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Considering a 98-01 Cherokee....advice??

Discussion in 'Cherokee' started by BigNuge, Jul 27, 2019.

  1. Sep 10, 2019 at 9:41 AM
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    That's asinine (them not you).
    You run a shorter shock... say for a 2.5" lift.
    I measured for my shocks but to save some money I went with ones that were advertised for a 4.5" lift..... they limit my suspension movement, I've got bump stops to keep them from bottoming out but they also limit the droop.
     
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  2. Sep 10, 2019 at 2:43 PM
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    Im trying to rest my hand, so I limited my work in the shop to painting the underside of the rear chassis. As I detailed above, I had previously treated the entire rear section of the chassis with rust converter. That has set for 2 days, so now I top coated the entire rear section of the chassis with Duplicolor bed liner (black). I like the result, came out good!

    The front section and front wheel wells will be getting the same treatment.

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  3. Sep 10, 2019 at 5:34 PM
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    A couple comparison pictures of the underside of the rear chassis.

    Should last as long as I’m going to own it!

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  4. Sep 15, 2019 at 3:49 PM
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    Back at it today....got a lot done (seems like a lot of little things to do at this stage).

    Got my new “front end service kit” in, used the small pitman arm puller to get the old steering stabilized off. Also used it to get the OEM sway bar link studs out.

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    Bought a 6” cutoff wheel to get the track bar bolt cut. Got all the front suspension parts out, except for the LCA’s. I am keeping the LCA’s on while I clean/treat rust/paint the front wheel well areas. Got both front wheel well areas chipped, brushed, cleaned and wiped down, treated all rust with rust converter.

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    Got the rear sway bar cleaned up and painted, both fuel tank straps cleaned up and painted.

    Got the new rear bump stops installed.

    Got the charcoal filter assembly pulled apart. Had to fab up a new bracket, the old one was just not savable.

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    Good productive day in the shop, and listened to the Pats lay waste to the Dolphins....all in all a great day!

    Got the new fill and vent hoses in for the fuel tank. Going to get a hand re-installing the fuel tank tomorrow. It good to be on the “re-assemble” part of the project!
     
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  5. Sep 16, 2019 at 4:20 PM
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    Did a couple things tonight, kind of in a holding pattern while I wait for the rust converter to cure (which takes a couple days).

    Anyway, got the gas tank back in, replaced the fill and vent hoses.

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    Got my new needle scaler in, took it to the rear axle....damn, I should have bought one a long time ago! Got the axle cleaned and treated with rust converter.

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    Now that I’m just around the corner from getting the axle back in I am wondering if the rear sway bar should be left out. I want this to be a good on-road driver, not just an off road machine.
    If I were to remove the rear sway bar would that make the handling too soft on road??
     
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  6. Sep 16, 2019 at 6:07 PM
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  7. Sep 16, 2019 at 6:27 PM
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    Thanks! It’s been a lot of work, but a fun project! I’m itching to drive this thing around under its own power!
     
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  8. Sep 16, 2019 at 6:48 PM
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    I like watchin these type of builds. I always learn stuffs. :)
     
  9. Sep 17, 2019 at 5:51 PM
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    Baaaaaaack at it.....it’s starting to look like a vehicle again!

    Got the wheel well area (both sides) painted up with bed liner. Came out great, gonna make the truck look great when it’s all together! Also got the new braided brake lines on. I would have loved to start getting the lift kit in up front, but I have to let the paint dry...lol

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    Got the leaf springs in!! Boy was I happy to get that done! It was a hell of a job to get the leafs into the rear shackles, but I got it done with some strategic prying and manipulation. Also got the charcoal filter box in (with the new bracket), as well as the new braided brake line for the rear. Got the shocks in (on top mounts), the rear is just about ready for the axle to go back in.

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    The rear axle rust treatment came out great, have to wait another day before painting it.

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    Getting damn close to having it back on it’s own wheels....love it!
     
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  10. Sep 19, 2019 at 5:07 PM
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    Put a few hours in today. Got started with the front suspension. Boy oh boy was that a real job, made worse due to no engine/transmission to use for weight to compress the suspension to get the control arms bolted up. Got pretty hairy for a bit using ratchet straps to get things lined up, but I got it done.

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    Gonna get the rear axle back in this weekend, front brakes back together, then get all the brakes bled and new ebrake cables in so it’s officially a rolling chassis again.
     
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