So this is the first Jeep I've actually built myself, I haven't exactly documented the entire thing so this is more of what I've done/plan to do with some pictures! From now on the more I do I'll be more detailed with photos and add as I go.
Here is what I started with, purchased in July 2014 from second owner(?) for $1500
1989 Cherokee Pioneer
1" Coil spacers
(PO was unsure)
31x10.50x15r mix match.
All manual options
Picture was taken around November 2014
Left her like that for a long time with plans in the back of my head but being 22, working a part time job at minimum wage and paying student loans and an apartment simple upkeep was the main focus.
February 2015: I moved to South Carolina for a job as a lab tech at a plant that manufactures HDPE fittings for gas and water lines.
Now September, I started ordering parts for her. First I purchased IRO 4" coils, fixed UCAs and LCAs, double shear adjustable track bar, HD tie rod, 1" T-case drop, shocks.
I didn't order rear leaves because I was hoping the 4" front would level me out with the rear (picture to come).
If you've been following the news in October 2015 SC was hit by Joaquin and many areas flooded and a lot of people lost their homes and businesses. Unfortunately I lost my house due to flood waters (my house is also a beach house on stilts and it was completely under) so I moved in with my Aunt. Every one has was of coping so I started throwing money at my Jeep haha.
Ordered some new wheels and went home and test fitted them when they came in.
(Aunt came outside, didn't know I was doing it that day lol)
I immediately ordered rear shackles and some much needed sway bar links.
After installing those I had to save up a little more money to buy some much needed tires, so here's my dog, Fred.
I stuck with 31x10.50s because, well they were available and I needed tires like really soon. They are Goodyear Wrangler Authorities and so far I'm pretty happy with them.
Then I go my wheels and new tires mounted and this is how she sat the day after.
Added a new sticker to remind these South Carolinians that I'm VA proud
12/9/15 was my birthday and I turned 23, when I got home there were two boxes on my aunts porch for me. My mom ordered me a steering box brace, spacer and some extended stainless brake lines (still waiting on the brake lines). Happy birthday to me! Thanks mom!
That last picture of her was about two weeks ago, this past weekend 12/12/15 I got a wild hair up my *** and decided to remove my body trim and bedline the rockers and rear quarters and put my new bumper on while I was house sitting for my boss. Still not sure if I like the bumper or not but I went heavy on clear coat to prevent rusting and kept the raw metal look to somewhat match the rear chrome bumper.
As of today 12/14/15 that's how she sits.
I really don't have a set in stone plan for this because I'm always changing my mind, but the only thing that is set is once I buy another daily I'll start beating on her, right now I guess it's just prep for that. Eventually I'll get rid of the T-case drop and do an SYE, I just don't need it now. I want to swap out the BA 10/5 and attempt the 6 speed swap. Go larger on the tires once these wear out. So I think for now I'm going to focus on the interior, which is in great shape. I just don't know how to not mess with things.
The steering brace, spacer, along with a Durango gear box, a new pump and pulley will be going in over my vacation from work during Christmas break so I'll add some more pictures and what not once I do that. If anyone has any comments, questions, pointers or CONSTRUCTIVE criticism feel free to do so. Thanks guys!
4" IRO coil springs
IRO double shear adjustable track bar
IRO HD Tie Rod
IRO T-case drop
Rough Country 2" drop shackles
Rough Country quick disconnects
Dirtbound Offroad Stubby Recovery bumper
American Racing Outlaw 1's 15x10 -38 offset
31x10.50x15 Goodyear Wrangler Authority
Waiting to go on:
M.O.R.E Steering box brace
RE stainless braided brake lines
Durango gear box
PS Pump & pulley.