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  1. gogmorgo

    ABS Brakes

    Modern winter tires. There's even a handful of all-terrains out there with the snow-peak rating if you only want to run one tire year-round. I don't think I've triggered my ABS once since installing the Grabber ATX's. As far as abs goes, funnily enough one of the best systems I've used is the one in my ZJ. 26 years and 180,000 miles after leaving the factory it's totally functional. The advantage of that would be the availability of junkyard components. Probably still some new or aftermarket availability there as well, given it was standard on the ZJ. Just an idea. I remember someone in another Jeep club was really struggling to find parts to get his going again on his OBD1 XJ. I don't know how common ABS was on 97+ XJs. You need not only the pump, but I suspect master and booster that are compatible, the control module, and wheel speed sensors. Early systems frequently would have only three speed sensors, one for each from wheel and one on the rear diff. The sensors also need tone rings to read off. One of my MJs currently has shafts with tone rings installed, so that wouldn't be a huge deal, although I don't know where the sensors would mount... somewhere near the hub. ZJ knuckles might solve that if they're compatible, not too sure as its a low opinion axle. I don't really know how you'd do the rear though. I really don't know what's going on there, but MJs, XJs and ZJs have overlapping axle options so something could probably be figured out easily enough. You'll also probably need to run all new brake lines, and you'd lose your distribution and proportioning blocks, because ABS takes over those functions. Except I'm not at all convinced it's worth it. With just older cheap winters on my 2wd MJ, I'm not really having problems stopping, and I don't think there's a lick of bare pavement anywhere in town. But mostly, I've had perfectly functional ABS nearly kill me. I definitely would not want to try to cobble my own together. My situation involved gravel, admittedly a bit much speed, a small cliff, and a blown out rear brake line on my 2001 Jimmy. I hit the brakes, locked them up, and then they released entirely. What happened was the ABS unlocked the front wheels, and sent full pressure to the rear wheels, except having blown out the rear brake line, it just dumped fluid on the ground. Suddenly no brakes at all as I'm understeering towards a drop that would not have left the Jimmy on its wheels. Without ABS doing its thing I still had the front brakes. Not ideal, but it still worked. With ABS doing its thing, intermittently I had no brakes at all. Yeah, with proper maintenance that shouldn't be a problem, but you never know. Not dying is nice.
  2. So in an act of hilarious foolishness with almost no planning on any good reason as to why, nearly one week ago to the hour I set out on a mission to collect another MJ. I came home from work, did a full brake job on my ZJ, and around midnight hit the highway for a seven hour drive. It took me just over eight, but there was a nap in there somewhere. Then I ate breakfast, reassembled the exhaust on the ZJ not once but twice, then drove through 100°F heat with no a/c another couple hours, winched the MJ onto the trailer, and hit the highway headed homewards with way more weight than I should've been pulling. But we made it over the continental divide and the ZJ doesn't seem any the worse for it. So here it is, '91 SWB, 2.5L ax5 2wd. Bench seats, no a/c, nothing fancy at all except a silly aftermarket stereo and speakers. Fortunately I still have the old ones out of my other MJ (and door panels!) to replace them. ZJ was riding a bit low... I knew it was extra weight but I went with the trailer instead of the dolly because of the surge brakes, and I definitely put them to the task. After having it home almost a week I finally got it registered today (PO has no idea what a vin is or how to copy it into a bill of sale) and drove it to work and back. The brakes are sketchy, the horn doesn't work, and the radiator is tragically corroded. Also there's zero coolant in the system from what I can tell. It died twice on me on the way back, I'm thinking because of overheating. The gauge cluster was swapped from idiot lights and I don't think the senders got changed, so no coolant temp until the gauge pegs, the truck starts running rough, then shuts down. None of the classic boiling over symptoms when there's no coolant. But the PO did say it was parked because of an overheating problem, But I've got a new radiator, water pump, tstat, etc sitting at Napa for me to pick up tomorrow, so once that's in we'll go from there. It also looks like the temp and oil pressure senders interchange with the 4.0 so I've got those in the horde somewhere. I'll get that in and go from there. It's a bit of a hard start, too, and the power steering screeches like a banshee, so I'll give it a full set of ignition parts as well, and probably ignore the power steering beyond checking levels, cause it works great. And I'm gonna have to investigate the brakes, the LSV and linkage are still present, although flipped over-centre, so that's likely part of it. But the failure light is on so that warrants investigation.
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    The Littlest Comanche

