that appears to be leaking out a black tarry street drug. I need to start playing with the axles now. I think weld the rear and spartan locker for the front with some cheap stronger shafts.

I have been too lazy to take any pics, and I didn't want to put up any more from inside the garage since they all look like shit. (not that I think I have a sweet jeep here, I just want it to NOT look like I accidentally pushed the camera button...)

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Old January 15th, 2010, 06:55 AM   #19
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Old January 15th, 2010, 09:02 AM   #20
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i gottcha. well whenever you get around to it, i wouldn't mind seeing this thing done.
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