After 2 years...it's finally time that I do the deed...
But before I start, I want to thank some special people on here. First off...I want to thank EricsXJ and Jason West for being my *first* inspiration in going with an XJ...you guys don't know how special your rigs are to me...
Steve Fitch aka "FitchVA"---dude, you're rig is my ultimate dream...and you live in my favorite city and are a VT fan
CJ7-Tim, xjfever, justanthrjpr...you guys are my inner-tech PM circle. If I have a question, you guys get PM'd haha. Sorry if I've been a nuisance in the past.
And to ALL
the other guys who I've
over the past two years, bmyohn, HeavyMetal, sierradrifter, mecompco XJLI, millhouse, and the others cause there's a bunch more.
When I started 2 years ago...I knew how to change the oil and do simple things like changing fuses/bulbs tightening things lol...total NOOB lol but I seriously believe that this forum has taught me more than I would have ever learned on my own. The reason I've never joined is because I want to buy a Lifetime membership when I do...I still recommend and talk up JF to all my friends though
so to the good stuff now
I bought this Jeep in July of 2007. I took these pics the day I brought it home
Probably a better description would be to say I "rescued" this thing which was stuck at this ghetto dealer called EZ Auto lol. I had spent all summer hunting for a VW Jetta TDI...a Jeep was my fallback. I also want to say that originally I wanted a TJ Wrangler, but at that time, they were still holding their value well ($10k-ish for a 1999 was common here in NC). I was also REALLY
close to buying a WJ which I could've had a killer deal on. I'm glad I didn't though.
I didn't know much about Jeeps but we were driving down Capital Blvd in Raleigh NC when I saw this awesome looking Jeep sitting on the lot...at the time it was pretty sweet and I was desperate for a car so we took the plunge and I paid $7k for it. KBB and NADA value was $6950 so I figured with the roof rack, ARB bull bar, winch, and Hellas it was prob worth 7k.
So, we took it to the Jeep dealer (Leith Jeep) which was right down the road and had them inspect it. The techs that looked at it told me that it had never been offroad and that the left hub might need replacing soon but was a good looking, SOLID Jeep. So we went back and told the guys that they were going to have to fix the hub and the A/C that was broken or we were walkin. Well they claimed they fixed it, but needless to say, they never fixed anything.
It but it was such a hassle dealing with these clowns that we just wanted to get the Jeep and go ASAP. BTW they never sent me my real license plate and my dad had to report them to the NC DMV to get them to send me a tag...talk about a bunch of bozos
I ended up with a great Jeep still, and wouldn't trade it for anything.
Since then, I honestly haven't done too many things to it. In about a year and a half, saved ~$2600 from my high school job (scanned a lot of groceries lol) to spend on the jeep. HOWEVER
we had (and still have) TWO
mortgage payments and my XJ is on a loan...guess who had to pay for my jeep my freshman year of college: me. So all that money I saved basically went towards a $185 a month payment and gas which was high up until January. When I got home for the summer, I had ~$500 left
BUT, I have done some mods which I will highlight trying to remember the order.
-My XJ didn't come with covers for the Hellas...that was the first mod I did next to pulling the spare off the top. Also relocated the two front Hellas
-Added a CB and Firestik ANT...only pic that shows ANT
-Added PowerAid TB spacer...don't hate it was $75
-added home brew discos
-Sound deadening (pic/writeup to come
-Sport to Limited conversion (in progress)
-Put front fogs on stock foglamp switch (pics to come along with writeup)
That's about it for the mods. I bought a Rusty's TC skid, but after a while (and an EPIC FAIL installation attempt), I decided I wanted the Treks (T&T) belly LA system in the future and never put it on. I sold it last week on here.
BTW before I forget, here are the specs as she sits now:
Year: 1999 Cherokee XJ Sport 4 door 4WD
Engine: 4.0L 242ci
TC: NP 242J
Axles: HP D30 3.55 Open/ C8.25 3.55 Open
Suspension: ProComp 3" lift 3" in front/2" AAL in the rear ---OFFICIALLY SUCKS
Mods: ARB bumper, Tabor 9k (has never worked...am fixing see below), ARB snorkel, Yakima Roofrack, (4) Hella, CB and Firestik ANT, Poweraid TB Spacer, box K&N filter, homebrew discos.