So i picked up my first ZJ a few weeks back. Its a 96 Laredo with the 5.2 Magnum. Its red with dark grey interior. I picked it up for $1,000. Its really clean, has 185k but runs mint. The motor sounds perfect and has plenty of power and the trans shifts great. I will be doing a 242 swap in the near future as my 249 is nearing the end of its life, well the VC is anyway. Im getting quite a bit of skipping and screeching at full lock. Only things ive had to do as far as maintenence is a front cv and e brake shoes/hardware. i also changed the oil and trans fluid for safe measures. It seems this vehicle was very well taken care of. The body is pretty solid besides some rust on the rear hatch and bottom of the front driver door but im trying to hold off on replacing those until i find some already red parts in nice shape so i dont have to deal with painting.
So far as far as mods ive installed factory tow hooks, factory fogs, 2 inch BB along with UC springs all around, pro comp shocks, new sway bar links all around, upgraded the stereo and door speakers all around, also installed some tweeters, painted the stock wheels as they were in really rough shape.
My local junk yard has over 10 ZJs so its been great for finding all these parts ive needed, as well as plenty of the 242s that i will be going back for soon. i do want to upgrade the tires to 31x10.5s but the tires on there now are nearly new so id like to use those up first but if a good deal comes along i'll probably jump on it. Adjustable track bars will be coming soon too as the axles are off center since the lift.
Overall i think i got a great deal and couldnt be happier with the ZJ. Im originally a ford guy as my pride and joy is a Ford Contour SVT but im definitley diggin Mopar now! This forum has so much knowledge, ive been able to answer every question ive had without even posting. So let me know what you guys think!
heres the ZJ
and heres my SVT