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

Ultimate XJ Build

Old 07-02-2019, 11:20 AM
  #1  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 47
Received 6 Likes on 6 Posts
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Default Ultimate XJ Build

Starting point 10 years ago it was a mere baby

1994 Jeep Cherokee XJ Sport Automatic 4.0




Last edited by Gotcha-Again-LOL; 07-02-2019 at 11:34 AM.
Gotcha-Again-LOL is offline  
Old 07-02-2019, 11:29 AM
  #2  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 47
Received 6 Likes on 6 Posts
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Default

We had a Dana 44 from a 1977 Cherokee FSJ so we had to retube the axle to get the diff on the proper side. Got a sweet set of brackets and mounts for the XJ suspension mounting points. ready to go!








Gotcha-Again-LOL is offline  
Old 07-02-2019, 11:32 AM
  #3  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 47
Received 6 Likes on 6 Posts
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Default

While the axle work was being done we took a break and installed the front stinger bumper on the stock XJ looked pretty hilarious for sure at this point!







Gotcha-Again-LOL is offline  
Old 07-02-2019, 12:51 PM
  #4  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 47
Received 6 Likes on 6 Posts
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Default

Time to tear the stock Dana 30 and 35 axles and suspension down and clean it up for the new 8.5 inch BDS long arm and Dana 44s.






Gotcha-Again-LOL is offline  
Old 07-02-2019, 01:01 PM
  #5  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 47
Received 6 Likes on 6 Posts
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Default

Beginning to assemble the leaf springs and other parts for the BDS 8.5 inch long arm kit install








Gotcha-Again-LOL is offline  
Old 07-02-2019, 02:55 PM
  #6  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: South Eastern Virginia
Posts: 45
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Engine: 4.0
Default

This is awesome. Subbed
CSpeade51 is offline  
Old 07-02-2019, 03:29 PM
  #7  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 47
Received 6 Likes on 6 Posts
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Default

Thanks man! Its been an awesome experience lots of good memories with this rig!
Gotcha-Again-LOL is offline  
Old 07-02-2019, 03:37 PM
  #8  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 47
Received 6 Likes on 6 Posts
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Default

Yes we found out the blocks are a TERRIBLE idea later on but this is the flow of how our build progressed! Later we use a Iron Man Fab shackle relocation XJAX kit and took the blocks out way better. More suspension components being installed! Had to cut a few inches of the bottom of the front coils to get them to seat properly in our fabbed coil buckets on the front Dana 44.



Gotcha-Again-LOL is offline  
Old 07-02-2019, 03:45 PM
  #9  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 47
Received 6 Likes on 6 Posts
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Default

Removing the stock NP231 Transfer case and replacing it with a junkyard find NP241OR from a TJ rubi...bolted right in with no changes...linkage and electronics are identical...HUGE upgrade





Gotcha-Again-LOL is offline  
Old 07-02-2019, 03:50 PM
  #10  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 47
Received 6 Likes on 6 Posts
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Default

Rear end is together sans brakes and rolling on some donor waggy 6 lug wheels and tires...its a unusual Dana 44 rear axle from a 77 Cherokee FSJ as well with a Dana 20 transfer case so it is offest slightly which required us to run a special narrow muffler to avoid the driveshaft




Gotcha-Again-LOL is offline  
Old 07-02-2019, 04:02 PM
  #11  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 47
Received 6 Likes on 6 Posts
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Default

Got the front end assembled and painted ready to GO! 4.27 gears and a Detroit will provide lots of trouble free wheeling crawl ratio at this point was set at 47.8 just shy of a stock Rubi automatic. Beginning the front suspension assembly and getting castor and other details ironed out takes time











Gotcha-Again-LOL is offline  
Old 07-02-2019, 04:18 PM
  #12  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 47
Received 6 Likes on 6 Posts
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Default

Had 37s on my suburban at the time so we rolled them over for a test fit for fender trimming


Gotcha-Again-LOL is offline  
Old 07-02-2019, 04:27 PM
  #13  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 47
Received 6 Likes on 6 Posts
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Default

Got the new tires and wheels in 37/12.5/R15s loved the look of this size back in the day...so much rubber hardly anyone makes 15 inch wheel sizes now

1st version of the Ultimate XJ Jeep is almost done!





Gotcha-Again-LOL is offline  
Old 07-02-2019, 04:38 PM
  #14  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 47
Received 6 Likes on 6 Posts
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Default

Flex test and daily driver now!







Gotcha-Again-LOL is offline  
Old 07-02-2019, 04:50 PM
  #15  
CF Veteran
 
unidentifiedbomb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: DE
Posts: 5,668
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Year: 1988
Model: Cherokee
Engine: I6 4.0
Default

Nice build. Why the blocks? looks like you cheaped out in the rear setup. Front looks good though. Wasn't sure if this was going to be a serious thread with that username
unidentifiedbomb is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Ultimate XJ Build


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: