I'm newly registered here, but I've been following JeepForum for years. This is my first WJ, but I'm not new to Jeeps.
I had an '01 XJ which I loved. Installed 31's, 3" lift, sliders, etc:
It was was T-boned a few years ago and totaled with a bent frame. I parted it out and got a much larger insurance check than I thought I would, which I used to buy an '06 Hemi QD2 GC.
(Only pic I have of it)
I only had it two months and the starter died, window regulators were failing, and other issues kept popping up. I traded it along with my DD in on a 2013 GC Trailhawk.
Which I had a year, but the 11mpg around Los Angeles was KILLING me, so I sold that and went Jeepless for a year. I finally got the money and space for a new Jeep, so I went on the hunt for a V8 WJ and ended up with this:
I'm not a huge fan of the champagne color as it screams "90's mom-mobile" to me, but I paid $3k for it with 162k miles and it runs extremely well. Only one scratch on the rear quarter panel and the interior is basically mint. It's a 99 Laredo with leather, Quadra-Drive and the 4.7, which was a pretty rare combo considering it had to be special ordered with those options.
It does have the usual cracks on the armrest, but I'm not too worried about that.
First thing I did was ditch the ditch the rock guard thing on the hood and replace the nasty headlights.
Then I found a color matching limited center grill on ebay and swapped out the fake chrome.
It had really badly warped cross-drilled rotors from the previous owner, so I bought Akebono calipers and all new brake parts to fix that.
Original: (these things shook like crazy coming to a stop at any speed.)
Problem fixed with centric rotors and new calipers and pads:
I noticed when doing the brakes that both CV boots were torn, so I ordered replacements and got to work.
Old vs. new:
That was it for "phase 1", which was just getting the Jeep looking and driving better. Oil change, a bit of spit and polish, and general maintenance.