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post #1 of 8 Old 10-12-2019, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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2001 Jeep Cherokee 60th Anniversary Edition - Future "Sleeper Crawler"

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Just now joining the Jeep XJ family after researching probably everything I can about Jeep Cherokees for the last 8 years give or take! My name is Wyatt and I have some great ideas for this XJ but will transfer slowly from my head to the Jeep due to working part-time only as a college student. This Jeep is super clean and I am the second owner of it and am really good friends with the original owners. Got it at a steal with overheating issues and a brand new radiator, replaced the thermostat and water pump, and has been running perfectly fine over the last 2 weeks! The reason I have never had an XJ as my first car is because my parents wanted me to have a dead reliable car to start with and just research what I want to do so that I can be happy with building a Jeep. Before now, I hated their decision, but now I am happy that I managed to listen to them and their wisdom. First car I daily drove was my Dad's 1948 Dodge Pickup truck, which was literally the best thing as a car guy you could start driving in! Haha! My first car purchase was a 1998 Toyota Camry that I got super cheap and needed an oil pump seal replaced and exhaust leak fixed. It had 99k miles on it, and this was about 4 years ago, so really good! But this was the car that made me realize that I didn't want to go become an automotive mechanic like my dad did for the last 30 years as it took me 4 hours to replace the seal and to also find out that the previous owners probably never did much maintenance on the motor as it had a slight tick. Sold it a month later at a profit and went back to driving my Dad's truck until I could buy another reliable car. My dad had a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe that was a trade in at the dealership he worked at at the time and told his boss to not do anything with it until I looked at it because it was bought new from that dealership by an older couple and they traded it in for a newer one. I got it with 157k and for 3.5 years, at over 203k, I have not had any real issues with that car! My cousin is now getting his license pretty soon and my family and his family decided that there could literally be no better car for him to buy as I was pretty anal about maintenance and keeping it detailed.

This is a 2001 Jeep Cherokee 60th Anniversary 2wd in Silverstone Metallic with 172k miles on the clock. Stage 1 of my plans for this is just a simple 3-4" lift, but we all know how "simple" never really is that simple. I want to build this XJ myself and will get help from my dad whenever I need it as he was a mechanic for almost 30 years until recently getting his dream teaching job for FCA. I plan to "piece together" my lift kit starting with decent looking adjustable control arms from eBay, most likely making a Dakota bastard leaf pack, adjustable track bar, shocks, extended brake lines, sway bar links, shackle relocation brackets, 3 inch coils from the junk yard (not sure what from yet), and finally a 4wd swap. The 4wd swap will be at least the factory Dana 30 and C8.25, but might go with Dana 44 in front and Ford 8.8 or 9 in the rear, depends on what pops up, make a doubler (most likely a 231/231), and swap the necessary 4wd parts of a 4wd trans into my 2wd trans (2wd trans is brand new with 15k miles on it). I want to keep the special 60th edition 16x7 wheels and put simple 30 inch street tires on it, but I also want to get Pro Comp 69 Series Vintage Polished Alloy Wheels in 15x8 and either Cooper Discoverer STT Pros or Milestar Patagonia M/T in 31x10.5R15.

Update: Not actually going to lift this to 3 inches, will do a shackle relocation and might swap the front coils to the ZJ or WJ V8 coils for an extra inch, but just looking for a decent donor 4x4 XJ to snag all the conversion parts I need. Will run Cooper Discoverer STT PRO at LT215/85R16.

"Extra" stuff I plan to install:
Electric Exhaust Cutoff - Done (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1)
THOR Cowl Air Intake - Not actually gonna do this as I found out that older XJs had a "factory cold air intake" that brought cold air from the grill and fed into the air box. Will post pictures when I complete this.
Rock lights from LED fog lights
Single row LED light bar - Not going to do as it will look like "too much" is happening with the Jeep as I am going to keep factory appearance.
A Pillar LED pods - Not going to do " "
Clear or smoked turn signal lens
LED headlights - Didn't do LEDs but instead went with a Halogen conversion kit that is already brighter than factory and I might upgrade the bulbs from 55/60w to 80/100w bulbs later on. (https://www.summitracing.com/parts/rpe-5089927) So far very pleased with these lights and highly recommend them if you want availability of the brightness from LEDs, but don't like the looks of any out there on the market.
Cut'n'fold and custom rear bumper to wrap around to protect that area
Hidden front stubby bumper with d ring mounts and 2" receiver for "removable" winch setup
Rock sliders (most likely 2x6 steel boat sides)
Skid plates
A Pillar grab handles (most likely from Trail Head Off Road)
Maybe frame stiffeners, depends on sliders

That's pretty much it for plans for Stage 1 of my XJ build. Keep in mind that this is going to be a "slow" moving build until I acquire all my necessary parts needed and will try my best to document my progress for you guys! I know that was a long read but hope you guys like it!

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-14-2019, 10:56 AM
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Awesome, If you need any help with 4wd swap I just finished mine!
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No new updates, but did clay bar the jeep along with a fairly full detail for it a few days ago and went out to take some cool sunset pictures for it.
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Nice. I own a 60th edition also, only it's the WJ. Same color. Do you know how many were made in your color?
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Nice. I own a 60th edition also, only it's the WJ. Same color. Do you know how many were made in your color?
https://www.getahelmet.com/60th/info/

That website has information about all of the 60th Anniversary Editions.
5,157 XJs made with 2,778 made in Silverstone Metallic and 2,379 made in Black.
3,822 WJs made with 2,001 made in Silverstone Metallic and 1,821 made in Black.
4,067 TJs made with 2,205 made in Silverstone Metallic and 1,826 made in Black.

They also have some pictures of the original flyers for the 60th Anniversary Editions.
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Loving the new halogen conversion from Summit Racing so far! Also got around to installing a new injector and fuel rail heat shield on 11/1/19 as early fuel detonation has been a slight problem for me and throwing a CEL for misfire. Only setback for me was removing the plastic wire channel between the fuel rail and the valve cover, which after trial and error, the best way to remove that is to use a set of angled needle nose plyers to pry it up as it is held onto the bolts by friction. Also would recommend wearing gloves as my hands were itchy from the old insulation that was torn apart and didn't look like insulation anymore. Don't have any before pictures, but after pictures are pretty cool. (https://www.summitracing.com/parts/dei-010378) Also installed my new exhaust cutoff from Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and installed it in place of the downstream catalytic converter. No CELs so far and it does sound louder when the valve is closed, but I've been running it most of the time fully open as it sounds cool and actually doesn't drone at all just driving around and on the freeway. Fair warning though as it is pretty darn loud, practically a straight pipe when you want it and "mild" when you don't.
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I have also thought of a cool name for my build: Sleeper Crawler. Reasoning is because I don't want to lift it, or just an inch or so, and add lockers and armor where it will definitely be needed underneath and just make it super capable without being "tall." Also future custom plate idea would be: SLPRCRLR. Not exactly sure if that's the spelling I would go with, but it's an idea.
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Washed the Jeep this last weekend and enjoyed a somewhat warm day with it. Ironically the Jeep has a favored side! Didn't pay attention to the fact that my favorite pictures I took were all of the passenger side but no updates so far as far as finding a 4wd donor XJ yet.
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