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Well, since this forum doesn't get much action anymore I'll do my part and post something.

After about six years of relative inactivity, I put my XJ back into service recently.

I replaced/installed the following:

New water pump
New heater hoses
New radiator hoses
New thermostat
New idler pulley
New serpentine belt
New muffler and tailpipe
New shocks
New steering damper
New rear driveshaft u-joints
New P/S wheel cylinder
New flexible brake hoses
New hard brake lines
New caliper bleeder screws
New fuel tank vent line
New fuel filter
New license plate lamp bulb
New climate control panel bulb
New rear wiper blade

I also fixed the broken antenna connection behind the P/S kick panel, fixed the intermittent low beams/no high beams, fixed/replaced the D/S front door lock rod clip, changed the oil and coolant, bled the brakes and aired up the tires. The spare had less than 5 PSI in it, I'm glad I checked it.

It still runs like it did the day I bought it.

If the floors weren't so rusty, I might get another 200K out of it.
 

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It still runs like it did the day I bought it.

If the floors weren't so rusty, I might get another 200K out of it.
Hey man, good to see ya still plugging away. Do what I did, find yourself some sheet metal and spend a week or 2 cutting out the rotted stuff and patching in some new. All I had laying around was some 3/16th sheet, so that's what I used, I figure it could just about take a blast from an IED or sumtin, LOL. (Well probably not really, but it is damned stout and will far out live the rest of my pile).
 

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I've put almost 2K miles on my Cherokee since I put it back on the road and so far, so good.

I changed the cap, rotor, plugs and wires today since I couldn't remember the last time I had done it.

The plugs looked ok but the contacts on the cap and rotor were pretty nasty looking so I'm glad I changed them.

Seems to idle a bit smoother now as well.

Now to decide if I want bother to try and fix some of the oil leaks.
 

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I just replaced the clutch master and slave cylinders as the clutch had been acting strange lately. It finally decided not to disengage at all the other night. Everything seems to be working correctly now after master and slave replacement. Fortunately, bleeding the system wasn't too bad even with no bleeder screws in the master or slave.

Not bad for twenty year old original parts that have never been touched or the fluid changed.

Still ignoring the oil leaks for the most part but I might have to do the rear output shaft seal on the t-case as it is leaking pretty badly. It needs an engine rear main seal again but I'm not sure I'll bother.

I also replaced an oil pan, rear main seal, oil filter adapter o-ring, front swaybar endlinks, transmission cooler lines and rear washer fluid pump on an '01 Cherokee.

With the late style exhaust manifold, the oil pan was quite a treat to remove.
 

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The Walker catalytic converter I put on with my original Rusty's Off Road exhaust kit circa 1998-1999 finally went belly up last week.

The outlet broke off where it met the cat body. A hundred bucks later (fifty after the rebate) and I'm back rolling.

I think this is the first vehicle I’ve owned long enough to wear out this many parts I’ve already replaced once.
 

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Mine is getting to the point that I am about ready to sell it or scrap it. Just way to many abused miles and I have way to many vehicles to keep up with them all :( It has served me well for over 16 years and the 150K I put on it. WIll see if I cant squeeze this winter out of it and then it's got to go.
 

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That's going to make mine one he last survivors over here.
 

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The front bearing or bushing in my original heater blower motor finally started screaming the other day (as I knew it would someday) when I turned the fan on now that temps are dropping.

So I replaced it the other day as well as replacing the tailgate latch dome light switch. One of the contacts had rotted off shorting the switch so I couldn't turn the dome light off. Since it appears you can't buy just the switch and a NOS latch is around $70, I took another damaged switch off of a damaged/incomplete latch assembly and made one working assembly out of the pair.

I think I'm almost at the point where I need to change the 6-7 year old front wiper blades too.

Nix, living in the rust belt as I do, seeing another pre-97 Cherokee on the road does not happen often anymore.
 

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This forum IS pretty dead, isn't it? Though even the short wheelbase forum where I spent a lot of time around 10 years ago is pretty dead now, too... what's up with that? And with the number of XJs I used to share the trails with when I had my CJ5, I'm surprised there's not more activity here. :confused:

After many Jeepless years, I bought a 2000 XJ today. Not expecting to get into rockcrawling or modifications to the extent I did with the CJ5, but I certainly do intend to use it for what it was designed for!
 

