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Unread 01-20-2012, 02:01 PM   #91
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Welcome to the world of Cherokee. I had trouble with the headlight wiring. Looked like the 3 stooges wiring company did it. I cut out everything and started a new.
I've already wired up relays for my headlights. It makes a world of difference.

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Unread 01-20-2012, 02:50 PM   #92
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You should really join up at IFSJA.org. The guys over there know their FSJs. I'm far from being an expert, but the trans is my first guess. Luckily, I see working TH400s out of FSJs selling for $100 fairly often. Just remember, it has to be out of a mid to late 70s FSJ. If you don't wan't to take it apart, it needs to have been bolted to the same transfercase, too (I'm assuming you have a Quadratrac). Otherwise, it won't work. Early FSJs And any GMs have different bolt patterns, and the D20 requires a different output shaft (and coupler) from the Quadratrac.

If they changed the fluid, it may also have some air in there? Too much or too little fluid can cause shifting issues, so check the level.
I've been to the IFSJA site, but didn't join. I know that when we checked the fluid level when it was hot it was over full. Maybe they need to drain some out, also check for air.
Thanks for your help.
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Unread 01-20-2012, 04:15 PM   #93
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Trans overhaul is easy. A good shop should be able to rebuild it for around 500 to 1000 depending on what it needs. I got rid of the QT, installed a shorter input shaft and adapter and installed a NP 205, Dumped the off set dana 44 for a Dana 60 added 2 inch spacers for the wide track difference. Replaced the spare tire with a fuel tank from a 96 suburban. Upgraded to Howell fuel injection. What a difference all this made. I removed the shifter indent and now have a true twin stick 4X4.
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Unread 02-26-2012, 05:29 PM   #94
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So, I've been kinda lazy about posting lately, but here's an update.

Last week I started cutting out my rusted up floor pans. Then we had more rain, and... Yeah working on a Jeep in a muddy driveway can be infuriating at times.

Anyhow, about the whole wiring harness issue. I never could find a used harness in good condition for a resonable price. So... I've been accumulating new wires, and connectors to completely rewire it myself.

Today, I decided I'm gonna check and rewire the entire Cherokee (not just the engine harness), so I pulled the rest of my wiring harnesses out of the Cherokee about an hour ago. Now I just need to check all the wires, and start replacing the bad ones. Felt like I was carrying a a few dead snakes, as I walked in with all the harnesses in my hands... It only took me about an hour and a half to get the interior, headlights, taillights/tailgate, and dist-ign harnesses out. Most of that was spent trying to disconnect stuck connectors...

I think I will order a weatherpack connector kit, and replace all my 33 year old connecters with nice new waterproof ones.

I'm already drawing up new wiring schematics to guide myself with the rewire. When it's all done, I'm gonna print out and laminate a copy to keep in the Cherokee for future reference. Of course, I'll probably never need it myself, but if I ever have kids, or (God forbid) sell the thing...

Oh, and on a side note, I pulled the front turn signals that I got from BJ's Offroad less than a year ago, and noticed that the reflective chrome is already flaking off pretty badly. I don't blame BJ's as they're just a vendor, but man do these new housings suck for quality... I may just remove the lights altogether and run something different for front turns.
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Unread 02-27-2012, 09:05 PM   #95
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Started tearing into the headlight harness, and yeah... It's gonna have to be redone completely as well. Not only did I find the crusted up crimp splice that some PO had used to wire the KC lights that were on the Jeep at some point (this explains why my headlight switch connector was melted), but I also found that about a foot and a half of the entire harness has been cut out, and replaced with black wire. Whoever did that used the professonal twist and wrap in tape method of splicing...

So... Not only is it amazing this thing even started and ran, but it's also amazing this rig hasn't burned down...
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Unread 02-27-2012, 09:06 PM   #96
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Wow man this thing is badass
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Unread 02-28-2012, 01:24 AM   #97
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Wow man this thing is badass
Thanks.

Just ordered some more wire...

When this is all said and done, I'll probably have spent around $150-200 to rewire the whole thing, but I'll know it inside and out, plus I'll have a LOT of extra wire and connectors left over for my next few projects.
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Unread 03-08-2012, 11:26 PM   #98
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Gutted my tailgate earlier this week.

I'm thinking about taking it off the hinges, and cleaning and painting it while I have the glass and all out.
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Unread 03-08-2012, 11:32 PM   #99
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i'll provide room and board if you come rewire mine.


and beer?
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Unread 03-09-2012, 02:32 AM   #100
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i'll provide room and board if you come rewire mine.


and beer?
Your wiring's probably in better condition than mine. My engine harness was butchered, headlight harness was butchered, interior harness was poorly spliced all over, harness to the rear was so-so shape, taillight harness hacked up, and tailgate harness just... damn rednecks...

Plus, I can drink a lot of beer...

Like I said, though... You send me the harness, and I'll fix it up pretty. Crimped and soldered splices with liquid electric tape and shrink wrap to protect them, all wires labeled with an actual label maker, new split loom tubing, all new weatherpack connectors, color coded custom made schematic... Oh wait, that's MY wiring harness!

Or it will be when I stop being so freaking busy, and actually get the time to sit down and finish it...
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Unread 09-27-2012, 10:45 AM   #101
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Any progress from the summer?
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Unread 03-21-2013, 03:29 PM   #102
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Any progress from the summer?
Was ridiculously busy all summer/winter... I've got all the wires just sitting in a box waiting.

On the plus side, I picked up a used beast of a winch for the Cherokee just this week. Pierce 12.5k worm gear. Made in USA, and in good working order!

Also put in an order with BJ's Offroad for all my window gaskets n such.

In the past month I've dropped about $2k on goodies for both Jeeps. I'm trying to keep myself from dropping another grand in April...
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Unread 06-07-2013, 07:04 AM   #103
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I'm still alive. Recently moved to a new house with an actual garage, too! Still in the unpacking stage, though....
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Unread 07-06-2013, 07:31 PM   #104
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Pics!!!!! Please!!!! Looking at a 79 and she's breaking my heart!!!! :P
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Unread 07-10-2013, 12:16 AM   #105
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If you click the link in my sig, it takes you to my picasa account.

I'll have new pics soonish... I've been fiddling with the wiring harness again. Also am working out a full LED conversion plan. That may take a while, though...
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