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post #1 of 21 Old 09-13-2013, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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bought a jeep now what?

Ok so I finally got the jeep I been wanting for forever now... I know I love being off road and jeeps... but thats pretty much the extent of my knowledge of the off road aspect of vehicles... so if someone could help me with where to best start that be awesome

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post #2 of 21 Old 09-13-2013, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry forgot to say its a 99 grand Cherokee
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post #3 of 21 Old 09-13-2013, 11:23 AM
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Drive to a trailhead. Turn in. Continue. Smile, return, gas up. Repeat.

There are thousands of pages of ideas on updating your Jeep, but the first thing to do is to enjoy it. Better if you make your first off-road forays part of a group effort, hopefully with some folks with experience in such nonsense (since that will normally mean they carry the types of tools and recovery equipment to help get you out of at least a minor jam). As you use your Jeep more off-road, you'll develop a sense of what it might need (if anything!) to meet your mission statement.

And be realistic - I've seen lots of high-dollar, impressively equipped "off-road rigs" around here with nary a scratch or mud splatter, which means they never see trails. Ever. My own modifications (3" lift, 31" tires, sway bar disconnects) have been modest, but allowed me to go anywhere I've tried to go, but don't diminish the vehicle's ability to be a grocery getter or even highway star (with plenty of 3,000 mile trips back and forth to our son's place in Texas).

Oh, and get on the right forum. Calling a Grand Cherokee (particularly a '99 and up!) a "Cherokee" is a lot like calling an Audi a Volkswagen (or vice versa, depending on your views on the two, both of which I've owned).
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post #4 of 21 Old 09-13-2013, 11:29 AM
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Skid plates, tow/recovery points, lockers, tires/lift kit...
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post #5 of 21 Old 09-13-2013, 04:52 PM
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Talk to your fellow WJ drivers, you're following a trail they've already ridden.
I've moved your thread over to the section of the forum where they call home here. Good luck with the jeep.

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post #6 of 21 Old 09-13-2013, 10:23 PM
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Habbyguy is right, test it out stock, have some fun!! These Jeeps are pretty capable stock, I've been running mine stock, I think the first thing I want is a bit of lift and some better tires!!!!

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post #7 of 21 Old 09-14-2013, 01:54 AM
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"bought a jeep now what?"

Go buy a fan relay switch replacement, a CPS replacement and the drivers side window regulator replacement..

Sorry ...couldn't help that... enjoy it!
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post #8 of 21 Old 09-14-2013, 03:21 AM
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This is a very Good place to start learning,
Also check out wjjeeps.com for great amount of useful info.
If need parts contact Kolak a vendor here at JF, he will hook you up with the best parts and prices. Kolak@aol.com
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post #9 of 21 Old 09-14-2013, 03:49 AM
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Drive to a trailhead. Turn in. Continue. Smile, return, gas up. Repeat.

There are thousands of pages of ideas on updating your Jeep, but the first thing to do is to enjoy it. Better if you make your first off-road forays part of a group effort, hopefully with some folks with experience in such nonsense (since that will normally mean they carry the types of tools and recovery equipment to help get you out of at least a minor jam). As you use your Jeep more off-road, you'll develop a sense of what it might need (if anything!) to meet your mission statement.

And be realistic - I've seen lots of high-dollar, impressively equipped "off-road rigs" around here with nary a scratch or mud splatter, which means they never see trails. Ever. My own modifications (3" lift, 31" tires, sway bar disconnects) have been modest, but allowed me to go anywhere I've tried to go, but don't diminish the vehicle's ability to be a grocery getter or even highway star (with plenty of 3,000 mile trips back and forth to our son's place in Texas).

Oh, and get on the right forum. Calling a Grand Cherokee (particularly a '99 and up!) a "Cherokee" is a lot like calling an Audi a Volkswagen (or vice versa, depending on your views on the two, both of which I've owned).
No love for the WJ's?
He's right, though. Start by checking out your local scene and work from there up. Good luck.
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post #10 of 21 Old 09-15-2013, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone. You guys answered the rest of the questions I had before I could even ask them! HABBYGUY LOL
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post #11 of 21 Old 09-15-2013, 09:59 AM
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I do not mean to be a stickler for the important details, to start off. Underneath your profile's name, I would suggest you update that V6 to a I6, thank you. Glad to have you aboard!
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post #12 of 21 Old 09-16-2013, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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Good call dumb mistake thanks tho, ₩j44life
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post #13 of 21 Old 09-16-2013, 11:07 AM
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Hey, I do love WJs... heck, I even had a black '99 for years. It's just that it's SO different than an XJ, where the ZJ at least looks like it's related.
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post #14 of 21 Old 09-16-2013, 11:23 AM
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... Calling a grand cherokee (particularly a '99 and up!) a "cherokee" is a lot like calling an audi a volkswagen (or vice versa, depending on your views on the two, both of which i've owned).

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post #15 of 21 Old 10-09-2013, 09:24 AM
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First thing I did was wheeled it through some thick areas down here in Florida. From there I new I needed a lift and bigger tires. For now I went with a BB because its cheap and gave me the clearance I needed... For now. And I would have to say new hood struts were probably my first purchase, well worth the 30 from rockauto.com. Changing all the fluids would also be a good start, even if they claim the oil had just been changed. Keep us updated. Love to see where you take it from here.

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