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getgnar 03-12-2011 09:53 AM

John's 97' Cherokee Build
Well, this is my 3rd cherokee. Had to get rid of the 96.
It's a 97xj 4x4 5 speed with 142K. My plans are to regear front and rear to 4:10 gears and run 33s.
Right when I brought it home.

Got a Chrysler 8.25 rear axle with 4:10 gears from the junkyard, its from a 98 2wd 2.5L cherokee. Already painted and ready to put in.

Pulled the front axle out, gonna send it to the shop to have 4:10 gears put in it.

3.5" RE leaf springs painted along with adj track bar, diff cover, and control arms

zach_oh_mi 03-12-2011 11:32 AM

Looks like a good start. Cant wait to see how it turns out.

getgnar 03-12-2011 08:04 PM

Thanks. I plan on taking the D30 to get 4:10 gears put in monday. Eventually will have a front locker, but don't have the money right now. I hope the lift and axle swap are in by this coming up week.

ArrizX 03-12-2011 08:09 PM

Pretty sweet. Way to dive into it.

getgnar 03-14-2011 10:12 PM

Took the dana 30 to East coast gear supply today. I'll pick it up in a couple of days. should have the front done this week, then onto the rear axle.

karlo 03-14-2011 10:20 PM

Loos like a great start. I think replacing the front bumper would be nice.

getgnar 03-15-2011 08:16 PM

The 4:10 Chrysler 8.25

getgnar 03-16-2011 10:58 PM

Did some more work to the xj today.
Rear axle dropped.
The stock 8.25 with 3:07 gears is out.
Didn't break any shock bolts!

getgnar 03-19-2011 06:11 PM

The cherokee is off jack stands and almost done. Just need a new drag link, because the ball joint went bad. I'll post photos soon.

getgnar 03-19-2011 08:40 PM

Got the rear axle in with 4:10 gears along with new RE leaf springs and shocks
Also got the D30 back from east coast gear supply. they put 4:10 gear in it for me. painted it

getgnar 03-19-2011 08:42 PM

got some spacers to level out the front.
sitting on jack stands

getgnar 03-19-2011 08:49 PM

The upper and lower control arms were tough to get in
Got it.
got some longer brake lines from 4wheelparts
shocks are in

getgnar 03-19-2011 08:58 PM

got the tires on and off the jack stands!
I've gotta get a new draglink cause the ball joint just spins in place now. Also gotta put the rear brake lines in and do a 1" transfer case drop for now, until I get a SYE.

getgnar 03-31-2011 11:16 AM

had to get a new drag link
Brake line are done
Took the cherokee too carolina beach

getgnar 04-09-2011 11:59 AM

Picked up some parts at the junkyard. hitch, tcase skid, and gas tank skid
me and one of my buddies cherokees
Me putting on the transfer case skid

The time now is 10:11 AM.

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