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madmike
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Joined: 27 Nov 2006

PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 8:25 am    Post subject: Newb Intro and Advice Needed Reply with quote

Hello, I have been lurking around here for a while doing some research. I would like to ask for advice on a potential vehicle project.

I can get a 1994 JGC Laredo 5.2 V-8 (family vehicle) for minimal cost. The interior is excellent.

Has 158K all road miles. Uses about a quart of oil every 2 months. I guess getting blow-by because there are no leaks.

There is a known VC problem.

My question is about the viability of this vehicle to invest some money into it.

The engine is what worries me.

I think i would be looking to do the following at a minimum: (I don't know all the right terms yet)

Transfer Case Swap.
Very mild lift
Replace a quarter panel and door on right side (tree)
do some front end work to tighten things up (kinda loose)
Possible rearend rebuild or upgrade. (It roars a little)
Paint
Shocks (Bilstein?)
New Antenna (geez, anybody know where I can buy one of these powered antennas?)

So the question...Any reason NOT to invest the kind of money for the changes I have described here? Is it silly for a vehicle this old? I really like the Jeep and it fits me well.

Or should I just fix the VC and drive it til it dies?

I appreciate your helping with newbie questions.

Thanks,

Mike
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viper24242
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Location: Harrisonburg, VA

PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got the same vehicle, 1994 5.2L and all. As far as the engine goes I would try to get that oil problem looked at but other than that I know a lot of guys here have done the tcase swap and love it. I've got a 2inch lift and 31 inch mud tires and I think it does pretty well off road. If its just a project vehicle and you are not going to drive it every day then I wouldn't worry about the panel and the paint. That is money that can be spent on getting what you need for the rearend and getting the front end squared away.

Hopefully that helps you out a little. I'm sure the other guys will chime in soon.
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madmike
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 1:23 pm    Post subject: guess it was a dumb question Reply with quote

Thanks for the input Viper.
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1fox2go
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Joined: 01 Dec 2004
Location: Fishersville, Virginia

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IF you can get it for cheap and want something to build go for it, the v8 can make good power if you build it right which with your oil problem is what i would do, then get a 5 inch lift stuff some 35s under there, trim the fenders swap axles for some bigger ones lockem and ride on Mr. Green

thats what i would do err am doing with a cherokee i picked up
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think if this was me I would start with some type of body spacer lift system. Something like a Teraflex Budget booster, Kevin's offroad, Rubicon Express, etc. It will do the off roading when you like. Because sky's the limit dependant on your budget the Budget boosters (BB's) can get you a 2" lift for less than $140. After that I can start adding on shocks (well advised), adjustable control arms (CA), adjustable Track bar (TB) front and rear, bling etc. As you can tell I would like to do it slow.
This is a hobby (if you get into it) will thin your wallet out in a quick hurry. Also remember this vehicle is 12-13 years old and it will need attention to mantanence.
In the future when you are lifting your zj hilift and you have lights on top of the roof make sure you can clear the garage crybaby if you put you car in the garage. Good luck and have fun with it no matter what you decide to do. crazy jeep
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swamp boy
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Location: New Orleans LA.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2006 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grands are fun.. Even stock...

Get it and get on the trails..
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