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About schardein

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  1. My personal opinion is a Jeep Cherokee XJ makes a good daily driver. They are inexpensive, easy to work on, easy to get parts for, come standard with a 4.0 engine that has enough power for light towing, and most are 4wd for places where that is a good idea for dependable year round transportation. Downside is the fuel mileage isn't that great, around 16-20 mpg depending on year, condition, options and modifications. And they have relatively high cabin noise on the highway.
  2. How hot do you have to get it to get the 4.56 gears? I'm sorry, I know it was a typo or autocorrect, but made me chuckle.
  3. Ensuring you are actually achieving WOT (wide open throttle) is a tuning step for old school drag racers/hot rodders who are tuning for maximum performance. Most common reason for not achieving wide open throttle is carpet or floor padding/insulation not allowing the accelerator pedal full travel ("pedal to the floor"). If you have floor mats under your pedal, or have installed new carpet at some point, or even just have factory carpet-- do some experimenting to determine if you can get WOT by removing the floor mat/padding/carpet. As already noted, look at the throttle blade, not just the linkage.
  4. I've stopped there several times over the years. Even when i knew I wasn't going to buy anything. I didn't make my usual stop in Oak Ridge to eat at Big Ed's Pizza. I was originally introduced to them through their long standing support of competitive shooting. The original "Big Ed" was a Marine Veteran of the WWII island hopping campaign. I never met him, but did meet his son Dave Neusel, who was a Navy Veteran and operated the place until his passing in 2013. Big Ed's is the best pizza I've ever had.
  5. I just completed a 6 day, 2,136 mile round trip from MO to NC and back, hitting 7 junkyards on the way. U-Pull-It Paducah KY PullAPart Knoxville TN LKQ Greenville NC Foss U-Pull-It LaGrange NC Cape Fear Pick-N-Pull Wilmington NC PullAPart South Atlanta GA PullAPart Birmingham AL Also stopped at Smoky Mountain Knife Works for a new Spyderco.
  6. That search comes up for XJs, but they do have one MJ. I pulled some parts off of it last week.
  7. I agree 100% with this post. I swapped my trusty 4.0 for a 5.3 solely to get better performance in daily driving scenarios like in town and on the highway. I didn’t expect much difference off road. Boy was I wrong.
  8. I attended a Jeep Jamboree in 2017. There was a person there representing several companies, one of which was JW Speaker. After being introduced, I watched three people come speak with him over the next 30 minutes. All of them were complaining about condensation forming inside the lights. The representative was polite but did not offer a solution. It was obvious to me by his body language that he didn’t give two sxxxs about the issue. I’ve spent a lot of money on aftermarket lighting over the years. Broken quite a few of them off road. I’ve had the best luck with Hella 550 with good old-fashioned halogen bulbs. I have them on my Chevy, XJ, and MJ. This is just my opinion but I think LED light bars are hideous. Even if a company gave them to me for free and paid me to put them on my jeep, I would not do it.
  9. There is another upgrade besides LED bulbs for these courtesy lights. It is common to see #194 bulbs in these lights. They are small and are also used in the instrument cluster. An upgrade is to use #921 bulbs, which have the same base but are larger overall and put out more light. One of several places you can get them are from the under dash courtesy lights on Jeep WJs. The 921 works very well, even better than some cheaper LEDs I have tried.
  10. Yes, cut the vehicle side connector off the XJ, cut the factory connector off the MJ, and splice the XJ connector on.
  11. I run the Hella E codes in my CJ7. Worth the money.
  12. The last CJ7s built in 1986 had Dana 44 rear axles instead of AMC20, as you stated. Not shown in this pic, but I also have a factory MJ Dana 44 that will be going in my MJ.
  13. As others have said, it is probably worth it to swap in a full gauge cluster. You have options of a full cluster with a tach, or a "3/4" cluster without a tach but still with actual oil, volts, and water temp gauges. Another option, if you want to run both an oil pressure gauge and your stock warning light, is to get a dual outlet fitting to replace the one in the block. Then you can install both the warning switch and gauge sender from one feedhole in the block. Much cleaner than using that sandwich adapter, which by the way, adds more places for oil to form a leak.
  14. Yep. I researched this a while back and had similar thoughts. The Xtravisions are a decent compromise of brighter light and OK life. Silverstars are a ripoff. While I haven't done this lately, I used to roam the junkyards looking for XJ headlights marked "Sylvania Performance". Then pull the light, and there is an ink stamped part number on it. Prefix "XV"= Xtravsion, prefix "SS"= Silverstar. Old sealed beam headlights are usually dirt cheap at the junkyard, and I have a 3-4 extra Xtravisions for my XJ and MJ.
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