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Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: May 07, 2018, 12:19:46 AM »
Last but not least Dave and I took on the speedometer. He has had to tear apart his dash several times before on his XJ so he was kind enough to show me how to take the entire dash apart and clean two components.

We first removed the plastic surrounding the stereo and A/C that just snaps in.

Secondly, we removed the plastic pannel that covers this metal pannel in order to get to the speedometer. The metal pannel is held in by three small screws underneath.

Then the metal pannel was removed.

After removing 16 screws total we were finally able to get to the speedometer. Which we then took out and blew out the dust with an air hose. The final step was to spray the backside of the speedometer/connectors with contact cleaner/ enhancer.

Putting the pieces back together wasn't all too complicated, but after finishing the steering today and rotating the tires it took about 10-15 minutes of driving until the speedometer to start working again.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: May 07, 2018, 12:07:22 AM »
For some reason cavfab decided to paint the drag link and tie rod but not the track bar. As mentioned prior it took six weeks for our steering and track bar system to show up from them. Quoted lead time was two-three weeks. Quality of parts were high, customer service not so much.

Next order of business was to install the new lower track bar bracket, which dad did while Dave (next door neighbor and xj owner) and i worked on speedo.

Had to trim out part of the old lower track bar mount to make room for the new one.

As we let the paint dry on the new lower mount we replaced the upper single sheer mount with a sturdier double sheer mount that incorporates a cross member that ties both frame rails together underneath the oil pan.

Went to install the steering box brace which also ties both frame rails together of sorts as one end mounts to the steering box. It is a Rusty's offroad part which was a half inch too short. So we sleeved it with some 3/4 inch black pipe and paint.

Once the steering brace was installed loosely we tightened down all the upper structure. Next we drilled the drag link and tie rod bolts for cotter pins. Cavfab sent us bolts long enough to accomodate cotter pins but no pins or holes included. Also no instructions...

Then we installed the drag link and tie rod.

New system has no provision for a stabilizer shock, at time of writing xj has no bump steer and no need for the stabilizer shock. Handling is night and day difference once again. Front end feels extremely rigid.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: May 06, 2018, 11:45:58 PM »
So here goes the two day steering and track bar replacement/ reinforcement with an add in of a speedo fix...

the system i had was called an inverted y

so basically this is the gutting of the old system

at this point all of the old is gone and we need to ream the tapered holes, started to pull the pitman arm then decided to just do it on the steering box

the knuckles went pretty smooth as they appeared to be soft material versus the pitman arm which appeared to be semi hard.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:04:49 PM »
I am extremely pleased to see the proper use of socks to protect ones feet, open toed shoes can be bad but using socks closes them right up,   I chose to weld and grind with out socks as to burn off the hobbit feet hair

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Since you liked those socks so much just wait until the next post :)

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:01:43 PM »
thank you.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: March 17, 2018, 10:49:12 AM »
square nuts fit into the winch mount but we couldn't find any locking square nuts so we made our own.

here is the finished product including the battery cable quick disconnects and el jeffe winch cover courtesy of amazon.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: March 17, 2018, 10:45:17 AM »
here we added d-ring mounts and a lower 1/4 x 2 facet.

dads old winch from the early bronco that we drug out of the shed and mocked up, it fits!

me with some elbow grease cleaning up this dirty winch

finished up each side with 1/8 flat steel to create wings and then painted it with a textured grey and black paint.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: March 17, 2018, 10:38:39 AM »
This is the jeep as first purchased with the OEM bumper minus the end caps.

strip down minus the OEM bumper

then we started with a couple pieces of 1/4 x 6 flat stock to create the frame mounting plates.

Then my dad cut and bent 1/4 x 8 flat stock and added holes for the winch mount. It was then tack welded to the frame mounts. One goal was to keep the winch low and tight out of the grill so the winch wouldn't restrict air flow to the radiator.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: February 11, 2018, 08:41:55 PM »
removed ghetto wiring and rack mounts

Then so the broomstick could be retired we had to replace one lift struts and add another, also am now aware of what the difference between single and double shear is...

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: February 11, 2018, 08:36:47 PM »
First Update...

Out with the old junk.. still trying to figure out who Blain is?

In with 300 more CCA's

Then we crimped on new military grade battery terminals that I stole from dads secret jk stash...

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: January 28, 2018, 10:27:12 PM »
I like that, and interestingly enough, I plan to buy my 15 year old one of those and build it as a father/son thing sometime this year.
I will be watching with much interest!

Very cool!

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: January 28, 2018, 10:20:46 PM »
Looks good baylee, looking forward to the improvements.  Just make sure you keep your dad on track and dont let him go all crazy.

I?ll sure try, no promises lol.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: January 28, 2018, 06:11:30 PM »
Currently the XJ has 31 inch BFG All terrains on 15 inch wheels, 4.5 inch lift the best we can tell, it also has SYE, and detachable sway bar links.

Goals for the XJ is to replace the front and rear bumpers, add light bar, mount the rack properly (hose clamps don't count), proper sized battery, remove the getto sub and amplifier wiring, add an anti-theft kill switch, and new gas struts to replace the broomstick handle currently residing in the trunk.

Build Threads / 2000 XJ
« on: January 28, 2018, 06:00:26 PM »
Recently I purchased a 2000 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) with the help of my dad. So he is pushing for me to start a build thread so... here we go.

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