Yup...I said it....this is NOT a build. Rather this is just a series of modifications and such that I see as needed/wanted for my newly acquired (Nov. 2, 2011) 2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport. AND YES...I'M A JOOP (Noob + Jeep = Joop, lol).
Purpose of this vehice: I am trying to enter the world of filmmaking and do a bit of videography (and some photography). Most of my business now is centered around severe weather (hence the name). I drive out to capture tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, lightning, hail and more). This vehicle is mostly geared toward that. It is NOT a crawler. It is better to have something adapted for more higher speed off-road use. We're not talking Baja racing, but more toward that front than rock crawling. I probably will hardly ever have it in 4Lo.
First the basics. It is RED (best color IMO), although not a requirement for the purchase, I have a long history with red vehicles. It is 4wd, with the Chrysler rear (damn...and I thought I was getting ABS with this one). It came with a ghetto block lift that is already about to be removed. More on that in a second. I bought the Jeep for a reasonable price ($2,700) and has 138,700+/- on the odometer. It has a known misfire, missing left rear suspension, and horrid alignment. However, it runs, drivers and does find on the local roads. It does have harshness (likely the ghetto lift and issues related).
In the week I've owned it:
-CEL came on, confirmed the misfire suspicion with a P0301 Cyl1 misfire code
-the right rear miss shock is due to a f'k'd up broken bolt and apparent attempt weld a bracket in it's place (photo below).
-completely cleaned and waxed the car (exterior, interior, engine, chassis, and it's not bad, quite clean in fact).
-already installed laptop stand on the interior (needed for work).
-bought K&N OEM replacement filter
-bought Champion spark plugs & wires (wires go back..not needed)
-bought and recieved Rough Country 3" lift Series II
-bought and recieved BDS transfer case drop kit (just arrived)
-bought Davis CarChip Pro (for code reading and driving documentation)
-bought used spidertrax spacers ($100 for a set)
-about to buy tires (can't decide which, and from where)
-need to buy SYE ( I think, still reading on it)
-need to fix/buy exhaust
-need to pass MD inspection (bumpers hts. fine) as of Nov. 29, just a few things left
-bought and installed suspension (3" Rough Country Series II Lift)
-need a warm place to work (I life in an HOA that sucks for doing work).
-need lights, rack (bike kayak stuff), etc.
and now looks like I need a new motor
Pictures: Here's a few to start:
with panels pulled away for cleaning and modifying:
with the laptop stand and primary vertical arm assembled:
I have much more full information on this webpage:
but I will share many things here, and will ask open questions, etc. as can't be done with the webpage above.
You can also follow me on twitter, where I tend to update, post stuff (mostly weather) about the Jeep: