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Old March 16th, 2014, 08:53 PM   #301
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With the weather getting better, we got some work done on my Cherokee today. We got the passenger door panel removed, the new passenger side tweeter speaker installed, and the donor inner door panels pulled and ready to install in my Jeep.

First we took off the inner door panels to be able to install the tweeter speaker on the passenger side. The previous owner screwed in the armrest with like a billion screws, so that was tedious, but we got them out and the door panel off. We installed the tweeter speaker on the passenger side (the driver speaker was already on) with no trouble at all. We then moved on to the donor doors and took my "new" door panels off. We're waiting for the weather to get warmer so we can use some Eastwood rust-proofing inside the doors before installing the replacements.




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Old April 10th, 2014, 06:00 PM   #302
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I had the day off work today with my girls, and made some GREAT Spring Break progress on Mira's Jeep.

First, I started late last night repairing the extensive rust (note: tongue-in-cheek...this equated to light sanding), and threw on some POR-15. Normally, we use Eastwood paint, but the brush-on POR that we already had worked decently-well in this case. I'm still not a real fan of the stuff, but hopefully, it'll keep her floorpan in good shape for a decade plus.






(Not pictured) We got an early start this morning, and swapped out the 35-tooth speedometer gear for a 34-tooth gear I had from my '05 LJ to correct for the larger tires. The stock tires (confirmed with the dealership via the VIN) were P215/75R-15s (27.7" tall), while the 31" BFG KM2s measure an actual 30" tall. The speedo should be fairly dead-on now.


Mira then got her "new" (replacement) door panels reinstalled. The original passenger one was a little buggered-up by a previous owner.




Mira then threw a second coat of POR on the floor to seal it up. Carpet and seat reinstall will happen fairly soon (perhaps even this weekend).




We also replaced Mira's front brake pads & rotors with some new ones from a parts Cherokee we bought a couple months ago. They had about a month worth of use on them before the vehicle was parked, and were in almost new condition. This was Mira's first experience with brake work, and she realized how simple it really was.

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Old April 10th, 2014, 06:10 PM   #303
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That's great that you got her out in the garage working on her own rig.

Just q question and I hope it is not dumb, but where is the axleshaft in the last picture?
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Old April 10th, 2014, 06:13 PM   #304
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That's great that you got her out in the garage working on her own rig.

Just q question and I hope it is not dumb, but where is the axleshaft in the last picture?
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Not a dumb question at all. It's a 2WD Cherokee. We may convert it to 4WD down the road, but for now, 2WD will suffice for her needs.
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Old April 10th, 2014, 06:25 PM   #305
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I didn't know that 2wd cherokees had a solid front axle?? I have no experience with cherokees...

Pretty cool that you take the time to show her around the garage, and even better that she is out there with you...
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Old April 10th, 2014, 06:32 PM   #306
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I didn't know that 2wd cherokees had a solid front axle?? I have no experience with cherokees...

Pretty cool that you take the time to show her around the garage, and even better that she is out there with you...
She's doing a lot of the work herself, and paying for half of the build, too. I'm very proud.
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Old April 12th, 2014, 06:26 PM   #307
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There's no doubt Mira is my child...she REALLY enjoys making Jeep parts pretty.

Today, we scuffed & primed her windshield wiper arms, "new" (low-mileage from my old '05 LJ) tie rod/drag link, and her new TeraFlex adjustable lower control arms, just to make them match her other underpinnings (TeraFlex sponsored her with these LCAs). We primed them with Eastwood Extreme Chassis Black Primer, and will top-coat them with Extreme Chassis Coat Black Satin (Eastwood also sponsored her).





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Old April 12th, 2014, 06:31 PM   #308
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Just too cool !!

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Old April 13th, 2014, 01:16 PM   #309
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Man when you guys come get your stuff I'm gonna be all embarrassed because my jeep might have some dirt on it or something. Looking nice down there!
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Man when you guys come get your stuff I'm gonna be all embarrassed because my jeep might have some dirt on it or something. Looking nice down there!
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Caleb - At least you can see the bigger picture/vision through all the mess in my garage. We'll see you soon.
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Old April 26th, 2014, 08:54 PM   #311
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We got Mira's new (to her) front carpet reinstalled today, along with the front seats (not shown)...looks great! Mira then proceeded to drive around the property (solo) for about 15 minutes. She's a good little driver!

