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post #1 of 89 Old 09-14-2011, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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ChiliPepper XJ DD build (Pic Extensive)

Decided I would start a build thread to document what I have done, what I want to get done, and to get some advice/constructive criticism.

Started in '06 when my parents gave me their '92 XJ when I got my license. They bought it brand new off the lot in late 1991. Currently has 358,000 on original engine and tranny and still strong.

1992 Jeep Cherokee Laredo
Power Lock/Window/AC
4.0L I6 H.O
AX-15
NP 231
Dana 30/35
355,000 miles







Last September, brother starting driving so gave him the XJ and got me a new one. Drove 250 miles on Labor Day weekend to pick it up. Hurried home that Monday to catch this:




This is what I brought home with me:

1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport
Power Lock/Window/AC
4.0L I6 H.O
AW4
Dana 30/Chrysler 8.25 29 Spline
NP 231
148,000 miles















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post #2 of 89 Old 09-14-2011, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Next order or business was to fix the peeling and fading grill and headlight bezel. Krylon fusion worked awesome!



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Sold the bald Toyos and steel rims that came with it, and got me some Goodyear Wrangler GSA 30ís on TJ Canyons from craigslist and only was out 30 bucks.



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Got a rare snow storm around Christmas that dropped around 10 inches of snow. That was fun. Also got a new Sony deck for Christmas.







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I started getting a small coolant leak that was coming from the bottom of the bellhousing. For the life of me, could not figure out where it was coming from. Replaced heater hoses, clamps, checked radiator, reserve reservoir and could find its origin. It would only drop about 2 drops a day, so was nothing to serious, just bugged me quite a bit. After researching, and using tracer dye, I narrowed it down to the rear freeze plug in either the back of the head or the back of the block. So the start of summer my dad and I tackled that project.

















Overall I ended up changing:
Oil pan gasket
Oil adapter O-rings
Radiator
Radiator hoses
2 Rear freeze plugs
Welded exhaust header crack
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Got a 3Ē lift for my birthday, and got it all installed. Had more time into this than I did on my engine job earlier in the summer. Everything that could possibly go wrong, did. It seemed every bolt either broke, or was seized. The four rear shock bolts broke, the leaf spring bolts were seized to the sleeve. Sway bar end link on driverís side broke. It was a nightmare. Here it is, before and after.

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After


Also got the front brake pads changed and suspension parts greased during the process.
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The lift was finished last night, and this is all caught up as of now. I am getting some crazy DW, and I'm pretty sure this is the REAL deal. Was driving 58 down the freeway today, and suddenly began to violently shake all over the road. I immediately slowed down and it went away. This happened twice. I will be calling around for an appointment to get an alignment done in the morning. I hope that fixes it. If not, I will be into other things like adj trac-bar and/or steering stabilizer to start. As for near future plans, I would like to get these things done:

Walmart fogs mounted in stock location
Front/Rear diff fluid changed
Tranny fluid flush
Few rust spots fixed before winter
Possibly door trim removed/painted (Not sure yet)
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Got my alignment done this morning, took it on the freeway, and I felt like DW was about to start...Slowed down before I even let it begin. However, it feels better than before I got the alignment.

On a second note, I just ordered a RC 2.2 steering stabilizer for a good price. See if that helps at all.
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The results from my alignment last week. Probably a good reason I was getting some bump steer.



Also, got my RCX 2.2 SS installed, will get pictures up soon.
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It will help like beer goggles. Masks the problem, doesn't fix it.

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Got my alignment done this morning, took it on the freeway, and I felt like DW was about to start...Slowed down before I even let it begin. However, it feels better than before I got the alignment.

On a second note, I just ordered a RC 2.2 steering stabilizer for a good price. See if that helps at all.
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It will help like beer goggles. Masks the problem, doesn't fix it.
Well I drove it for a week after the alignment and before the SS without any problems, nearly 300 miles of freeway driving.
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Good to hear!
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Well I drove it for a week after the alignment and before the SS without any problems, nearly 300 miles of freeway driving.
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Got it cleaned today decided to take some more post-lift pictures, as the only ones I had were of the night I finished. I have been busy with school.





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So, after some driving, I am still getting a little bit of vibrations around 60. I am pretty sure it is coming from suspension/steering components in the front end rather than driveshaft vibes. Could vibes from driveshaft cause steering wheel to shake (not deathwobble, just slightly vibrate)?

Also, what would you guys do first, adj. trackbar or adjustable lower control arms?
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i would look at the trackbar first. that is a very common cause

Completely stock, and keeping it that way...

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11) Thou shalt love, cherish, and honor till death, thine square headlights above all other earthy things sayith the Lord.
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