Well as many of you know from my sig quote... The story starts when I put a flowmaster exhaust on my 2000 Cherokee. My crazy friend heard my exhaust and said "Dude, is that a flowmaster? Your exhaust moans like a 20 year old brunette!" What was running through his mind? We could all probably guess, but nevertheless my jeep now had a name.
Since I was young I always wanted a Jeep Cherokee. My dad had a grey '87 limited when I was growing up, and I always loved riding somewhere in the jeep. My dad taught me how to take care of my own vehicle when I was little, and even taught me how to drive it when I was ten years old. Lots of memories were made, and even though he sold it and bought a '99 WJ before I was able to drive, I always knew my first vehicle would be an XJ. My first vehicle turned out to be a 1990 XJ limited, basically the same XJ as dad's, except white. I knew nothing about lifts, and somehow crammed 31s under the stock suspension. That one was sold after being pretty problematic and I bought a 2000 black cherokee sport after months of saving money and driving "grandma's buick". That jeep had only 76k miles on it, but 6 months later was T-boned by a lady on 12/31/08 who was driving too fast in the snow. I was pushed 15 feet sideways and knew the jeep was a gonner. The paramedics were kinda ticked at me because I was more concerned about the jeep than I was getting my vital signs tested.
Picture of me washing my dad's XJ, around 1995 I would guess. My mom found this picture and yes that is one of those hats with a propeller. I was 5.
The 1990 XJ... minus the 31s...
Don't have any pics of the black XJ as I didn't have it long enough
Long story short, after much searching for a rust free XJ during the winter months of CT (almost impossible), I found a 2000 silverstone metallic cherokee sport. 84k miles, stock tiny almost bald tires, and no rust.
This Jeep is used to commute to college daily, and this thread will be used to keep track of its upgrades. Being a daily driver, it will have a mild build but also include improvements that make your everyday XJ even better. While it won't be a huge caged rockcrawler, it will look more aggressive and be more functional.
Here it is the day I brought it home:
Upgrades already completed or will be in the near future:
-remove side trim
-16" Icon wheels with larger not so lame tires
-KC lights (since converted to HID)
-H4 headlight upgrade along with wiring harness
-Aux fan switch mod along with DPG 3 row rad and new tranny cooler
-Flowmaster super 44 and new cat/downpipe
-replace 0331 head
-2" pieced together lift with possible upgrade to 4" down the road depending on summer funds
-Other ideas I'm sure to think of
I won't post everything all at once, but will add bits and pieces to this thread as I have time. Feel free to post questions on anything I have done or plan to do...