I was just handed a check toward "repairs" on my '98 Grand Cherokee Laredo 4L stock stock stock with 199,200 miles.
I love this rig.
I will cry when it dies.
Initially, this thread was to be about suspension, so we will start there -- but I'll leave it open-ended for critical upgrades / fixes I should be thinking about.
The shocks and springs are original (hell, everything is, save a rebuilt rear end), and she's beginning to ride like a trampoline, and is super-sloppy when loaded.
I'm thinking: as long as I'm replacing shocks, I might as well upgrade... but I'm picky.
-- 85% of my driving is on road/hwy: gas mileage is pretty important
-- 75% of my driving, I am LOADED: toys, bikes, dog(s), wife, camping gear, roof box, beer, and occasionally a trailer
-- 15% is off pavement (gravel, two-track, national forest dirt roads, possibly muddy, occasionally rutted, but generally considered passable by high-clearance vehicles) <--- I do this a lot.
-- <1% is anything anyone would call "off-road" (big rocks, steps, etc) -- but it does occasionally happen, usually unintentionally.
-- I have 225 75R15 (what size is this?) Dueler A/T Revos on stock alloy rims that will be replaced before winter -- however my spare tire (same size) is in great shape, I'm probably too cheap to increase tire size...
-- I would like to get a few inches under me since T-case rub is not uncommon on some of the forest roads -- and DEEP snow is very common
-- I like a more aggressive look
-- I don't want major hit on gas mileage
-- I don't want my lady to have to be on belay when climbing in
So... any recommendations?
I've read through these forums (long time reader, first time poster. Hi!
) It seems like Old Man Emu or Bilsteins are good brands... I know nothing about Iron Rock Offroad, but their "Foundation Series" (with the Bilstein upgrade) looks interesting...
OR... should I scrap the suspension upgrade since this beast has one foot in the grave, and use the cash as a down-payment on something else. (Please say no).