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Old 07-30-2014, 10:45 PM
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Default My dogs own a car!

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So a little back story,

Its a 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport, 4.0L AW4 4 door. I'll post the build somewhere below. Bought it as a vehicle suitable for my dogs, also as a vehicle with many other purposes. My intentions is a all around go anywhere with the dogs and wife, and for any sort of recreation activity or bug out (ZAV). It has to stay within the daily driving world (highway-able).

-Epic fail on my part for not taking any pictures of it when I first got her from a wide angle, but here is it after some molesting on my part, the Jeep was bone stock when I bought her, but don't worry.. I haven't done much.

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(That's not a wash, that's just rain water I promise... lol)

A little break down of goals:

1. To make the jeep as a very versatile camper/mobile headquaters. I'd like to use it for short term camping just as easily as long term camping, so everything has to be modular and ready to be used or put away at any moment. (Solar panels, secondary battery wired to its own accessory panel, power converters to charge AC devices, tools for maintenance, spare parts for because, CB, Scanners, storage for all devices, storage for cargo such as tents and other camping stuff, and many more.)

2. To Jeep! DUH! (3in lift with leaf spring pack, steering stabilzer, track bar, ZJ V8 tierods, ZJ V8 Sway bar, ZJ rear disk brakes, turs, relocate all breather hoses, hood vents, dielectric grease and liquid electrical tape errrvythaaaannnngg under the hood and other misc connections, header and new exhaust, delete all the rust and under coat body, bed line rockers and fenders, winch, bumpers, roof rack, lights, blah blah blah there is a thousands of awesome mods and upgrades that can be done to a jeep!)

3. To tow my first Jeep, which also has a thread on this awesome forum.

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I'm a do it yourself'er, I have a slight mechanical background and I'm always trying to learn new things or figure out how things work. That being said, every time I remove/adjust/screw with any part or parts that has a perishable or usable part I will replace it. Anything that gets replace gets upgraded (I like the idea of it being a 1998/2015 Jeep Cherokee). I also want the Jeep to live from this point on, as long as my German Shepherd lives. With the wife very much so on-board with the Jeep thing , it makes this project spotlighted and top priority for us. Meaning it gets decent funding for what we can afford, and she also helps me build it!

Now here is a pic of my dog trying to drive the jeep away!

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I Tried to edit it, but I'm not a very good neck bearded-fedora wearing hippie... I mean a photo editing artist technician.

But before any of that fun stuff, we all know the jeep maintenance required after purchasing a new jeep that you know nothing about. I did most everything so far, here is a bunch of pics not really in any order.

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Got rid of the white pen stripe, that you'll never see.
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Mainly dirty because of me.
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:45 PM
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Build sheet!

Sales Code Description
M5 Prem Cloth Hi-Back Bucket Seats
C3 Indigo/Linen
ADAP Light Group
APAS Monotone Paint
ARWP Sport Decor Group
AWHP Power Equipment Group
A20P 4.0L Engine(ERH)/4Sp Auto Trans(DGS
BAUS 117 Amp Alternator
BCDS 500 Amp Maintenance Free Battery
BGAS Power Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes
CADP High Back Bucket Seats
CBWP Highline Door Trim Panel
CDBS Reclining Front Seats
CFMS Rear Fold w/Removable Cushion Seat
CGGS Traveling Inboard Seat Belt Buckle
CGWS Next Generation Front Air Bags
CKAS Carpets - Floor and Cargo Area
CKNS Cargo Compartment Carpet
CKTS Cargo Tie Down Loops
CKXS Plastic Liftgate Trim Panel
CLEP Front & Rear Floor Mats
CSAP Spare Tire Cover
CSRS Passenger Assist Handles
CSSS Lift Gate Assist Handle
CUFS Full Length Floor Console
DGB All 4-Speed Automatic Transmissions
DGSS 4-Speed Automatic AW4 Transmission
DHAP Lock-Up Torque Converter
DHNS Command-Trac Part Time 4WD System
DHSP Floor Mount Automatic Shift Lever
DJHS Dana M30/181MM Front Axle
DMDP 3.55 Rear Axle Ratio
DRAS Corporate 8.25 Rear Axle
EAAC All Engines
ERH 4.0L I6 Power Tech Engine
GAL Deep Tint Sunscreen Glass
GBBS Tinted Windshield Glass
GCBS Front Door Tinted Glass
GEEP Deep Tint Sunscreen Liftgate Glass
GFA Rear Window Defroster
GNAS Rear View Day/Night Mirror
GNCP Sun Visors w/Illum Vanity Mirrors
GTZP Power Mirrors, Fold-Away
GVBC All Vehicles W/Power Mirrors
GXMP Remote Keyless Entry
HAAP Air Conditioning
HGDS Deluxe Insulation Group
JAYP Instrument Cluster w/Tach
JBFP Instrument Panel Black Bezel
JCDS 100 MPH Primary Speedometer
JHAS Var Intermittent Windshield Wipers
JHBP Rear Window Wiper/Washer
JJAS Cigar Lighter
JJBS Dual Note Electric Horns
JJJS 12V Auxiliary Power Outlet
JPAP Power Windows
JPBP Power Locks
LAJS Headlamps On Warning Chimes
LBBP Courtesy Lamps
LBCS Glove Box Lamp
LCDP Map/Dome Reading Lamps
LDAP Underhood Lamp
LDBP Cargo Compartment Lamp
LHDP Headlamp Off Time Delay
LMAS Halogen Headlamps
MB1P Black Front Bumper
MB5P Black Rear Bumper
MCAS Front Bumper Guards
MFFP Black Grille
MHAS Black Windshield Moldings
MMCS Rear Qtr Solid Window Insert
MMGS Belt Moldings
MMKS Body Color Drip Trough Molding
MNAS Black Door Handles
MWGP Roof Rack
NAA Federal Emissions
NBKS EVAP Control System
NFAS 20 Gallon Fuel Tank
NHM Speed Control
PX8 Black Clear Coat
QX8S Black Clear Coat
RAAC All Radio Equipped Vehicles
RASP AM/FM Cassette Radio
RCRP 4 Speakers
RDDP Fixed Long Mast Antenna
SBAS Power Steering
SCGP Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
SDAS Normal Duty Suspension
SHAS Front Stabilizer Bar
SHCS Rear Stabilizer Bar
SUAP Tilt Steering Column
TBCS Compact Spare Tire
TBLS Inside Mounted Spare Tire
TRLP P225/75R15 Wrangler RT/S AT Tires
TZAP Goodyear Brand Tires
WJ5P 15X7.0 Full-Face Steel Wheels
WLYC All Steel Wheels
XCYS Upgraded OBD-II Connectors
XJFS Tethered Fuel Filler Cap
YAAS Build To U.S. Mkt. Specifications

