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post #1 of 12 Old 04-05-2009, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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My 1998 Cherokee Build "The Chief"

Well I finally got around to starting the build. Its been an intense 72 hours in which I have not accomplished half of the things I wanted to.

I started off by accidentally rounding the bolts heads in the unibody for the upper control arms.

Later I found the rear suspension was torqued down WAY too much. Basically my dad was able to stand on a break bar for the rear leafs....he is 260+ pounds...

Now I found that the shocks 4 Wheel Parts told me would fit....don't....and I'm stranded 1000 miles from home in Chicago.

Lastly I found a bend in the unibody near the front passenger LCA as if someone drove over a speed bump and bottomed out...its scares me even though you couldn't tell it was there even if you wanted. Let me know what you guys think... (BELOW FIRST PIC)



BUT! anyways on with the build...!

STOCK:


Rubicon Express 4.5" Super Flex kit going on:



Bump Stop and Coil:



Coil and Shock:



Quik Disconnect and Coil and Shock (Rancho RS5000):



Rear leafs:



U-Bolts:



Broken Shock Bolts:



Done without rear shocks :





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post #2 of 12 Old 04-05-2009, 07:10 PM
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Looks great so far! Those rear shock bocks are a PITA haha... I just welded my BPE's to the trunk pan
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post #3 of 12 Old 04-05-2009, 07:15 PM
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be shure to take pics of the tc drop and report if you have any drive line viberations
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post #4 of 12 Old 04-05-2009, 07:16 PM
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where do you live at in CO???
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post #5 of 12 Old 04-05-2009, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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arvada.

lastly i will not be putting the t case drop in i dont need it. : )
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post #6 of 12 Old 04-05-2009, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Slip Yoke Eliminator

its not completed yet but soon...tomorrow....




Does the chain seem ok? ^



Tom Woods Driveshaft tommorrow... : )
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post #7 of 12 Old 04-06-2009, 03:24 AM
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sweet build up jeepnoma you should of considered the hack n tap to help save a few bucks that could of gone elsewhere but overall like you rig buddy
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how tight should the T case chain be?
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post #9 of 12 Old 04-06-2009, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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how tight should the T case chain be?
bump.................
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post #10 of 12 Old 04-07-2009, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Well i finnally got shocks in and overall the lift yielded 5.5" of lift.

: ) : ) : )
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post #11 of 12 Old 04-07-2009, 08:03 PM
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nice,

if your worried about that dent in the unibody just weld a reenforcement there or get some one to do it, it doesnt look very bad, honestly im having a hard time telling what is bent and how, i see a little bit but it almost looks like it was meant to be that way. a few inches of angle stock and you will be better than you were to start

-matt
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post #12 of 12 Old 04-08-2009, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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well today was the first time i drove it since the lift. I started it and got tons of burnt oil smoke and got under it to find the driveshaft shot grease all over the exhaust. At first it was very loud running and felt very odd. After an hour of driving it on high way I have concluded there are no vibrations. The one thing i can say however when going 1-5 mph i do have this rumble noise/grind....any ideas? sounds like its coming from the front.
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