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Old 10-08-2015, 02:32 PM
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Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to reach out to my fellow Jeep enthusiasts. As I've said, I'm very new to this forum and recently have just been browsing around the threads. I currently own a 1999 2 door, Jeep Cherokee (XJ) with all stock parts. And my family has always seemed to purchase Jeeps, ranging from Grand Cherokee body types to Wrangler body types. I, on the other hand, have always loved this XJ body type and I generally have always used my current Jeep for my everyday transport needs. Due to my Jeep's age, I've been contemplating its replacement and getting a newer year Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (JK body - 4 door).

Anywho, I've been doing my research and have been adding to my wishlist build-list for my new vehicle. Any advice or guidance as I progress through this build would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again for welcoming me to this community!

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Same scenario.....

Also a newbie. In the same boat as I have a 4 door 2000 XJ that probably isn't the best choice for a daily driver now. If I could buy the same exact body style with some updated underpinnings I would in a heartbeat.

I want a 2 door Wrangler. My family would prefer the 4 door. I parked my XJ next to the 4 door Wrangler Unlimited today and it dwarfs my vehicle.

How will you drive a JKU around in Chicago traffic or downtown? I am struggling to imagine driving that in Boston traffic particularly with its turning radius. The JK 2 door is close to the XJ's turning radius (if not slightly better) but the 4 door JKU is much worse.

Also, I have driven my XJ in 4x4 mode pretty much all the time for the last 5+ years. I would always seem to light up the rear tires when I pulled out into traffic so I have kept it in 4x4 mode. I know you are supposed to keep it in 2wd unless rain, snow, etc. but it has seemed to work for me. 15 plus years and 130K miles later.

Does the trac-lok differential rear axle resolve this lighting up the rear tires problem?

Curious what you will replace the XJ with. My option list is:
- black bear - because comes with black wheels and power convenience group
- 6 speed manual
- 3.73 ratio
- trac-lok differential rear axle
- hard top with headliner; possibly the dual top group
- connectivity group
- possibly heated seats
- basic radio

I plan on buying a 2 inch receiver and installing it myself.
I think I will remove the spare tire and assembly off the back so as to shorten it more for easier parking downtown. I will just throw it back on when I travel farther or hit the frontage roads.
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