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#1 09-23-2013 16:40:34

rt-nails
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Registered: 02-25-2012
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Just wanted to introduce myself. I just purchased a 96 Cherokee. Wasn't looking for one (was looking for a wrangler, but realized that it would not take care of my needs). It is a classic (not sure of the differences). I was wandering what my first mods should be. I was thinking of a lift, not sure of height, and tires and maybe rims, again not sure of size. Also wanted to see how many miles you guys have on your jeeps, this one has 185,000 miles, it was driven a few times to and from Texas to Maryland. Any advice, suggestions, and tips are greatly appreciated.

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#2 09-23-2013 16:42:13

stevil
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Registered: 04-29-2009
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Lifts and tires are a function of what your goals are.  Is this a dedicated trail rig, daily driver?

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#3 09-23-2013 16:44:45

john
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Registered: 09-27-2008
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Mine has 181k miles on it. However, I inspected one with over 400k miles on it at work. It still ran strong. As long as you do the maintenance on it, the XJ should last. I also used to want a Wrangler, but I prefer the Cherokee. The wheelbase is longer and it handles lovely on the highways even in heavy rain. I've filled it with people and it still handles great. If you want to lift it, go with a Rough country 3" lift. I'm currently looking into their 3" lift which comes with new leaf springs. I have a sagging rear on my Cherokee. I'm also buying BF Goodrich 31" tires. Mine is a daily driver. I don't do any offroading but one time every month or less.

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#4 09-23-2013 16:45:34

Ronaldo
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It is definitely on the daily driver side, with occasional light off-roading.  I live in Indiana not much off-roading available to me here with in a reasonable distance.  I know that there a few here but they seem to more for the extreme/ hard core 4x4ers.

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#5 09-23-2013 16:48:50

stevil
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Probably the best combo for you will be a 3" lift with 31X10.50 tires on stock rims.  that is the most bang for your buck.

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