Jeep Builds Make your own jeep build thread here, discuss and view jeeps here. All Jeep models are welcome here.

Pepper The XJ

Old 01-20-2019, 02:05 PM
  #1  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Elivnitup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Ely, Nevada
Posts: 101
Year: 1999
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Engine: 4.0L I6
Default Pepper The XJ Return to Stock

First of all, why am I unable to upload photos to this thread? Second, how do you format the text (bold, italicize, etc.)? Thank you!

This is my second XJ. I am waffling between reducing the 4-inch lift to a 2-inch lift or returning her to stock. I'm considering purchasing another XJ, pre-1999 for the full roof rack, and turning her into a more robust camping/excursion Jeep and keeping the red Jeep as my ideal long distance road tripping vehicle. …I have the XJ bug....

Pre '99 would have a hitch and hooks on bumpers for tie downs, a 2-inch lift, skid plates, body stiffeners, and likely be entirely Monstalined (some variation of brown, tan, or green with black rockers, fenders, etc.).

1999 XJ Near Future To-Do:

Grease job
Change transmission fluid and filter (repeat fluid change until shifting flawlessly, decent now but could be better)
Change differential fluid and gaskets
Replace rotor
Replace distributor cap
Replace spark plugs
Change oil and filter
Change transfer case fluid
New brake fluid
Replace front wheel bearings
Replace front axl u-joints
Replace front brake pads and rotors
Replace rear brake drums
Replace cracked windshield
Replace cracked right tail light
Replace burned out right tail light bulb
New air filter
New heater thermostat
New heater actuator
Rewire rear windshield wiper and defroster (current wires are severed)
Replace leaf spring bushings
Replace front sway bar bushings with Moog (currently nonexistent!)
Replace front sway bar link bushings with Moog (currently shot)
Install rear sway bars
Replace leaf spring shackle bushings (shot)
Remove 4-inch lift spacers from coils
Replace leaf springs with Dorman 929-301's
Replace steering stabilizer with Old Man Emu
Replace shocks with Bilstein 4600's
Swap Pathfinder 31’s for 235 Bridgestone Blizzaks (already ordered)
Purchase snow chains
Replace miniature spare tire with 235
Order two Comanche 15x7 10-hole wheels
Replace front passenger window motor/regulator/reset the pane
Tighten rear door hatch latch
JB Weld floor mat holders onto floor where carpet is torn
Clean IAC valve

Long-Term To-Do List:

Replace fuel filter
Replace fuel pump
Replace transfer case rear gasket
Replace speed sensor o-ring
Replace throttle position sensor
Replace neutral safety switch
Replace oxygen sensors
New exhaust brackets (currently most/all are broken)
Replace transmission cooling lines
Replace leaking thermostat housing
Replace gear box
Replace glove box light
Install CB radio + antenna
Tweak alternator (??) to prevent “cold squeal”
Pinpoint source(s) of oil leak - replace gaskets as needed
Pinpoint source of random engine misfire (injectors?), intermittent check engine light
New throttle gasket
New power steering hoses
New radiator hoses
New valve cover gasket
Replace door pins
Weld reinforcement plates onto door hinges
Replace driver’s side door sill protector (current one is chipped)
Replace shifter bushing (quietly rattles. My last XJ had this too, no biggie)
Cut out rust on '99 and weld on rockers from '98
Replace coils with stock
Darken window tint for more privacy
Replace missing right rear fender flare (already ordered)
Monstaline (matching red) bumpers, front panel and grill, roof, fender flares, rockers, mirrors
Coat summer wheels with black Monstaliner
Replace stereo and speakers
Coat under carriage and wheel wells with Magnet Chassis Saver – Satin Black
Build gas tank skid plate
Replace center console support with Dirtbound Offroad support (already have but low on the list)
Install custom subwoofer box

Last edited by Elivnitup; 03-23-2019 at 11:07 AM. Reason: Crossing items off the list
Elivnitup is offline  
Old 01-20-2019, 02:32 PM
  #2  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Elivnitup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Ely, Nevada
Posts: 101
Year: 1999
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Engine: 4.0L I6
Default

Edit feature is not working???? Left a couple items out:

Replace rear right tail light (currently cracked)
Replace front passenger window motor or reset the pane
Elivnitup is offline  
Old 01-20-2019, 05:41 PM
  #3  
Member
 
Scott91370's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Burleson, Texas
Posts: 146
Year: 1993
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Engine: 4.0L
Default

I've been wanting to start a build thread as well but have postponed it because of not being able to post pics. VERY annoying.
Scott91370 is offline  
Old 01-20-2019, 05:47 PM
  #4  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Elivnitup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Ely, Nevada
Posts: 101
Year: 1999
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Engine: 4.0L I6
Default

What's up with that? The link is broken or something?
Elivnitup is offline  
Old 01-21-2019, 06:25 PM
  #5  
Member
 
Scott91370's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Burleson, Texas
Posts: 146
Year: 1993
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Engine: 4.0L
Default

Scott91370 is offline  
Old 01-25-2019, 09:19 PM
  #6  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Elivnitup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Ely, Nevada
Posts: 101
Year: 1999
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Engine: 4.0L I6
Default


Rear leaf spring bushing

Rear leaf spring bushings

Sway bar bushing





Not impressed with the ride

Leaking trans cooling line

Trans cooling line

Broken exhaust bracket

Missing fender flare

Last edited by Elivnitup; 01-27-2019 at 09:49 AM. Reason: Wrong part
Elivnitup is offline  
Old 01-26-2019, 05:33 PM
  #7  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Elivnitup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Ely, Nevada
Posts: 101
Year: 1999
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Engine: 4.0L I6
Default


Lovely new u-joints, brake rotors, and pads

You can see the pock marks from overheating

These are about the worst brake pads I've ever seen...



