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Old 04-22-2015, 11:09 AM
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I just purchased a 2000 jeep cherokee xj 4x4 from a friend for $450 engine transfer case transmission all good but body is rusted out very bad can I just take all 4x4 parts off and bolt in a 2wd jeep and what year jeepS can I use with out haveING yo make modifications I would like to be able to just bolt everything up
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Old 04-22-2015, 11:35 PM
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First off, why is this in the Builds section?????? The 2000 XJ has a ****ty head prone to cracking, the front axle is a LP Dana30. Everything is easily swapped over but it takes time and tools. If you have 2WD you'll need to cut out the tunnel for the selector lever for 4wd. If everything was rusted, you'll need to replace u-joints, brakes, wheel bearings, etc. Don't forget to wire up the part time light.
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You'll need a transmission and transfercase that is from a 4x4. Most just buy a cheap 4x4 Cherokee and swap over parts.
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It sounds like you bought a 4x4 Cherokee with a decent drive train. I won't say good because it has the crappy head. You are looking for a rig to put it into. I would just purchase another 4x4 rig instead of a 2wd rig. You can swap the 4x4 drive train into a 2wd but will take some modification in a few places. Part out the 4x4 rig and build up funds to purchase an operational rig that is set up how you want it.
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What all would I have to modify??


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It sounds like you bought a 4x4 Cherokee with a decent drive train. I won't say good because it has the crappy head. You are looking for a rig to put it into. I would just purchase another 4x4 rig instead of a 2wd rig. You can swap the 4x4 drive train into a 2wd but will take some modification in a few places. Part out the 4x4 rig and build up funds to purchase an operational rig that is set up how you want it.

What would I have to modify?
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READ!!!! There's google, just type in 2WD to 4WD conversion:cherokeeforum

You'll need to cut the tunnel to run a selector lever, other assorted mounts, electronics, etc. If you don't have the tools or space to do this, it's easier to find another 4x4 rig and use the rusty one for parts
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Like docmedpros said you have to cut the trans tunnel for the shifter. You also have some wiring to do for the lights to the dash and the shifter lights. You also need vacuum lines from the t-case to the front axle. You also have to get the steering tube out and put in the front axle and drive shaft along with adding the T-case to the trans. It can be done, but will require moderate mechanical skill and some fabrications.
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what about conversion years? i have a 2wd 97 4.0L with blown trans and a 4x4 95 4.0L with a blown motor. i know they're to different models but would everything bolt up with little modding?
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There is no cutting holes in the tunnel for the transfercase shifter there simply is a bolted in plate where it would be. Just remove the bolts and bolt the shifter and linkage in. I have done this swap in my driveway in a day and a half being as I rolled my xj and bought as clean 2wd same year and turned it in to a 4wd. You have to swap trans Transfercase front diff and transfercase linkage and shifter.and front drive shaft. With some mechanical ability it is quite easy.
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