Lower control arms clunk – XJ

Tracking down and repairing the clunk in my front suspension.

For a while now, my 1988 Jeep Cherokee XJ has had a clunk sound that can be felt on the floor whenever I go form stopping to going. It is especially bad when swapping from reverse to forward. I removed a control arm bolt and found the mounting holes in the axle were oval-shaped.

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Hawk Brake pads for my XJ

Review of the Hawk HPS 5.0 brake pads

I have been using Autozone Duralast Gold pads on my Jeeps for many years. They have always performed adequately and the lifetime replacement warranty has been great. I have not paid for pads in years.

However, the last set of pads I put on my Jeep, however, have performed less than I expected.  I don’t know if they changed the formula, or I just got a bad set. They have even been wearing faster than usual.  But the stopping power has been downright scary at times.

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Beasly Knob Badge of Honor Trail

Shakedown run for my rebuilt engine and my first Badge of Honor check-in.

After getting my Jeep back together finally after the engine rebuild, cooling upgrade, and alternator swap, I wanted to take it for a test drive. I noticed that the closest trail in the Jeep Badge of Honor app was Beasly Knob.

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Renix Stroker rod knock fixed

I finally pulled the crank and corrected the rod knock I have been ignoring for years in my Renix stroker motor.

I have been running a 4.7 stroker in my 1988 Jeep Cherokee XJ for over 13 years now.  I like the extra torque it gives; me especially with having 3.55 gears and 33-inch tires.

I have had a slight knock for years that has gotten worse.  It was so bad that it was showing up on the REM knock sensor readings and retarding the timing.  

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Renix cooling upgrade

Installing a Radiator with a cap on my Renix XJ

While I had my engine out, I decided to upgrade the cooling system.  I have always had trouble with the pressure bottle and getting the cap to seal.  I had already ordered a new cap when I decided to make the change.

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