1999 Laredo, 4.0, 2wd, 3.73 gears, 170K miles when I bought it. Those miles didn’t scare me a bit but the dealer said “It’s got a ton of miles,” so that translated to me getting a really good deal on this one owner vehicle that was very well maintained.
I intended to do very little with this thing in the beginning, so I started with the typical 2” spacer lift from Fat Bob’s Garage, 30” tires, front window tint, and painted cladding. I was happy, everything was great.
My rear main seal went out so I changed it, which I had done on my two XJs as well so that was very familiar territory. I intended to shoot this video for a few old college friends who were interested in what I was doing, but I decided to make it a little more and it has helped a lot of guys, which I’ve been very thankful for.
My muffler was shot so I decided to hack it off and try a straight pipe as I had done on the previous XJs. The stock cat on those were about twice as large as the one on the WJ so they actually sounded nice, but this one was terribly loud with a killer drone at 2000 rpm.
It didn’t take long before I was looking for something new so I jumped when I came across this Dynomax catback with Super Turbo Muffler. It’s perfect for me.
After that I did several little things such as water pump and coolant hoses, power steering hose, Akebono brakes up front along with new rotors as well as a full brake job in the rear. I also picked up 5 JK Moabs from a local guy and shoehorned them in with a little trimming of the front bumper cover. They were ok on pavement (scrubbed while turning in reverse) but very limited off road. I quickly took them off until after I lifted it.