post #1 of Old 12-21-2010, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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Project HIGH ROLLER aka pepper 2.0

so as some of you may know, monday, 12/13/10, i rolled my 99 cherokee. i was traveling home in the right lane on a 4 lane road when an old lady was taking a left out of a michaels craft store on the left side of the road. she came across the opposite side of traffic and started to turn onto the road i was on and i just figured she was turning into the left lane like a normal, legal turn. well, she went all the way into my lane and by the time she was in my lane, my bumper was almost at her roof. without thinking, i cut hard right which threw me into the snow and it just pulled me right up the snow bank.

the jeep climbed it and rolled over onto the roof. i have a bad ignition cylinder on my jeep so i went to turn the engine off (instinct), and they keys werent there. now the jeep is running, i look up, my keys are on the roof so i grab them and turn it off. i had my seatbelt on and was hanging upside down, i heard people yelling but i was in shock so i ignored it for the time being. i pushed off the roof, unbuckled myself and fell onto the roof. i called 911, told them where i was and then tried to figure a way out. the drivers door was smashed shut so the only way out was to crawl out the passengers side. i got cut up pretty good from glas, neck hurts but other than that, i am ok. the lady stopped, but took off before anyone could get any info on her. she was completely oblivious to what happened.:bs:

so thats where the jeep is now. tonight, 12/20/10, its in my garage, took off the sliders, bumpers, doors, front end, flares and a few other things to sell to make money to buy a new jeep.

as it sits:
1999 cherokee sport 2 door
4.0/AX-15/NP231/D30HP/C8.25

mods:
-IRO 8.5" lift, 8" coils, 5.5" full packs w/ 2.5" AAL, 1.5" shackle
-IRO long arms
-IRO OTK HD steering
-IRO HD tracbar
-IRO SYE
-IRO brakelines
-35" KM2s
-IRO AA tabs
-tb spacer and bored tb
-IRO 2.5" exhaust
-SOLID D30 cover
-riddler 8.25 cover

and a bunch of other stuff.

the plans right now:
-drop it to 6.5" of lift
-cut roof off, weld in donor roof
-cut up current doors to make half doors
-score a set of donor doors for rainy days
-lock both axles
-build interior cage and possible exo cage
-build front winch bumper
-make rear tow points
-paint it
-undecided on tires, not sure if i want to stay 35s or go bigger or possibly smaller

this jeep will be a long process. i start college january 10th so money will be tight.

im picking up a zj too to daily drive. that will also be getting some mods to hold me over until i can work on the xj. the jeep will be going up north to my girlfriends dads place where he has a welder and his step son has built multiple 4runners with cages so it shouldnt be to hard to get this done..its doable. either way, they live in duluth which is a good 3 1/2 hours away so ill only be able to work on it during weekends when i can go up there.

heres some pictures of the jeep in its past to give you an idea of what im working with and what its been through













the crash





damage really isnt that bad..body is tweaked, hatch is effed, windows blown out





underneath took no damage at all (ofcourse)



and here it is torn apart in my garage



so there you have it, the project has been dubber high roller just because ofcourse the roll over jokes are never ending now. a few buddies came up with the name since i said im keeping it but pepper 2.0 has also been used alot but the jeep wont be staying chili pepper red anymore so it kind of defeats the purpose.

and here is a link to the original thread

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/m...pepper-945364/


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post #2 of Old 12-21-2010, 05:41 AM
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Wow. That accident is pretty serious. Glad you are fine.
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post #3 of Old 12-21-2010, 05:42 AM
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Glad to hear your keeping it and building a monster out of it! I know you said something of going to smaller tires, but with your current axles, you could lock em' and run 35's just fine. Hell, since its not a driver anymore, weld em' up and run them til they explode
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post #4 of Old 12-21-2010, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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haha yeah ive had thought of doing some 36" IROKs who knows..haha thanks guys

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Wow man! Glad you are ok. Good luck with the build!

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post #6 of Old 12-21-2010, 10:22 AM
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Im going to be following this one!

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post #7 of Old 12-21-2010, 12:39 PM
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Youre XJ is SWEET. I saw your avatar pic and was like WTF NOO, but now that I see you are rebuilding it, im like YAY
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Glad to hear it's getting resurrected. You said you're thinking of an inner+exterior cage, that seems excessive. You're going to add a ton of weight exactly where you don't want it, up high. If you want to protect what's left of the body, shoot for a hybrid or a full on exo. As far as tires I'd say stick with 35's or 36's, but go with a far more aggressive choice like a swamper or rocker, that way you get traction but don't have to worry about grenading shafts every trip. Are you keeping the axles that are under it, or upgrading? I wish you were closer, nothing gets me as hot and bothered as taking an angle grinder to a Jeep...

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haha thanks guys yeah going to pick up my zj tonight! 97 limited, black, 5.2, D30/44, itll be getting a few things too, exhaust, intake, 2" BB, 31s, rims, stereo, HIDs

but yeah, as for the cage, im newbish..havent looked into them a whole lot but i was planning on doing one just for structural support since i wont be running a hatch. i was looking to do an exo though to keep the windows safe. after seeing how 4 of my 6 windows blew out from the roll, id like to not pay for more of them hahaha. do you have any good links to cages?

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Wow that thing used to be shiney!

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post #11 of Old 12-21-2010, 07:19 PM
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I don't have any specific links off the top of my head, but check out the Cherokee section on Pirate, there are a ton of builds on there and a lot of really good reading. NAXJA has some good info too, especially the adv fab section.

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As cool as old people are when they get behind the wheel they're worse than most drunk drivers.

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yup couldnt agree more about old people. i was driving my dads 04 ram 2500 quad cab yesterday and its not a small truck. some old broad started merging over on the freeway and she was only half a car length infront of me. i layed on the horn and she swerved hard left almost hitting the median then slammed on her brakes. i know it costs money to do the whole drivers retake crap but it could save so many lives and vehicles.

and yes, my jeep did use to be shiny haha

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Pepper 2.0. Can't wait!
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hell ya glad to see it being saved

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