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Unread 03-12-2011, 08:53 AM   #1
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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


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Unread 03-12-2011, 10:32 AM   #2
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Looks like a good start. Cant wait to see how it turns out.
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Unread 03-12-2011, 07:04 PM   #3
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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.
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Unread 03-12-2011, 07:09 PM   #4
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Pretty sweet. Way to dive into it.
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Unread 03-14-2011, 09:12 PM   #5
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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.
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Unread 03-14-2011, 09:20 PM   #6
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Loos like a great start. I think replacing the front bumper would be nice.
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Unread 03-15-2011, 07:16 PM   #7
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The 4:10 Chrysler 8.25

RTV

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Unread 03-16-2011, 09:58 PM   #8
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Did some more work to the xj today.

Rear axle dropped.


4:10

The stock 8.25 with 3:07 gears is out.

Didn't break any shock bolts!

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Unread 03-19-2011, 05:11 PM   #9
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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.
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Unread 03-19-2011, 07:40 PM   #10
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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
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Unread 03-19-2011, 07:42 PM   #11
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got some spacers to level out the front.

sitting on jack stands
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Unread 03-19-2011, 07:49 PM   #12
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The upper and lower control arms were tough to get in

Got it.

got some longer brake lines from 4wheelparts

shocks are in
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Unread 03-19-2011, 07:58 PM   #13
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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.
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Unread 03-31-2011, 10:16 AM   #14
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had to get a new drag link

Brake line are done


Took the cherokee too carolina beach

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Unread 04-09-2011, 10:59 AM   #15
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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

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