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post #1 of 15 Old 05-25-2010, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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the best XJ book out there

... so I will be keeping this XJ until the end of time and turning it into a serious Appalachian off-roader, but right now, it's totally stock til i get out of manhattan - then it's getting a serious lift, bigger meats, and major powerplant mods.

My question is out there (aside from the vehicle manual and jeepforum.com) that would be good reads regarding such things?

I've found: Amazon.com: High-Performance Jeep Cherokee XJ Builder's Guide 1984-2001 (S-A Design)…

... are there others too?

thanks!


I just found the Chilton and Haynes manuals..... any recommendations?

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post #2 of 15 Old 05-25-2010, 02:03 PM
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That's it! but if you spend enough time around the various jeep/XJ forums you'll learn what you need to

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That's it! but if you spend enough time around the various jeep/XJ forums you'll learn what you need to
indeed, but i'm the type to not sit for hours just reading about stuff until I have a need for it. Not that I don't get the "sense of community" that is phenomenal here unlike some other forums, I'll be heading to the hills this weekend and won't have access to the internet, so this literature would come in handy then as well
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post #4 of 15 Old 05-25-2010, 02:07 PM
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Eric's book (the one in your post) is probably the best resource for building an off-road capable rig. For maintenance and repair work, skip the Chilton and Haynes manuals and buy a factory service manual (FSM).

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x2 on the FSM. Its like 1000+ pages and tells you everything you will ever need to know.

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post #6 of 15 Old 05-25-2010, 02:11 PM
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Wow, looks like i'm going to have to get that book.
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post #7 of 15 Old 05-25-2010, 02:42 PM
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I definitely recommend Eric's book. He does a great job of covering just about everything you need to know when building a top notch XJ. It's an easy read and very informative, well worth the $.

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post #8 of 15 Old 05-25-2010, 03:49 PM
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I recommend Eric's book, but even he will admit that it needs some updating. The off-road crowd has truly blossomed when it comes to what they've been able to do with Cherokees. I think getting the book and looking at some of the better threads on here will be the most comprehensive education you could ever receive about XJ Cherokees

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post #9 of 15 Old 05-25-2010, 03:53 PM
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Eric's book...a great read, tried and true

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even better, read some of Eric's threads on here

there are a million different ways to accomplish the same goal, until I can get some garage space I just read all of the build threads on here. It's great to see people's creativity in solving the same problem.
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Eric's book (the one in your post) is probably the best resource for building an off-road capable rig. For maintenance and repair work, skip the Chilton and Haynes manuals and buy a factory service manual (FSM).
How can I find a FSM?
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Ebay looks good. A little spendy, but it'll pay for itself with 1 or 2 jobs that you do yourself.

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How can I find a FSM?
I just called my local autozone and they had 3 in stock
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I just called my local autozone and they had 3 in stock
$10 says those are actually the chiltons/haynes manuals. FSMs are usually pretty hard to get a hold of
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I just called my local autozone and they had 3 in stock
I doubt that is the FSM (Factory Service Manual). It's probably a Chilton or Haynes.

FSMs are expensive (sometimes illegal digital copies circulate...but we don't do any of that here on JF) but worth their weight. Very detailed. Lists actual procedures instead of just "remove manifold, apply new gasket, installation is the reverse of removal" like Chilton/Haynes.

And x1000 or whatever on The Jeep Performance Builder's Guide. More of a bible than the Jeep bible and since it's focused on XJs you don't have to read a bunch of dumb stuff about Wranglers. If you read the book you will know what you need to accomplish to match the level of off-roading you want to do and you will know the terminology you need to communicate here on JF.

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