Hey All! Long time lurker, first time poster.. Great site. Such a wealth of information and some AWESOME dubs around here! I've owned a WJ for 15 years now, and frequent this site for troubleshooting, DIYs, suggestions and general WJ knowledge.
The first WJ I left behind with my ex-wife in 2003. Bought new a 99 V8 Laredo. Had the factory class IV tow package.. used it haul my ski/wake boat to the Delta and various lakes when I lived in the SF Bay Area. Platinum/Gray cloth… great Jeep. Miss it.. not her!
Later that year, I picked up another WJ for boat towing usage and general utility as I started the next chapter in my life. A 2000 V8 Laredo w/Selec-Trac. Had <30K miles on it and is Stone White/Gray cloth. Drove it cross-country in 2006 when I moved with my then-girlfriend-now-wife to Charlotte. 16 days and 4500+ miles without issue! It's got 141K on it now, and still going strong, as long as I keep up on the maintenance! Pretty much stock right now, but that's about to change! The wife recently gave me the green light to keep it as a 3rd vehicle for utility and towing, and throw a little money at it while we focus on finding something a little bigger for our growing family.. 2 boys (5 & 2) and 2 dogs (7 & 3)!
I recently picked up a full set of JK Rubicon takeoffs, and have contacted the one-and-only Kolak to assist me in getting them under it!
I look forward to participating more in this forum as the build gets going. I've got the plans laid out. Though not all that big, a lot of the inspiration I have has come from you guys..
Here she is...