well im sure some of you know i lost my TJ to bad fortune a few weeks ago. i searched for wranglers, but i couldn't find anything for the right price. luckily for me, my neighbor had his XJ up for sale, and it was a deal/jeep i couldn't pass up. so thus begins another chapter in my book o jeeps lol.
the cherokee already has a rusty's 4.5" lift and 31 tires (31s?? haha im used to biggg tires
). overall its a really clean jeep and well maintained. but the front clip had been replaced and it was not the correct color (chili pepper red) and the hood is slightly curled at the front, and a dent in the front and rear bumper. thats all easily fixable
after a test drive and a look around, i have concluded that the (****ty rusty's) track bar needs to be replaced, the rear shackles need attention (they pop), and the drivers side lca axle mount is bent.
overall plans for the jeep will be to keep the ride height about the same, maybe a 3/4" spacer up front. and im going to keep the 31s for now, but my next tires will be BFG 33x10.50s. my plans for the front axle are to (either with the existing axle and new lca brackets, or with a high pinion dana 30) install an aussie locker, and replace anything that appears to be worn. i will probably also weld on some JKS mini skids for the lca brackets. the rear axle should be okay with 33" tires, but i do want to install rear disk brakes and a hd diff cover and possibly a selectable locker, but if i get a good deal on a ford 8.8, i would be glad to fire up the welder and burn on some spring perches
. i also plan on going 3 link front, i saw that clayton has a front 3 link kit in the works.. if i dont like their price, which i probably won't, ill just buy the crossmember and make my own arms
enough of the tech talk, all in all, i want this to be a reliable daily driver, i plan on keeping it a clean looking jeep... but its going to be built to be a sleeper on the trails. this is my 5th jeep, i've learned a lot, now its time to put my skills to work
here's some pictures of the jeep that i got from the previous owner...