So itís that time again, time to start a new build thread on a newly acquired project. This is my 4th Cherokee. I have a thing for 2-door 5 speedsÖ..so much so that I was willing to take a chance on a 2.5, yes I said it, itís a 4cyl. I ainít ashamed. Does it have the power of a 4.0Ö.nope. But Iíve owned several Samuraiís and several 4cyl Toyotas and Nissans and itís about the same as those. Itís got some brand of 3ishĒ lift (springs, shocks and an AAL) and 31ís. It had some gnarly Enduro Adventure MTís or something crazy on it so before I sold the Nissan you see in the pics I swapped the 31Ē BFG ATís from it over to the Jeep and sold the Nissan with the MTís.
Iíll keep a rolling budget and keep things updated as I acquire bits and bobs to go on it.
- $2,800 Original purchase price
- $746 initial repair/maint costs, new belts, hoses, fuel pump, O2 sensor, valve cover gasket, etc
- $140 New fuel tank
- $95 New exhaust from cat back
- $100 Swap over BFGís to the Jeep and the Jeeps old MTís went away on a truck I sold
- $120 RE Gen 2 disconnects
- $775 4.88's
- $700 Gear install
- $160 New front left hub assembly, new front left u-joint, new AC check valve
- $100 New calipers / pads
- $250 Hi-lift and 4.5" RE Lift on C-List
- $85 RE bushing / Rodend / Hardware kit to (track bar rebuild parts)
- $570 Rugged Ridge SYE/CV driveshaft combo
- $30 RE Large Super-Flex Joint Control Arm Tool
- $400 Old Man Emu XJ 3.5" Leaf Spring / U bolt kit / Bushing kit
- $470 Dirtbound Offroad rear bumper
- $500 New calipers, pads, clutch slave cylinder, clutch master cylinder, flush & fill trans fluid, new oil pres sending unit
- $5 cup holder mod
+ $100 sold the RE arms I got in the C-list kit
- $643 Rough Country long arm upgrade kit
- $85 Brown Dog motor mounts
- $55 Daystar trans mount
- $150 Line-X rear bumper
- $85 Brown Dog poly motor mounts
As it sits at the moment
Immediate to do list:
- Loose the rear sway bar and install the RE disconnects
- ManifoldÖ.this thing is way to loud and thatís where I suspect it is, itís still got an exhaust leak somewhere even with the new exhaust I had put on.
- 4.88ísÖ.Some consider them to steep for 31ís but if I canít live with them Iíll switch to 32ís. The stock - 4:10ís have got to go. So far Iím only about $300 shy of making this a reality so these will be going in, in July sometime.
- Acquire a fullsize spare and decide where to mount it, roof interior or rear bumper. Iím partial to the roof.
- Front bumperÖprobably the Aj's offroad prerunner
- Sliders, probably Aj's or JCR's
Long term plans:
My goal is just a really well built, some might call it smallish, daily driven Cherokee. Sometime in the future might bring and IRO 5.5 LA kit with some 33x10.5ís but for the foreseeable future I donít see me increasing lift size and probably not tire size. Get the gears in, roof rack of some sort, and set it up in more an expedition style than a crawler or trail rig style. Adding in some control arms and more armor as funds allow to make sure itís well protected when Iím on the trail.
Iím actually a little late getting this thing started. When I got it the gas tank was shot, unknown to me, I thought it was just a bad sending unit issue since itís had a 4.0 dash swapped in for the tach etc and the fuel gauge didnít work. So after a new tank and fuel pump for all the rust it had eaten sheís back to running wonderfully. My mechanic and I assume someone left it sitting for some time un driven without much fuel in the tank. Basically everything had disintegrated around the fuel pump. But now thatís itís back up and running and while Iím saving for the 4.88ís Iíll be tackling some cosmetic stuff. Iíve already blown the interior apart and sealed a few leaks up on the fire wall. Used the new Rustoleum undercoating/sound deadener to spray the floors and put everything back together. But overall itís a very clean XJ.
The interior out and the undercoating/sound deadener going in.
Seats at carpet drying in the sun from the pressure washing/scrubbing I gave them. Smells way better in my Jeep now with everything all back together. Between the leak in the firewall and what I considered to be dog vomit in the floor board (hidden under a husky liner mat) it had a funky smell in the cab. Fresh as a daisy now.
REís waiting to go on