Muddy97Cherokee's Build Thread
Well, i finally reached 25 post and promised myself i would start a build thread although its going to be a while until something gets put on the jeep. Anyways, i bought my jeep in the summer of 2011 after my dodges engine blew. Its a 1997 Sport, 4wd, automatic, manual windows/locks:(, had 141,xxx miles on it when i bought it and now has 142,xxx. The previous owner was a mechanic so it was well maintained. there are no mods on it except camo seat covers, camo steering wheel cover and a Sony stereo. My plans are to put a 3 maybe 3.5 inch lift with 31's on it. But thats far away at this point as money is scarce.
Here are some pics when i bought it:
After i took the bug shield and mud flaps off:
First time i took it hunting, although there was no mud:(:
Then after driving it to school and back for a whole semester i t-boned someone a couple weeks ago :thumbdown: :
Although the damage looks bad i didnt get the worst of it. The other car, ford exploder :laugh:, had its rear driver side door caved in and couldn't open from the inside nor the outside.
And here is what it looks like today:
good find man, you thinking of a front bumper at anypoint?
Haha ya i am as soon as i get the extra money to do it. Im thinking about building a homemade one just for fun. The stock bumper and endcap are still fine so i can just put those back on for now.
Heres a pic of a sketch i drew of the homemade bumper
well i got the header panel and light accessories to fix my jeep. i actually got the parts and fixed it in February but i am just now getting around to put the pics up.
its pretty much back to normal besides the paint chippings on the fender and the bumper is bent just a tad bit. i've tried to fix it the best i could but its not going to be symmetrical to the other side but it'll do.
then about a week ago i lost a plastic chrome rim cover that covers up my rusty rims so im either thinking of sanding it down removing the paint and rust to paint them black or just get new rims when i get new tires.
LOL, sorry about the huge pics. next time ill upload them from photobucket!
Its been a while since I have updated this and I guess I will do so now! Alot has changed since my last post so I guess I will try to get it all. I sorta copy pasted this from my other build thread so it might sound different from what i originally posted. I graduated in 2012 and thats when I got the mindset of modding my jeep. So I started to build a roof rack.
It is made out of rigid tubing which is 100X stronger than EMT. I wanted to go for a baja style rack since I want a safari type XJ. It's raised 6" in the front for lights and 4" around the rest.
In the fall of 2012 i was enrolled in college. So that meant less funds and less time for the jeep.:sad: Fast forward to the beginning of January, when it all started to change! First I got 31x10.50/15 put on. It was a very tight fit and only rubbed at full steering lock. Not much flex though.
I planned on putting the lift on before the tires but the tires came first. That following weekend after I got the tires I got the parts for the lift. And so it began. I went with a junkyard lift/aftermarket. 3" Rusty's HD coils, bastard pack, and JK rubicon shocks. I got the front on that weekend.
I would have done the rear that same weekend but didn't because of other issues. SO I rode around like i had a couple hundred pounds of sand in the back. It only sat like that for a week, lifted the rear that following weekend.
Overall it netted me 4". Or 3.5" in front and 4" in the rear. It measured 21" in the front and rear measuring from center hub to fender.
I came out after class one day to find that a stocker parked next to me. Had to take a pic.
So it was all lifted by the end of January! I forgot to mention that I also got new sway bar links and other miscellaneous lift parts from my local group members. Hunting season was coming to a close in OK so i went out small game hunting at Ft. Cobb lake. Hunting was not so great so I did some wheeling while I was at it.
It was the first time I did some wheeling with the new lift and it did well.
Then I went to the Canadian river with another XJ and a YJ, which never gets pictured for some weird reason,
Here's one of my buddy's XJ.
Got stuck twice, the first of which I did not get a picture of but I was 3 wheeling, 1 in the air, and with open diffs, wasn't going anywhere. The second is where it got somewhat bad in my book. Water was deep and i lost momentum in the sand. Water was coming in the passenger side and filled it up to the top of the door trim.
I then popped the drain plugs and it all drained out by the next day. I took the shop vacuum to the floor and got the remaining bit of water out. And I also cleaned up the exterior, OK river sand isn't so friendly to paint.
Then it snowed the next day. Weird OK weather were its 60 one day, snowing the next then back to 60 within the next 24 hours.
Oh, also found out that I lost my muffler at the river that day so I ordered a new flowmaster 44 which should be on by the end of this weekend. I plan on making bumpers, sliders, skids, etc. for it and also buying new things in the near future. And go on more wheeling trips with the local groups. I will sure to keep everybody updated, that is if I remember!
Got the Flowmaster 44 on! Sounds great! I definitely recommend.
Got some new wheels put on. Gives the jeep a meaner look and wider stance than the stock ones.
Love it! and yeah oklahoma weather is pretty weird lol....
Gave it a bath today. Not the best but its cleaner than it was. I think my plan is to murder it out but not sure about it. If I were, it would need a new paint job; and I would rather spend that money on mods.
Nice XJ man ... I like the rack. I made a rack about the same size as yours... I use it all the time and just extended it to the full length of the roof and its so much better like that ... just thought I would put that out there while you were in the building process ...
Got some new plans for the jeep since the ride and flex is not to great. As soon as I get the money to do it I plan to redo the entire lift and get to 5.5-6.5 inches. Gonna piece this lift together since I want it custom and to my likings. Gonna start with the rear soon to fix the ride and flex. Here's a small list of what I plan on doing.
-4.5 inch lift springs, most likely RE.
-Adj. Short arms until I have the money for long arms.
OME 2.5 lift springs, medium duty, heard it netted 3 inches
Extended shackles, 2 inches
Shackle relocaters, RC, up to 1.5"
And with Bilstein 5100's the ride would be great and much better than what I have now.
Would probably get 33's or trim and put 35's.
After that I would upgrade the steering and beef up the axles. Then accessories after that like bumpers, sliders, etc. Tell me what you think about the set up and point out some things that I missed if there are any.
Never understood the term "Murdered" I know that it means to black everything out...why not just say that....Murdered to me would be the color red....not black. Unless......nevermind.
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