December 8, 2021 - January 4, 2022

The Cherokee has been getting heavier and I thought I'd weld a truss on to the rear axle to keep it from bending when on a trail. While the axle was removed, I figured I'd also relocate the shock mounts and install a locking differential.

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August 19 - September 11, 2021

I found out the ball joints were bad on the front axle and if the ball joints are bad, now would be the right time to add some inner-C gussets. And if I'm doing that welding and then painting, I might as well use this time to add a truss.

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August 19 - September 23, 2020

When I did the ZJ seat conversion, it was because I've read that it's easy and the front seats are much more comfortable than the XJ seats. Since install five years ago, I've been trying to find the comfort in the ZJ seats that "everybody" talks about. Maybe I got a bad pair or maybe my ...

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December 14, 2019 - July 31, 2020

Ever since I learned about the factory high idle capability with the automatic, I've been searching for a way to get electronically controlled high idle with the manual. It seems most people just use a thumb throttle with a lock. This just wasn't good enough for me.

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2017 - July 2020

A project that's been three years in the making has finally come to completion. I bought an assembled rear bumper from Dirtbound Offroad and the do-it-yourself swing arm tire carrier in 2017 that needed to be welded together. After a couple of months, the bumper and box of tire carrier metal arrived and I performed an inventory. ...

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March 28 - July 22, 2020

Three years ago I found my rear lower quarter panels had a rust problem. After studying the situation, I found they rusted because of improper drainage so dirt and water just sat there for 22 years and then rust developed from the inside out.

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June - July, 2020

Given one of the newer goals of this vehicle to have the ability to carry people, dogs, and stuff at the same time, I spent some time re-engineering how to carry gear to make room for other things.


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February - March, 2020

After 22 years, it was time to refresh the interior. The first step was to remove the seat and carpet and then clean the flooring. It was a nasty job.

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June 29, 2019

The Cherokee of this era came with disc brakes in the front and drum brakes in the rear. I wanted more stopping power for when I'm loaded up for a trip so disc brakes were put on from a 2004 Jeep Liberty which was a direct bolt on.

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January - February, 2017

With the addition of aftermarket accessories, I needed a good way to power them all and still have a factory look. So, I built my own wiring harness and plugged it into the switches and a new relay/fuse box.

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August 2016 - February 2017

One of the options available on the Cherokee was cruise control. Mine did not have the option from the factory, but the plumbing is already present so adding the option would be fairly simple.

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August 10, 2015

Life has changed and I now have a trailer where I'm pulling about 2000 pounds. I wanted to squeeze out a bit more power from my 4.0L engine so I decided to put a cold air intake and performance exhaust on.

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