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Unread 09-15-2009, 10:34 PM   #1
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Jeep450r's 1996 Sport Build Thread

So I got this 96 Jeep Cherokee Sport for $2000 w/112,000 miles. It is in immaculate condition. Paint is (was) perfect, and interior is almost spotless. It has a 8.25, D30, AX-15, NP231, 4.0 I6. Has a slight miss at idle but runs strong. This XJ is my first car and will be my daily driver and weekend wheeler, so its gotta look cool for them chicks at school and still be capable offroad haha. Capability has priority of course lol.


Wheeled it stock for a little bit: This pic is on slick rock in northern california.


Bought a Rough Country 4.5" full leaf kit, and riced it up with some red walmart paint.





Stock leafs next to RC pack w/shackle... Notice how much shorter it is... Had one hell of a time getting that in.


Because they weren't in a box when shipped, the leafs got pretty beat up... It pushed the bushing out half way... Almost installed it that way because I thought it was designed that way.


Rear done. Drove it around town like this and got some weird looks. Had major vibes.


Started on the front.


Springs were a PITA to get in. You will NEED a spring/strut compressor (instructions simply said "install front springs" didn't mention a spring compressor).


Stock springs next to new 4.5" springs.


Completed:


Got the T-case drop in--- NO VIBES!

Also removed the rear swaybar.

Plans:
Rustys diff guards---DONE (RCX)
Homemade rock sliders---DONE
31's or 32's at first---DONE
Black steel rims---DONE
Aussie up front
Ford 8.8 w/disks/4.10s/LSD
4.10s up front
Homemade bumpers
CB---DONE
SYE
Appalachian armor T-case skid---DONE (WARN)
Eventually some home made long arms
Interior cage
Thrush Welded cat-back

More in next post-------

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Unread 09-15-2009, 10:38 PM   #2
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We also made some rock sliders, installed a Warn T-case skid, RC Front diff skid, changed all the fluids, and threw on some 31's on Black steelies.

Finished her up and took her wheelin:







(^dad driving)



(yes... were noobs haha)





In the near future I am hoping for home made long arms, home made unibody stiffeners, tinted windows, tie rod flip, longer rear main leaf for a better shackle angle, and a front bumper.

All comments/input whatsoever will be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 09-15-2009, 10:43 PM   #3
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So I got this 96 Jeep Cherokee Sport for $2000 w/112,000 miles. It is in immaculate condition. Paint is (was) perfect, and interior is almost spotless. It has a 8.25, D30, AX-15, NP231, 4.0 I6. Has a slight miss at idle but runs strong. This XJ is my first car and will be my daily driver and weekend wheeler, so its gotta look cool for them chicks at school and still be capable offroad haha. Capability has priority of course lol.


Wheeled it stock for a little bit: This pic is on slick rock in northern california.


Bought a Rough Country 4.5" full leaf kit, and riced it up with some red walmart paint.





Stock leafs next to RC pack w/shackle... Notice how much shorter it is... Had one hell of a time getting that in.


Because they weren't in a box when shipped, the leafs got pretty beat up... It pushed the bushing out half way... Almost installed it that way because I thought it was designed that way.


Rear done. Drove it around town like this and got some weird looks. Had major vibes.


Started on the front.


Springs were a PITA to get in. You will NEED a spring/strut compressor (instructions simply said "install front springs" didn't mention a spring compressor).


Stock springs next to new 4.5" springs.


Completed:


Got the T-case drop in--- NO VIBES!

Also removed the rear swaybar.

