About Me

My name is Bryan and I own a 2001 Jeep Cherokee (XJ). This was my first vehicle that I purchased for myself for a cool $1300 at 17 years old. It was my daily driver for 3 years until I purchased a second daily driver for myself, which put my jeep in the “project” position. I’ve done extensive work on my Jeep, ranging from preventative maintenance, installing a lift, and swapping out my automatic transmission for a manual one. Take a look!

My Jeep as of 07/2019

Here is a list of everything I have done to my XJ:

  • 4WD & Manual Swap to AX-15 and NP231J, with Dana 30 HP Front Axle and Dana 35C Rear Axle
  • 33″ KO2 Tires
  • 4.10 Gears
  • 16″ Ecco 60th Anniversary Wheels
  • 4.5″ Lift and Suspension
    • RE 4.5″ Front Coils
    • ARB Rear Leaf Springs
    • Rough Country Leaf Spring Shackles and Relocation Bracket
    • Rough Country Adjustable Lower Control Arms
    • Rough Country Control Arm Drop Bracket
    • Bilstein 5100 Shocks
  • JKS Quick Disconnect Sway Bar Links
  • Slip Yoke Eliminator Kit
  • Front and Rear Braided Extended Brake Lines
  • Brown Dog Engine Mounts and Brackets
  • Bushwacker Fender Flares
  • Upgraded Speakers and Small Subwoofer

I did 99% of the work myself in my parents garage. I ultimately decided to swap to a manual transmission after I let my automatic transmission run dry and blow up. Later, I swapped in a junkyard front axle and new transmission and transfer case in order to obtain 4WD.

Dana 30 HP – Rebuilt and repainted by me before installing on my Jeep

In December of 2020, my Jeep suffered a head gasket failure. I parked my Jeep in my driveway and purchased a 2019 Mini Cooper Clubman S. I decided that at the moment in my life that I needed a reliable daily. In 2021, I got married, and having a reliable newer car definitely helped my stress levels.

But this wasn’t the end for my Jeep. A few months later, I purchased a new Clearwater 0331 Cylinder Head and the gaskets required to repair my Jeep. I spent around 12 hours removing the old head & installing the new one. After reinstalling the new head and bleeding my cooling system, I realized there was an external coolant leak coming from my engine block. Somehow, in some way, my block had developed a crack at the water pump!

As you can see, that is a fairly large crack. To fix this for now, I have slapped a bunch of JB Weld over the crack and called it a day. It still leaks sometimes, but very slowly.

For now, my Jeep is still unregistered and sitting in my driveway. I plan within the next few weeks to get the steering fixed and my clutch fixed, so that it may be drivable again! I do not know how far out I will adventure, due to my cracked engine, but I am just dying to get it back on the road again!

And that – is why I created this website. I’ve always wanted to help other and share my knowledge, and when my buddy got his own 2001 XJ, I realized that all of the work we are doing on our jeeps could be shared with the world to help them with their own issues on their Jeeps.

Engine Fluids

EngineFluid TypeCapacity
AMC 2.5L I4Above 0°F: 10W-30
Below 60°F: 5W-30
4.0 qts
AMC 4.0L I6Above 0°F: 10W-30
Below 32°F: 5W-30
6.0 qts
GM 2.5L I4Above 0°F: 10W-30
Below 0°F: 5W-30
3.0 qts
Renault 2.1Ltbdtbd
VM Motori 2.5Ltbdtbd

Transmission Fluids

TransmissionFluid TypeCapacity
Chrysler A904 3-Speed
Aisin-Warner AW-4 4-Speed
Chrysler 30RH 3-Speed
Borg-Warner T-4 4-Speed ATF Dexron II1.75qts
Aisin-Warner AX4 4-Speed75W-90 GL3 or GL4
10W-30 Motor Oil
2WD: 3.7qts
4WD: 3.5qts
Borg-Warner T-5 5-SpeedATF Dexron II1.75qts
Aisin-Warner AX5 5-Speed75W-90 GL3 or GL4
10W-30 Motor Oil
2WD: 3.7qts
4WD: 3.5qts
Peugeot BA-10/5 5-Speed
Aisin-Warner AX15 5-Speed75W-90 GL3 or GL4
10W-30 Motor Oil
2WD: 3.32qts
4WD: 3.27qts
New Venture Gear NV3550 5-SpeedMopar MT Fluid
SAE 30W Oil

Axle Fluids

AxleFluid TypeCapacity
Dana 3075W-90
75W-140 (towing)
Dana 3575W-90
75W-140 (towing)
Dana 4475W-90
75W-140 (towing)
Chrysler 8.2575W-90
75W-140 (towing)

Transfer Case Fluids

Transfer CaseFluid TypeCapacity

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