Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: socialist lib heaven mASS
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Re: If you could have only 1 truck....
dont buy anything old. partly because of the rust issue but everything else in the truck will be old and closer to failure, too.
Truth is, anything that isnt a total poser rig will do mild trails just fine. I like cherokees, too and theres no lack of bolt on stuff for them. lifting a cherokee a few inches is a driveway project for one day or a weekend (believe me, I have been looking into it) A grand cherokee like I got is also an option. the 1995 I now have cost $4995 in massachusetts without rust or dents, with only 88K miles. You can put on 30" tires without a lift (225/75015 is stock), do a 2" lift for $200 and run 31s or do a fancier 3.5" lift for 700-900$ and run 32s with lots of flex. cherokees and ZJ (93-98) GCs are a dime a dozen, I'd consider them very cheap for what you get: extra room ,more comfort, solid axles. Just pay attention to which 4wd setup is on it. Some are better than others. WRanglers are overpriced around here unless you get real lucky and I dont think you'd be happy with something that raw for a daily driver. The extra length and weight of a cherokee or GC is helpful in the snow.
I'm really liking my GC and thinkning of all the cool stuff i can do to it but its not tempting me to dump my samurai, nothing can replace that little runabout-anywhere overgrown ATV sensation. I will take the GC on some mild trails though, because its already up to it andwill be even more so after the minor mods I'm looking at.