I've been on the forum for awhile... posting here and there, but realized that I don't have a build thread of my own =(
So far it's only my wife, 15 month old baby girl and I but we love the outdoors and exploring. We're not into rock crawling, more along the lines of mild stuff and getting to places that can't be reached by a sedan. The build is slow as I'm still in school and mods have to be carefully selected as my wife doesn't like me spending money on "unnecessary" stuff... sooo.... here's what I'm working with so far.
1997 Jeep Cherokee Country with the UpCountry package with about 158k miles on it. Automatic with the Np231. Bought it for $1,600 less than a year ago as the kid I got it from needed tuition money and was in a pinch to sell it. Only "problems" upon purchase that was stated was the airbag light and leaking power steering hose. I snatched it up and later down the timeline realized that it must have been in some kind of accident. The driver side tow hook mount is mangled, the passenger side airbag has been deployed (not the driver side though unless they replaced the unit) and the front two fender flares weren't the body paint matched like the rears. Oh well, it doesn't seem like too big of a deal.
I haven't done as much as I would have liked to have done since owning it, but it's doing what I need it to.
So far I've done:
Both O2 sensors
New cat converter + muffler
Upgraded all battery cables to 2 gauge
Car stereo (H/U, amp, sub, speakers)
1.75" front coil spacer + 1.5" adjustable shackle on top of the 1" UpCountry suspension
Hella 500's on the bumper
Grand Am fog lights in the bumper
Ford Ranger 16x7 stock wheels with 4.5" BS painted satin black (need to refinish the rear wheels + install the center caps on 3)
245/75/16 Dean Mud Terrains that I got for free
That's about it for now...
Plans for the next couple months:
All new cooling parts (coming in Aug 3rd/4th)
2 row radiator
Parts for a tune up (Aug 3rd)
Heat shield the stock airbox (http://jeep4.0performance.4mg.com/ramair.html)
Cowl snorkel (http://www.cherokeeforum.com/f67/my-...snorkle-67919/)
Clean engine bay
Make a relay box to run my lights + other accessories
Make a switch box to turn on the lights
Find/install an overhead console
Make a heavier duty headlight wiring harness
Install Autopal lights (from a previous XJ) with better bulbs
Finish roof rack
Cargo tool box
Cubby hole sub box
Interior aux fans to help augment the A/C
Eventually I need to find/build/buy/do:
Rear swing out tire carrier (might just find a stock one, not planning on anything above 31/32" tires)
Front winch bumper
Re-tint the bubbling purple windows
Change all fluids
Sand down + repaint the Jeep... it's got lots of nicks and dings. Trying to decide what color... keep it black, go desert tan, white... dunno yet =/
More body armor/protection
Camp trailer to hold camping gear/kitchen stuff etc
This is how it sits for now...