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Project Daily Driven Off-Road XJ

Old 07-03-2017, 06:35 PM
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It's been about 3 years since my last Cherokee, there's an old unfinished build thread of mine on here actually. I'm hoping to make it a little farther with this one though lol

I'm starting with a '93 Cherokee I picked up for $700, I was told the lift is a 3" or 4", and that and the K&N filter are about the only things that have ever been added to the Jeep by the looks of things. The body has 459,000kms on it but the motor has been swapped a time or two (and might be again in the near future).

The bad:
- Both rear shocks are blown, and the fronts aren't long enough.
- The steering stabilizer shock is gooooooone.
- Track bar could use replacing sometime before the end of the summer
- Sway bar bushing are gone
- Rocker sills need to be replaced
- Only the drivers side door opens ffs
- No compression in one cylinder
And a few other odds and ends here and there.

Overall nothing too major, it's mostly just a bunch of small stuff other than the compression issue which regardless isn't a big deal, between me and my buddies we've got enough parts to put together a good motor and the ability to swap them out in an afternoon.

I took it out on a little adventure yesterday (Yes in it's current condition) and I'm not gonna lie I was blown away lol Even in the shape it's in right now the thing performed awesome, I went pretty much everywhere everyone else did and only ended up having to use 4WD for one mud hole and a few times taking off in slick mud but that's mostly cause of my tires and really didn't end up making anything worse or breaking anything other than my starter and one close call with a deep puddle.

She's going to be a daily driver and an off-road toy so I'll have to find a balance of both somehow lol

I'll post the pictures first then my plans for it because let's face it, everyone wants pictures not text lol
If the pictures are too big for the forum just let me know and I'll replace them
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Old 07-03-2017, 06:40 PM
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SO we'll start my to-do list with a snorkel lol
My buddy in the pictures made his out of PVC and I'll probably go the same route.
He's also getting new tires over the next week or two so I'm gonna buy his and then just find a set of rims.
- Trim the fenders
- Exhaust
- A built front bumper
- Remove the carpet
- Buy some kind of secondary lights.
- I really want to put some money into suspension and anything I can do to help improve the ride quality.
- And my real ambitious probably never gonna happen plan is to make a set of half doors for it.

That's about all I have for now. I'm always open to suggestions/thoughts, DIY and budget, also don't mind spending a few bucks here and there depending.

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Old 07-03-2017, 07:09 PM
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Looks like somebody had some fun!

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Old 07-04-2017, 05:16 PM
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It really was. Like I said even broke this thing really impressed me!

I'm actually heading out now to take off the starter and unjam the rear shock from between the rim and brake drum (dont ask lol).
New starter should be in tomorrow and then it'll at least be movable again, shocks are my next priority.

Anyone have any suggestions for a good set of shocks for my lift that will improve ride quality and still be good for off-road use? Keep in mind most of my off-roading is in mud holes and trails, there isn't a lot of rock crawling or flexing going on with this Jeep.
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:44 AM
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Picked up my starter today. The two long bolts I grabbed are to replace the stud that the bottom of the shock bolts too. The threads are snapped off on one side so I'm going to cut one of the bolts to fit and weld it in place I think. Bought 2 incase I screw one up lol
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Old 08-23-2017, 11:14 AM
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This project isn't dead I swear!! Haha
The motor blew last month and priorities took over so the Jeep just got left on the back burner.

Looking at a motor to buy this weekend, it's an entire Jeep I can pick up for $300, it has a good running motor with 150,000kms on it but the Jeep is a 99 and mines a 93 so I'm not sure if the swap will work?
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