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Unread 12-11-2012, 10:09 PM   #1
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My 1998 Moss Green 5-speed 2 door Project

A little background, I started my love of jeeps with a white 1994 XJ. I moved to a 2000 TJ Sahara after that. With a few other jeeps in the middle and as of today I am back in an XJ. A little newer than the last one, and with a few less doors.

1994 Jeep Cherokee XJ *SOLD*


2000 Jeep Wrangler Sahara TJ *SOLD*


1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport XJ




I will take some better pictures late, but I know how everyone here loves pictures.

Anyway, this thread will be here for the few people who might be interested in my build progress. I'm by no means an expert and will probably ask for a ton of advice here on the forums. It may not be a quick build but I intend to do it right.

As the jeep sits right now:
174,835 Miles
2-3in budget lift.
16" Mickey Thompson rims
and some bald 30" tires.

Plans for the future not in any particular order
33x12.5x15 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs
15" black beadlocked wheels
Rock sliders
Bumpers front and rear
Bushwhacker flat fenders
regeared to 4:10 or 4:56 (haven't decided yet)
Lockers of some sort

I know I will add more stuff to the jeep, because as we all know, it's never quite finished.

Here is a similar jeep that I'm going to model mine similar to.




Feel free to chime in whenever you want. I'll try and post lots of pictures as time goes on.

Thanks for looking!

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Unread 12-11-2012, 10:51 PM   #2
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Looking forward to seeing how this turns out
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Unread 12-12-2012, 06:11 AM   #3
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A 2 door and its green. Man you hit the jackpot there.
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Unread 12-12-2012, 07:00 AM   #4
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Man that thing is nice!!! Love the color too. And that looks allot like what I'm going for with my 2dr as well.
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Unread 12-12-2012, 08:25 AM   #5
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Damn that thing is clean! .....too clean.....
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Unread 12-12-2012, 09:46 AM   #6
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A 2 door and its green. Man you hit the jackpot there.
Thanks all!

Well I had my list of the cherokee I wanted. At the top was the manual transmission followed closely by the moss green color. The 2 door was a bonus.
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Unread 12-12-2012, 12:17 PM   #7
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So I'm thinking it will be sooner rather than later that I will be getting new tires. I'm going to go with 33x12.5x15 Goodyear Duratracs. I had them on my TJ and absolutely loved them. I can get 4 delivered to my door for $810.

My questions are about gearing, I've read through countless threads about 4.10 vs 4.56 and it seems like everyones opinions are split down the middle.

My jeep is my DD, along with my motorcycle. I tend to do some good wheeling every other weekend during the summer months. I drive the highway probably just as much as I do city driving. From what I've read, 4.10's seem to be the best choice. Will I be disappointed with the amount of torque off the line?

I'm really happy with the power band right now, 30's with stock gearing. 3.73's I believe?

Thoughts?
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Unread 12-12-2012, 12:24 PM   #8
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4:10s would probably do you fine. I thought the manual Xj had 3:07 stock
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Unread 12-12-2012, 12:28 PM   #9
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4:10s would probably do you fine. I thought the manual Xj had 3:07 stock
I haven't checked honestly. I just remember my tj had 3.73 stock with the manual. I didn't like how that drove with 33's.
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Unread 12-12-2012, 12:29 PM   #10
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Awesome! Thats a great looking jeep.
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Unread 12-12-2012, 12:30 PM   #11
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A 2 door and its green. Man you hit the jackpot there.
With the AX-15. That's the ultimate XJ for me. Nice find, man.
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Unread 12-12-2012, 12:46 PM   #12
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The Xj manual should have 3:07 the aw4 (auto) has 3:55 and I think with a tow package maybe 3:73 I'm not positive but I had 33s on 3:55 in my zj and it was awful trying to do the speed limit up hills on the interstate. When I gear my Xj I'm going 4:10s. I expect feedback on what you get so I can make a wise choice haha
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Unread 12-12-2012, 12:57 PM   #13
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With the AX-15. That's the ultimate XJ for me. Nice find, man.
My thoughts as well. Thanks man!

So I just ordered 4 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs and 4 Unique 297's (same as the Cragar Soft 8's. Ended up being $1,120.00 mounted and balanced. I think that's a pretty good deal if I had to say so. I'll pick them up tomorrow.

Tires:

http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/fin...50&rd=15&cs=33

Wheels:

http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/fin...10&rd=15&cs=33

I will still need a different lift and the bushwacker flat fenders for them to fit, but at least I'll have them.
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Unread 12-12-2012, 12:59 PM   #14
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The Xj manual should have 3:07 the aw4 (auto) has 3:55 and I think with a tow package maybe 3:73 I'm not positive but I had 33s on 3:55 in my zj and it was awful trying to do the speed limit up hills on the interstate. When I gear my Xj I'm going 4:10s. I expect feedback on what you get so I can make a wise choice haha
I'm leaning more towards the 4:10's, still waiting on more feedback from others though. I'll be sure to update once I actually do the gears.
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Unread 12-12-2012, 01:01 PM   #15
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Right on! That is going to look awesome with flat flares a lil more height and some 33s. I'm jealous haha
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