Hey guys. Been looking around on this site and saw a lot of build threads so I figured I'd make one myself.
I haven't done much to my ZJ yet but I'll list most of the specs I had at first, and what I did to it.
1996 Jeep Grad Cherokee Laredo
4 Speed Automatic Transmission
I picked up the jeep for $600. 209XXX miles, needed a bunch of tlc things here and there and a few mechanical parts. I replaced the driver fender, coolant sensor, and oil pressure sending unit within the first 3 days or so.
Within the first few days, i took it for a drive not too far but a decent distance. Car started over heating, ended up needing a new water pump. My mechanic installed a brand new water pump, as well as a new serpentine belt.
I got a little jeep happy and ended up putting over 800 miles on the truck within the first 2 weeks of getting the truck
One thing that the previous owner didn't tell me about until I put down the 2nd payment was that the transmission "once in a blue moon" slips and to just make sure the fluid is topped off. That "once in a blue moon" now occurs every morning when the truck is still a little cold, but after about 2 min of it running, it's fine.
Thankfully, I found a guy nearby who sells Jeep parts and had a perfect running transmission for a 5.2L V8 and sold it to me for $300. I actually now work for that guy and will end up taking apart jeeps and what-not.
I installed an Alpine CDE-9852, Crunch 1600 Watt Subwoofer amplifier, and 2 Kicker CVR's. Stereo pounds in the truck and sounds clear especially with the Infinity speakers and speaker amp as well.
Future Plans -
Ever since my friend lifted his Blazer, and then his dad buying a ZJ and lifting it, I fell in love with lifted Jeeps.
Pretty much what I'm doing is a 3.5" suspension lift with 32" tires.
I'm stuck between either the IRO 3.5" or the Rocky Road 3.5" Old Man Emu lift. After shipping the Rocky Road is only 10 dollars more. But, it comes with a rear track bar bracket and a Transfer Case drop kit, which I will need to lift my truck. And Old Man Emu I've heard is pretty much TOP OF THE LINE suspension for Jeeps. Im definitely more towards the Rocky Road but I need some more opinions from other people.
As for the tires, I'm doing Dunlop Radial Mud Rovers 32x11.5R15 which will look great after the lift.
Rims, I'm doing 15x8" Cragar Soft 8's.
I only have a few pictures for now, but I'll definitely be posting more throughout the process, and a lot will be happening within the next month or so.
Like I said, I'll be posting more pictures up throughout time.