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Convince me to not trade for a cherokee

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by maximilian55, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. Mar 24, 2013 at 11:00 PM
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    steve o 77

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    Hey now, I gave excellent advice. And posted a picture:D
     
  2. Mar 24, 2013 at 11:01 PM
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    One of the main reasons im so interested in jeeps is because of the body. i think they can look dang sexy. and i could use the extra room.

    but as far as wheeling/offroading goes, i take my truck off road quite often, however ive rarely had the need for a vehicle that had better offroad capabilites then my stock tacoma.
     
  3. Mar 24, 2013 at 11:03 PM
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    how much would it cost to lift a stock cherokee about 4 inches? for the lower end kits. I was looking online and found kits for like 1,500 or so. which is much more expensive compared to some lifts for the tacoma (like the bilisteins and aal)
     
  4. Mar 24, 2013 at 11:09 PM
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    Just ask yourself this how many jeeps do you see around the world being used by people off road not in america
     
  5. Mar 24, 2013 at 11:09 PM
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    Thanks for your help, im definitely going to think about it for awhile. If i could sell my tacoma and have enough extra money to add a lift then i would possibly do it.
     
  6. Mar 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM
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    keep the tacoma! post up a pic of your rig, im sure ill recognize it from around town
     
  7. Mar 24, 2013 at 11:17 PM
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    Forster46 Very nice how much?

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    There is a huge ORV park ten minutes from my house, and 90% of the vehicles headed up there everyday are lifted cherokees, the rest are heavily modded SAS bobbed toyotas on trailers lol
     
  8. Mar 24, 2013 at 11:17 PM
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    thanks man ill definitely send you a message if i have a question

    i might post one in the next few days if I make a build thread. But i got a white single cab with a black toolbox, black emblems. and a red mt si lax sticker in the back. And i got the exhaust cut off right after the cat haha so that makes my truck stick out
     
  9. Mar 24, 2013 at 11:22 PM
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    I have a '97 Cherokee, and if I fold the rear seat down it fits a mattress very well. The 4.0 is an awesome engine, has a ton of low-end torque. Gotta love that factory solid front axle too :D
     
  10. Mar 24, 2013 at 11:22 PM
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    standard north bend, mine and chases (the red long travel one) both rocked that until i just picked up a muffler a few months back
     
  11. Mar 24, 2013 at 11:29 PM
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    haha ya steinburg cut off his muffler too. its insanely loud. i bought a raptor exhaust to throw on, but i had troubles with the clamps and just gave up.
     
  12. Mar 24, 2013 at 11:29 PM
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    I was able to stack lift kits on my XJ for 6.5 inches of lift. Total cost was around $750-800. Also has 28 inches (could go more with some other mods) of susp travel. I'd like to see a 4X4 IFS setup with that kind of flex.
     
  13. Mar 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM
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    I gave advice to Cmack regarding his Cherokee. I've had two in the past, and would still be driving one, had I not totaled the last one.

    I love my Taco, but I loved and miss my XJ's!
     
  14. Mar 25, 2013 at 1:50 PM
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    Looks like to me that there isnt a lot of hard core wheeling to be had in his area and or hes not really interested in it. It this case the SFA is a moot point, and IMHO SFA is the ONLY reason to consider a Cherokee over a Tacoma.

    OP.... Keep Your Taco.
     
  15. Mar 25, 2013 at 1:57 PM
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    Easy. Keep your taco for DD and mellow off road... buy stock jeep cheap and slowly build into a gnar trail rig. That way you can have the best of both worlds.

    but def. keep the tacoma...
     
  17. Mar 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM
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    Keep the truck, trust me; you won't regret it. You still got an easy 200 or 300k left on that motor you take care of it. I've drove Jeeps in the past, they are fun and all, but Jeep didn't get the slang "Just Empty Every Pocket" for no reason. Drive your Toyota and continue enjoying low maintenance.
     
  18. Mar 25, 2013 at 7:33 PM
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    The newer Cherokees (not Grand Cherokees) come with a solid drivetrain, and an easily upgraded suspension. The weak link is the rear axle. From what I've heard and seen, the Tacomas seem to have stronger rear axles. Other than that, mechanically, the Jeep should be fine. Do take into account that it's going to be at least 12 years old, the last year was 2001.

    A buddy of mine has a 95 Grand Cherokee. He has about 120K on it, 318 V8, automatic, full time 4wheel drive. About half than mileage has been lifted, first with 31s, then 33s. He beats the snot out of it in the sand dunes. Not much rockcrawling, but it has been out a couple of times. The transmission is on the way out, that is the common problem on the Grands. The regular Cherokee has a better trans in it, and most feel the transfercase is better as well. Edit: The Chrysler 8.25 rear end in the Cherokee is also considered better than the Dana 35 in the Grand.

    As far as the little, non drivetrain problems, I haven't seen it happen with my buddie's Heep.

    Try to get a 97-01, they are a bit more modern, and think they were the best wagon Jeep made. A street driven one isn't going to have much trouble, even lifted. Expect to need a regear with big tires though.

    If you wanted something to wheel hard, a Cherokee is a good starting point to build up, and when you wreck it, you just go get another $4k Cherokee and swap your parts over. Can't do that with a Taco.
     
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  19. Mar 25, 2013 at 7:35 PM
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    cause its a heep. nuff said
     
  20. Mar 25, 2013 at 7:40 PM
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    Ya and as a highschooler i do not have the money to drop on a rig. My friend has been telling me about all the random things he is going to have to upgrade to lift his jeep.

    I plan to keep my tacoma for now, its the best option money wise. maybe in the future when i have more cash, ill buy a cherokee and make it a gnarly trail rig.
     
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