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    CoWj Build /I'm back

    So after about 9 months of owning my 4runner and experimenting with long travel ifs and fancy traction control systems and all those other do-dads I decided that I needed a solid axle jeep again. But I didn't want a wrangler because I started to really like the v8 in the toyota and needed another one. So on to Craigslist I went and after a couple days of searching I found a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited also known as the Wj. It fit the bill quite well. Front and rear solid axles, dana 30 in the front with factory 3.73 gears and a vari lock lsd, rear was a dana 44a with match gears and lsd, at first I was a little sceptical on the strength of the aluminum housing. How ever upon further research I found that the gears are larger and thicker cut, the pinion shaft is the same size as a Dana 60 30 spline shafts and the best part is post 1999 models don't use c-clips "Score!!!".
    The wj has the 4.7 power tech v8 with only 106k miles and its has been perfectly maintained by the previous owners. Transmission is the 545RFE mated to a NV247 Full time 4wd t case with a 50:50 lock in low range. Suspension is a 4 link with track bar in front and a 3 link in rear with a triangular upper link that keeps the axle in the middle of the vehicle and doesn't bind up when flexed.
    This was the limited model but it came with a gas tank skid plat along with the original quadra drive system aka the vari lok progressive front and rear clutch style limited slip diffs. But being a limited the interior is loaded with goodies like 10 way adjustable heated power seats (heat and forward and back don't work on the drive side but ill fix it some day). Adjustable pedals, dual climate control, a vic or vehicle in car control which has tire pressure sensors options for what happens when it locks, adjustable service interval, mpg read out, and more.
    The build won't be starting until I sell the toyota but one it is. The long arms and 33s and lockers will start rolling in along with ton of other little stuff to help Support the main items.

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    First things forst had to flex out the suspension which had probably never seen dirt in its life and wont till its gone and the jeep is lifted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xwaz View Post
    First things forst had to flex out the suspension which had probably never seen dirt in its life and wont till its gone and the jeep is lifted.
    not to bad for stock, back in high school me and my brother had one with th 318 in it, and had some fun times, excited to see this build

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCJKUR View Post
    not to bad for stock, back in high school me and my brother had one with th 318 in it, and had some fun times, excited to see this build
    Thanks i cant wait to get my hands dirty. I think he would have had a zj 1st gen grand based on the 318 being a 5.2 v8. Where as this is a wj 2nd gen. My first car was actually a zj with a 4.0 the build thread is probably still kicking around and could be found if you searched COZJ.

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    Interested....will be watching your build

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamBamDeer View Post
    Interested....will be watching your build
    Thank you.

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    Nice rig. Another WJ owner here from North of Boulder. Have fun. Indeed the 44a is a beefy size gear set and close to a 60. I just re-geared mine. FYI I don't think a locker is available with the varilock, have to switch to an open carrier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    Nice rig. Another WJ owner here from North of Boulder. Have fun. Indeed the 44a is a beefy size gear set and close to a 60. I just re-geared mine. FYI I don't think a locker is available with the varilock, have to switch to an open carrier.
    Nice I'm in Niwot, and the plan was to do an arb which is a carrier style locker in its design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xwaz View Post
    Nice I'm in Niwot, and the plan was to do an arb which is a carrier style locker in its design.
    Good deal. Keep us updated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    Good deal. Keep us updated.
    Will do. Once I get the money needed to build it.

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