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Well what can ya say. There are only so many things that can be done to an XJ, only so many things you can talk about, and eventually 99.99% has been said, combined with some of the peeps that used to hang here and would drive people away by saying things like "there is a search function, use it" instead of trying to be helpful, or would be out right unhelpful by giving poor or wrong advice, so that kept new people from wanting to get involved. I have seen it happen on other sites. You get some cranky A holes or keyboard rambo's who think because the read it on a web site somewhere, they and only they have the answers. Really kills the community aspect. There are a few of us still lurking around here though.:D
 

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Nix, living in the rust belt as I do, seeing another pre-97 Cherokee on the road does not happen often anymore.
I live up in rustout North Dakota, and still drive mine. Of course all that 3/16 sheet metal I used to replace the floor on the driver side all the way back and the entire rear floor in the hatch area, and the 1/4 wall 2x3 box tubing I used to fix the rockers will still be around after the rest of it has rotted away. :D:D:D
 

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And don't forget the changes in the forum that made some leave to other fora like jeepsunlimited. And I think Facebook messed up some fora really bad. People do no longer search for real info, they just post at FB.

Btw, that sometimes makes me cranky a bit. There's a ton of info, but people expect to be served the best way possible as if they pay for it. But I still like to help the really interested ones and am active on other fora too.

And Kraby, good to see you alive, but shouldn't you be asleep?
 

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And Kraby, good to see you alive, but shouldn't you be asleep?
I work(ed) nights and that was the normal "evening hours" for me. I am laid off currently so now I tend to be awake at a more "normal for around here" time. :D
 

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Still going.

Installed radiator number four in my XJ after work the other night. The previous one had started leaking in the lower corner of the core.

One stock radiator, one GDI all metal three core, one replacement GDI plastic tanked three core and now another stock type replacement.

I think tomorrow is balljoints, hub bearings and front axle u-joints on my dad's '01.

ETA, did indeed do the balljoints, hub bearings and axle u-joints on my dads '01 today. No real surprises, I only had to use the air hammer to drive out one of the balljoints which is better than I expected. It didn't fix the clunk in his front end like he hoped, but I'm pretty confident it's the track arm as all the TRE's, shocks and anti-roll bar links are pretty new.

I'll get to it eventually.......
 

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That's funny, I had to replace the blower motor and the master clutch cilinder this weekend. The cilinder leaked into the fusebox (I call this a design blunder) and the blowermotor sometimes worked and sometimes didn't. Might be a bearing as also didn't spin freely.

The '94 is still going, but I think I need to grease the locks and window mechanisms, the antenna doesn't go in and out anymore (it's in now and I can dream the GF's Adele CD now...) and I seem te have some sort of shortwire to the horn. It works, but I need to take out the fuse to prevent the battery from draining overnight. Hope it's only the relais, could be the ring in the steeringwheel, but it will probably take some trail and error and measuring before it's ok again.
 

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I see the forum has changed looks again. Hmm.....

Anyway last weekend this weekend I did front pads, rotors and cleaned some of the rust out of the caliper guide pin holes so they can actually float again instead of being stuck and making the pads wear funny. Also decided to finally chase down the my lack of parking lights in the front for the last number of years. One new parking light socket (old one literally disintegrated from rust), a new bulb, a handful of bullet connectors and some heat shrink and all my front lighting works again. It might actually be brighter now too. The wiring harness connector that would be under the stock airbox had become so rotten I had to cut it out and bypass it. I had two, maybe three broken wires and the rest were really rotten at the terminals as well. Also cleaned my K&N filter because I have no earthly idea when the last time I did that was. Cleaned my idle stepper motor too as it was getting a bit lazy during cold starts. Rotated the tires too.

Found some parking brake cable hanger springs I forgot I had stashed so I may install those tomorrow after work as the old ones rusted away.

I'm toying with the idea of replacing all the TRE's in the front end again (all the dust boots have failed and fallen off) along with the front sway bar links. Time will tell....
 
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