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Old 08-25-2012, 11:51 AM
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Hi Everyone. I wanted to start a build thread for my XJ. It has been built a little so i want to get caught up on this build thread.

After taking camping and off road trips in Peacefrog's Project "Whitey" XJ i have start to want a Cherokee. So i bought one... and I have came up with a name: "Inspector Gadget" lol. Here we go!!!

Bought a cheap XJ that needed some work.
1989 Cherokee Limited 4x4 with 191,777 miles on it.

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Jeep is now in the garage ready to tear apart
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New engine going in... its got 124,000 miles on it. I drove the jeep this engine came from... seemed to run well. We will see!
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Pulled the old engine out. Trevor and my dad gave me a big hand.
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There's the hole in the engine block... it still ran with 5 cylinders. The piston rod shot right out the side.
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When i put the new engine in i converted the closed cooling system to open and used a new aluminum radiator. Also replace upper and lower hose and heater hose with a new heater valve and thermostat.
New power steering pump and belt.
And changed ALL fluids on the jeep.

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Replaced old broken steering column with a good working. The black one is new.
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Took out old ABS brake system and replaced with a good brake booster and master cylinder
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All new Procomp shocks for a 2 inch lift.
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Bought 4 31"x10.5 BFG Muds on 15" American Racing wheels and packed the Jeep for its first run
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My buddy and I ,with his 88 XJ, went to Big Bear for a three day trip. Went from Cleghorn to Big Pine Flats camp only on dirt. No problems with the Jeep.

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Go, Go, Gadget Tires.......LOL

Looks good man
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Picked up a rear Dana 44.
Rebuilt the whole thing and installed chromoly 10 Factory axle shafts, 4.11 gears and used YJ thick gears so i could keep my stock True Track LSD in the axle, and topped it off with the Teraflex rear disk brake conversion.

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Originally Posted by Willys55 View Post
Go, Go, Gadget Tires.......LOL

Looks good man

Thanks!!!

Working on this Jeep is always good times!
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ok im watching. keep it up man, looking good so far. that 44 is sexy. lol
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Insalled a B&M SuperCooler Transmission Coolers (70255) for the AW4
16,000 GVW
9,800 BTU
11'' x 5-3/4'' x 3/4''

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Originally Posted by bheath View Post
ok im watching. keep it up man, looking good so far. that 44 is sexy. lol
Thank you :-) I got a lot to share!


If anyone reading this build used a part i did and found something that worked better please let me know :-)
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Awesome Build....You need a Inspector Gadget hat while offroading :-)
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Originally Posted by thebaconator View Post
Awesome Build....You need a Inspector Gadget hat while offroading :-)
Defiantly. One that a propeller will come out on top and fly!
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Installed peacfrog53's used Superlift 4.5 inch springs and new style RC sway-bar disconnects. 4.5 inches of lift in the front now!

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Also installed Iron Rock's trackbar. This thing is solid and feels strong; 1.25" diameter solid steel. Adjust from 3"-8" of lift.

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Installed 3.5" Rubicon Express leafs (RE1463) with RE 1.5" lift shackles.

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Ok so here is what it looked like as it sat a little over 4" of lift with 31" tires.
Also got a Conferr roof rack

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