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post #1 of 17 Old 03-12-2014, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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First Jeep! What should I do first!?

1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0 i6

So excited that I got my first jeep, had to replace a crankshaft sensor but it's running well now.

I want to lift it and put new tires.. what doe everyone recommend? I'm thinking 3-4.5" lift.

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post #2 of 17 Old 03-12-2014, 11:37 PM
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Just empty every pocket.

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post #3 of 17 Old 03-12-2014, 11:37 PM
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Besides changing all the fluids and doing an ignition tune up?

http://www.ironrockoffroad.com/Merch...egory_Code=ZLK

IRO is one of the most popular brands around here.

Tires are a personal preference. Are you going A/Ts or M/Ts? What size? All depends on what kind of wheeling you do, or if its for looks.

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post #4 of 17 Old 03-12-2014, 11:39 PM
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details and pictures required. something, somewhere on your jeep is broken. go find it and start fixing. for every upgrade 2 thinks will break. you have been warned.

seriously welcome, show some pics and give us details on your year, model, engine etc. always use the search function before you ask questions.

Look at some peoples build threads. we have everything from modified all over to stock so there's lots of info. Enjoy

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post #5 of 17 Old 03-13-2014, 03:02 AM
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Yeah, kiss your savings goodbye :-)

A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.

A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.
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post #6 of 17 Old 03-13-2014, 12:50 PM
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Go ahead and buy a spare PCM. You are going to need it, sooner or later. Especially for a 96-98 model.

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Go ahead and buy a spare PCM. You are going to need it, sooner or later. Especially for a 96-98 model.
^ so true :-(

A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.

A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.
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post #8 of 17 Old 03-24-2014, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks y'all & I'm prepared to son the savings that's what it's for after all
As far as the PCM, it's already done! I've heard of too many problems and it was one of the first things to buy.

It won't let m post any pictures but it's a 1996 Grand Cherokee Laredo with the I6 4.0! 4x4 of course and intend to use that to go mudding occasionally
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post #9 of 17 Old 03-24-2014, 01:53 PM
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I know people keep hating on me for saying this, but maintenance, maintenance, maintenance... You can pay to fix all the boring stuff now, or pay for it when you have to tow it home. I'd start with all of the fluids, giving the cooling system a good once-over, brakes, every rubber bushing (that's not getting replaced when you lift it), motor and tranny mounts, gaskets, seals, steering linkage, ball joints, make sure the charging system isn't going to crap out on you, sensors, solenoids, check it for rust, etc.

Once all the boring stuff is up to par, then you can do fun stuff like lift and tires. My two pennies.

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I know people keep hating on me for saying this, but maintenance, maintenance, maintenance... You can pay to fix all the boring stuff now, or pay for it when you have to tow it home. I'd start with all of the fluids, giving the cooling system a good once-over, brakes, every rubber bushing (that's not getting replaced when you lift it), motor and tranny mounts, gaskets, seals, steering linkage, ball joints, make sure the charging system isn't going to crap out on you, sensors, solenoids, check it for rust, etc.

Once all the boring stuff is up to par, then you can do fun stuff like lift and tires. My two pennies.

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I was just about to say the same thing. Before you lift it, replace all the old parts. Like hoses, motor mounts, trans mount, ect like stated above. After that is all done and it's running in tip top shape, and as reliable as it's gonna get, then lift it.
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Great advice, I've already started with some of it but you named things I wouldn't think of. Thanks y'all!
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post #12 of 17 Old 03-24-2014, 02:28 PM
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I was just about to say the same thing. Before you lift it, replace all the old parts. Like hoses, motor mounts, trans mount, ect like stated above. After that is all done and it's running in tip top shape, and as reliable as it's gonna get, then lift it.

been doing this for almost 2 months now.. its been well worth it, not as fun as tires and a lift but broken down on the road/trail is less fun..

read the 12 things post. good info on maintenance.

I'm stuck in the "why not cycle" Since i have to do, A & B "why not" do C & D while I'M at it.
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Go ahead and buy a spare PCM. You are going to need it, sooner or later. Especially for a 96-98 model.
Interesting comment. Between my father and I we have pounded out well over a million miles on numerous ZJ's dating back to the day they came on the market without ever replacing a PCM.
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post #14 of 17 Old 03-24-2014, 02:41 PM
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Before you lift it I would recommend getting a locker and skid plates. The former is good for posing but the latter gets you furthest down the trail.
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Interesting comment. Between my father and I we have pounded out well over a million miles on numerous ZJ's dating back to the day they came on the market without ever replacing a PCM.
My ZJ's combined comes to just under 800,000 miles. Out of all that, there's been one replacement PCM. Some people have great luck with them, other people go through them like they're Kleenex.

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