    Well the Juke has been un-bricked and I had a chance to move the MJ out of the driveway so I could clear the snow so I could put the MJ back in the driveway and have a small tire changing party. The are the factory wheels that came on the base model ZJ. I think they look better on the MJ. Because my other MJ is parked I'd pulled the non-winter tires off of it and stuck them on the ZJ, because these wheels have winters on them, and I didn't want to burn them off in the summer... plus they looked ridiculous being only a 215/75r15 with a 2" lift. A couple weeks ago when I put 31's on the ZJ, I stuck them on the little MJ's factory wheels that had come loose along with it. So now the aftermarket wheels whatever they were are piled in the garage, the bigger MJ is back on its own wheels and tires, and the ZJ and little MJ have swapped wheels. But both my drivers have snow-peak-rated tires now which is great, because I live here: Where there are peaks. And snow. And when I say that, what I mean is the last month I think that it did not snow at least one day here was July 2017. Traction is underrated. I definitely like the look of the Jeep steelies a ton better than those silly alloys that stuck out too far. It rides better too now. I didn't mention it, but the brakes did only need bled. After a bit of use they've stopped making noises as well. I did check them while the wheels were off, and everything checks out, so I'm thinking the noise was just a bit of rust on the rotors from sitting. Today was also the first good run on the highway. I put more miles on it today than the whole time I've owned it, haha. It did pretty darn good for itself, although the heater did seem to be fading at speed. I'm thinking vacuum leak, although it still has the heater valve, so I might bypass that and see what gives. The vent selection and blend door seemed to be working fine. The heat's hot sitting idling though, and it didn't have problems warming up when it was -30 out, so I'm thinking the new thermostat is fine, it's just seeing reduced flow at reduced vacuum due to increased engine speed.
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    1985 white instrument cluster

    It always shocks me that things like this end up in a wrecking yard. That poor Waggy is in better shape than literally everything I own. Hopefully it's parts go to good use at least...
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    You'll enjoy this-

    Looks like not the best coffee if you've got to dump a bunch of crap in it to make it drinkable...
  6. Good luck finding that info. The MJ is a ton more rigid than competing light trucks from the era, but there's still some. I initially had my Leer topper about an inch from my cab, and never made contact, but I wasn't wheeling it. Eventually I moved it back a touch so I could get my hand back there from the outside to unlatch the pass-through window to the topper, so I could open that and juggle the MJ's slider window open in the event I locked myself out.
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    Metric tonne springs?

    The factory metric ton springs didn't come with the military wrap. That was just part of the General Spring group order deal. The only differences in height between factory springs were that the 4x4 models sit about an inch higher. So a 4x4 metric ton spring pack will lift an orginally 2wd truck about an inch, but that's not inherent to it being a metric ton spring. You'd get the same out of good condition factory regular-load 4x4 springs.
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    No Tail Lights

    Yeah, push in like 1/16" or so and twist counter clockwise. Some dielectric greases seem to harden up over time, which can make it sticky.
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    The Littlest Comanche

    Our of curiosity the other day I fired up the MJ mostly just to see if it would start. After a week or so of temperatures dropping to -40 overnight, at -15°F, it cranked over kinda slow but still fired up. The Juke is still a brick tho...
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    I needed a laugh... :)

  11. gogmorgo

    Diesel Cherokee Wagoneer Holy Grail?

    That 21-slot grill was factory on '84-'85 Waggys. They didn't adopt the four-eyed look we all think of when we hear Wagoneer until '86.
  12. gogmorgo

    New Tires

    Bearing in mind that it's been almost two years since my AT2's on the MJ died (deer sleeping on the highway... ribs through sidewalls, it wasn't pretty) and the MJ and ZJ are different vehicles, and the fact that there hasn't been much in the way of bare pavement since I installed the Grabbers on it, so far my impression is that the ATx is an improvement over the AT2. The sidewalls are much stiffer, the sidewall lugs are more aggressive but still visually subtle, and I'm guessing the compound is different because the ATx seems to have much more grip on ice, and the tread patterns aren't all that different.
  13. gogmorgo

    No Tail Lights

    To change the taillight bulbs, you need to remove the screws holding in the taillight lens assembly (two in the light and two more you need to drop the tailgate to get to). Then the socket should twist out of the lens assembly, probably while pressing a tab on them... it's been a while. Then the bulb itself will twist out of the socket, press it in gently and turn. As Pete said, make sure the bulbs are correct for what should be in the sockets. But personally, for a problem with parking, tail, and dash lights, there's one major connecting point between them, it's a known point of failure, and coincidences usually aren't. I'd take a good look at the headlight switch while you've got the dash apart to change the cluster bulbs.
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    New Tires

    I just put the Grabber A/Tx on my ZJ. Seems like a sturdy enough tire, with a fairly stiff sidewall. They don't drown out the d35's howls on the highway, and they have excellent traction on snow and ice... if that's a concern in Florida... But I'm pretty happy with them. This is the sort of topic where you can walk into a room of six people and get ten answers. For just something cheap to get around with, Craigslist etc might not be the worst way to find a decent used set, but not all cheap tires are created (or worn down) equally, and those four tiny patches of rubber are also the only things holding you on the road, so they are kinda important.
  15. Re: the 242 vs 231 shifter. It's correct that it's the same parts apart from the bezel and gate. I didn't initially swap the gate because the donor I was pulling parts from was super hantavirusy, and I didn't want to spend more time in there than necessary. There are people who will tell you you don't need the shift gate, and I've even had someone laugh at me for suggesting the two were different parts (despite showing them photos and parts manuals... stupid gonna stupe) and yes I was able to get all the 242's positions with the 231 gate, but it was a major pain in the @$$. Basically to get full-time in the 231 gate you had to pull it all the way to the 4hi stop, then move over and pull it back just a hair and half the time pull too far and end up in neutral, and going the other way, you'd hit the gate again before making the shift from neutral back to full-time. Ending up with your transfer case in neutral at highway speeds (I.e when I'd be most likely to use full-time) is something that you need to essentially stop to correct, hence it being a PITA. Sorta defeats the point of shift-on-the-fly if you have to slow to under 3mph. With the 242 shift gate, pulling it straight back till it stops gets you in full-time, as does pushing it forwards from neutral.
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    Sway Bar Upgrade