Plans:
Rustys diff guards---DONE (RCX)
Homemade rock sliders---DONE
31's or 32's at first---DONE
Black steel rims---DONE
Aussie up front
Ford 8.8 w/disks/4.10s/LSD
4.10s up front
Homemade bumpers
CB---DONE
SYE
Appalachian armor T-case skid---DONE (WARN)
Eventually some home made long arms
Interior cage
Thrush Welded cat-back

More in next post-------
nice plans..thing is coming along great
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Unread 09-15-2009, 10:52 PM   #4
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^ thanks for the click free
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Unread 09-15-2009, 11:05 PM   #5
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yea no problem. I like all the red accents to that pinstripe. Its suttle but is a nice touch.
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Unread 09-15-2009, 11:29 PM   #6
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Thanks. I've seen people paint their leafs and coils red too... along with everything else that I did. but i think thats just a little too much red. Thanks for the comment.

I've been brainstorming about the interior roll cage... I am 6'5" (still growing) and will most likely encounter head room issues with an interior cage (I hit my head on the E.O.R. weld in cage)... Does anybody have any ideas on how I could manage to keep my head room with a cage? I don't want to go exo, and I don't want to hack up the body at all either.
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Unread 08-16-2010, 11:41 AM   #7
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Wow I almost forgot about this thread.
Lets bring it back up to speed

Made the doors removable


Bike mirror


Put some Polk DB650 Speakers in, threw on a Thrush Welded (Flowmaster 40 knock off) muffler, and tossed on a Bad apple rear diff cover. (no pics of it installed for some reason)



I also pulled the shafts - 27 splines inch:

Ordered a few parts:

HDOffroad Shackle Relocation Brackets



Rough Country 1.5"-2" Adjustable Shackles



And lastly (my favorite)







Haven't done much else to it really... just been wheeling the piss out of it recently.
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Unread 08-16-2010, 11:42 AM   #8
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Now for some pics... Lots of 'em

Yes I'm stuck




The setup
































Now back to the build:

The other day I picked up some plates to make bumper mounts/brackets out of. 1/4 steel. Beef.

I also put in an order for 2 sticks of 1.5" .120 wall DOM for my front and rear bumpers. It should arrive here today.

Should finish mounting the bender this weekend (finally).

Soon to be done list (in order):
-Install new gasket in rear diff
-Mount Bender
-Build Front Bumper
-Build Rear Bumper

List Continued (out of order)
-Buy 33's
-Rocker replacement sliders (to tie cage into)
-Build Cage
-Regear
-ZJ Tie Rod

Thats all for now!
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Unread 08-17-2010, 11:28 AM   #9
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Man, our jeeps could be twins!
Same paint, same lift, and I think I've even had that sofa

That's some nice country in those pics...where were you wheeling?

Steve
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Unread 08-17-2010, 01:17 PM   #10
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haha
Those pics were taken on the Deer Valley and Slick Rock trails in Northern California
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Unread 08-17-2010, 11:51 PM   #11
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Haven't gotten very much done... Fixed my rear diff leak (hopefully for good this time), detailed it, and welded on a turn down.

It is amazing how much quieter it is with the turn down.. I can actually talk to my passengers without yelling at them. Its nice.

I tried mounting my tube bender the other day but failed. The bit goes through the main layer of cement and then hits something and stops. Could be rebar I keep hitting or a (big) rock or something. Im trying again tomorrow. As soon as it gets mounted, I will start on my bumper!

Does anybody have any favorite tube bumpers or anything? I have an idea in my head, but others are always welcome.
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Unread 09-07-2010, 07:37 PM   #12
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I finally got the rest of the pictures from my trip. Some pics are from wheeling, some are more of a photoshoot type thing (aka me fooling around with my friends camera).
Enjoy!

Mt. Reeba Ridge
















Slick Rock












More in next Post....
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Unread 09-07-2010, 07:38 PM   #13
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Aaaaannnnndddd MOAR!





Random Pics:

Mosquito Lake








Osbourne Ridge
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Unread 09-07-2010, 07:59 PM   #14
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damn nice looking land. jeep looks sweet too. you dont have lockers yet do you. i seen a winch in one of the pis. why isnt it on. i built my front bumper with tubes. i will try to find a pic of it.
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tail pipe isnt connected.....


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