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Unread 07-15-2012, 04:19 PM   #1
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Project Full Bolt-on Cherokar *Loads of pics*

Well figured it's time to start a build thread on my station wagon.

So a year ago now I picked up this stock 200k mile 97 Cherokee Sport that was rough running for $2,000


& to fix running rough issue I picked up this new cylinder head


Swap out wheels for steel TJ's & flipped tire. Shoe Creek get together


The very next day after the shoe Creek run I got my Fat Bobs garage 2in budget boost in (2in coil spacer with 2.5in short aal)
stock

2in boost



Later that week I picked up some Ecco wheels from Tural(becoming a wheel whore)


Then picked up BFG All-Terran's






And then about 3 months later I wanted more, so I picked up V8 ZJ coils, & 1.5-2in lift shackle. Also picked up New front YJ shocks & new rear F150 shocks


Testing out some 31's for a week



Flexing on new setup




Had a bit a Vibration issue since the 2in lift. So it got was with more lift. Picked up a SYE on the way & me & Tural got to installing.

Decided to got with 30x9.50 Hankook R03 MT's



At this point I'm noticing negative effect from the ****ty dreaded XJ shackle angle issue limiting rear flex completly. So I decided to purchase shackle relocation kit


I noticed on my drive main leaf spring it was worn dangerously bad, had about about a .050 groove worn into it from the lower leaf.

My Next step was to pick up a nice set of low mileage(60k) XJ leaves from Duval & rebuild those using Iron rock offroad 2.5in Add A Leaf.
As you can see pictured I flip the last over load leaf. This aids in a bit softer ride & allows better flex while still maintaining the over leaf intended job of preventing axle wrap & excessive sagging during overloaded cabin weight/towing


With this new shackle setup & leaf setup, it ended up with a rake stance, nearly 1in taller in rear. So I went with some new Iron Rock Offroad coils.


Current stance


I needed a better cb antenna as the one I had was prone to being knock off by trees. So I picked up a 4' Firestik I got to work on a homemade mount



Next step was going for a wider stance.. I needed wheels. A trip to PnS proved promising. Found some Wagon wheels with a 3.5in backspacing in a 00 XJ


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Unread 07-15-2012, 04:19 PM   #2
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And I got to work on the new wheels, I wanted a desert tan look so I had the sand blasted then grabed some satin khaki paint





Picked up a ZJ pitman arm(1in drop) & 00 4.0 Intake from PnS



Intake swap





Picked up a D30 Detroit TruTrac & set of new 4.56 gears




Got the front gears installed finally


Picked up a new item. NP242 t-case, I plan to install this, so I can build me 231 doubler



My Headlights SUCK, and a wanted some driving lights. Well I had a spare 5000k digital HID kit laying around, so I picked a set of Blazer BAJA driving lights from Advance and modified them to work with the HIDs.
Also Figured while I was at it, I would do some bumper trimming when I install my lights.




Needed some front recovery points, and I really didnt like the hooks that hang below the bumper, So With the help of a friend we made d-ring recovery brackets to go through the front bumber.

rubberized undercoated them


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Unread 07-15-2012, 04:20 PM   #3
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Still On stock short arm I wanted a better ride both on and off road, and better front articulation, I called up Ironrock and ordered the critical path longarm, and some Daystar Bump stops



I also Purchased a set of JCR S2 sliders and I sprayed them with Duplicolor BedArmor


When to the local pick and save and picked on a ZJ t-case skid and V8 Tie Rod





Also installed a ZJ transmission cooler


With the new long arm, The Jeep could use longer brake lines and shocks.
So I picked up some shock extenders till I order my 8000's

And Bought some GM 1500 brake lines


Discovered my 97 has the old style door hinges, I did the doorless mod with some 98 ZJ connectors



With my new mods, i figured it was time for new bigger tires, so I sold the hankooks and bought some 32x11.50 Sigma Mud Claws



To keep my new tires from eating my fenders and flares, with the help of the Daystar bump stops I decided to do a fair amount of trimming.




My stock exhaust manifold was cracked & the leak was annoying, so I bought a header.


A couple poser pics :stuart:



After a Trail run I realized my stock trackbar was binding when flexed, so I bought a IRO Double sheer to install


On the trail, I ended up breaking my Firestik internally.. Sux, So I bought a 4' Wilson Flex to replace it. So far I like it much more than the firestik, this thing is crazy flexible.


Also upgraded from my old Maxton CB, to a Cobra 29LX radio



Realize Id rather have all 4 wheels spining instead of just 3 so I bought a rear Spartan locker


Due to the run of extermly hot *** 100degree days. I decided to do so keep cool mods.
Starting with hood vents.




And Picked up a few other items to install this coming week from the pick n save
Taurus 3.8 Cooling fan, 136amp V8 alternator, and 93 ZJ door harnesses for my doorless mod(these are nicer than 96+ zj harness)
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Unread 07-15-2012, 04:20 PM   #4
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Some trail pics
Some at my buddies property










Here are pictures from Wheelin 4 Hope at Oakridge this year






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Unread 12-18-2012, 06:52 PM   #5
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This build is awesome. What was your time frame from beginning to end product?
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Unread 12-19-2012, 12:49 AM   #6
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Great build so far. What's next for your jeep?
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