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1990 Cherokee Laredo Build

Old 04-07-2013, 03:12 AM
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Figure I might as well start a journal/log of all my mods/upgradea/maintenance

1990 Cherokee Laredo.

220,000 miles purchased in April 2013
Mostly stock, previous owner said it has a small body lift .not sure if its homebrew or whatw...

Goals:
4.5" lift
Rear bumper/tire carrier
Roof rack
Light bars around entire roof rack (led)
Front bumper w/ winch
x4 recovery hooks (two in front two in rear)
Armor
More.... On cell phone at the moment so don't want to keep going...

Need to do before I go out for first run:
Distrib cap/rotor
Spark plugs
Spark plug wires
Air filter
Oil filter
Oil change
Tranny oil change
Check brakes
Check hoses
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:26 AM
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Flushed radiator and filled, Oil Change/Oil Filter change done yesterday. Tore up all the old tint yesterday as well. will post B4 and after pics 2morrow, here's a quick pick of the jeep on Day 1.

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Old 04-13-2013, 02:27 AM
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First zombie upgrade! (was way cheap so until I finish my basic tune up and Cruiser54 Renix tips this is it for now)

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Old 04-13-2013, 06:47 AM
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Mine is also a white 90 Laredo. Almost identical when I got it except the rims. Is your door open or sagging in the picture.
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Old 04-13-2013, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by rmoore1031 View Post
Mine is also a white 90 Laredo. Almost identical when I got it except the rims. Is your door open or sagging in the picture.
No it's open lol, I wasn't sure if the keys had worked on the locks just yet and I had left them in the ignition so I didn't wanna close the door all the way haha. I didn't even realize yours from the zombie thread, gonna subscribe to your thread. I just saw you did the dash light mod, I received my red ones in yesterday, any tips?
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Old 04-13-2013, 01:18 PM
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I actually got rid of my LED dash lights. Didn't like how it looked after a few weeks. I kept them in the shifters so I can that the lights are on, just an old habit of driving with the lights on.

The mod is easy I can do it in no time now.
1. Remove the dash bezel, its 4 Phillips head screws. 2 are by the gauges, 2 are cigarette lighter and switch area.
2. Remove the 6 Philip head screws that hold the cluster in.
3. Reach underneath the dash to unclip the speedo cable from cluster.
3.5 Or pull the cluster toward you and unclip the speedo cable.
4. Tilt the cluster toward you to remove the electrical connector. It can be stubborn so a flat head screw driver will help unclip it.
5. Remove the bulb socket behind a gauge.
6. Insert LED bulb. 50/50 chance of it working the first time due to polarity.
7. Reconnect the electrical connector to test if the bulb was put in right.
8. Repeat 5-7 for the as many bulbs you are replacing.
9. Reassemble everything in reverse order.

You might need a new thermal relay for your flashers. LEDs take less power and a newer style relay will help. I found this out when I had no turn signals after the mod. That should be everything. Might take an hour the first time around. Good luck.
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:02 AM
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Originally Posted by rmoore1031 View Post
I actually got rid of my LED dash lights. Didn't like how it looked after a few weeks. I kept them in the shifters so I can that the lights are on, just an old habit of driving with the lights on.

The mod is easy I can do it in no time now.
1. Remove the dash bezel, its 4 Phillips head screws. 2 are by the gauges, 2 are cigarette lighter and switch area.
2. Remove the 6 Philip head screws that hold the cluster in.
3. Reach underneath the dash to unclip the speedo cable from cluster.
3.5 Or pull the cluster toward you and unclip the speedo cable.
4. Tilt the cluster toward you to remove the electrical connector. It can be stubborn so a flat head screw driver will help unclip it.
5. Remove the bulb socket behind a gauge.
6. Insert LED bulb. 50/50 chance of it working the first time due to polarity.
7. Reconnect the electrical connector to test if the bulb was put in right.
8. Repeat 5-7 for the as many bulbs you are replacing.
9. Reassemble everything in reverse order.

You might need a new thermal relay for your flashers. LEDs take less power and a newer style relay will help. I found this out when I had no turn signals after the mod. That should be everything. Might take an hour the first time around. Good luck.
Thanks man! Just got done with them tonight, next post will be the pic, I kept the blinkers and highbeam original bulbs in, wasn't sure how the red would blend with the tinted green plastic on the blinkers and the tinted blue high beam plastic, everything seems to be okay for now, the red seems kind of dull, so I think I will buy a white gauge set, I saw them on ebay for like $30, this should make it look a little brighter...
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Upgraded my dash cluster lights with some red LEDs, still need to do the shifts but I'll have to order more bulbs for that one... Seems a bit dull, it's nice because its easy on the eyes but I plan on buying some white face plates to make it stand out a little more...

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Unfortunately my dashboard cluster/running light fuse keeps blowing (this was happening before the LED instal...) so now its time to trace some wires and find the solution....
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Shifters are very easy. One for the transmission and one for the transfer. Just need a flat head screwdriver to pop off the covers.
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Unfortunately my dashboard cluster/running light fuse keeps blowing (this was happening before the LED instal...) so now its time to trace some wires and find the solution....
Found the issue with the dash cluster and running lights... All I had to do was unplug this stupid wire lol...

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With any luck I will get the throttle body taken out and cleaned up today, put in my new Bosch Platinum+4 spark plugs, spark plug wires and rotor... Unfortunately, my distributor cap won't be in till the 16th :-(

also might replace the fuel filter today...
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Jakers View Post
Upgraded my dash cluster lights with some red LEDs, still need to do the shifts but I'll have to order more bulbs for that one... Seems a bit dull, it's nice because its easy on the eyes but I plan on buying some white face plates to make it stand out a little more...


do you have the link for these leds? I've been thinking of getting red like that because it's soft on the eyes
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Tamadrummer View Post
do you have the link for these leds? I've been thinking of getting red like that because it's soft on the eyes
Sure do

Jtech 10x 194 168 2825 T10 5-SMD Red LED Car Lights Bulb Super Bright : Amazon.com : Automotive Jtech 10x 194 168 2825 T10 5-SMD Red LED Car Lights Bulb Super Bright : Amazon.com : Automotive
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Took the throttle body off today... Top three pictures are before and bottom three are after..

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Replaced the old and busted spark plugs with new hotness, bosh Platinum+4... here are the old ones, no pics of the new ones..

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