Last edited by Elivnitup; 01-27-2019 at 01:04 AM. Reason: Wrong part
Elivnitup is offline  
Old 01-26-2019, 05:40 PM
  #8  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Elivnitup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Ely, Nevada
Posts: 101
Year: 1999
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Engine: 4.0L I6
Default Front End Day

New front u-joints, brake rotors and pads. New sway bar bushings and my goal was to replace the sway bar link bushings as well but I didn't realize that the Moog kit was for only one link, not two, so I was forced to reinstall the old bushing remnants on the left side and wait for the second kit to arrive.
Also waiting on my second leaf spring, new shocks, right wheel bearing, and coil bump stops....

Ruined u-joints!

Sway bar link kit on the right, only enough for one link, blah
Elivnitup is offline  
Old 01-26-2019, 05:45 PM
  #9  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Elivnitup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Ely, Nevada
Posts: 101
Year: 1999
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Engine: 4.0L I6
Default


Looks like I have a 2-inch spacer plus a half inch isolator.

Last edited by Elivnitup; 02-10-2019 at 02:06 PM. Reason: Photo
Elivnitup is offline  
Old 02-07-2019, 07:34 PM
  #10  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Elivnitup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Ely, Nevada
Posts: 101
Year: 1999
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Engine: 4.0L I6
Default

A few more items on the to-do list:
Replace cracked windshield
JB Weld (?) Floor mat fasteners to the floor where carpet is torn
Tighten loose back hatch latch
Elivnitup is offline  
Old 02-08-2019, 01:01 PM
  #11  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Elivnitup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Ely, Nevada
Posts: 101
Year: 1999
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Engine: 4.0L I6
Default

Why, for every item checked off the list, do 3 more crop up? Getting to know her I guess...
Elivnitup is offline  
Old 02-09-2019, 03:01 AM
  #12  
CF Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 2,805
Default

Originally Posted by Elivnitup View Post
Why, for every item checked off the list, do 3 more crop up? Getting to know her I guess...
I can't remember who's tag line this is.
And I am probably paraphrasing a bit but:

They told me to buy a Jeep. What they did not tell me is what happens after you do.

So true huh?
Ralph77 is offline  
Old 02-10-2019, 02:38 AM
  #13  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Elivnitup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Ely, Nevada
Posts: 101
Year: 1999
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Engine: 4.0L I6
Default

Well, today was a big one. Eight hours on my feet and with plenty of assistance. New Dorman 929 301 leaf springs,





front sway bar link bushings,

Iron Rock Offroad greasable, adjustable leaf shackles



Flipped them because they rubbed against the bolts by the bumper

Old Man Emu steering stabilizer (aka The Chub ha)





All new Bilstein 4600 shocks (the old Ranchos? in the front were totally unresponsive, the Skyjackers in the rear were nearly so).




I discovered that the previous owner removed the rear anti-sway bars (or is it sway bars)

Rear sway bar location

s
o I couldn't install those bushings ha. I will probably wait to pull the rear sway bars from my '98 when I get her towed to my house (long story).




Left leaf springs were cracked!
Ordered the wrong coil springs

Too short and did not seat
I decided to keep the springs she had when I purchased her. Removed the two-inch spacers

and replaced the front bump stops (Crown) and isolators (Moog).

Issues included temporarily losing an upper shock bolt on the right rear side when I wire brushed.

Live and learn. Thankfully there was a cavity in which I could fit my hand to retrieve the bolt.





The pesky forward leaf spring bolts seizing to the bushings,



Worn forward leaf spring bolts.

And Napa gave us the wrong wheel bearing which ended up damaging my brand new brake rotor on our initial test drive today....grrrrr!

Inspected the drum brakes, the pads are pretty worn, and one drum has a "crease" inside of it all of the way around. Added to the list.





Also discovered a burned out brake light while watching my friend back her off of the lift. Ha.

New u-bolts from Fat Bob's Garage (Amazon).

I recommend measuring your axl with calipers before ordering u-bolts so you don't order the wrong size like I did...I'm seeing a trend here...

Here's how she sits with new leafs, old coils (and mismatched wheels).

Last edited by Elivnitup; 02-15-2019 at 08:50 AM. Reason: More pics
Elivnitup is offline  
Old 02-10-2019, 02:48 AM
  #14  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Elivnitup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Ely, Nevada
Posts: 101
Year: 1999
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Engine: 4.0L I6
Default

So far only minimal rust discovered which makes me pretty happy! Corners of the rocker panels behind the rear tires.


Last edited by Elivnitup; 02-10-2019 at 02:48 AM. Reason: Because I'm a perfectionist
Elivnitup is offline  
Old 02-10-2019, 02:05 PM
  #15  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Elivnitup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Ely, Nevada
Posts: 101
Year: 1999
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Engine: 4.0L I6
Default

Originally Posted by Ralph77 View Post
I can't remember who's tag line this is.
And I am probably paraphrasing a bit but:

They told me to buy a Jeep. What they did not tell me is what happens after you do.

So true huh?
It's inevitable with an older vehicle I guess.
Elivnitup is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Pepper The XJ


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: