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My 2001 Cherokee “Bumblebee”

Randyzzz

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I’m sure some of you remember, but I’m going to start from the beginning. In January 2019 my wife and I found a 2001 Solar Yellow Cherokee. It had 112,000 miles and was built in the last month, maybe even in the last couple weeks of production. We honestly bought it to flip- it was bone stock and almost perfect. But then we both fell in love with it. And Carol decided to name it “Bumblebee”. 251E477D-E50E-4274-B792-CC05D2F4D57D.jpegE3E350EB-1459-4140-8237-A5DED19E5AC6.jpegSo, it wasn’t long before I installed a 3” lift. Also some 31” tires and 8” wheels A157AF27-0729-409E-9236-2211DEAB3CBC.jpegAt that point we drove the heck out of it and came to love it more. It went wheeling many times, and brought home our 2020 Christmas tree.BEEDD625-6570-4D0C-9ED4-F2AE2D5C30CB.jpeg0A12E847-F8C1-4964-A9E6-2330824212D8.jpegC50FFDF3-7463-4CF4-A1C5-EA4EDEF001C7.jpeg5260FD9D-9F22-4462-A7B6-DE04C0A89837.jpegThis pretty much gets us current. So, seeing as the side and bumper plastics were in sad shape, I decided to replace them. Well, some aren’t available and some are only aftermarket. One thing led to another, and I made the decision that instead of buying aftermarket bumper trim, it was time for some cool bumpers. Here we go!2ECEE394-AC2E-4040-A8E9-60F49241F63D.jpeg4E2830C6-0359-484E-B41B-3CC33AED1884.jpegI installed a front bumper with a Quadratec 9000 winch, and a matching rear bumper. Pulled the side trim- plan is to spray with Raptor liner when I do the Scrambler front fender wells. I did trim the rear bumper corners and spray them with rattle can liner.

Next on the agenda was the sound system. I’ve never been satisfied with a single din system, so I bought a kit and installed an Alpine media system with Apple Car Play. And a backup camera too!7F2EA264-D2A6-437A-A093-01CFED87FCE3.jpegNext on the list is a subwoofer, but I need to let the wallet recover. I’ll update here when I get it installed. After that...maybe an 8.8 rear with discs, and a bit more lift.
 

don87401

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Need an old "SuperBee"decal for it. There some Bumblebee decals as well.
 

barrys

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Keep an eye out for a JL Audio stealth subwoofer box. The cone up for sale every now and then. I had 2, sold both though. The fit in the passenger side rear cubby and on the wheel well. Cover with carpet and you will hardly even notice it.
 

Randyzzz

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Keep an eye out for a JL Audio stealth subwoofer box. The cone up for sale every now and then. I had 2, sold both though. The fit in the passenger side rear cubby and on the wheel well. Cover with carpet and you will hardly even notice it.
I found a company called “Subthump” that makes a decent stealth box. You cut the cubby out of the panel and their box fits in behind it. I might go that way. The JL box looks really nice, but unless I find one used fairly reasonably I really don’t want to spend that much. My red Scrambler is too hungry...

And just yesterday my wife said “ the weather is getting nice. I’m going to start driving the Cherokee again. You can drive the Silverado.”
Sure, now that the Cherokee is all fixed up...🤔
 

barrys

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I paid $50 and $100 for the JL boxes I had. Sold them for $225 each.
 

Randyzzz

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I paid $50 and $100 for the JL boxes I had. Sold them for $225 each.
Well, if I could find one for $50-100 I’m all in!

The SubThump XJ box is pretty sweet and takes up no room...
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NHScrambler

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I used to really be into XJs and MJs. My 1988 XJ Cherokee Chief was one of my favorite wheeling rigs. I actually swapped a 29 spline 8.25 out of an XJ like yours into my 88 and never had a problem and I was running 32" bias Swamper TSLs. Besides the fact it is C-clip it is a tuff axle for light to moderate wheeling.
 

Randyzzz

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Nice XJ, That's a rare color to see.

Daughter & I in process of doing similar build to her 01 XJ.

First time I saw you reply the link wouldn’t work. Just checked and now it does- nice build! How’s it working out?

NH- I will milk this rear end as long as possible, when it goes I’ll probably put in a Ford 8.8.
 

red mistress

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Drivetrain is all sorted out with lift & D44 axle swap. Got the interior all apart doing custom mostly hidden stereo install.

I didn't do 8.8 swap as it's narrower.
 

bigwalton

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Bump for another bigwalton fly ‘n drive! :headbang: :smokin: :bacon: :woot: :woohoo:

I’ve been after Randy on this one since he got it, I couldn’t believe when he said I could take it off his hands. Our TJ is going to a great new home and this will be the Jeep the kid and the wife fight over now.

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HighSierra CJ

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Bump for another bigwalton fly ‘n drive! :headbang: :smokin: :bacon: :woot: :woohoo:

I’ve been after Randy on this one since he got it, I couldn’t believe when he said I could take it off his hands. Our TJ is going to a great new home and this will be the Jeep the kid and the wife fight over now.

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It’s time for another adventure! Congratulations
 

bigwalton

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Does Amtrac have the option of taking your car by rail the same time you ride along that route ?
I know they were offering that from NY to Florida
Last time I looked into the Auto Train it was insanely expensive and slow. The weather looks like it's going to be pretty great, considering the time of year and where I have to go.

Lord knows, I'm never one to shy away from a road trip ;)
 

Belizeit

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We have Amtrac here and I have never seen a car carrier. But I have Thought it would be cool to chain it down on a flat bed freight train going west.
 

bigwalton

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Getting crazy excited. @Randyzzz did up an oil change, got the cruise retrofitted and is cleaning his shop like mine isn't a total disaster :rotfl:

Have to get through an audit tomorrow, which is probably good to keep my mind occupied.
 
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