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Old 11-19-2016, 05:34 PM
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Hey all, been with the forum for awhile but haven't posted my build.... So a little back story.....I bought the truck from my uncle a year ago. Bone stock with 130k on it. The rig was in okay shape... just a few dents and some rust in the quarter panel and rockers. When I bought it I changed the oil, tranny fluid and transfer case fluid. Also flushed the antifreeze.


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Old 11-19-2016, 05:38 PM
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After a few weeks I decided to lift it. I went with a 3 inch rough country lift and 31x10.5x15 bfg all terrains on 15x8 soft 8 rims. Also needed extended brake lines, a rough country track bar, rear shackles and a new steering stabilizer




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Old 11-19-2016, 05:57 PM
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I used part # 05014148-aa to stop the thumping noise in the transfer case linkage. I replaced the rear drums and pads as well. I also had new exhaust hangers welded to stop the exhaust from banging around.
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After that I added a 50 inch led light bar. I wired it to a relay in the engine bay and used a switch panel where the ashtray was.




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Old 11-20-2016, 08:17 PM
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Should have saved your money on that light bar for other upgrades. There is a current thread in cherokee chat section explaining that a light bar above the windshield isn't a good spot as far as usefulness. For looks mostly. But even then...
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I actually got the bar from a buddy of mine. It's nothing special, just an eBay light. It's mostly for looks but does serve its purpose.

Okay so next I changed both front and rear bumpers with jcr crusader bumpers with smittybuilt d-rings for recovery. I ran cube lights to the holes in the bumper as well. I also cut out the rust in the quarter panel and used jcr's quarter panel armor to strengthen what was left.

I replaced the tail lights due to one being cracked into pieces.

I use my cargo area a lot to transport stuff so having the spare in the stock area was not going to work. I ended up using a tire carrier that uses the hitch.


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Old 11-21-2016, 03:05 PM
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What tire carrier did you use and does it rattle in the hitch mount?
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It's made by detours usa. It has a locking system that uses a wedge that is tightened in the hitch. It is rock solid and I don't hear a thing back there. It just takes a little getting used to not seeing out the back window.
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It's made by detours usa. It has a locking system that uses a wedge that is tightened in the hitch. It is rock solid and I don't hear a thing back there. It just takes a little getting used to not seeing out the back window.
How do you plan on relocating your license plate?
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For now I mounted a plate mount on the spare tire. And extended the light with a clip. Long term I may just use self tapping screws and drill the mount off to the side.
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Today I started to build a box (false bottom) for all my tools and belongings.


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Tomorrow I am going to make the cuts for the lid and add a locking latch. Also I will probably secure it through the body although it is wedged tightly.

Incase of a rollover I don't want a hundred pounds of tools flying around the car.
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Today I installed my take on a dyi cai. Filter is an airaid. All couplers and pipe were bought from eBay. All totaled cost about 90-100$ with all clamps and a 3 inch hole saw included.







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REALLY interesting concept there man. Isn't it really boxed in right there?
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REALLY interesting concept there man. Isn't it really boxed in right there?
Cowl intake is very popular with XJ's. Only true "cold air" setup for the cherokee that keep the filter protected and dry.
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