I won't lie ... I am addicted.
It all started with my 2000 XJ. I loved that thing but ended up going to far with it as a daily driver...
Then I fell into a 93 YJ, 04 TJ then a 97 TJ. They all came and went for different reasons...
All had their good and bad but from each one I learned a little something.
The 97 was my latest and I sold it due to a sketchy job situation, but vowed I would return to the Jeep game as soon as I felt comfortable doing so.
I picked up a 98 XJ for DD purposes and have been happy driving it pretty much stock....
But I still wanted a "wheeling Jeep"...
When I finally felt really good about looking for another one I started with modest intentions. I made a budget for myself and went looking and found so many good prospects but none of them "spoke to me". I almost bought a 97 that was in stock MINT condition, but from prior experience, I had already learned that MINT means I will be afraid to scratch it. Then I looked at one that was super high mileage but dirt cheap ... again, from prior experience I have learned that a high mileage vehicle is fine, but only from the right person, and it wasn't. I kept finding nice Jeeps or good deals or unique fixer upper opportunities but none of them "spoke to me".
So, I let myself settle down and formed a game plan. I took several jeeps I was looking at and make a spreadsheet that broke down my final goals and what each thing cost. This helped me narrow the field and figure out what a Jeep is actually worth to me. That's when I came across a VERY nice (but not MINT), slightly modified (but nothing I wouldn't do) TJ from a very nice guy who was selling it because he wasn't driving ti any more due to a medical condition.
I went and saw the Jeep and instantly knew it was the right one for me.
So I finally picked up my newest Jeep ... a 2000 TJ from what I will call a very "loving" owner.
I have agreed to give it the best home that I can, wheel it and send him pictures as often as possible.
Overall it's in great shape and I'm stoked to have it home.
D44 Rear/D30 Front
Custom subwoofer in rear seat
Came with a Garmin 60 series and a custom mount
2" Procomp Spring lift
31x12.5 procomp mud terrains
Rancho 9000 adjustable shocks
Custom rock-crawling tummy-tuck
JB Super-Short SYE
Sahara and safari mini-tops and a full weather tech cover
Radio is on the fritz (powers itself on and off)
The cruise won't hold (this is due to the AW4 swap and the cruise module not understanding the downshifts)
The AC needs a charge (or parts + charge)
AC wiring issues (The TJ hot wires issue)
Rear seat subwoofers are toast
I have trouble code p1694.
No reverse lights
When I picked up the Jeep I went ahead and brought it in to my favorite shop down near Austin for a little work. I asked them to look at the AC wiring, reverse lights (they did the initial AW4 swap) and to look into the poor mileage (12mpg by my measure). I also asked them to install a transmission temp gauge.
Unfortunately, the bung they installed in the tranny pan is leaking which I noticed after getting it back home (2 hrs from the shop). They said they couldn't fix the reverse lights and that the AC wiring checked out fine. I'm starting to fear that they didn't try to fix the reverse lights or look at the AC wiring at all. So I find myself counting the minutes until the morning comes and I can call them about this.
To distract myself I have ordered a new TJ AT shifter bezel (they had retained the XJ bezel with the swap which is to big for the console) and a new hood prop. I also spent some time today going over the paint a little and cleaning it up.
Man, I can't wait to get this thing out on the trails!
My long term plans for it are a front 3 link long arm, 4 link rear, mild stretch, ARBs, 33/35s and I'd really love a true D44 front. It's going to be a long, slow process but I think it will end up being plenty capable.