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post #1 of 94 Old 06-15-2013, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Cherokee Hybrid build thread

This is going to be a build/progress thread about my 2000 Cherokee Sport.

I used to have a 2001 Ford Ranger Edge 4x4 with 32s, and after about 200k miles and a rear axle swap I decided to sell it. I sold it for $3800.

I decided I wanted a Cherokee, since my buddy (jeepkid03) has an XJ and everyone in my family has a lifted Wrangler.

After searching for about a month, I found one for sale in the next town over.

It had been in Arizona for most of its life, and the body was spotless. No rust anywhere. It was a 2000 XJ sport with the 4.0/AW4/NP242 and had the Chrysler 8.25 rear axle. It needed an alignment and some new tires, as well as a new headliner. I bought it for $3500 with 92k miles.


Since there are so many Prius' around here, I decided that adding a hybrid badge to my 13 year old oil leaking Jeep was pretty fitting.



I use hand controls to drive my XJ, so I had to get those installed first.





Next, I decided I did not want to take my Wheelchair apart, so I cut a hole in the back hatch plastic so I could open it from the inside. I folded the back seat down, so I can just go out the back from the driver's seat. This also allows me to get in and out easily if people park too close to my driver door.





Next, I replaced the old worn-out whitewall highway tires with some 235/75R15 Goodyear Duratracs.



I also scored some Grand Cherokee seats from a '98 Laredo a guy was parting out. I got them for $80 and it was an easy swap.




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post #2 of 94 Old 06-15-2013, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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Next, I fixed the sagging headliner. It was touching my head while I was driving, and flapping around with the windows down.

While I had the headliner out, I swapped in an Overhead Console I found on eBay.



I added some factory Infinity Tweeters, also from eBay. At this time, I also replaced all the speakers with Kickers. They sound boss.



The stock tape player wasn't really cutting it, so I got a JVC CD player with AUX input and remote. You can also see the woodgrain dash piece I bought.




I needed a little more bass to the system, so I bought an XJpod sub enclosure off Craigslist with an MTX sub. It works pretty nicely!




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Since I do a lot of late night driving in the sticks, the stock headlights seemed dimmer than flashlights. I bought the IPF H4 housings, the ARB harness, and some Hella 90/130watt H4 bulbs. Those worked nicely, but I needed MOAR.


I installed some factory fog lights, and some Hella 700FFs with 130 watt bulbs which are tied into the high beams.

I also found a nice chrome grill off an XJ Limited.




You can see my huge tranny cooler in that pic as well.

Next I put on some armor, after a deer ran into the side of my Jeep. Luckily it barely dented my passenger front door. I started with a front skid plate, and have more I need to install still.



The old shocks rode like a boat, so I upgraded to some Old Man Emu Sport shocks.




I recommend these and they ride like butter in comparison.

I also installed a Curt trailer hitch:




I also added a few stickers:



For passengers:




I also installed a 60mm bored throttle body from Stroked Jeep, a highflow thermostat housing, and a flowmaster super 40 exhaust.

I will upload an exhaust video soon.

Since my jeep had the 0331 head, I swapped it out with a new Clearwater head, which is documented in this thread:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/0...hread-1371398/


I still have a Spartan locker I have to install in the rear axle.

More updates to come.

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post #4 of 94 Old 06-15-2013, 06:53 PM
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Wow man. Great build so far. Im liking where you are headed with it.

Jeepkid is also a friend he has helped me out a lot over the years!
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Wow man. Great build so far. Im liking where you are headed with it.

Jeepkid is also a friend he has helped me out a lot over the years!
Thanks man!

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post #6 of 94 Old 06-15-2013, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Here is a video of my exhaust.

I have a Cherrybomb high flow cat, a Flowmaster Super 40, and a Dynomax tailpipe. All of it is 2.25" piping.


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post #7 of 94 Old 06-15-2013, 09:13 PM
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Clean XJ with tastefully done mods... you have my attention!


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post #8 of 94 Old 06-15-2013, 09:22 PM
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I like all the limited mods. I did all the same to my jeep minus the chrome grill (that I secretly want)

Keep up the good work

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post #9 of 94 Old 06-16-2013, 06:14 PM
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While I had the headliner out, I swapped in an Overhead Console I found on eBay.
I'm pretty jealous that both you and Josh have overhead consoles and I don't.... I neeeeed oneeee

Claraaaaa
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post #10 of 94 Old 06-16-2013, 10:46 PM
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I'm pretty jealous that both you and Josh have overhead consoles and I don't.... I neeeeed oneeee
Yours also isn't a hybrid.


Nice build man! We gotta install that locker.
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post #11 of 94 Old 06-17-2013, 06:23 AM
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Lookin good
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post #12 of 94 Old 06-19-2013, 06:02 AM
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Why the hand controls?

Project ROLLplay
'00 XJ Locked on 35s

Previous:
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'00 XJ 6.5" on 35" KM2s
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Why the hand controls?
Because I'm in a wheelchair.

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So my A/C decided to stop working, so for a temporary fix I mounted a 12 volt OSCILLATING fan to the visor. It actually works pretty well.




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Next, I decided to go on a camping trip in New Hampshire with my buddy Josh (jeepkid03).

Here is a picture of our campsite:



Here are some pics of the scenery in the area:





And a few with the Jeep....










Drove through a covered bridge. There was a cop behind me who probably wasn't amused at my exhaust echoing through the bridge.



Went to see the Old Man of the Mountain that was formed into the rocks, then realized it fell down in 2004...


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