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post #76 of 302 Old 12-01-2016, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Swapped my old NP231 back in last night after repairing it earlier this week. My girlfriend needs the 242 for her Jeep because hers in on its way out. Should be swapping that into her Jeep either this weekend or early next week.


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2000 Silver XJ, 4.0, AW4 with 350k+, Locked C8.25 w/ Chromos, Trussed hp30, 4.56's, Stiffened, IRO leafs, RE coils, custom 3 link, WJ knuckles, 35's
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post #77 of 302 Old 12-14-2016, 06:38 AM Thread Starter
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Here's a picture of the wear caused by the broken snap ring in my NP231. I ended up running this case anyway and so far have had no issues with it. I am going back to Rausch Creek for new years so I guess that will be the true test. So far good though. The wear point on this case will only ever see any contact when shifting from 2wd to 4wd, so it will usually not be used at all.



I also scored a set of quick disconnects the other day on Craigslist for $20. They retail for like $180 so I would say it was a pretty good find. All still in the original packaging when I got them. Unfortunately, they are a little too long for my current setup. Should be just about perfect for when I switch everything over to the silver Jeep though.



Had the Jeep on the lift last night at a buddies house so I could bead balance my tires. Good chance to check everything over while it was up in the air. Other than my rocker panels, there's almost no rust on this thing... Floor pans are spotless and the unibody is in great shape. Kind of a shame I am going to end up scrapping it...



And here are some poser shots.




88 YJ with a 4.6l stroker, AX-15, NP231, 2.5" lift, 4.10's and 33's
2000 Silver XJ, 4.0, AW4 with 350k+, Locked C8.25 w/ Chromos, Trussed hp30, 4.56's, Stiffened, IRO leafs, RE coils, custom 3 link, WJ knuckles, 35's
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post #78 of 302 Old 12-22-2016, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
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Replaced my power steering pump, one idler pulley, and my steering box this week. Jeep is much quieter and the steering is much tighter. Also doesn't leak power steering fluid anymore which is nice. I was getting tired of filling that up. Since the Jeep was back in working order I was able to focus on upgrades again instead of maintenance. Made a new set of battery cables, including the starter cable, wire to the alternator, and all the ground straps. I think they came out pretty good, especially since it was my first time making cables like that.

Didn't take any pictures of the steering box, but here's the new battery cables. I put one set in my roommates Jeep last night since he was already in the garage. I will most likely swap mine out today after work.


88 YJ with a 4.6l stroker, AX-15, NP231, 2.5" lift, 4.10's and 33's
2000 Silver XJ, 4.0, AW4 with 350k+, Locked C8.25 w/ Chromos, Trussed hp30, 4.56's, Stiffened, IRO leafs, RE coils, custom 3 link, WJ knuckles, 35's
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post #79 of 302 Old 12-30-2016, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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Crossed 350,000 miles on the Jeep tonight on my way to Rausch Creek! Got a cabin for a couple nights to ring in the new year. Wheeling tomorrow and Sunday. Driving home on Monday. Should be a fun weekend!

88 YJ with a 4.6l stroker, AX-15, NP231, 2.5" lift, 4.10's and 33's
2000 Silver XJ, 4.0, AW4 with 350k+, Locked C8.25 w/ Chromos, Trussed hp30, 4.56's, Stiffened, IRO leafs, RE coils, custom 3 link, WJ knuckles, 35's
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post #80 of 302 Old 12-31-2016, 01:02 PM
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Looks great.
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post #81 of 302 Old 12-31-2016, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Here's a picture from today at Rausch. My girlfriend and I have been together 6 years as of yesterday. Hard to believe.
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88 YJ with a 4.6l stroker, AX-15, NP231, 2.5" lift, 4.10's and 33's
2000 Silver XJ, 4.0, AW4 with 350k+, Locked C8.25 w/ Chromos, Trussed hp30, 4.56's, Stiffened, IRO leafs, RE coils, custom 3 link, WJ knuckles, 35's
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My Girlfriend and I wen't to Rausch Creek for New Years. They had an inch or two of snow on the ground which made for some interesting wheeling. It was also warm enough that the snow was melting so there was some slick mud as well. We decided to stick to the green trails given the slick conditions and the fact that Emily's Jeep is open open on street tires and both Jeeps are only lifted 1.5". We had a really great time and got to find some strengths and weaknesses with both of our Jeeps without bashing on them too hard. Here are some pictures from the trip.
























88 YJ with a 4.6l stroker, AX-15, NP231, 2.5" lift, 4.10's and 33's
2000 Silver XJ, 4.0, AW4 with 350k+, Locked C8.25 w/ Chromos, Trussed hp30, 4.56's, Stiffened, IRO leafs, RE coils, custom 3 link, WJ knuckles, 35's
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post #83 of 302 Old 01-09-2017, 11:36 AM
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Wow! That's what an XJ should look like! Very cool rig!
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post #84 of 302 Old 01-09-2017, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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Wow! That's what an XJ should look like! Very cool rig!
Thanks! It's been a constant work in progress since I got it just over two years ago. It's also a DD with no backup so everything that's been done has happened over the course of a weekend or less.

