I hope you all are interested, I've been trying to get some response and help elsewhere but this seems like a good place to post up my original plan and how things have progressed.
Background: Got my 86 2.5TBI 5spd Cherokee when I was sixteen, after totaling my 97 Dak. The jeep ran great and had cold blowing A/C, but things went downhill quickly... I'm basically a broke pre-college student, minimum wage trying to gather parts, so bear with me please!
First mod: Junkyard lift! (most of these are crappy cell phone pics, sorry... I'll replace them with real ones soon!)
Front lift: Approx 4" (had a nice little gangster lean, get to that later)
Rear lift: Approx 3.5"
I apologize for the random sizing and such, I was barely seventeen and just learning how to get my intarwebz pics working!
My process was as follows;
ZJ V8 springs front w/1.25" spacers replacing my old isolators. That's about 3.5" with the coils alone.
Rear XJ pack (main and second leaves) bastardized into mine for 3.5"
I couldn't find a cheap shock solution at the time, and my stock shocks were okay
, but last year I found JK shocks for $50 bucks, so I put them on and made BPE's for the rear with my stock rear sway bar brackets.
I wanted tires but I've never had a consistent job to pay for them and my parents haven't supported me much the whole way...
Until late summer '08 I beat the living crap out of the thing to try and finish off the old TBI system, and in the mean time started gathering parts and researching for an MPI conversion. The system never got worse, but the engine decided to blow its' #2 cylinder rings... on to the next stage!
Tear down! (still more cell pics)
This thing was DIRTY!
... I'm getting there! Got it started today, but only after rigging up the starter, something is wrong with that circuit and I need to do some rewiring... But other than that the idle immediately shoots WAY up and stays there, I think my IAC is seized, it's one of the few electrical things not brand new...
Jerry-rigged, semi-working order (finally real camera pics):
Custom cable-to-electronic pass-through adapter from dakota digital (made for GM transmissions, but should work), it's half-wired up too, haha:
... and that's it for progress, I'll get pics up of the free 15x8 eagle alloy rims I got, hopefully with some new rubber mounted to it... planning 31's, finally got some money from a consistent but low paying job. I also obtained a rusty's adjustable TB, but no bracket, so I'll have to purchase that to solve a small (.5") lean I have from the axle being offset. I'm gonna install some chevy 3/4ton shackles in the rear to even it out, then probably go DB's to improve ride/flex, but all of this is going to be fairly slow to happen.
I need you guys to help me figure out the idle problem though... Is the likely culprit the IAC? I don't want to start throwing money/parts at anything yet! I want it running/drivable this week... it's been down for 5 months now!
Thanks for reading this far! Please post with feedback/criticism/help, I still have plenty of other small plans for it, so if you have questions please ask!
Oh yeah, and I'm only almost 19 now, trying to get this thing working and reliable for college this fall (I took a year hiatus from school).