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Unread 11-30-2005, 08:57 AM   #1
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Set up for expedition/ extended travel?

Anybody here set up their GC for expedition travel? I know the GC has two major things hurting it for this task (1.Thirsty V8 2. questionable reliability) but I am interested in doing this with mine. Thanks.

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Unread 11-30-2005, 09:07 PM   #2
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Reliability?

What exactly are you talking about? What have you heard?


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Unread 11-30-2005, 09:57 PM   #3
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The V8 will get you further then a TJ's baby sized gas tank How far are you looking to go?
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I'm with Hunter - whatcha talkin about Willis?

My JeepS have been the most dependable vehicles I've ever owned...well, except my 67 CJ, but that was my fault for being a retarded high school kid who couldn't wrench to save his life. My XJ (sold in 2004), and my ZJ are the best vehicles I've ever had.
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Unread 12-01-2005, 09:15 AM   #5
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Reliability?

What exactly are you talking about? What have you heard?


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Pretty sure the GC is questionably one of the least reliable vehicles on the road, NO? Consumer Reports sure thinks so.

Anyways, I was planning on buying an older Land Cruiser but if I could set up the GC that I already own that would be financially the right move. Curently own a 99 Limited w/ 90K on it. Want to do trips such as Denver to Alaska. Looking to do light wheeling and extended travel so reliability and versatility would come first in wants. Thanks for any coments and/or advice
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Unread 12-01-2005, 09:18 AM   #6
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I drove mine from Norfolk Va to San Diego and back one summer doing hard wheeling in Big Bear, Hungry Valley and other places. No problems.

Consumer reports thinks you should do your expedition in a Honda Pilot. Why don't you check those forums and see what you get?


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Consumer reports

I wonder how many of those consumers have every pushed a vehicle to its limits.

You came to the right place (Here: JeepForum) if you want real answers to your questions regarding Jeeps. If you are talking extended travel on nice clear roads, there are other alternatives..... but when I heard extrended travel and "expedition" I think of backcountry. Backcountry is where a Jeep or other real offhighway vehicle will get you home or to where you want to go.

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Unread 12-01-2005, 09:32 AM   #8
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Is the general consensus that I would need to change any of the drive-train (axles etc..), as this is my biggest concern? The front drive shaft is already POPPING when in snow.

Things off the top of my head I think I would need:
Small lift.
31ís A/T BFG (love these tires which were on last Cherokee)
Roof cargo rack (hold gas tanks etc)
Add Tow hooks front & back
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Thoughts?
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Unread 12-01-2005, 09:40 AM   #9
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Set up your WJ and you will do just fine.Keep up the regular oil change and stuff and it will last along time.I have 102k on my 01WJ and still going strong.
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Unread 12-01-2005, 09:41 AM   #10
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DenverC,

Can you help us help you by providing more info about your Grand? Year? Engine?

Sorry, I missed the '99 part. I assume you have the 4.7?

You have a decent set of axles so you shouldn't have to worry. The popping is most likely a CV joint. You have 3, one on both axle shafts and the front driveshaft on the pinion end. I would start with investigating the axle CV's. Is it happening while turning?
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Unread 12-01-2005, 10:17 AM   #11
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Yep 4.7 with Quad-Trak II. Not upcountry springs.

You think I have decent axles? I have seen numerous times on this form that the D35 axles (which I assume I have) are extremely weak.

POP goes when any torque is switched to front axle (I blieve) like when in deep snow. I just aquired this vehicle so I am investigating its problems now.

Other issues I have found:
Hood shocks are shot (seems to be a GC thing)
Rear wiper does not work (old Chrokee had same issue)
Roof Rack makes crazy sound at highway speed
Transfer case has bad oil leak


Great forum by the way! Thanks for your help.
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Unread 12-01-2005, 10:23 AM   #12
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Yep 4.7 with Quad-Trak II. Not upcountry springs.

You think I have decent axles? I have seen numerous times on this form that the D35 axles (which I assume I have) are extremely weak.

POP goes when any torque is switched to front axle (I blieve) like when in deep snow. I just aquired this vehicle so I am investigating its problems now.

Other issues I have found:
Hood shocks are shot (seems to be a GC thing)
Rear wiper does not work (old Chrokee had same issue)
Roof Rack makes crazy sound at highway speed
Transfer case has bad oil leak


Great forum by the way! Thanks for your help.
Since you have the 4.7 you have the 44 in the rear so no worries there.
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Unread 12-01-2005, 10:25 AM   #13
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Since you have the 4.7 you have the 44 in the rear so no worries there.
And even if you did have the D35 it wouldn't matter much running 31's...its the bigger tires and lockers that'll kill ya.
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Unread 12-01-2005, 10:28 AM   #14
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Check out www.wjjeeps.com for lots of info on your Jeep...

Check out http://www.wjjeeps.com/hoodprop.htm for the hood props/shocks fix.

Do you have the stock roof rack/crossmembers? If you plan on extended trips upgrade to a Yakima (my preference) or Thule rack system. If it is the rails that are making the noise see if they are loose from the roof. If it is the crossmembers move them back so they aren't breaking wind

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Thanks, Ill check those sites out! How much lift would I need for 31s?
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