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Old 03-27-2019, 10:36 AM
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First summer I owned it, "flexing" at the farm.
I decided to a build thread on my 2000 Classic 4dr with 4x4. I bought this jeep as my first car when I was a freshman in college. I graduated last May and I am now working full time so I have more funds to send into the Jeep. The reason for the title is that as I have gone over the Jeep, there have been a lot of cheap fixes and "hack" methods used that I didn't know about or know to look for when I bought it. Some of my early work could be put into this category as well, so I hope to remedy these with more permanent fixes.
I want a reliable vehicle for commuting as it is my only vehicle right now, I don't want a huge rock crawler, but more of an expedition style rig.

Short term goals:
Sure up cooling system (possible radiator leak)
3 inch Zone lift Kit with shocks (Purchased and installing soon)
Skid plates
Factory Tire Swing if I ever come across one.
Replace Diff. Fluids
Disc Brake conversion
Trans cooler lines leaking
Front Drive Shaft Vibrations
Minor body work in various places
Fuel rail and 4 hole injectors
Hitch
Valve cover gasket
Clean Engine Bay
Oil filter adapter

Long term Goals:
Hidden winch behind stock bumper
Strip body to sandblast and refinish
Possible lockers front and rear
Half doors with canvas tops
Fix A.C.
Convert rear cargo area into sleeping/storage platform.

All in all I have a lot of goals and I'm sure I'll change my mind on things along the way. Any input will be greatly appreciated so if you think of something that will be a good idea for my rig let me know!
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Old 03-28-2019, 09:24 AM
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I picked up factory front and gas tank skids yesterday. Front skid came off his 98 he was parting in five minutes, gas tank skid was fuse to the frame with rust and we bent it quite a bit trying to get it off. Its still in goos shape and I should be able to bend it back. Looking to clean those up and install them soon.
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Old 03-30-2019, 09:16 PM
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Finished up with my upgraded wiring I had to do over the winter after the alternator kept failing. The kit came with a nice inline fuse as well.
I also have and a-c delete pulley until I take the time to get a new compressor.



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Old 03-31-2019, 04:14 AM
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I picked up factory front and gas tank skids yesterday. Front skid came off his 98 he was parting in five minutes, gas tank skid was fuse to the frame with rust and we bent it quite a bit trying to get it off. Its still in goos shape and I should be able to bend it back. Looking to clean those up and install them soon.
I POR 15'ed all my skid plates that I was able to source that did not come on my '00. They were in pretty good shape though. On rust POR 15 holds up real well. On cleaner metal not so sure yet. I did wire wheel the hell out of them and prep per the instructions. See how they fare over time.

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Finished up with my upgraded wiring I had to do over the winter after the alternator kept failing. The kit came with a nice inline fuse as well.
I also have and a-c delete pulley until I take the time to get a new compressor.
Been laying ground work for doing the same. I am going to make my own cables and at the moment my thinking is I am going to put the mega fuse in front of the PDC using the cover that came on the Jeep.
Bought some battery terminal bolts with the square head. Looks like it will slide in that slot but the head is too thick so I am going to take it down some on my bench grinder. The spacing is correct for the mega fuse and with some 90 degree battery lugs hoping to keep it pretty clean looking.
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Old 04-01-2019, 08:43 AM
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I POR 15'ed all my skid plates that I was able to source that did not come on my '00. They were in pretty good shape though. On rust POR 15 holds up real well. On cleaner metal not so sure yet. I did wire wheel the hell out of them and prep per the instructions. See how they fare over time.



Been laying ground work for doing the same. I am going to make my own cables and at the moment my thinking is I am going to put the mega fuse in front of the PDC using the cover that came on the Jeep.
Bought some battery terminal bolts with the square head. Looks like it will slide in that slot but the head is too thick so I am going to take it down some on my bench grinder. The spacing is correct for the mega fuse and with some 90 degree battery lugs hoping to keep it pretty clean looking.
That is a good option as well, I will probably do that when I get them cleaned up.
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That is a good option as well, I will probably do that when I get them cleaned up.
Also thinking about using some 90 degree lugs. Could not find any locally and was wonder if the throat would clear. XJwonders was nice enough to post a shot of his. Post #22

https://www.cherokeeforum.com/f46/vi...249962/index2/
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Old 04-01-2019, 01:17 PM
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I did see his before I thought of doing that. I wasn't sure if the fuse had to be in the spot the kit had it in (in terms of what it is connected to) or not.
His look like they are maybe just bent to 90 degrees, can't quite tell.
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I did see his before I thought of doing that. I wasn't sure if the fuse had to be in the spot the kit had it in (in terms of what it is connected to) or not.
His look like they are maybe just bent to 90 degrees, can't quite tell.
Pretty sure the alt goes to the left one and runs to the battery from the right. I have not worked out everything yet. LOL.
They make 45 and 90 degree lugs. Cause also thinking maybe the one to the starter and alt should be a 45 or 90.
Still finalizing how I am going to handle that too.

https://www.delcity.net/store/45%C2%...10764.h_810766

https://www.delcity.net/store/90%C2%...10765.h_810784
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Well as the picture shows, my t case is dead. A new one is being put on, so hopefully that will be the source of my vibrations Iíve had. If not Iíll be pulling the front driveshaft to try to isolate it.
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New transfer case and front driveshaft. This is the smoothest sheís driven since Iíve owned it. Set me back a lot because I had to have the shop do it. Wonít be buying any more parts for a long time. Iíve quite a few to put on so hopefully I can do that with the nicer weather.
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Replaced my third twilight with an led but realized it still wasnít working. Turns out the wire broke in the boot that connects to the lift gate.
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