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2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
04-24-2014, 01:05 PM
Post: #31
RE: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
Gotcha, looks like ill end up staying with the LP for now. Called my local parts scrapyard and the guy wanted 300 for it...not happening. I'll run the LP and If it breaks or I run into issues I'll just drive up to syracuse and get an LP for a 1/3 of the price that my local guy wants.
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04-24-2014, 01:10 PM
Post: #32
RE: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
Have you replaced the fan clutch yet?

Mike
2000 XJ Cherokee - 3.5'' lift / 32'' Tirerecapper Pizza Cutters / Front Locker
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04-24-2014, 05:34 PM
Post: #33
RE: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
no I haven't...I remember you mentioning something about that before. Totally slipped my mind.
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04-25-2014, 07:37 AM
Post: #34
RE: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
I will be picking up a rebuilt/balanced ZJ v8 Driveshaft tonight.

My driveshaft runs 32.5'' (30'' compressed) and goes to 33'' fully extended ... the ZJ shaft I'm going to be buying goes between 31 and 34. Will have to press off a flange to make it fit correctly.

Hopefully I can get rid of the vibrations. If not, I'll have a 2000 Cherokee up for sale. Or going to the scrap yard. I've dropped a load of money to get rid of the vibrations ... and still having them.

Mike
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04-25-2014, 07:14 PM
Post: #35
RE: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
cool, really hope it works out for you. Let me know how it goes. I'd hate to see you have to get rid of your xj.
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04-25-2014, 09:49 PM
Post: #36
RE: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
Well that was interesting!

I knew of a guy parting out a V8 ZJ with 242 case. I asked him if he had a front shaft - he had the rebuilt / balanced one and a parts one from a junkyard.

I measured wrong. Turns out mine was actually 33.5'' running.The stock driveshaft only extends to 34''. The one he has was shortened and about 1'' too short. Shoot.

Anyway, the junkyard shaft he had was for a v8 ZJ with 242 case - not modified. While it was missing the Cardan centering yoke and a U Joint - the two U Joints on it were in great shape *and* it was the right length. It is about 33'' compressed to 37'' extended. This one will work.

I'm glad I bought a ball joint press. However, that's lead me to play with shafts a bit more than I care to admit to ...

So - got home and removed mine (again). Pressed out the U-Joint. Cleaned out the caps with some old 10w-40 and managed to spill it on the carpet. On a side note, playing with driveshafts on a white carpet is a bad idea.

Pressed out a U Joint and Cardan centering yoke on mine and installed it on the ZJ shaft. Seems to work a bit better ... my guess is I didn't seat the u joints properly on mine.

If this doesn't do it, I'm going to have it rebuilt and balanced at Fleet Pride. It contains parts from two different driveshafts and one of the U Joints has caps from about three different U Joints.

We'll see what happens!

My back is killing me from bending over working on the driveshafts for an hour or so. I am out of commission for the night, but I'll be putting it in the Jeep tomorrow.

Mike
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04-26-2014, 10:44 AM
Post: #37
RE: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
Good news Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin

and bad news.

The good news is the mix and match driveshaft worked. I don't get any vibrations at all at 55 to [ [ not saying Wink ] (speedometer). Threw it on this morning and took it for a ride. Got it to 55 on the highway and punched it for a while. Didn't have any problems.

The bad news: While I cleaned the one UJoint with motor oil, I forgot to repack it. There's some residual grease ... but I'm sure random motor oil is not idea for a U Joint. I'll wait until it gets bad and replace the U joint.

I have a stack of U Joints but I keep reusing the factory ones. Haha.

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04-26-2014, 03:41 PM
Post: #38
RE: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
good to hear! so it sounds like a zj shaft will work for me too then. If I pull one fe a v8 zj does it have to be from one with a 242 t case? And will I have to modify it a bit like you had to?
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04-26-2014, 06:22 PM
Post: #39
RE: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
Yup - has to be 242. The 249 is a CV joint.

The only reason I had to modify it was it was missing part. One from the junkyard should have everything you need.

I drove up to Pat's uncle's and back and had no problems.

Mike
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04-26-2014, 08:02 PM
Post: #40
RE: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Build
very cool, really glad to hear it's working out better for you now. Looks like I'll be looking for zj shaft! Thanks a lot for the help, you've been my go to cherokee information consultant haha.
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