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Old March 7th, 2015, 01:28 PM   #1
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I'm unsure how many Pennsylvanians are on GL4X4 but we have the wonderful thing called inspection that basically is the kill joy of any fun modifications to a road going vehicle. But long story short my plan is to build my Jeep Cherokee into a capable off-roader that will pass Pennsylvania's inspection with flying colors. Yes it will have some things that should not pass, like a hollowed out catalytic converter (got to love Renix!). But with the emissions in my county it is a visual check so they only look to see if you have your emissions equipment. Other things that can be annoying about inspection is that your fender flares are only suppose to be 3" wide though not many people follow that rule because the cops and such care more about the tread of your tires being inside your flares.

Below is the link to the Pa inspection rules if anyone is curious of what they are like.

http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/06...5/s175.80.html

I will be posting more to fill in the timeline between when I bought the Jeep in July to the current time.

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Old March 7th, 2015, 01:31 PM   #2
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In for XJ carnage.
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Old March 7th, 2015, 01:36 PM   #3
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So how does a Pennsylvanian get to Michigan you may be asking or maybe you are asking why a Pennsylvanian is on a forum called Great Lakes 4x4?

Well I'm from that part of Pennsylvania that butts right up against Lake Erie so I grew up right next to a Great Lake. When it came time for me to go to college I applied to Kettering University out of Flint and received a good chunk of change to go there. So I ended up doing to Kettering for two years before I decided that I didn't like going to school in Flint and wanted to be back in my home state.

But before I moved back to Pennsylvania I was working out on the West Side of Michigan in Muskegon being an engineering co-op at a foundry. Thanks to my friends at school @Coyote Red I ended up catching the off-road bug hard core.
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Old March 7th, 2015, 01:38 PM   #4
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Awesome! haha This is kinda a fun build so far but it is mostly just getting it to the point in will be legally streetable. Then I can start doing the fun stuff such as bumpers, axle swaps, exo cage, and maybe someday a trans swap.
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Old March 7th, 2015, 01:45 PM   #5
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Well I'm picky with what I wanted to off road.

It had to be a manual and if it was a Jeep it had to have either the straight six or if it was a J-series or CJ a V8 for me to consider it.

I had a thing for XJs.... My parents bought one brand new back in 1996 (I was 2 years old) and they drove it up to 2009 when my father decided the money from C4C was better than what he could get in for trade in (he was right). So we had some Jeep parts laying around.

When I was in Muskegon a buddy of mine sent me a link to a 1988 Jeep Cherokee with the 4.0, manual transmission, and 4 wheel drive. The asking price was $1000 and it was supposed to be a "rust free" Southern Jeep. So after talking to @Lousypirate , I knew what I should offer and what price to stick with.
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I don't blame you for not wanting to go to school in Flint. I'm most likely transferring out of there too.

Looking forward to your build.
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So here it is. A 1988 Jeep Cherokee with a 4.0 Renix EFI, a BA 10/5 transmission, with minimum rust (front floors started to rust from the inside out because of the cracked vinyl floor), from Oregon (that isn't south), fender flares ripped of (damn high school wannabe off roaders), 30" tires on stock suspension, and a squealing serpentine belt.





Was I really that fat? Lost about 30 lbs since that.



Look at that floor, just beautiful!
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Old March 7th, 2015, 01:54 PM   #9
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I don't blame you for not wanting to go to school in Flint. I'm most likely transferring out of there too.

Looking forward to your build.
It had its upsides and downsides. But I'm doing so much better back in Pennsylvania!
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Old March 7th, 2015, 02:10 PM   #10
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So the summer 2014 was the summer of the Jeep and the summer of a now Ex that hated the Jeep so much because it wasn't a Wrangler.... But she ended up getting rid of herself so I wouldn't have negative influence towards my build Good thing I didn't ever actually caught her cheating.

One of the first things I was having with the Jeep was a charging problem. It wasn't the alternator and the connector to the alternator had power to it. So I was a bit stumped. I spend a lot of nights after working going over schematics trying to see where I could have a current reducing load or whatever electrical term I'm currently forgetting. Turns out that my boss from the foundry figured out it was a connector upstream from the alternator that we thought was corroded.... SO we thought that was the problem and it seemed like it fixed it...

In the mean time I had the Jeep all apart changing the transmission oil (BA 10/5s are fun to do that to) and transfer case fluid. I also decided to swap my gauge cluster so I could have a tachometer.


Everything seemed ready to go for A Section Kettering's offroad trip to silver lake.

The Jeep got some cheap used '31s. Yes they fit, no they don't rub under normal driving until you actually do serious off roading



Until I got ready to take it to Silver Lake and the Jeep wasn't charging again.... I tried a couple things real quick but I just wanted to have some drinks with friends up at the campground so I ended up calling it quits and when up with my friend and his lifted ZJ.
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As for the charging issue... It was fixed with soldering a good used connector in the wiring harness...
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Timeline advance, it was shipped back to Pennsylvania in the beginning of October in 2014! It was soooo awesome to have the Jeep back in Pennsylvania!!! My grandfather ended up loving the Jeep and after my father look the whole Jeep over and drove it.... He ended up believing I made a good deal and that the Jeep had potential

So the weather started getting colder and I noticed that one of the original Bendix fuel injectors stated leaking from its two piece design. So upgrade time!!!!!



http://precisionautoinjectors.com/co...fuel-injectors

These are the rebuilt ones I bought and they are consider "upgrades" But they are the same PSI as stocks but have better atomization of fuel because of they are a 4 hole design vs. the original 1 hole design.
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Forgot to post this in chronological order but back when I lived in Musekgon I picked up a 4.5" lift for the Heep. I got to see in on another jeep before I was taken off so I knew it wasn't saging or whatnot.
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Also some Rubicon shocks that should work perfectly with bar pin elimimators till I get different shocks
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Now January of 2015 and I'm incredibly impressed with the Renix fuel injection. Yeah I need to jump start the Jeep because of the crappy battery but it started up at -15 degrees Fahrenheit with no complaints!

So I tried to do some flexing with the 31's for the heck of it knowing it wouldn't flex



Does trying count?
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Now to the present! My spring break is officially started! So time to get taller!

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Started pushing out bushing yesterday. I'm the lower control arm bushings with polyurethane bushings.

http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Suspension-9-9485G-Universal-Bushing/dp/B004ALGZE0

Using these but I need to machine new steel inserts because where the bolt goes through is too big

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I need to wait for my father to help me push out the leaf spring bushings either today or tomorrow because I was reminded yesterday that I'm just a skinny white boy and can't hold a leaf spring up well setting up the press at the same time. Oh well. My barn will have an overhead crane someday.

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Ended up getting the grease (or tub of lube) for the poly bushings this morning.
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I need to wait for my father to help me push out the leaf spring bushings either today or tomorrow because I was reminded yesterday that I'm just a skinny white boy and can't hold a leaf spring up well setting up the press at the same time. Oh well. My barn will have an overhead crane someday.

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Use some boxes or anything to support the other end of the spring.
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I was eyeballing the backhoe that is directly in front of the press. haha but I didn't want to smoke myself out of the barn.
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Forgot to post this in chronological order but back when I lived in Musekgon I picked up a 4.5" lift for the Heep. I got to see in on another jeep before I was taken off so I knew it wasn't saging or whatnot.
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Wonderful! That is great to know. Shocks have been one of the things I have been worrying about for awhile.
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