Been thinking about making one of these for a while, and only thing holding me back was not having much on my WJ to talk about. Decided to make one anyway for personal reference.
Before I bought my 2002 WJ, I had a '95 Ford Thunderbird with 300k miles on it. Finally had the funds for a new vehicle, and I've always wanted a Jeep. Looked around for a couple months and finally found a guy (who happened to be one of my Dad's friends) with a dark red 2002 WJ Laredo 4.0L with...........46k miles..........I know. I'd even say Jeep catch of the year. So I bought her in May 2010 for $9,000.
It didn't take long before I started making a list of all the things I wanted. This included a good lift, new tires, bull bar, lights, upgraded sound system, etc. It also wasn't long after this that I realized that I didn't have much money for all this. At this point I decided to get the things that were more important to me at the time and that I'd actually have to deal with more often. This meant upgrading the stock radio and replacing the stock sway bar (thats as thick as a piece of wire).
Luckily my friend's father accidentally bought him two Alpine CDA-9883 decks and instead of returning one, he gave it to me for $50.
I do still wanna get new internal speakers and a nice subwoofer, but all that can wait. I really just needed access to my ipod and a better quality sound.
My bud from high school is a Jeep enthusiast, and came to check mine out and remembered that he had an extra addco 1.25" sway bar at his house. He sold that thing to me for $70. I'm surprised how much it helped, because I didn't really enjoy the rocking my jeep had at first, so this stiffer ride was really nice.
When I got her, the headlights were terrible. Instead of polishing them, I was lazy about bought a new pair.
I'm not a big chrome guy, so the next thing that had to change was the grill. Found a nice one on ebay for $25. I feel it brings more of a badass look to it.
I'm at college at the moment, and didn't feel like having all this **** laying in my apartment, so it's in my trunk at the moment. One of my roommates is moving out though, so his room will be my part room
That's it so far, more to come as I try to make more money.