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Unread 01-20-2012, 10:15 AM   #1
TimHaw
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1992 Jeep Build (Bocephus) My first jeep

Thought I'd start up a thread cause I'm going to need a ton of help and advise.

Bought this 1992 Jeep Cherokee Sport with 160,000 miles on it (I'll add pictures when i get to 20 posts) for $800. Its got some pretty good Wisconsin rust on the rocker panels but apart from that its in great condition in and out.

I've had it six months and have finally been able to start putting money into it.

So far I've put in:
$150 for all new exhaust
$90 for a new battery
$25 for new wipers all around
$60 for a set of 60% tread tires to get me by

Then the fun stuff I got as gifts like a CD player and Seat covers etc.

Short term plans:
Replace wind sheild (bought one from salvage place for $35)
Figure out what to do with rusted out rocker panels

Long term plans:
3 inch lift kit
Build new front and rear bumpers (Self designed and built)
Winch
Light bar
Low profile roof rack

Now that I've got my plans my biggest problem is.. I'm automotive illiterate. I've only ever worked on old pre 1950 cars (even then I had alot of help). So I'm going to need a ton of advice. I've got friends that are helping me through it and I've got the facilities and tools i need. You guys are the ones who've done all of this and know what problems i might run into.

I'm running on a college budget so if anyone has any cheap solutions to the problems i'll have let me know

I'm all for comments and concerns so let me know what you think any ideas etc...


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Unread 01-20-2012, 10:49 AM   #2
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http://www.jcwhitney.com/suspension-...d=d1163y1992j1

Any opinions on this? It's actually 120$ for a 3 inch lift. I know it's really cheap compared to some of the crazy good rigs other people have but for a college budget what do you all think?
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Unread 01-27-2012, 10:12 AM   #3
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Any opinions on the cheap lift kit? A buddy works at an auto parts store and is going to get me a good deal on shocks all around.
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Unread 01-27-2012, 10:19 AM   #4
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You get what you pay for. I know you are tight on cash (who isn't nowadays) but I wouldn't go for it. I'm sure your rear leafs are saggy, so add-a-leafs won't give you the full lift they claim. You should also upgrade your shocks when you lift, and that kit doesn't have any.

Save your money and get a full kit with leaf packs. I'm sure this lift would be terrible on the road, and not very capable off.

EDIT:

Sorry, I see you are upgrading your shocks too.
The pic they have posted and the description of items included is very different... for that price I'm sure all you get is the add-a-leaf and front springs.
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Unread 01-28-2012, 08:35 AM   #5
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Okay now i've read some write ups about using F-150 springs from a salvage yard as a cheap alternative too. Any thoughts on that?
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Unread 01-28-2012, 11:58 AM   #6
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You need more than just springs and leafs to lift you jeep and make it driveable.
You will most likely need an adjustable trackbar and longer brakelines

and if you want bigger tires to go with the lift youll also need rims with less backspacing or else your tires will rub when you turn
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Unread 01-28-2012, 03:57 PM   #7
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Aight well I guess its back to researching
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