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Unread 07-13-2013, 12:05 AM   #241
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RC Shackle relocation kit and extended shackle are in. In the current position, the rear has lost a half inch of lift over the original add a leaf. I need to move the shackle one hole back to help gain lift and to get the shackle angle a bit close to 45*.

Next up Im going to trim the lip off the front fenders then start on rock sliders.
Looking good man. We gotta meet up sometime.

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Unread 07-13-2013, 12:51 AM   #242
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Looking good man. We gotta meet up sometime.
Name a time.
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Unread 07-13-2013, 11:02 PM   #243
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I moved the shackle one hole back on the relocation brackets and the angle is perfect. I am very happy with the smooth ride and way better articulation. Using the brackets and extended shackles allowed me to remove the add a leaf.



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Unread 07-16-2013, 01:48 PM   #244
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Unread 08-02-2013, 10:23 PM   #245
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Slowly but steadily this build is inching along. Put the flux core mig to the side and asked a friend to use his Lincoln 225 stick welder. The main 2x2 rails for both sides have been capped and I welded 2 legs on so far. This weekend I'm going to weld the 3/16 mounts to the end of the legs, attach the angle iron, and work on the outer step. They are going to look like a low profile aj's super square rock slider.
I just ordered a JCR xj transfer case skid last night and I hope the rock rail legs don't interfere with the skid.
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Since the last time I have wheeled the trackbar has been popping so I replaced it with a Moog unit. No more popping. While I was under there I went ahead and replaced the tie rod with a Moog v8 zj rod, sleeve, and tre. Also replaced the steering damper.
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Track bar axle side bolt and nut stripped out. Picked up a new grade 8 bolt and nut, cut the old nut out of the bracket and mig welded in the new.
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Been helping my friend get his xj ready for the Jeep Jamboree in Colorado next month. It likes to throw its serpentine belt when playing in the mud.
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He backed into a tree a few wheeling trips ago and took out the hatch and glass. Found a clean one at pick n pull during half off day, glued in plexiglass, and threw it on.
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Il post pictures when the jcr skid comes in, then release the next upgrades. Thanks for sticking around.
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Unread 08-08-2013, 11:37 PM   #246
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Managed to get the JCR TC skid installed.
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Hoping to get the rock rails done this weekend. Next up I'm trying to decide on a Tatton rear cv/double cardan slip yoke driveshaft or a aussie locker for the front.

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Halfway through a 6in RE lift kit install on a friends 96'-
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Unread 08-19-2013, 12:43 PM   #247
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Bringing my build thread back to life yet again. Today's update includes the install of an Aussie locker in the front Dana 30 HP axle. The Cherokee is now Aussie locked front and rear and I'm very eager to try it out.
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Aussie installed with new cross shaft and cross shaft pin-
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Cross shaft pin seated-
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JKS mini skids for the lower control arm brackets just arrived. I'd like to get them welded up by this weekend and finish up on the rock rails. I held off finishing the rock rails until the JCR TC skid came in and sure enough I had to cut one leg off each rail and move it up to clear. A little time with the welder and I should have another update. Stay tuned.
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Unread 08-25-2013, 01:46 AM   #248
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Locker Works
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Unread 08-25-2013, 09:15 PM   #249
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Nice work man. Coming along nice.
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Unread 09-02-2013, 11:59 PM   #250
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Nice work man. Coming along nice.
Thank you for your comment, much appreciated!

Went wheeling today with a few fellow jeepers and had a good time. No issues with the new front locker however under load going up a steep incline, in 4lo, I noticed something grinding in the drive train. I am thinking the noise is a worn out transfer case chain. Going to order an Alloy t-case chain, new shift pads, and a new filter.

Other than the transfer case chain, the only other item on my list is the leaf springs. I purchased new Crown HD leaf packs a year ago. Ran them with a RC 3in AAL for 10 months, then removed it when I went with the RC shackle relocation and RC extended shackle. Once I removed the AAL the leaf pack was flat, now over the course of a month or two the leaf packs are inverted. Contacting a leaf spring shop tomorrow about getting new leaf packs.

That's it for right now. The Cherokee just hit 175,000mi and still runs like a dream. Once I get the leafs and t-case chain the build will continue.
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Unread 09-28-2013, 07:42 PM   #251
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Turns out the noise I heard was the mechanical fan hitting the plastic shroud which had popped out of place. The other noise I have been battling is a front end clunk when taking off from a stop. The harder the takeoff, the louder the clunk(s). I mounted my gopro camera to the tie rod and went for a spin. The tie rod ends and ball joints all seemed firm. I figured I would angle the camera to watch the engine mounts, which I didn't expect to be the issue since they are only a few months old. Sure enough, the driver side mount was bad.

Replaced the brakes front and rear. New rotors and pads up front, didn't snap pictures. For the rear I replaced the shoes, drums, wheel cylinders, one hard line that I had to cut due to seized line nut (learned bending and double flaring), and installed a YJ rear soft line.




Replaced the leaf springs, again... Like mentioned before, I bought new crown hd leafs and installed a rough country add a leaf. It worked great however when I went to a longer shackle and the rough country shackle relocation kit I removed the AAL and the leaf pack was inverted.
New "up country" leaf packs-

I went wheelin/muddin with two xj friends, one has a 6in lift and the other is stock, for now.
The stock cherokee is about to get my old AAL-

New leafs flex good-
Been talking my friends into buying Jeeps, little did they know I would be crawling their tires-

Ordered Brown Dog engine mounts and a JCR steering box spacer today. Keepin' busy. That's all for now.
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Unread 09-29-2013, 12:17 AM   #252
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Jeepers I have a question. I'm thinking about stepping up to 33's. I currently have 31x10.5x15's and have been looking for 33x10.50's. I'm looking at the Treadwright guard dog B2B 285/75/16 Load range D. The mtr k's have around 15/32's of tread left and the zj in the last picture needs tires. Here's the Guard Dog specs-
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33.2”
Tread Width:
9.1”
Section Width:
11.4”

If only I could find 16in Rubicom rims. Remember I'm still on 3.07 gears. I am going to swap in junkyard 3.55's or 3.73's soon. What do you think??
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Unread 09-29-2013, 09:12 PM   #253
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Nothing guys? I'm pretty set on the 285/75/16s. Any rim opinions?


Looking for 16x8 5x4.5 4bs.
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Unread 09-29-2013, 10:46 PM   #254
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Gear wise is say go for 373, I have 355s with 32s. It's not crazy power loss but it is there, I'm not sure what your looking for with rims, check cl and all
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Unread 09-29-2013, 10:50 PM   #255
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Gear wise is say go for 373, I have 355s with 32s. It's not crazy power loss but it is there, I'm not sure what your looking for with rims, check cl and all
I'm going to start checking the junkyards for 355 or 373 xj axles. Curious to feel 33s with 307s. Do you think black D windows would look good?
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