Well I can't promise my build thread will be very informative or ground breaking but I can promise you that there is a possibility that it may be mildly amusing and full of errors. Hopefully they will be more of the spelling variety and not technical, but feel free to laugh at me either way.
Well at the beginning of this year I bought an 04 Laredo with just under 100K, seemed to be taken care of by a genuine human being, and free from rust (the later 2 seem to be rare around here).
Sorry this is the only picture I have from when I bought it. I know it sucks.
Literally within 20 minute of returning home, I already had the head unit ripped out and started installing one I had left over from another venture.
I found this random picture while trying to find some old pics of the car in stock form. It might be hard to see but I tried showing my factory up-travel. If you look just above the finger I had to use to block the light to prevent the camera from whitewashing, the distance between the bump stop and the pad is like 2". I was very dissapointed when I saw that. I could sleep right for a week.
So before I had even decided on which CG to get I had decided I was going 4" and told my self not to spend money on shorter lifts that I knew I would replace since I was set on 4". In my head, I went through many stages of how I would do it.
1. Like most people at first, I was thinking adjustable control arms.
2. Then when I was looking at how the cost wouldn't be much less than a long arm set up, I figured why not.
3. Then the plan was to go with 4" springs and adjustable LCAs in the front, then when I had enough money I could buy a long arm "upgrade kit". I figured if I got a "front only upgrade kit" I could still utilize the short adj LCAs on the rear.
4. Then I decided why both with the short arms any way, and then I was stuck between an RC upgrade kit, Clayton springs, JKS track bar, and Bilstiens or the Clayton Kit.
I cycled through these stages in my head about 10 times a day or until my head hurt and I then passed out. This continued for a while until I decided since I couldn't buy it all at once anyway, I would start buying the parts that could be used for what ever path I decided to take and squirrel them away until I was forced to make a final decision. WELLL.....Then there was craigslist...
One thing that was driving me crazy were the shocks. Everytime I stepped on the brakes the thing felt like the nose was going to dig into the asphalt and I was going to go end over end. I'm pretty sure they were the original ones from the factory. They did have the Mopar stamp. So one day when I was doing my daily browsing craigslist, I sumbled accross and generic 2" BB and Zone shocks. I figured even though the shocks were used they had to be better than the garbage that was currently on there. I can't remember what I paid for it but I remembered telling my self that it was cheap enough that I could easily sell it when I upgrade and get my money back. This would later become a reoccurring theme of this Jeep. The shocks were ok, but way better than what they replaced.
Why does it take a BB to make a WJ look like an suv and not a van? Damn you Chrysler. Haha, Funny story; when my uncle saw the WJ for the first time, he was looking at it from behind and confused it with an Outback. We are no longer on speaking terms.
Also, at some point the PO had replaced the tires with 215/75R16's. Yes 215's that also happened to be dry rotting.
So enter craigslist find number 2: Mastercraft LTR's 235/85R16
Surprisingly with some light bumper trimming I had no rubbing. Granted at the time I was only driving it to and from work. I'm sure if I hit a speed bump too quick it would have rubbed terribly. I just couldn't stand the ****ty tires that were on there and of course, they were cheap.