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Old 01-17-2010, 07:48 PM
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Hello all I bought this 1989 Jeep Cherokee 4 dr 4x4 4.0l I6 Auto Tranny for $400 total. The tires were dry rotted and rims were all different. Also the front end had hit a deer so I replaced the grille along with the rims/tires. And this is where I am at so far. NEXT ON MY LIST I have a 1.5" RC Lift in the garage and will be installing this shortly. Also I just replaced the PCV Valve becuase my Air filter looks like an oil filter!











As you see I got alot of work but so far at $900 total including buying it I think I am at a good start! Esp with my Lift kit already purchaesd (With shocks) and nice tires/wheels (just need cleaned).

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make sure to check for rust in th rocker pannels and floor pans.
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I can put my foot on the ground under the rear passenger side seat. Other than that, its good to go minus very small rust spots about the size of a quarter and about 4 of em. Also my passenger doors hinges are off the frame. So I got a local welder hes going to fix it all for me hopefully for under $100.
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better take care of that rust or itll llok like thisName:  cj23.jpg
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Size:  48.7 KB also instead of paying someone to do it.. perfect time to get a mig welder and get some experiance.. looks like a nice build. just got done playing with coil springs.. you have a coil spring spacer for your lift right? if so if you need help i have a simple easy way to do it. but youll need to rent a coil spring compresser
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Do you have to use a compressor? How do people do it without a compressor? And yes I have a spacer. Also the rust will be taken care of in about a month when I get the non highway title converted to a regular title.
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ok. you can not use a compresser by taking your lower and possibly your upper control arms loose and droping the whole axle but they are a pain i used a beraker bar and like 4 diffent types of penitration stuff (4wd pb blaters ect.) all you have to do is go to advance auto and ask to rent a coil spring compresser theyll charge u like 55 bucks but you get it back when you bring the tool back. you need: floor jack, 2 jackstands, rachet set and wrenches. sizes are 15mm for shocks 1/2 for most of the rest. take yer lugs loose and jack the axle up by the hoghead take tires off (make sure to put it on jack stands too.) take your sway bar loose. un hook your shocks from the bottom. unhook the coil spring by the on nut that holds it on. lower the jack all the way.. you LCA should be supporting your axle now. take the jack to one side of the vehicle and VERY carefully jack one side of the axle up as far as you can get it witout taking it off jackstands. you DO NOT want alot of pressure on yer hub as they will bend. go to the lowerd side and your coil will come out.simply wiggle it till it comes out. you should be able to move it easy. pull the ruber bushing off the top of the bump stop install spacer THEN the bushing. bushing helps hold the spacer in place. take the coil spring compresser and slide the whole thing down into the coil spring and compress it. try to keep the top of the compresser to one side so it doesnt get in the way of the bumpstop when you ram it in thier. (this could end badly)after its compressed slide it on into place as best you can. the compresser is going to be longer than the spring. (this parts not exactly safe) put the srping in as best you can then get a regular hammer with claws on one end and tap it into place. the compresser is going to be to long but thats ok..(use common sence as best as you can and get atleast half the spring on the axle.) making sure the top is in good stand behind the fender and give it a good wack. one of three things is going to happen. 1 the compresser will be lodged on the axle 2. the compresser lets go and the spring pops in place. or 3. the compresser lets go and the spring pops back the wrong way. if the first one happens (still standing behind the fender) knock the compresser claws off and the spring will pop in place. if number 3 happens.. clean your pants.. light a ciggarette and try again. once they are in place and the compresser is off youll notice that you cant simply take the compresser out. what you need to do is unskrew the bottom claws on the compresser and slide them out of the spring and the top falls off. pull that threw to. now comes the reason why u need a hammer with claws on the back. take the hammer with the claws pointed up and hook it on the second to the bottom ring of the srping. pry on it and the compresser will fall out. turn the coil till its in the right place and lower the axle. on the same side you want to tighten the nut that holds the spring back in place. pull your jack to the other side and repeat.
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also note you don''t want to use the compresesr on the out side because it will only compress one side of the spring and you wont get thier. and for a saftey warning. COIL SPRING COMPRESSERS ARE NOT SAFE. THEY CAN BREAK OR LET GO OF THE SPRING AT ANY TIME. NEVER USE A COIL SRPING COMPRESSER ON A WET OR GREASY COIL SPRING. HANDLE COMPRESSED SPRINGS LIKE C4. THE WAY I DESCRIBED IF NOT DONE RIGHT YOU WILL GET INJUERD AND I AM NOT AT FAULT FOR MY STUPIDITY. OR YOUR STUPIDITY xD (just so you can sue if you break your face.
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Well today went to Autozone got a few gaskets and a full tuneup... Also stopped by the Junkyard and found both of these for $25 total! Will be cleaning and repainting black here soon.

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Just finished replacing the valve cover gasket and cleaned the grommets and installed new CCV system. Also took off the air filter box and cleaned and installed new filter.

Next I will be finishing the tuneup and replace the vacuum assembly as they are all filled with oil. I will be taking pictures this evening.
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I had a small drip and figured out that it was the oil drain plug gasket. Replacing that this weekend and then time to degreese my engine. Then I will take some before and after pics.

Also will finish my tuneup/vacuum replacement.
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Good start.
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Now I can start driving my Jeep the PO finally got the title and he transfered it to my name!
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Had my windshield replaced (They did a great job) and I bought my exhaust yesterday and installed it. I will take a couple pics tonight.
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Just finished my exhaust (First timer yes I popped a cherry) see below. I will get the tailpipe in 2 days then it will be complete. So I got a new windshield and no cracks!! And got my exhaust on! GET INSPECTED TOMORROW SO I CAN DRIVE ON THE ROAD!



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Here is my Windshield! No more of this!




And MORE of this! It is a very dirty picture. But it shows the windshield was replaced and I also finished my lenses on my front end. My passenger chrome piece is in the mail!

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