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1998 Jeep Cherokee "XJ" 4x4 4.0 I6 Auto
Bought the Jeep a few years back supposedly had a 3" lift and was on 31's
Other than that bone stock.

Over the years I have done a few mods

33x12.50x15 Kenda Kleaver MT's
Extended Break lines (2 front - 1 rear)
Monroe shocks in all 4 corners for a JK Rubicon
I had a set of drop/lift shackles laying around (used these to bring the sagging rear end up, it ended up bringing it up way high)
Bought a 5/8" coil spacer to bring the front up it wasn't enough.
Ended up cutting all the fenders to clear the tires.

In January 2017 I was hit by a DUI driver.
The Jeep was "totaled" by the insurance companies standards.
I was able to keep the jeep but had to do a few repairs. (I did the front end work myself)
Had money left over so I bought a winch plate and a winch from harbor freight.

12K Badlands winch and mounting plate.
New led head lights.
Basically everything in front of the fenders had to be replaced.

Got it back on the road about a month later was running well until Aug.

In August 2018 I had just left my job of 7 years.
We took a family vacation from SouthEastern Oklahoma to Colorado to explore the Rockies.
On the trip once into the mountains the Jeep began over heating about every 30 to 40 miles.
We kept a close eye on it and eased it to our destination.
We arrived at midnight in the mountains with nothing around.
We setup our tent for the night and slept the next day we drove deeper into the mountains with zero issues.
We made a trip out to the highway headed to a new location no problems.
We managed to camp a week off of the grid using the Jeep with zero issues.
Made it all the way back home. started a new job and thats when the issues hit.

Just started my new job helping a friend own and operate a pest control company. (It failed 6 months later do to his family moving)
In October of 2017 the head cracked in 3 spots and blew a head gasket.
again all repairs we made by me.
New head new top end gasket kit.
New water pump, thermostat, thermostat housing, hoses, radiator, and new head bolts.
I replaced everything since we didn't know where the problem came from exactly.


April of 2018 I had just been at my new job 2 months.
I decided it was time to bring the front end up to match the rear.
New lower control arm drop brackets
New lower control arms
Added another coil spacer 1-3/4" on top of the 5/8" I already had.

This with the added weight of the winch and mounting plate this made it as close to level as I'm probably going to get it.

This is mine and my wifes daily we switch cars back and forth depending on who has to travel the furthest since the Jeep don't get the best MPG (14-18)
Versus here fusion 28mpg

Plans are to continue and add what I can when I can this is a overlandish build for me.
Need to get a tire carrier next.
Then SYE and rear driveshaft.
Then gears and lockers.

I will post pictures in a few in order the best I can.

Anyways thats what I have been up to still own a civic its just under construction still.
 

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How she looked when I first got her in 2016
 

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The first off road adventure with the Jeep and a picture after she got cleaned up a bit
 

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The wreck minor damage
 

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Picture from the trip and then. When the head gave way on me
 

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New head
 

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Lights and winch setup plus the switch I installed the right way for once in my life lol
 

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Side shot shows the fenders I cut a little
 

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Only picture we took doing the lower control arms and relocation brackets
 

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My wife testing the new front suspension for me
 

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And how she looks as of right now sitting next to my coworkers barbie Jeep on 35s my 33s look so tiny lol
 

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the 4.0s are "bulletproof" but I hated working on them. have an 18 wrangler sport with the v8 and 4wd.....not allowed to do anything to it until its paid off :(
 

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4.0s have problems with the cooling system they like to overheat.
And of course the rearmain seal issue.
Mine has just started the rearmain leak I have seen alot of mixed review on leaving it alone till its horrible or fixing asap.
Some people say its simple and some say it leaks worse after the repair.
I'm only getting a few drops once parked making a dime to nickel size wet spot below it.
 

