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motomotard's 92' manche 4x4 build

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ive been looking for a small truck for a while now. already have an XJ and love it, so i thought id try a comanche out.


found a guy about two hours from me with a 92' 4.0 HO, 5 speed, 4x4. he said its an eliminator, but I'm not sure.


its lifted 3in on a crap set of 31s, but it runs, 4x4 works, and has a sticker on it good until 11/10. lots of little cosmetic stuff needs to be gone over, tranny is gonna have to be replaced, main seal leaks like crazy, rusty runners and floorboards, etc.... but it moves so I'm happy. got it for $600.


id like to eventually clean it up, lift it some more, nothin crazy, just need a battle ready beater to move wood in and goof off on the property i live on. anything i do to it is gonna have to be cheap and it'll probably take me a while, but ill eventually get it cleaned up.


here are some pics.




and my 99' daily driver XJ for fun


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so in reverse ill get a knocking/jerking noise. only in reverse, forward gears seem fine.


dude i got it from told me it had a BA 10/5 in it, but... i checked online and then compared and i actually have the an AX tranny.


is there anyway to tell the difference from the AX 5 and the 15? i can't find any real distinguishing characteristics. i would assume that because its a 92' and 4X4 that it is most likely the AX15, thats what it looks like, can't find a serial plate.


the digits 10901276 are stamped on the bottom however?


anybody know anything about that?

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i pulled my front right fender today because its all chewed up. grill is broken too, and I'm not a big fan of the doors.


anybody got any info on swapping out the front clip for a 97+ XJ set up? i can get one at the junkyard for kinda cheap.

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Whats the build date?



build date is 10/91




tried to replace the power steering pump last night. got a used one out of a 89 comanche. only found out the mounting bracket was different after getting mine off, total pain in the @$$, now i got to find another bracket somewhere.

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so i didnt know the pwr steering mounts were different until i pulled mine off. really annoying, but i made it work. instead of trying to hunt down one the same as mine i just cut the 89' mount down to mirror the 92' one. used an angle grinder and just chopped it. don't know if it will damage the integrity of the mount over time or not, but theres no difference now between the two, other than the chopped part.




and with the beat up fender off





i started pulling the transmission yesterday with a buddy. have it all out, but the oil pan and the clutch. need to replace my main seal as well as it leaks like crazy.

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got my build sheet back


According to our records, your vehicle was equipped from the factory

with the following:


ALAP SE Decor Group

APAS Monotone Paint

BARP 90 Amp Alternator

BCDP 500 Amp Maintenance Free Battery

BGAS Power Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes

CBAP Straight Back Bench Seat

CKAP Carpets - Floor and Cargo Area

CUMS Mini Floor Console

DBBC All Manual Transmissions

DDQ 5-Speed Manual Transmission

DHNS Command-Trac Part Time 4WD System

DJHS Dana M30/181MM Front Axle

DMMS 3.07 Rear Axle Ratio

DRJS 175MM Rear Axle

ERH 4.0L I6 Power Tech Engine

GACS Tinted Glass Windows

GBBS Tinted Windshield Glass

GCBS Front Door Tinted Glass

GEHS Fixed Door Vent Glass

GFD Rear Sliding Window

GRZP Left Remote Mirror

GSZP Right Remote Control Mirror

GTZP Manual Remote Mirrors

HAA Air Conditioning

JAY Instrument Cluster w/Tach

JCAS 85 MPH Primary Speedometer

JHAP Var Intermittent Windshield Wipers

JJAP Cigar Lighter

LAPS Shift Indicator Warning Lamp

LBCS Glove Box Lamp

LMAS Halogen Headlamps

MBJP Black Front Bumper

MB1S Black Front Bumper

MDAP Front License Plate Bracket

MFFS Black Grille

MHAP Black Windshield Moldings

MMCS Upper Door Frame Moldings

MMGS Belt Moldings

MMKP Body Color Drip Trough Molding

NAAS Federal Emissions

NBKS EVAP Control System

NF2S 18.5 Gallon Fuel Tank

PW7 Bright White Clear Coat

QW7S Bright White Clear Coat

RAAC All Radio Equipped Vehicles

RAFP AM/FM Cassette Radio

RCDP 4 Speakers

SBAP Power Rack and Pinion Steering

SCGP Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel

SFAS Standard Duty Shock Absorbers

SGAS Rear Shock Absorbers

SUA Tilt Steering Column

TBCS Compact Spare Tire

TBMS Tire Carrier Winch

TMWP P215/75R15 OWL All Terrain Tires

TZAP Goodyear Brand Tires

WJHP 15X7 Aluminum Wheels

WLZC All Aluminum Wheels

XBSS Pickup Box

YAAS Build To U.S. Mkt. Specifications

Z01P Rear Spring Group I

Z65P Left Front Group XIV

Z82P Right Front Spring Group XI


Thanks again for your email.






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and got the new trans cleaned up a little


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  • 2 weeks later...

so waitin on good weather and my new clutch kit to come in to finish this tranny swap.


needed a new internal slave for the trans and the thing is close to $160 from the auto parts store by itself which is just stupid. i got a sachs clutch kit, with the pressure plate, pinion gear, slave, and alignment tool for $186. gonna try to keep my master cylinder but I'm having a hard time getting the slave lines to come off.


any tips on getting the quick disconnect thing to work right? its stuck.

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  • 3 weeks later...

i got the kit but the internal slave fittings are different. won't hook up out the box. the mechanic that ordered it for me is retrofitting something on there now to make it work. tired of this thing just sitting in the yard.

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