Actually have some updates this week. Got my emergency brakes working for the first time since I did my disk brake swap like a year ago. Way overdue. I was at Tractor Supply and found the cable clamps I needed so I grabbed them while I was there. Got back home and got to work. I used the stock cables and wrapped them around the the e brake "finger" and then tied them back to themselves. It seems to work good for engaging the brake. Brake doesn't hold almost at all though. The cable has stretched into shape a little more so it definitely needs to be adjusted again, I may do that today. I also think the e brakes are probably full of mud. I noticed a ton of mud on the outside of my rotors. You can probably see it caked on in the photos below. I'll have to pull the rotors off and give them a good cleaning, adjust the cables again and give it another try. Since it's an auto it hasn't been a huge deal not having the brake, but it sure would be nice every once in a while.

Here you can see the whole disk brake setup with the modified e brake cable attached (and all the mud on the body of the rotor)



And here is a closeup of the cable with the clamps. I am still using the stock adjuster, just adjusted farther out.


88 YJ with a 4.6l stroker, AX-15, NP231, 2.5" lift, 4.10's and 33's
2000 Silver XJ, 4.0, AW4 with 350k+, Locked C8.25 w/ Chromos, Trussed hp30, 4.56's, Stiffened, IRO leafs, RE coils, custom 3 link, WJ knuckles, 35's
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Picked up some WJ front knuckles that I will be putting on the HP30 I have in the shed for the silver Jeep. Also getting all new brakes, since I am not happy with my current pads and rotors in the back. I got the cheapest ones I could get when I did it, and they were still much better than my worn out drum setup. I was in college and on a super tight budget. Getting a little better quality this time around. Looking at my new brake order, you would never know that I was ordering parts for a 2000 Jeep Cherokee...
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88 YJ with a 4.6l stroker, AX-15, NP231, 2.5" lift, 4.10's and 33's
2000 Silver XJ, 4.0, AW4 with 350k+, Locked C8.25 w/ Chromos, Trussed hp30, 4.56's, Stiffened, IRO leafs, RE coils, custom 3 link, WJ knuckles, 35's
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So it took a little longer than expected to get the new knuckles and brakes in my hands but now I have them. These brakes look huge compared to what is on the XJ. The pads and rotors look brand new so I am going to skip ordering anything for the front brakes for now and just get new stuff for the rear. It would be a shame to throw out new parts. Rotors will need to be re-drilled for 5x4.5 for the XJ hubs. Also going to order up the spacers I need for the hubs to make the spacing right. It will be a good excuse to use my new welder.


88 YJ with a 4.6l stroker, AX-15, NP231, 2.5" lift, 4.10's and 33's
2000 Silver XJ, 4.0, AW4 with 350k+, Locked C8.25 w/ Chromos, Trussed hp30, 4.56's, Stiffened, IRO leafs, RE coils, custom 3 link, WJ knuckles, 35's
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this really makes me miss my xj
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this really makes me miss my xj
Funny, working on this XJ usually makes me really miss driving my YJ.

88 YJ with a 4.6l stroker, AX-15, NP231, 2.5" lift, 4.10's and 33's
2000 Silver XJ, 4.0, AW4 with 350k+, Locked C8.25 w/ Chromos, Trussed hp30, 4.56's, Stiffened, IRO leafs, RE coils, custom 3 link, WJ knuckles, 35's
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Tore my WJ axle down last night to get the brakes and the knuckles for the silver XJ. The rotors and calipers are huge compared to the stock XJ stuff. XJ rotor on top, WJ below it. Didn't have a caliper for comparison but the WJ calipers are 2 piston compared to the single piston XJ calipers. Knuckles for the crossover high steer in the background.




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88 YJ with a 4.6l stroker, AX-15, NP231, 2.5" lift, 4.10's and 33's
2000 Silver XJ, 4.0, AW4 with 350k+, Locked C8.25 w/ Chromos, Trussed hp30, 4.56's, Stiffened, IRO leafs, RE coils, custom 3 link, WJ knuckles, 35's
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Tore my XJ HP30 down today. Guess I've got some fab work to do.




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88 YJ with a 4.6l stroker, AX-15, NP231, 2.5" lift, 4.10's and 33's
2000 Silver XJ, 4.0, AW4 with 350k+, Locked C8.25 w/ Chromos, Trussed hp30, 4.56's, Stiffened, IRO leafs, RE coils, custom 3 link, WJ knuckles, 35's
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