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post #1 of 5 Old 04-29-2011, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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1993 Jeep Cherokee Country

I've been waiting awhile for this. I might not leave for the Army anytime soon so I'm finally going to start working on my xj. I bought it a year ago as a daily driver with the intent to build it up and now I have some extra money. It's a Jeep Cherokee Country with a 4.0 and auto trans. I bought it for $700 with 220,000 miles on it. I knew the woman who owned it and thought it was treated well. It now has 230000 miles on it and I'd like to start a budget build. I know it's a lot of miles but my grandpas mj runs incredibly strong at 350000 miles. I don't have a lot of money but I'm going to see what i can do. Any tips on budget builds or just working on these xj's is welcome. I can't wait to start. I plan on starting to get pictures up too.

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Depends on what you want to do with it (improve for looks or for use). Then it would depend on what type of use. If you're going to just hit fire trails, camp, go wilderness hunting then not too much. The more aggressive you desire offroad then the more aggressive you may need to be with respect to your build.

So I guess I would figure out what "YOU" want to do with it first and that would probably help garner you some more specific alterations and improvements. Good luck with it all; it is a blast!
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Focusing on your not much money statement, keep your lift at 3.5 inches or less. When you go higher it starts to cost more $$. S10 bastard pack on the rear and bb on the front and new shocks all the way arround would be the cheapest. If you want to be highter make sure you have the dollars and do it right the first time.

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Well it is a hunting truck but I want to get into some decent trail riding. I just don't want to go way overboard with mods.
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Welcome to jeepforum.
Assuming it's not excessively ate-up with rust underneath, you've got a great base vehicle to work with and a wealth of aftermarket parts support as well as tried and true adaptations of readily available junkyard materials. Your build can be as complicated and costly or cheap and easy as you want to make it, while still being great reliable transportation on and off road.

I'd recommend this thread for starters in getting some ideas on where to go with it. http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/budget-builds-what-junkyard-parts-will-fit-xj
G'luck with it and maybe I'll see ya on the trails one of these days.


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But I still wouldn't trade it for a Coupe DeVille."

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