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2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
04-23-2014, 09:09 PM
Post: #21
RE: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
So definitely no way a stock front driveshaft is going to work for you.

Mine is maxed out. Just found that out.

Mike
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04-24-2014, 06:13 AM
Post: #22
RE: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
are you referring to the front DS in the front or your rear DS that is also a front?
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04-24-2014, 08:05 AM
Post: #23
RE: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
The front driveshaft I have in the rear is too short Sad

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04-24-2014, 08:29 AM
Post: #24
RE: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
gotcha, I might just end up getting a custom one made, we'll see though. You got you hp d30 from the junkyard right? Did it already have the matching gears in it? I'd like to swap my LP for an hp but I'm kind of tight on cash and need it for other thjngs. If I can find one for the right price with the matching gears in it I'll probably get it, now would be the best time to swap it out too.
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04-24-2014, 09:47 AM
Post: #25
RE: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
Yup. Almost every Cherokee has 3.55 gears. I got mine for $80 from the place in E. Syracuse.

My old axle had bad ball joints (Rafael can attest to that one haha) and the pinion bearing failed. It would have been around $500 to replace the failed pinion bearing and replace the damaged ring and pinion. Plus another $150 for me to do the ball joints.

I got the axle for $80, sold the axle shafts and bearings for $40, and did ball joints for $150 or so myself.

I did have to pay to have Rafael weld on new LCA Mounts. I wasn't careful and dropped the axle on the ground breaking them haha.

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04-24-2014, 10:02 AM
Post: #26
RE: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
cool, so if I didn't damage the mounts it would be 100% bolt in? did you have the take the axle out of the truck from the junkyard or was it already by itself?
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04-24-2014, 10:33 AM
Post: #27
RE: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
Yup. 100% bolt in.

Had to remove it from the Cherokee in the junkyard. Honestly, if I were to do it again, I'd hacksaw off all 4 control arms, remove the axle, then unbolt the control arms and then bring it out to buy it. I believe they would have removed it for like $20. But my fear was they would have said a Cherokee is a Cherokee and I would have ended up with an older center-axle-disconnect or newer LP axle haha.


Might run into the issue of the trac bar bolt / nut breaking like you did on your current axle, though.

I am only familiar with two pick and pull type yards so I don't know if there are any other ones closer to where your Jeep is right now.

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04-24-2014, 11:35 AM
Post: #28
RE: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
cool thanks for the info, do you know if a wj d30 would be bolt in? I doubt it but I know of a guy near me that has a ton of wj parts.
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04-24-2014, 12:15 PM
Post: #29
RE: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
Wj d30 is wider and bolt pattern is different. I think it is low pinion as well but the wj has bigger brakes and better steering which swap nicely onto older Dana 30s.

yj project under construction

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04-24-2014, 12:58 PM
Post: #30
RE: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
Yup. Wider, different bolt pattern and low pinion.

There are writeups to convert to WJ brakes. I believe you lose the ability to run 15'' wheels though.

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