Ummm, since about 1995, Jeep said to heck with locking hubs, axle disconnects and any similar devices. What this means is the front and rear axles, differentials and driveshafts are always turning. With proper lubrication it's fine, because with the typical Part Time system on most Cherokees, the front wheels are not *driven* most of the time. They are just turn, and all they do is stir up a bit more fluid in the transfer case. But when you place it in the 4WD modes, then you split torque and send half of it to the front driveshaft and on out to the wheels. The ways this arrangement will cause severe wheel scuffing is leaving it in 4WD mode, (also known as locked) which will create severe driveline loads and stresses and will likely break something expensive in a short time, or the front end is worn or out of alignment...
csawru: I think sasquatch was implying take a rwd vehicle, and "weld" the rear axle in such a way that its always "locked".
I don't think that idea is worthwhile at all. For starters, "cheap tires" shouldn't be a vocabulary word. Its the only part of the vehicle in contact with the road.
2nd, I think it would wear the tires out MUCH sooner than every 2 years. Probably more like 2 or 3 times a year, depending on where you live and how often you drive.
3rd, the stress on the welds would be incredible, if you somehow manage to weld them to make it work. I would expect the welds to break fairly quickly, which might destroy the "differential" housing such that rewelding impossible.
bblaha, I agree with you about the welds, I missed some prior paragraphs... Anyhow, does anyone know who makes the stock AM/FM cassette radio in new or late model cherokees? Alpine comes to mind, I just don't know. Thanks in advance..
I don't know who makes it, but it's low watt unit. I replaced with a Pioneer chryco sized cd player. It's rated at 45 watts and even with the crappy factory speakers it sounds worlds better. I'm sure the speakers will blow soon, as one started rattling the other day. Time for some good speakers now...!
woah, manual engage limited-slip, that is pretty nice. more than what i expected. all i want is the two wheels spin. thats all i care. but you havent answered my biggest question, how much does something like this cost? the actual locker and the installation, thanx. i really hope they make one, because i m sick of spinning one wheel!
tjeep27: Yes, you can convert a 2wd to a 4wd. However, to do so on a '90 would probably cost alot more than selling the 2wd and purchasing a 4wd. To give you an idea of whats involved, you have to add/replace the transmission, transfer case, shifter, front and rear driveshafts, and the front end. If you manage to find a junked Cherokee that is the 4wd equivalent of yours (manual if you have manual, auto if you have auto), the conversion isn't too difficult. I've never done it but I seem to recall its basically a straightforward bolt job.
But the costs of those parts, even used, plus the labor involved probably exceeds the difference in cost between a used 2wd '90 and a used 4wd '90. Some people like the learning experience that goes with doing that kind of a job though....
Somewhere there is an article that describes the conversion; if I can find it I'll post it.
143ally: Sorry, I guess I wasn't being clear. The "cost" depends entirely on what you want to do. You can spend a little, or ALOT. What year is your XJ? If you have the Cryco 8.25 rear axle, everyones favorite is a Powertrax No Slip. Its a locker that works well on the road. It costs between $350 to $400, plus an hour labor (figure $100). If you are handy, you can install it yourself. If you are interested, here is Powertrax's list of distributors. Call one near you and ask for the price.
#204 of 2589 Any Rotor Problems with 2001 Jeep GC
Apr 21, 2001 (1:29 pm)
Any comments on rotor problems on the 2001 as there are on the 99's?
I'm not about to buy another one unless the brake problems have been fixed. Five brake jobs on the front, three on the rear in 35K. Too expensive to even consider keeping this car beyond the warranty mileage.