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GtiKyle 10-04-2011 11:35 AM

Zombie Response Unit
Well I'm thinking that this vehicle is pretty well built as i bought it, but there will be changes as i go along. I've had several cherokees over the years, but since i just graduated from college now I feel like i have the money and time to build something good, instead of it turning into a DD. This is how it looked when i picked it up:

1998 Cherokee sport 160k
4.0, Auto, NP231
Skyjacker 6.5" Long Arm
Kevlar MTR 35x12.5"
D30/8.25 - 4.56's and detroits f/r
Rhinolined lower 1/4
Upgraded steering

Future plans:
  • Build a cargo box with drawers for tools/recovery gear
  • Fabricate custom sliders (similar to JCoffroad design), rear bumper and front bumper to accept a winch
  • Buy a winch
  • Upgrade transmission cooler/gauge
  • 4:1 xfer case? (maybe)
  • Steering box brace

This won't see DD duty, but just travel to trails and camping trips. It had some issues when i bought it.

Passenger window doesn't work
Drivers side doesn't roll up easy.
No reverse lights
Leaking Rear end
Gauges intermittently stop working/ needles just fall, then come back up

I'm big on doing searches, since most people have already encountered problems, so all you need to do is a little bit of research to see what's out there. I will be trying to link any other threads to this one, so anyone wanting more info can dig away.

So the first fix I've done is the cleaning the NSS. A writeup can be found here:

Like clockwork, the reverse lights work.

Next issue I'll be battling is the rear end leaking. It's leaking around the axletube - differential housing. The previous owner played dumb on this, but you can tell it was either wheeled really hard, or someone didn't know how to drive a locker on the street.

You'll notice the plug welds are missing:

After some digging, it looks like the tube spun, and busted it's plugs loose. I found someone else had the same issue that I did :

I plan on working on it after work today. My plan is to loosen up the Ubolts, attach a pipe wrench to the axle tube, and heat the differential with a torch. When it's nice and warm, ill beat the hell out of the wrench, hopefully getting things back in line. Then clean the area and weld both the plugs and axle tube to housing.

More updates to come...

GtiKyle 10-04-2011 11:35 AM

Well i got the rear end all patched up. It didn't look like it had shifted too much, but the main issue was the leak. I think i got it take care of...Please excuse my crap welds, I'm no pro, and it's tight under that jeep.

imthehink 10-04-2011 12:15 PM

Coming along good, good luck with the build :thumbsup:

Ratrod 10-06-2011 08:21 AM

Looks great, not much to do to it looks great the way it is.

theducksguts 10-06-2011 08:27 AM

Nice work, welds look decent. The center section is cast so it works well if you heat it up with a torch to get better heat penetration on your welds.

Do I see a vette in there too?

GtiKyle 10-06-2011 08:33 AM


Originally Posted by theducksguts (Post 12279221)
Nice work, welds look decent. The center section is cast so it works well if you heat it up with a torch to get better heat penetration on your welds.

Do I see a vette in there too?

Haha...Good eyes, ya the vette is for sale right now :P PM me if you want to buy :2thumbsup:

Ratrod 10-06-2011 08:41 AM

Good eye, didnt see the vette before.

GtiKyle 10-07-2011 02:31 PM

Unrelated plug of the vette :P

Should be doing some little things to the jeep this weekend....fix some electrical issues, general maintenance...more updates soon.

Dbiked 10-07-2011 06:22 PM

I need to fix the guage drop also. Its caused by the electrical connector on the back of the guage cluster being loose, or dirty or whatever, If you didn't know this already.

tbburg 10-08-2011 12:39 AM

I'm a little confused as to the purpose of your build. Why would you want to rescue zombies? They won't be grateful. And who would you be rescuing the zombies from? A rampaging mob of,.. non-zombies? Chihuahuas or other breeds of ankle-biters? What do you plan to do with the zombies once you've rescued them? Take them to a zombie park where they can live out their years(weeks?)in a peaceful zombie-centric society? I really think you need to think this through before you get too far into it.

Build reasoning aside though, nice looking XJ. :thumbsup:

With Detroits and 35"s, you should consider hi-strength axle shafts(front and rear, front first), if they're not already in there.
If you like it pretty, take it somewhere you can do some serious mall-crawling and flex it out,.. make sure the tires won't tear the flares off when it's on the bump-stops. May need bump extensions.

GtiKyle 10-08-2011 07:27 PM

Well today i washed the truck, first time since picking it up. Also fixed my passenger window switch by following this writeup:

Instead of using those taps i soldered and wrapped them instead:

Now the passenger window and roll up/down from both switches :D

Also there has been some question to my build thread title. Here's some recent ad-ons that might explain a bit :p

So I hope to get this thing out on the trail in a couple days to find out what it's capable of. I'll have to find some local people to hookup with, since we don't know anyone here yet. :tea:

GtiKyle 10-15-2011 07:21 PM

Brown boxes showed up on friday :D Who does't like pics?

I went ahead and installed the Infinity Reference speakers

I also ran the wiring for the amp, which i haven't bought yet. But it was a precursor, and since i already had panels off, i ran the power cable from the battery, across the engine bay, through a rubber grommet near the steering, and down the channel by the door to under the rear seat. The RCA's went under the passenger side plastics to avoid noise. So those will await when i pick up my sub/amp to be wired in complete.

Also attempted to fix my gauge issues. I found after pulling the gauge cluster out that the pins looked relatively clean, and there was still a good dose of dielectric grease on them. I decided to scrape each pin individually with a pick:

I'm hoping that cleaned up the contacts a bit better. If it doesn't solve my problem, i might do something like this :

Sadly the package for the B&M gauge looked pretty beat up when i opened the box, and the gauge has a weird rattle inside when you shake it :-\ But good news is that Amazon is amazing with i should have a new one coming soon. I might tackle the headlight wiring upgrade later.

On the other front, the corvette sold, so i finally have some room to breath...which means i can take this badboy out wheelin ! :D

rguy271 10-15-2011 07:40 PM

Why sell the corvette?!!

GtiKyle 10-15-2011 07:46 PM

Changing priorities in life. No room for a car seat in it. At least with 4 wheeling i can take my 2 year old along for the fun. :)

sirlasvegas 10-16-2011 02:35 AM

Lovin' it! Ive got a 98 chili too :)

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