No! This! Is! SPARTA
Isn't she beautiful? Sparta is my 1999 Jeep Cherokee, with a 4.0 High Output inline 6, an NP242 transfer case, an AW4 automatic trans, Dana 30 and Chrysler 8.25 axles, stock suspension, stock everything basically. She had about 245,000 Km's on her when I bought her for $2400, in October of last year. As of now, there are a few things I've done to her that I don't really have pictures of, or have limited pics that you'll see later in this thread. I have:
Removed the fender flares and lined the edges with black rubber edging;
Added two more roof rack cross-members;
Installed an adapter on my coolant line to be able to easily flush the coolant system;
Installed H4 Autopal conversion headlights;
Replaced faulty oil pressure gauge sending unit;
Found out that my compression is fairly decent (156/149/152/143/146/144);
Found out that my rear diff is always locked, it's not welded, I just think the pinion (if that's the main center bolty spinny thing, still confused on differential theory) won't spin, at all. Effectively, I have a homemade locker that's just stuck, locked.
That was all I had done up until yesterday. She was a stocker, and a boring one at that, with about -2" of leaf sag on the rear. I didn't have much flex on either end.
I had ordered a 3" Zone lift about a month ago, along with a new steering stabilizer to match, and some other goodies from Quadratech including new sway bar bushings, transfer case linkage rebuild kit, and an adjustable JKS trackbar! They came on Monday the 26th, and I'm proud to say that I screamed like a little girl when I came home from work and saw this (I'm an 18 y/o guy, to clarify. Just thought that might be a good point to note.) Yesterday, the 29th, my best friend was home from BC where he's going to school right now, and we decided to work on his CRV and my Jeep. He had some replacement shocks and needed an oil change, so we did that and started on mine around 2pm.
All the parts and the tools I brought out.
Side note about Logan (My best friend): he lives on a farm where his dad runs a mechanic shop out of their yard. Logan and I have been best friends since we were about 3 and have worked on cars together since we were about 12. There's a lot of history and stories there. Like this one.. Now that was a good day.
We uhh.. We took an old S10 that had transmission issues (the welds between the frame and the body and the frame and the clutch had broken off (manual trans), and whenever you went over a bump the clutch would disengage and you would have no power to the wheels), and decided to fix the issues with a large ratchet strap around the front of the cab, squashing the frame against the body and mostly fixing the de-clutching problem. We ripped around in their fields for a while and got stuck a couple times, that's Logan's little brother in the back trying to give it a little more weight to get it out. We busted the transfer case that day (no front drive gear anymore!), and I'm pretty sure Logan and his little bro burned the truck for fun the next day. Oh, and the tractor in the back? That's their dad, stuck. Yepp. Gotta love Saskatchewan springtime.
BUT I DIGRESS. I love telling stories, I'm sorry. I'll get back to Jeeps.
Starting to work on her.
Trying to remove rusty old bolts.
Broken shock mount bolts. Yayyyy
Funny enough, we only broke the left side bolts, not the right side ones. But as I had anticipated that this was going to happen, I had bought the hardware outlined in this guide (http://www.cherokeeforum.com/f51/bro...-guide-150384/
) and we replaced both sides' hardware. We cut holes in my floorboards because I'm going to be ripping up the carpet, making a plate, and bedlining my interior anyways. Just a matter of time.
Logan looks like he's doing a lot of the work, but that's just because he wouldn't take any pictures for me. He was too busy being boring and lame and STEALING ALL MY FUN.
Obligatory "Don't try this at home, kids"
Holes in floor cut and hardware replaced. Torches are fun.
We learned from our mistakes with the left shock mount and heated the everliving chrysler out of the leaf bolts. Don't have pics of that, but here are two of the new parts installed.
By the time we finished all that mess and got it down on the ground again, it was about 8pm. It took 6 hours for us to do the rear, so we called it a day.
How she sits now:
Aaaaand that's how I'm driving her around at the moment. I have a few days off this weekend, what with the Labour day long weekend and all. I'll be:
~Finishing up the front lift (coils, shocks, new rubber brake lines from a 1995 GMC C1500) and putting the new Zone steering stabilizer on.
~If I can get a few more correct grade bolts soon, I'll be doing a quick little washer TC drop to stabilize those wonderful vibes.
~I also have a few goodies from the local JY that I'll be installing if I have time, such as a newly painted valve cover and new gasket to replace the old leaky one.
~I'll be pulling my front and rear linkage and gas tank shields (I got factory skidplates, yo!) and cleaning them up, painting/bedlining.
~I got two used step bars from a friend for 30 bucks, so I'll be cleaning those up and seeing if I can install them. I also have this harebrained idea about welding angle iron together on both of them to make a better skidplate... But that one's just a WIP.
~I have a total of 8 Silver Ecco rims, so I'll be cleaning 4 of the better ones up and bedlining them in anticipation of the new 31-10.50 Wild Country tires I'm getting, although I can't decide if I should go with 31-10.50 or 32-11.50. Thoughts/suggestions?
Not bored yet?
WELL! I have two questions I need answered right now, if anybody is technically savvy enough to help!
1: Even though only the back is lifted right now, I'm getting the dreaded vibes. My short term fix will be the TC washer drop, but my long-term fix is an SYE/Hack and tap. I would like to do it as cost effective as possible. If I use this kit (http://www.ironrockoffroad.com/Merch...t_Code=IR-XHNT
) with a stock front driveshaft from an auto/242/97+ XJ, will that work? Or will I have to get a custom shaft made? I'm trying to stay cheap, so what's the best option for me? Will that work with my 3" lift and a stock XJ front??
2: When I'm slowing down I'm getting an intermittent grinding noise coming from under me/the back of my Jeep. It did not happen before the rear lift, just started yesterday after we lifted it. Why? Is it related to the vibes? If not, what do?
I hope you like Sparta. I'm gonna be updating this thread whenever possible, and I'll try to document what I do so that when people look, they can see what tutorials I used and how exactly they can replicate my results. It's not science otherwise!
Tl;dr: Jeep's name is Sparta. Take that, evil Chrysler empire.