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Unread 03-16-2014, 05:03 PM   #1
stottman888
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A baby Xj on its way to manhood!

So heres the story, I was 14 years old and really wanted a jeep. All that i had was a 2004 kawasaki kx 85 so i figured thats somewhere good to start. About a year and a half later I have been through 7 bikes (1999 kx 60,2003 kx 85, 2004 kx 85, 2008 kx 100,1997 kx 125,and lastly a 2004 RM-Z 250f) 1 quad (2001 trx 400 athena big bore 440 kit and all sorts of other goodies) an enclosed trailer and then a CJ-7 with a 350 SBC it was a turd but still made money . And this is where i ran into my now current 1999 jeep cherokee sport 4.0 AW4 np 231 hp d30 and Chrysler 8.25 rear end 179,XXX miles. SHes currently all stock except for the tires which are 28 inch good year wranglers (basically brand new) . The only real problems I've really had with it so far is the airbag light is on which Ive yet to figure out and there was some rust holes in the rear quarter panels, it was an up north car brought down here to south florida but thats the only really bad rust spots just started working on the rust today and decided why not start a build thread from the very beggining. So now ive got some final ideas running through but im going to go through a couple stages.

Stage 1: 31s 4.5 inch rustys lift uni body re-inforcements steering box brace.
Stage 2: One tons full width comp cut and 35s-38s and everything thats needed for when running one ton running gear.
Finally Stage 3 which im not sure if i want do yet or not still deciding but here goes it, 383 stroker mated to a th 350 built.


I would like some input and some pointers on this build maybe ideas and things that would just be neat, im only 15 and have done this on my own so far and i think now is the time for help and questions lol. Oh yeah and just a couple pics to show you what im working with here

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Unread 03-16-2014, 09:21 PM   #2
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ok so heres some inspiration for ya....

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Unread 03-17-2014, 12:39 PM   #3
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That Xj looks great! In due time will my xj look similar but with a personal touch to it. Is it just me or did that 4.3 seem a little underpowered for that?
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Unread 03-17-2014, 01:12 PM   #4
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Looks good, first 2 things I'd suggest to do would be 1) loose the mud flaps, 2) do a cut & fold to the rear before you can't even do that. Looks like that thing has send some salty winters.

I went from this:


To this:


Quick & easy, looks 100% better than that Rust hole.

Lookin good & good luck. Get a build thread going right away, even for the little stuff.
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Unread 03-17-2014, 01:32 PM   #5
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Good job on your cut and fold bud! I think that's what I'm going to do now thanks for the suggestion, how did you seal it up though sorry if I sound like dummy I've never done it before but I guess I'm gonna learn lol. And yes definitely mud flaps are gone those things were hideous.
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Unread 03-19-2014, 08:32 AM   #6
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There are a bunch of right ups on doing cut & folds. Do a search here @ cherokee forum. Here are some pictures from my cut & fold:
Side cut:


Back:


Front:


Crap that was cut out:


Sheet metal I used, cut to size, primed & painted & a crap load of silicone calk to seal it up:


Finished product:


Tips, layout, layout, layout, cut with a 4.5" angle grinder ( needed a sawzall for 1 cut), used stainless steel material, drilled & used pop rivets to hold everything together. A couple of weeks later I monstalined underneath with 2 heavy coats & also didmy rockers. Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions.
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Unread 03-20-2014, 02:03 PM   #7
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Thanks caronaxtr ! thats really gonna help me out when i get around to doing it been real busy with school havent had the chance to mess around with her. Also good choice with the stainless steel no rust for you.
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Unread 04-14-2014, 06:56 PM   #8
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I've been trying to figure out a problem in the Jeep for a while now i think i need a little help. The radio in it works but only in the soundbar nothing in the front. I pulled them out tested them followed the wire all the way back and still nothing. So i figured the only other thing left would be the head unit because when the radio is on the speakers go loud then quiet and jump all around. Is my head unit bad? Has anybody else had this problem?
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Unread 04-15-2014, 11:35 AM   #9
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Sounds like your head unit may be bad is it stock or aftermarket? If you have dials / knobs the contacts get worn out over time. Depending on what your wants/needs area new aftermarket head unit could start at $80 and up. A wiring harness is about $30 or so. Quick and easy upgrade, might want to do speakers too since the head unit will be new, the old stock speakers may sound like crap (mine do with a newer head unit, but music is down the list for me)
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Unread 04-15-2014, 04:57 PM   #10
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i had the same problem, turned out the wire in the door was broken, but the rubber insulation was still intact.
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Unread 04-17-2014, 07:09 PM   #11
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Alright well i went ahead and decided to just buy a new head unit from best buy now just gotta get the motivation and time to do it. Finally got a job (at a car upholstery shop) Its nice to have a job now just saving for all the fees of getting your license and insurance.
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