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Old 03-21-2011, 05:52 AM   #1
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Thoughts on this built Cherokee?

I found this ad on CL today when browsing for misc 4x4's:
2000 Lifted Jeep Grand Cherokee

I'm scratching my head over why this is priced the way it is... He seemed to know what he was doing when he modded it.... If he put that much money into it why would he price it this low or just decide to "trade for a Tahoe or Yukon"?

A completely stock Cherokee of that year and mileage has a KBB of only slightly less than what he's asking. Not even taking into consideration the new engine and tranny, much less all the mods.

The only thing that immediately stands out to me is he says 8" lift when the pics clearly do not look like an 8" lift... But I honestly don't care how high the lift is, if it can fit the 33's that's enough for my purposes (commuter + light weekend fun).

Anyway I'm planning on calling on it... What red flags should I look for if I go to see it? Besides the obvious things like oil burn, leaks, rust, etc?

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Old 03-21-2011, 11:42 AM   #2
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Yeah, that price does seem a little low, especially as he's willing to trade and doesn't just need a great deal of cash for an emergency. But Craigslist is just funny like that sometimes. Sometimes you just hit the jackpot. And sometimes you meet a crackpot.

As for the red flags, when you open the hood, see if the fender bolts have been removed (check the paint around them). Sometimes accidents go unreported, but they always leave traces.

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Old 03-21-2011, 05:45 PM   #3
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the one thing that you should be aware about is that the rear D44 can break with that 4.7L V8 under the hood under the right load conditions because it putting all of its power to the rear unless its in 4wd, but considering that its been coverted I doubt you could drive it in 4wd all the time without causing problems. Just some food for thought.
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:44 AM   #4
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Went and saw it, loved it, haggled it down to $5800 and picked it up

The only things "wrong" with it are cosmetic flaws, and those can be fixed up. Mechanically it was as good as anything I've ever driven

@wolfsbone: I'm pretty sure the GC comes with a 4.7L v8 stock, no? He just had a new one put in... and the D44 is an upgrade... am I wrong?
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Sounds like a resonable buy but I must say it has a lot of lift at 8"
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Sounds like a deal to me
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Old 03-22-2011, 01:08 AM   #7
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Sounds like a resonable buy but I must say it has a lot of lift at 8"
Guys tend to exaggerate lift size much like penis size... if they say 8 inches it's probly more like 6 inches
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At first I was like cool.. A cherokee for sale thread and then I opened it up and saw a grand cherokee wj

I'm not a fan of IFS for the kind of wheeling I do. And only would wheel a few Ifs vehlicles personally But hey maybe your wheeling a different terrain then me.. The WJ looks good. Not 20k in extra parts good but worthy of 7k.. Oh and the D44 will be a strong point for that wj, not a weak one
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The terrain I'm wheeling is Interstate 5, which is so completely torn to shit due to no funding that you pretty much need an ORV to negotiate its eccentric features.
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@SilentKoala: yes the D44 was stock, but it was designed for it to be used under a full-time 4wd system not a part-time 4wd system like it has been converted to. So I would take it easy on your take off's and you should be ok because there has been some cases with the GC that has the 4.7lV8 that is a 2wd model with the rear D44 will break the rear because of the amount of torque and power going to it.
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@SilentKoala: yes the D44 was stock, but it was designed for it to be used under a full-time 4wd system not a part-time 4wd system like it has been converted to. So I would take it easy on your take off's and you should be ok because there has been some cases with the GC that has the 4.7lV8 that is a 2wd model with the rear D44 will break the rear because of the amount of torque and power going to it.
Okay thanks that's good to know, I may see about putting a D60 back there... I wanna re-gear the whole thing anyway cause the 3.66 is a little low
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Okay thanks that's good to know, I may see about putting a D60 back there... I wanna re-gear the whole thing anyway cause the 3.66 is a little low
Just a little forewarning if you don't know. regearing can cost up to about $2000 total combined for both the front and the rear, but that can also vary abit depending on the shop and the area that you live in.
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nice find! Let us see photo's when you get it out on the trail!
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Would be very interesting to see what 'RECIPES' he has for the cherokee-did he do under the hood cooking on long trips?
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looks like a money pit
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Just a little forewarning if you don't know. regearing can cost up to about $2000 total combined for both the front and the rear, but that can also vary abit depending on the shop and the area that you live in.
You can do it yourself for between $600 and $800 dollars, a weekend and a case of beer

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