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Old 02-25-2013, 09:15 PM
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Default 88 Cherokee Budget Build.

So i am new to this forum. and new to Jeeps. i have always been a Yota guy. (plz dont throw stones at me) anyways its been a year without any projects. so i had that urge to start a new 4x4. i found this cherokee for $500! it runs good. little body damage, few things dont work (rear hatch doest stay up, needs turn signals, small stuff like that) but perfect for a wheeler build. I am poor so this will be a Budget build, lots of DIY homebrew stuff. lots of PICS!! if you have any input or ideas for me, go right ahead! always interested in what you have to say. here is the jeep

1988 cherokee pioneer
4.0
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stock
bald front tires
newer mud terrain rears 30/10/15


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Old 02-25-2013, 09:52 PM
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on the way home we saw a little play spot

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got it stuck. lol
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:19 AM
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i am checking out my rig, making sure nothing is gonna break on me, found that i need to replace the U-Joints. all else looks good.
can anyone tell me what axle this is?
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:27 AM
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figured id cut the fenders for tire clearence... (once i have new tires)
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now just gotta get some rubber trimming to guard the sharp edge. any other ideas to hide the cut edge?
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:50 PM
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what do you guys think about a bedliner paintjob? all the paint on the jeep is faded and chipped.
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:35 PM
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Welcome to the forums and the World of Jeeps!! Thats a normal Dana 35 from what I can tell. And good luck with the build!!
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:56 PM
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thanyou. thats what i thought, but it had a tow package and i heard the tow package came with c8.25 or d44. but thx for clearing that up for me.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:42 PM
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had some spare time after work, continued to tear stuff off.. got a can of spray tint. ($15)Name:  IMG_20130227_151015_zps9bd066ff.jpg
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hit the corner lights and turn signals. also did the rears too.
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cut the ends of the rear bumper. the rear bumper is only temp till i build one. but that will come later.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:46 PM
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stock dana 35
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:55 PM
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Default rear fender cut and fold

I went ahead and folded my rear fenders. here is a quick write up on how i did so.

Tools:
hammer/mallet
angle grinder
sharpie

after i pulled the flares off i used the Sharpie to mark where the press welds were so i didnt accidentally cut thru them.
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dont do what i did here, i went a little high with the grinder and u will see when i fold it u can see the cut.
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start folding with hammer.
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kinda a bad pic, but u can see the underside of the fender when its folded
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as u can see this is where i cut too high

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and this is where i didnt cut too high, looks litle better
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this is the end result for mine.

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(note: if u have nice paint... i would recomend using a heat gun to soften the paint where u r folding, or it will chip off like mine did. i dont care cuz im gonna paint over it all

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sorry been busy with work havnt had time to post. more to come soon!!
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:28 PM
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so today i got a deal on some 3inch lift springs.
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and my spacers came in
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i decided to just do the lift springs for now, and maybe do the spacers later.
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check out help from the spare tire

off with the old
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in with the new
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shop buddy
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comparison.. not only taller, but so much thicker and tighter coils
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$515
$40-springs
$555-total

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Old 03-15-2013, 01:48 AM
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Looks like your making some progress...i still havent got the ***** to cut and fold yet lol
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kbphillips, its not hard at all, and if you are decent at welding u can fix and mistakes just mark with a sharpie where the pinch welds are so u dont cut into them. look at a few write-ups and go at it!! haha

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