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Well wouldn't ya know it had a little wiring gremlin pop its head up last night.
I drove the Jeep to work which is rare since its such a long drive and kind of a pain in the XJ.
On my way home I noticed my rear cargo light came on but was extremely dim.
As soon as I got home I pulled the light cover to try to see what was going on.
After removing the cover I seen only 1 of the 10 LEDs was actually lighting up but it was faint.
So I removed the led and figured it had just went bad.
The second I remove it the front dome light lit up?
So I put it back in and the front light went off???
I checked the door switches and the switch in the hatch.
The front doors turned the front dome off and on fine no issues.
But messing with the rear switch I could never get anything to change even tried jumping it a few time and nothing.
I took the rear light assembly out unplugged the rocker switch in it and the front light came on again.
I unplugged the entire unit the front light came on again.
I ended up putting it all back together and tried pulling fuses.
No matter what fuse was pulled the rear cargo light stayed on.
After just over an hour fighting with it and getting ate alive by mosquitoes and standing in water while getting rained on I gave up for the night and went in.
I made sure it was still just the 1 little dim light on figured LED it wont drain the battery over night.
Woke up this morning to find both lights on but dim.
Figured my battery was drained as I opened the door the lights got brighter?
Put the key in and it started right up like nothing so battery was not drained much.
So I decided to just pull them till I can get more time to look into it.

Anyone think its the hatch switch of a faulty ground?

Any other input would be great.
 

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Well haven't had much of a chance to look into this yet but my wife me she drove the Jeep the other day and the fog light wouldn't turn on. (aftermarket I installed them)
Since I did all the wiring i decided to check it our real quick didnt see any issues in the wiring anywhere all grounds were still tight.
So I pull part of the dash figuring the switch or the inline fuse had blown.
Pulled the fuse it looked good reinstalled it and had lights.
Messed around checking the switch seems to be fine.
No clue as to what my issue is or was.
 

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Finally got around to making a tire carrier for the rear of the Jeep.
Everything used was scrap or found on the road except the top pull pin.

Found the adjustable hitch with 2 balls laying on a highway off ramp still have the balls and the original pins so I can pull a trailer if needed just have to pull the tire off.

Used 2 pcs of angle iron we had laying around for the uprights.
Used a small portion of and old axle tube to get the tire out and away from the carrier uprights.
Found a small plate that just fit the lug pattern and drilled 3 holes in it to bolt the tire on.

Still trying to figure out the final spot for the license plate and I need to find an anti rattle device for the hitch it has a small amount of movement going down the road.

The way this hit is setup you pull the red handle pin and lay the tire down back to the rear. We made it so it would sit straight back and not fall down to the ground. When laid down it has a slight upward angle which makes the nearly 100lbs spare easy enough to handle by even my wife. ( My 10yr old twins even stood it up once)

Its not the best or the prettiest but I saved hundreds by not purchasing one.
Will post pictures in a few.
 

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Not the best pictures but you get it

One other thing the spare tire cost me $35 after shipping.
An online tire source called simpletire had some issue where they listed the exact tires I have on my jeep for $33 each so me and about 2000 other Cherokee owners jumped on the site and placed orders for multiple sets each. (Was shared on FB) Once the company realized the mistake on their site they refunded everyone their money plus gave us $100 coupon toward any next purchase and they had given us all I think it was 20% off as well. So I used the $100 toward 1 spare tire which is all I needed anyways even though they did not have my exact brand in stock I found one that looked close to the same tread pattern. Anyways they shipped it and I was out of $35 in all for the new tire. My dad had found the rim and cleaned then painted it for me.
 

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I like the 4.0's

I like them even more with a 4.6 or 5.0 stroker kit installed with a nice header and good cam and ported intake manifold with a bigger throttlebody.

Tough sons-o-bitches

Transmissions and front calipers dont like being neglected though, so stay on top of greasing the front guide pins, they like wedging and warping the calipers over time.

Transmissions get really hot, and put extra load onto the small radiator and help those overheating issues come ton light.
 
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