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Old May 25th, 2014, 08:51 PM   #312
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We made some minor progress on the XJ today. Mira finished up her (freshly painted) driveshaft install. It's a new-to-us one from a 4.0L/AX-15 manual XJ (I installed new U-joints before the install), and is 1/2" longer than the stock driveshaft. Since the pinion on her Dana 44 was shorter than the original Chrysler 8.25, the extra length helps. We traded a pair of front & rear XJ 4.0L/AX-15/NP-231 driveshafts from a '92 XJ we parted out to my Jeep buddy, Caleb (who's converting a manual 2WD to 4WD) for this 2WD driveshaft.

I'll say once again that the Eastwood Extreme Chassis Black paint leaves a very nice finish!

She also got the rear interior hatch cover reinstalled (no pics) after we sprayed some Boeshield T-9 inside the hatch to hopefully slow rust after she starts driving it through salty Michigan winters.






Finally, Mira helped dear ol' Dad change the oil in his (my) Jeep. She also helped move a stubborn, rusty non-rolling Jeep FC170 out of the garage. Therefore, Mira earned her keep today.

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Old May 25th, 2014, 10:24 PM   #313
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Boeshield t9 ftw. Favorite lube, doubt many people have a clue. My cost at the bike shop was like 10$ a can. My 7yo one just ran out of aerosol
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Small update...Mira and I got the following done on Friday:
  • Replaced broken/cobbled-by-a-previous-owner vent tube that runs from the PCV to the intake manifold.
  • Replaced bad battery temp sensor that was throwing a code ("Check Engine" light). A previous owner had pinched/flattened the wires when they removed and reinstalled the battery tray.
  • Replaced bad post-cat O2 sensor with a new Bosch unit.

On to more exciting work the next weekend I have with my girls. Oh, and hopefully there's a late-model 2-door XJ in-the-works for Mira's little sister, too (more to come).

Craig and Mira


P.S. - I found this today written in the dust on our parts Cherokee (I have no idea when she wrote it). It's the only pic I have for today. Apparently, Mira "rock & rolls all night, and part of every day."



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Old September 27th, 2014, 07:39 PM   #315
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We installed Mira's JCR Offroad XJ lower quarter armor today (thanks for another quality product, JCR!). We still have to remove & paint them, but the hard work is done.








Gratuitous (yard) victory lap.
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Old September 27th, 2014, 08:38 PM   #316
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awesome thread!! my daughter has been driving offroad since she was 10yo (now15 yo)

she is now going to start learning how to work on vehicles and change her own spare tire since she'll be driving legally pretty soon.

good for you
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awesome thread!! my daughter has been driving offroad since she was 10yo (now15 yo)

she is now going to start learning how to work on vehicles and change her own spare tire since she'll be driving legally pretty soon.

good for you
Thank you, 1TFROT (I've been watching your buggy build, BTW...very nice).


The big news today is not with Mira's XJ 2-door, but rather with her little sister Maeve's new 2000 XJ Sport 2-door that we just picked up today for only $500 (money well spent!). It's a 1-owner, female-driven vehicle that is pretty clean for its age (the owner's significant other works at a car wash/detailing center, so it got washed a LOT). It runs beautifully, despite its 220K miles. It's a 2WD with a 4.0L/AW4 auto, factory theft-deterrent system, and bone stock. It has a few minor electrical quirks (e.g. passenger window doesn't work), but it drives very nicely. A/C works. Cruise works.

There is some minor rust repair that we'll eventually have to tackle, but it's nothing we can't handle.

We also already have a set of aluminum TJ/LJ Ravine wheels with good tires that'll replace the factory steel wheels & tires.







Yeah...I'll have to explain what this C-A-S-S-E-T-T-E player thingy-majig is all about (it'll get replaced).
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Old October 18th, 2014, 11:25 AM   #318
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$500!!!?? How?
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Old October 18th, 2014, 02:22 PM   #319
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$500!!!?? How?

The sun even shines on a dog's a$$ some days. And this day, that dog is my 11 1/2-year-old daughter.
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Old October 18th, 2014, 02:31 PM   #320
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So, it was her immense whits and charm that got it. Works for me. Right place, right time.
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