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Old 06-03-2014, 12:26 PM
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Time to start the write up of my build thread. I had a 96 Cherokee Sport I had purchased about 2 years ago and in December of '12 I was in a bad accident that totaled out my Jeep (and almost me). I was hit by another vehicle and pushed into a pole going about 50 MPH. Ripped off the front bull bar and crunched my XJ like an accordion.

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I finally received my settlement check a few months ago and after a long search for the right replacement, I bought a 1998 Cherokee with 125k miles on it. It was in great condition and I couldn't pass it up with the parts already in it and price - $5,000.

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The previous owner was a mechanic and he went through the vehicle and replaced all necessary parts including:

Sway bar bushings
Catalytic converter
Engine Mounts
A.C. lines

Was a nice added bonus as it saved me the trouble of having to go through it all myself. Now I can focus on the fun things

These parts were also already installed on the XJ:

Rubicon Express 4.5 in short arm lift
ProComp ES9000 Shocks
1-Ton Steering
Stainless Steel Extended Brake Lines
Crawler Tech Custom Trac Bar
Powertrax No-Slip Traction in rear
Extended Drive Shafts
Off-Road Armor Sliders
Bushwacker Fender Flares
32x11.50 BFG All-Terrains
15" American Racing BAJA rims

Plans for the Vehicle is to produce a daily driven off-road expedition vehicle. I spend a lot of time in the mountains and enjoy road trips. I want to be able to drive this vehicle from Denver to South American on or off-road with no problems.
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Old 06-03-2014, 12:36 PM
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Took the Jeep up to Slughterhouse last weekend to check out the performance and see how everything was holding up.

While I was coming down the back side, I herd a pop and some clanking. Stopped and looked under and there was my front drive shaft hanging. Lost a bolt from the front diff strap and a cap from my x at the u joint. I was able to retrieve the cap and only had 2 bearings missing. I used a bolt from the fuel rail and bent the strap back to shape using the other strap as a template. Got the drive line all hooked up and proceeded down the mountain.

What I love about Cherokees is you can always find a way to mend the wounds while your on the trail, as long as you have your tools with you.

Coming back up the back side, I didn't want to put it in FWD and mess anything up. I took the right side as it is slightly easier. Put the "locker" to the test and crawled right up the ruts in 2wd no problem.

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Trail companion army crawling in the mud. She can find the slightest bit of water from miles away.

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Old 06-03-2014, 12:44 PM
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Replaced the u-joint and all new hardware int he front drive shaft.

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Also bought an extra set of hardware and 2 extra u-joints just in case it happens again. Building up a collection of parts to keep in the Jeep while I'm on the trail.

Has anyone put together a list of necessary parts to keep in the XJ while on the trail?

Also dropped the XJ off with JD @ Off-Road Armor yesterday. He will be building me an exocage. Should be done in about a week. Can't wait to see what he fabs up!!!
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:00 AM
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Picked up some more toys for the Jeep today.
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:37 PM
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Still waiting on the Exocage to be finished. Hopefully I will pick it up tomorrow.

In the meantime, I am looking into axle's for the Jeep. My understanding is that my 98 should have D30 up front and either a D35 or a 8.25 in the back. Not sure which is in the back as the vehicle is not in my possession right now.

I would like to be able to run 33"-35" tires on my jeep and want to make eliminate any extra strain on the engine and tranny. This vehicle is not a daily driver (I drive it a couple times a week), but I would like to be able jump in it and drive across the world if I had to. Not a crazy rock crawler, but an expedition vehicle.

I have done some research and to be honest, most of the axle and gearing choices are a little much for me. I don't want to build or fabricate anything myself. I want to be able to know what I want and find a professional to built it for me. I do want the best option possible, but keep in mind I am on a "budget".

I am also looking at doing a diesel swap in the next year or so. Any suggestions on what axles they would recommend? Or a shop/professional in Denver that could do the build/install for me?
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