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Unread 06-07-2013, 06:22 PM   #1
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Well this is now my third Jeep I own right now. I've been looking for something to replace my Grand Wagoneer for camping and just having some fun with better gas mileage and this showed up in my works whole sale. Well I couldn't pass it up, 99 Cherokee Classic with 170k miles. Everyone at my work kept asking why I would buy an old jeep with that many miles on it, so I had to tell them about my dads 2k Classic with 250k and still running strong without any problems.
This is the day I got it saggy springs and all

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So of course I had a rc lift ordered that night and just 4 days later I got to put it on. Here it is with the back lift on. I was pretty worried about it still having a rake after the lift but it leveled better than I could have hoped for.

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Here I got the front lift on... What a pain to get the control arms back in.

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I dont have any profile pictures after the lift with the factory tires. So after the lift was on I ordered up an install plate from Crutchfield to put a cd player in that I found in a trade in car. Nothing beats free?

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Then I remembered I had found a big 1k wat power inverter in another trade in so I did some research and decided to put it in the cherokee. Went to lowes and found an outlet I liked for now and went to work on it. Its not finished yet just have to mount the inverter and run the power to the battery.

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So then I finally found a good deal on some used tires and could't believe that they looks almost new for what I got them for. There Falken 32 11.50 15 that came on bronco rims so the tires went on the jeep wheels. I've only had to trim off about 3 inches of the pass front fender flair to be able to turn.

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Then I dusted the cob webs off my yakima rack from my G Wagon and just got it on tonight. I don't have any pictures of changing the fuel pump and changing the rear end fluid but still have some rear end whine. Not to bad for only having it for 3 weeks. Let me know what yall think?

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Unread 06-07-2013, 07:41 PM   #2
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Nice start now go wheel!

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Unread 06-07-2013, 08:10 PM   #3
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Thats a good looking XJ. It will look great and semi factory with the bushwacker flat flares. Anddddd X2 on the go wheeling!
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Unread 06-07-2013, 10:04 PM   #4
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I love the idea of the outlets with the inverter, I will be doing this with my wk! Thanks for the idea!
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Unread 06-08-2013, 12:58 PM   #5
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Thanks guys, I will be wheeling soon. I just picked up some WJ lower control arms from the local JY for 15$. I was dreading taking them off laying in the rocks but as lucks has it found a WJ with the front axel already gone and the control arms only bolted to the frame. Also found a front drive shaft but wasnt able to get it out on this outing, May be able to go back and get it tomorrow.
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Unread 06-08-2013, 01:28 PM   #6
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Thanks guys, I will be wheeling soon. I just picked up some WJ lower control arms from the local JY for 15$. I was dreading taking them off laying in the rocks but as lucks has it found a WJ with the front axel already gone and the control arms only bolted to the frame. Also found a front drive shaft but wasnt able to get it out on this outing, May be able to go back and get it tomorrow.
Good! Throw them *****es on and wheel that **** soon! We all like a slap covering! And or some rocks

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Unread 04-29-2014, 04:37 PM   #7
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Gosh can't believe its almost been a year to get it to the off road park. A few months ago I got some RC discos for the front sway bar and those things suck... anyone wana buy them?? Anyway on to the pictures I was very surprised how well the cherokee did with only a 3 inch lift and way to big 32 inch tires for the rig and no fender trimming. It went through everything I threw at it with ease and a lot of plastic rubbing sounds.



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Unread 11-11-2014, 03:46 PM   #8
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finally got around to go wheeling again. Who says a 3 inch lift and 32s wont flex out?








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Unread 11-11-2014, 03:51 PM   #9
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Unread 03-24-2015, 04:39 PM   #10
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Well it's been a while since I've updated this some so lets back track some. My sagging rear springs with a add a leaf was getting worse, on my last camping trip fully loaded down I would rub when I hit bumps so after the trip I ordered a rear shackle relocation and it fixed that problem until I drove home.


I could instantly feel the drive shaft vibrations and it was bad so I remembered I had a transfer case drop kit from my CJ I never used and could you believe even the hardware was the right pitch. So I put that in and it cured most if not all of my vibrations.


So then after a couple of weeks I got tired of the back end being just a little bit higher up so I had some RE 4.5 coils in the garage and got the itch to go higher up. This is the RC 3 vs RE 4.5 coils


But then I found out that the ride was really starting to suck from the front control arms hitting the axle every time I hit a bump so I couldn't bring myself to go long arm just yet so I found a decent deal on some front drop brackets, and the ride after installing these was total night and day drove like a stock cherokee again. Also the front tires are centered in the wheel wells again here is before and after



then here is just a couple more wheeling pictures. I really need to get some rock sliders after a few close calls at the last trip. Just don't know how well they will go on since I have drop brackets on now.







I'm also looking at moving up to 33 inch M/Ts and regearing up to 4.56. There is a deal right now on the arb locker for the d30 I'm debating on jumping on in anticipation of regearing soon.
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Unread 03-25-2015, 10:32 AM   #11
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Very clean Jeep I must say.

4.56 gearing would give a very nice crawl ratio given that most people would run the stock 3.55 with 33s.

Personally i'm not sure an ARB air locker is worth while for a dana 30.
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Unread 03-25-2015, 07:21 PM   #12
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Very clean Jeep I must say.

4.56 gearing would give a very nice crawl ratio given that most people would run the stock 3.55 with 33s.

Personally i'm not sure an ARB air locker is worth while for a dana 30.




I really appreciate it buddy. I wouldn't be worried about regearing but I take quite a few camping trips and my jeep with just 32s loaded down is so sluggish in the mts, and the down shifting up shifting drives me nuts . Yea the last day or so I've been slowly talking myself out of the ARB and just leaving the front open. Its just a hard decision because of all the work of setting up the front and rear end.
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I really appreciate it buddy. I wouldn't be worried about regearing but I take quite a few camping trips and my jeep with just 32s loaded down is so sluggish in the mts, and the down shifting up shifting drives me nuts . Yea the last day or so I've been slowly talking myself out of the ARB and just leaving the front open. Its just a hard decision because of all the work of setting up the front and rear end.
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Unread 03-26-2015, 07:28 AM   #14
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I really appreciate it buddy. I wouldn't be worried about regearing but I take quite a few camping trips and my jeep with just 32s loaded down is so sluggish in the mts, and the down shifting up shifting drives me nuts . Yea the last day or so I've been slowly talking myself out of the ARB and just leaving the front open. Its just a hard decision because of all the work of setting up the front and rear end.
Im all for re-gearing for the bigger tires, you start losing a lot of power once you get bigger than a 31 inch tire and what not. Then if you're loading up for camping a lot, you'll be very happy with the lower gears.

I'd do some kind of lunch box style locker for the front in a d30. You won't be spending a but load of money on an air locker, and it'll still be plenty strong enough with 33s.
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