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post #1 of 268 (permalink) Old 05-09-2015, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Chris's '91 Cherokee Build

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Had a lot of time today and did some work on the Cherokee

The good:
Low miles 164k
It runs?
Limited Edition so power everything

The Bad (So far):
Rusted quarter panel
Foam tape and putty on side
Found some holes drilled under the putty
Oil leak from top of engine (Needs new valve cover gasket)
Coolant reservoir is basically empty gonna flush whole system and top it off.
Heats up while idle (see above issue)
The alarm system is broken and I cant lock the doors
The antenna broke in the mount so no way a new one is going in
Corroded battery connectors

After I fix the mechanical issues is when the lift ect will begin.

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Worked on the foam tape and putty today (The putty is a pain in the ass to get off)

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After: (4 hours later only got to one side) Definitely needs more work though

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Looks good! i need to do the same!

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Welp got to pulling the radiator cap today after seeing the coolant tank was near empty derp me didn't pull off the lid and look inside the tank only looked from the outside. Well anyway was looking to see if I needed a new radiator/ water pump. So I pulled the radiator cap and found this.




Looks like the water pump is bad & I know where the coolant went.
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is that head gasket sealer gunk?

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From what I understand it is eaitherfrom the water pump or some coolant leak sealer.
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Cant decide what lift kit I want :/ Not used to having so many options. I have a wholesale account with a big distributor so I get some steep discounts & will be sneaking in some orders for the jeep . Think i am going with 3-3.5" as it requires the least modifications after lifting. So AIC... since your my goto Cherokee guy right now. What should a complete newbie be looking for in a kit.

These are my options.
http://www.transamericanwholesale.co...s=38&t_pt=3533



Edit: I think I am going with this one.

3.5 Inch Super-Flex Short Arm Lift Kit with Rear Add-A-Leafs and Twin Tube Shocks

http://www.transamericanwholesale.co...n=R%2fERE6010T

Is the kit missing anything?

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Do NOT do add a leafs, unless you have brand new springs. Your rear springs are already sagging, an add a leaf will only hide it for a short while then you will actually have over stressed your springs and have the possibility of breaking them. avoid it like the plague.

this is the lift kit I have:
http://www.metalcloak.com/XJ-Cheroke...ion-p/7180.htm

I know its crazy expensive (but oh so nice), it is complete. I've had to add just one thing to it. a 1" tcase drop:
http://goo.gl/ETpmji

but that is because I got more like 4.5" of of the rear, and really need an SYE, but don't have the $ for it yet.

But if it is out of your budget, use it as a reference, if a kit you are looking at it doesn't have one of the pieces, keep looking, or source it for your kit.

I don't think you can go wrong if you have a complete kit, don't halfass it. Do it right the first time. you will regret cheeping out or getting only some of the parts. its easier to just do it all at once, if it costs a bit more now, it will cost a lot less in the long run.

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Wish I could afford it but want to get the jeep ready for the summer.

Found this set for $551 has replacement springs instead of add a leaf. Just need to get some shocks for it tough
http://www.transamericanwholesale.co...pn=R%2fERE6030
They have the super comfort lift for $599 that has a set of shocks though. Once again so many options and parts makes it so hard to choose.

Deffintily gonna need that T case drop.

Also I keep forgetting to use your Amazon Affiliate link spent $200 to replace my whole cooling system and valve cover gasket. Gotta set your link as a bookmark or something I spend a lot of money on amazon lmao.

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Yes! use my link!

Its still missing a number of things you NEED. longer Front brake lines, longer bump stops front and rear, a longer track bar, shocks of course and not sure what else. It only has lower control arms. Not sure why both the lower and uppers are pretty weak. it doesn't seem like a good idea to replace one set, unless you don't plan on a lot of flexing.




That is a really good list of things you'll need.

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It decided. I am going with the rustys 4.5 inch advanced kit. Seems to include everything I need.
http://www.rustysoffroad.com/jeep-su...anced-kit.html

Gonna work the next few Saturdays that pop up for it.

I am going to be replacing my cooling system later this afternoon so wish me luck.
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Don't forget a tcase drop or you'll have major driveline vibrations till you can install a SYE.

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T-Case drop may not be needed. I've got 5" of lift on my 1990 Cherokee and have no vibrations.

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Says the t case drop is included in the description. Not on the part list/photo though.
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Oh, didn't see it, Then you should be good.

I got a 3.5" lift, but it netted me 4.5" in the rear, and had driveline vibrations pretty bad.

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