Pics of my dog and jeep, and jeep, and dogs.

car wash.
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Napping on the car ride home.
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Best tool ever.
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At the pick-n-pull trying to get my donor brakes.
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A look at the rough guesstimate location of the amazon dot com vents.
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Ebay header, getting new catalytic converter, new muffler, and 2.5in all around, and some sort of tip, not sure...
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Solar panel kit, enough to charge a battery to charge my phone! lol (coming coon)
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Cancerous rust.
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:46 PM
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Also with all the liquids and filters being swapped out, I figured the brakes will need some TLC. Turns out the drums are really dirty, I can't get the adjusters to do anything. I had one drum lock up a couple times under intense braking pressure and it wanted to turn the jeep over side at city speeds. So here I am starting my brake conversation for rear disk brakes. I pick-n-pulled this out of a 97 ZJ for, some of the soft lines won't be usable, but both backing plates and caliper brackets are good, as well as one caliper.

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Tomorrow I'll be installing it on the XJ.

Feel free to post!

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Old 07-31-2014, 08:39 PM
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Didn't do to much today, just a little each day.

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My redneck fab, Cardboard and unwanted colored duct tape wood block...
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:13 PM
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Just a little each day, most people wrap the brakes up quickly but my auto part stores didn't have my parts.

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I was debating if I should have the threads in or out, in I could be dealing with space issues, and out the bolts are exposed to the elements more. Idk staying in if they fit with hardware.
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Going to go pick up a ZJ prop valve and the Drivers soft line and caliper tomorrow at the ole local pick n pull.

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Old 08-02-2014, 08:51 PM
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Some more progress, took a break for the night after realizing I bought XJ wheel studs and not the ZJ's. XJ wheel studs are not long enough for the rotor and wheel.

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Can we play ball?
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Can we go for a ride?
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Axle shaft in.
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All is left:

Hard brake lines in the rear, 3 foot and 1 foot worth of lines. (drivers and passenger side)

Wheel studs replaced.

Rotors hung.

Pads and caliper install.

Prop valve.

Diff cover re-installed with fluid.

Bleed brakes.

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Old 09-29-2014, 09:25 PM
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After some brain storming, lots of chin rubbing, researching, and experiencing; I come to realize this vehicle will need a few things for it to be a outstanding expedition vehicle.

In my opinion I'll need these to bring my vehicle up to a long treks and expeditions.

1: 2-4" lift (Rusty's has an "advance 3.5 inch lift" it looks promising)

2: 31x10.5x15 tars 5 tires, New wheel with offset

3: Air lockers (Debating on if the ole 8.25 and D30 can handle it, or if I should go bigger)

4: Recovery points front and back (Bumpers and/or front and rear hitch)

5: Recovery tools (winch with accessories, farm jack, shovels, picks, axe, sand/mud rails, extra fuel, and spare parts.)

I'll be focusing on completing these more then other parts of the jeep, but here is an update I compiled over a period of time. Was without a computer, and doing everything on the mobile app is a pain for me. So I just collected progress in pictures and here it is.

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Don't mind the worn out leafs, they are coming out soon.

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Picked up a roof rack locally from craigslist, along with a 99+intake. The rack is just someones custom fab rack, I'll end up getting rid of this one with the lights and all. I plan to build my own, I have an idea to keep the rack low profile, and still carry recovery tools, LED light bar, and have a place to pop up the solar panels. (when I finally get them). I'll attempt to design it so no inch of it is being wasted. Sounds heavy!

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Wired the lights in.

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Some craziness going on! The old manifold was leaking from 3 different spots.

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Wish this wasn't so fuzzy, but with the new intake and header.

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Cut out a lot of rust on the drivers side quarter, folded back what I could, dropped in a patch or two with some sloppy newb welding.

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Not professional, and you wouldn't pay me to do yours but it works!

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That is all for now.
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Old 09-29-2014, 09:28 PM
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Also did a few other things that I lost somewhere in my pics.

Had a hole in the frame which got patched! Painted the axles, plumped all the brake lines, I know there is more..

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and that.
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You forgot about the new exhaust. Too bad you didn't get better pics of the intake swaps.
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Old 10-19-2014, 03:19 PM
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Oh derp, with the eBay header, 2.5" pipe all the way back through a hi flow cat and muffler with a 3inch chrome tip (gay, and I smashed the crap out of it stock wheeling on a rock. I got this done at a exhaust shop who did ZRJ's xj, didn't ask for the tip they just did it oh well.)
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Very interested to see your progress. Keep it up, I will stay tuned.
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How well are you liking the ebay header? How long have you had it on?
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Dude you need to update lol
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