Well boys and girls in the Jeep World........ I"M BACK! Not gonna get to deep here, once upon a time I ran a '89 Wagoneer. Lot's of wrenchin, new motor, transfer case problems, rust repair, misc interior issues, Sound familier?
All that yet I return. This time the internet is around and with a new ride. Due to unforeseen circumstances last year involving our teenage driver and my wife's van spending entirely to much hard distance on it's lid we felt the obliged to acquire a temporary vehicle this last winter. Enter 1998 Grand Cherokee, 4.0L, 130,000 or so miles, rebuilt transmission (with receipts even), black, lacking what appears to be the optional rocker panels since there isn't much left.
Well what started as temporary has turned into permanent. Not necessarily for the wife, maybe for the daughter, maybe a toy for me, only the future will tell. Overall it's running and driving good and we (maybe just me, who cares about the rest
) like driving it. Anyhow, reading thru some of these threads I get the feeling that these things are 100% Jeep/Chrysler complete with every small trouble issue that can be dreamed up. Having a door lock issues myself. On to the questions....
Preventative "small issue" maintenance? Is it possible? I really don't care to have bells and whistles going off and would just as soon defeat/prepare for as many of these as possible. Where to start? Not to mention keeping parts on hand and having info for those things that may leave me dead in the water. What would/can be done to avoid and/or prepare for issues? (Note: Not talkin no brainer stuff like belts, breaks, hose, etc. thanks)
Next would be sheet metal source. I come from the days of the JC Whitney catalog where they had nice diagrams of a vehicle for reference. Personally, these internet pictures they put out there next to the part # and price leave much to be desired. Need part info for rockers and lower front fender sheet metal so I make sure I get the right thing. Help?
Last but not least, tires, namely size. Being me I want biggest I can go without rubbing and lifts. Running factory sized 225/75s right now. Recommendations?
Sorry for the rambling and thanks in advance, LK