I picked up my 1998 cherokee xj about 2 weeks ago. When I got it it had no lift, fenders trimmed in the rear, no flares, 30/9.50r15 on a soft 8 rim.
So my rusted out 94 will serve as parts.
So I'm going to start with repairs that need done..
It had a bad wheel stud and a missing wheel stud.
-After a couple drinks a buddy taught me how to replace them
It leaks a small amount of oil from the valve cover so that is going to happen very soon.
The header is cracked so I'll pull that and replace the old brittle gasket that is in there.
-JB Weld is an amazing thing
The windshield is cracked so hopefully I can replace it from the 94.
Replace the thermostat to help keep temperatures down on the trail
-Done. Running a 160* right now, and will see how i like it
Figure out why the hatch won't open and fix that issue
And replace rockers (literally the only rust on this jeep)
My plan for upgrades at this point consists of.....
4.5" RE coils from amazon
-Done and a real PITA
Bastard pack and shackles in the rear (using my 94's leaf pack)
-Done, but using blazer springs
HD Offroad rear frame stiffeners
Frame stiffeners for the middle section (brand is TBD)
Ditch the 30s and go to 33s or 35s
TC drop (temporarily)
SYE in due time
Homemade Rock sliders
Home-brew front bumper
Lockers way down the road
That is the current plan, and all will get done as the funds allow.
Any comments/suggestions about any of this will be greatly appreciated!
And like the title says, this is going to be a nice slow build since it is my dd