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Unread 03-20-2013, 12:09 PM   #1
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93 Grand Cherokee

Hello all,
this is my first Jeep and second 4x4 vehicle. I normally drive the exact oppisite of these. (extremely low Volkswagens) but after a big snowstorm left me stranded I decided to get something that could get me around and be fun all year long.
My first 4x4 was a 87 4Runner with a solid axle swap and a few other goodies.
I hope I don't get flammed off the bat for saying that was one of my favorites


Anyway onto the Jeep

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1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
106k
4.0 I6
5.5" Long Arm Kit
SS Lines up front
8.8 Ford rearend with Posi
Rear disk conversion
Bilstein 5100 Offroad Racing Shocks
Upgraded Steering/Heim Joints
Hanson Offroad front bumper (had a winch, but the PO wanted to keep it)
15x8 Mickey Thomson Rims
33x12.5 meats

the dirty pictures make it look kinda rough, but should make a pretty decent driver for being mostly a trail rig

I played in the mud before I took these, lol
(my swaybar links are unhooked here)



rearend


My first fix, bad fuel pump.
this was quite the task since I was working by myself and I had a half tank of gas..


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Unread 03-20-2013, 12:15 PM   #2
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one of the first things I did to help clean it up was to remove the front bumper and have it blasted and PC'd
was a free perk of my job
just some pics of the removal. Pretty nice bumper with built in skid plate and radiator support




after I got it back and reinstalled





next purchase will be a winch
I did also notice that it doesn't want to stop very well (everythings working properly) What are some good options for brake upgrades for these?

thanks for the help and I apologize in advance for my newness
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Unread 03-20-2013, 01:25 PM   #3
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I think there is a way to convert the rear drums to disks, that might help a good bit. Get some good quality rotors and ceramic pads, or go with a Vanco brake upgrade. I also read that Kolak offers ZJ brake upgrades, PM him.

That's a fine lookin Jeep! Looks really great.
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Unread 03-20-2013, 01:47 PM   #4
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You sure thats a 93? unless the PO went through the trouble of changing the cladding and front header/grill it looks like a 96-98. any pictures of the interior? lol
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Unread 03-20-2013, 02:03 PM   #5
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Looks a lot bigger than 5.5 inches lol or i could just have the dream eye-sight since mine sits at 4
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Unread 03-22-2013, 03:24 AM   #6
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I think there is a way to convert the rear drums to disks, that might help a good bit. Get some good quality rotors and ceramic pads, or go with a Vanco brake upgrade. I also read that Kolak offers ZJ brake upgrades, PM him.

That's a fine lookin Jeep! Looks really great.
The rear has been converted already, I'm going to look into some better rotors and pads.
and Thanks

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You sure thats a 93? unless the PO went through the trouble of changing the cladding and front header/grill it looks like a 96-98. any pictures of the interior? lol
Hm, never noticed..It does have new "aftermarket" headlights
maybe it's the lights and the bug deflector thing?

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Looks a lot bigger than 5.5 inches lol or i could just have the dream eye-sight since mine sits at 4
Fenders are trimmed up abit...
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Unread 03-22-2013, 11:49 AM   #7
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Best ways to tell what year it is are the interior and weather it has an OBD2 port. Interior is entirely different post 96. Otherwise decode the vin number. I'm starting to think its a 96, especially if it has rear disks already as from what I understand the conversion is a pain in the ***..
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Unread 03-23-2013, 11:37 AM   #8
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Best ways to tell what year it is are the interior and weather it has an OBD2 port. Interior is entirely different post 96. Otherwise decode the vin number. I'm starting to think its a 96, especially if it has rear disks already as from what I understand the conversion is a pain in the ***..
I have rear discs standard in my 1995 Laredo
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Unread 03-23-2013, 12:13 PM   #9
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I have rear discs standard in my 1995 Laredo
Me too. They were standard starting in 95. 93-94 had drums
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Unread 03-23-2013, 04:09 PM   #10
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the 'Vanco big brake kit' is the best braking upgrade, but it costs a lot.

Rig looks good man. You could definitely fit 35s too.
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Unread 03-23-2013, 04:25 PM   #11
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Nice Hansen bumper. The grill is definitely 96+ but the fuel pump looks older. The charcoal canister hangs down like the 93-95. Does the rear hatch have flip up glass? It looks taller than 5.5".
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Unread 03-23-2013, 05:50 PM   #12
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the 'Vanco big brake kit' is the best braking upgrade, but it costs a lot.

Rig looks good man. You could definitely fit 35s too.
Yeah, that's abit expensive. I'll start by upgrading pads/rotors...which brings me to my next question.

What do I buy? from searching the Ford 8.8 I see that it came on a number of Ford vehicles..How do I know what Pads/Rotors I will need?

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Nice Hansen bumper. The grill is definitely 96+ but the fuel pump looks older. The charcoal canister hangs down like the 93-95. Does the rear hatch have flip up glass? It looks taller than 5.5".
Thanks. I think the bumper looks much nicer with fresh PC. I just need to get a winch to fill out the rest. I found a guy locally selling a Smittybilt X20-8 for $375 otherwise I was going to try out one of the Harbor Freight ones.
After some Google searches I can see the slight difference in the grilles, as far as the hatch, it's all one piece.

I was parked next to a buddies XJ with a R/C 6.5 and it sat a hair lower
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Unread 03-23-2013, 05:58 PM   #13
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hey, welcome fellow pkg'er. that mudcoast event got me jonesin for my jeep to be runnin. been doin some workin on it and got it runnin.. parts on order to get it back on 4 wheels. about another 3 weeks she should be golden. we should have an off-road gtg...
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Unread 03-23-2013, 06:00 PM   #14
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Like the Jeep man! Looks fun! I'm guessing its a 6ish lift?

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My first 4x4 was a 87 4Runner with a solid axle swap and a few other goodies.
love old yotas
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Unread 03-23-2013, 06:09 PM   #15
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Looks like an inch trimmed off the fender maybe. You could measure the center hub to fender lip and subtract that. A stock ZJ measures 18" center cap to fender lip.
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