    I've got one from a ZJ in my MJ. It's a little stiffer than the stock one. IIRC I grabbed the brackets and bushings from the ZJ and used end links off an XJ. Everything bolted right up. And to answer the "why" question, some people like myself think predictable handling is important in a daily driver. The original one is a bit of a compromise between roll resistance and flexibility, and isn't necessarily the best for trucks that don't always venture so far off the pavement, especially if they frequently carry tall loads, like a truck bed camper.
  17. I just put a set of General Grabber ATx in a 31x10.5x15 on my 4.0/ax15 ZJ, with 3.55's. It's not awful, but it was a noticeable change as far as acceleration is concerned. I think 4.10's would be a bit much, but I did briefly consider a set of 3.73 axles from a 5.2. I just haven't been able to find a set for under $300 each without just buying a second ZJ... And I don't really want to do that, haha. And I'm sorta enjoying not having to shift out of first until the other side of the intersection now. But I digress. I was already convinced in the power of the winter tire, but after going from the non-winter ATs I had to the winter-rated Grabbers, I now have about the same traction on snow and ice in 2wd as I did before in 4x4, possibly more, open diff and all. I really wasn't expecting such a huge difference either as I saw.
  18. I had a similar sort of leak after cruising over a deer a couple years ago. I didn't initially notice after checking it over, but a friend pointed out the drip. It didn't seem like that big a leak so I wasn't super concerned, but upon closer inspection I saw a hairline crack running along the back end of the tank. My insurance paid for a new tank, $0 deductible because wildlife, but it was a six-month process for the body shop to figure out whether or not they were allowed to proceed and then track down a tank (Rock Auto, like seriously), and I'm pretty sure they fired the claims person who agreed to cover it instead of just writing off my 26-year-old 330,000-mile truck part-way trough the process. :/
  19. gogmorgo

    Factory push bar ?

    So were the OE ones only attached to the thin sheet metal bumper without any additional bracing? I mean I know the factory stuff is almost just decorative due to needing to survive crash testing, but that doesn't seem very solid at all.
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    it's cold out there!! be prepared!

    12" is a lot in one dump almost anywhere I've been. I'd still be out in it, but whether I'm driving or on snowshoes is a toss-up, depending on the snow itself. Wet and heavy like you would've got, I probably would be driving, but in hard-as-rock drifts, not so much.
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    it's cold out there!! be prepared!

    Yeah it was -40 even here this morning. We need the cold to knock back the pine beetles, but I must have gotten soft after living here for so long... I had no desire to go outside today, although I did get a grocery run in.
  22. I'm in an interesting position. I haven't watched many movies as an adult, so a lot of the ones I saw as a kid/teenager may as well be new to me. But because when I was a kid we didn't really do that many movies, there's a ton of stuff I've never actually seen that would be totally brand new. Like Jurassic Park. But again, I don't really watch that many movies, so the list that I've acquired that I need to watch just keeps getting longer.
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    The Littlest Comanche

    It's very much not a $700 truck anymore. Haha. I pretty much doubled that just getting it home, and then changing out the cooling system. And that was before the engine came out... For context, work is less than a mile away. It's not much of an accomplishment to make it there and back, but really not good if you can't. I was planning on swapping on the winter tires today and hitting the highway for the first long (ish) trip, about 100 miles, but my roommate's fancy 2014 Juke bricked itself in the driveway in the cold and is now blocking it it. Stupid modern cars that don't completely turn off when you switch them off and drain the battery...
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    Mj xj interchangeable

    The parts that are the same as an XJ will always be the same as a same-year XJ, at least from the factory. Any changes that happened to the XJ also happened to the MJ. As for changes specific to MJ parts, well, trim options changed a bit between '86 and '87. The rear bumper brackets changed in '87 when they came out with the short bed. (Brackets are the same between bed lengths, but now have clearance for the short bed's rear spring hanger). Mostly it's inconsequential stuff. The MJ was fairly small scale production, and it didn't really benefit them much to switch out parts unless they needed to either for continuity with the XJ, or some other necessity.
  25. This thread has some good photos and descriptions of the horn button components in the steering column. https://www.cherokeeforum.com/f51/steering-colum-tear-down-repairs-39494/ The centre cap is loose because it is the button. Some fit less snugly than others, especially if some of the tabs on the back of it have been broken. Have you confirmed the electrical portions of the horn circuit are functioning?