I finally replaced my OPDA this morning after putting it off for months, mainly because of the fear of what I might find. Install went pretty smooth, as stated before the hold down and bolt are probably the hardest part getting them back in place. I started at 6 a.m. and finished at around 9 a.m. and took the longest to get timing notch lined up dead on (not that you have to I was just being ready for the worst). Cam gear did show some wear but it didn't look terrible and it actually looks worse in the pics. OPDA gear has un-even wear like most of the other members have found and all I can say is I am damn glad I didn't put it off through another Winter because I may have had some problems if I did. Long story short, Jeep started up just fine and after a 6mi test drive I checked for codes, NONE!! Just want to say thanks again to all the time and effort spent by all of you members and a huge thank you to Willydigger for doing a wonderful/professional job on my oil cup mod. I will report later on how the new one is performing, just feel relieved the new one is installed. To all you members putting this off, please do yourself and your Jeep a favor and pull it for inspection. I did use the aligment pin method and it is pretty much fool proof.
P.S. Willydigger I sent you an email.
2015 Cherokee Limited (granite) 4x4, 2.4L, 8.4AN, luxury group, wireless charge pad.