D-Man

New for me hunting vehicle

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Just bought a used 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Will have to order another CPC sticker to go on this one as well. With the land in Nevada and hunting season coming up, wanted a 4x4 vehicle to use. Has 170K miles on it, and we picked it up for a decent price. Interior is in great shape. Need to get some lockers on it soon, and do some other work to it in short amount of time to make it really off road ready. Suspension is good, already has the tow package on it, and will step up to some better tires. Still a good all around vehicle that will work great for years to come!Will post some pictures of it in a bit.Darren

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I just traded my 95 Wrangler for a 97 Grand Cherokee with 58K on it in perfect condition. I'm please with it. It's a standard Larado, but has all the options available for the standard edition. 1997GrandCherokee1.jpg1997GrandCherokee3.jpg1997GrandCherokee4.jpg

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Mine is a Laredo as well. Just need to put some better tires on it, and do an alignment job. Beyond that, everything seems good.Darren

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Come on D-Man and post up a picture of the new ride.

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Here you go!It has a 249 transmission and either a GM / Chrysler 7.5 10 bolt transfer case on it.Darren

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Looks good. Body looks real clean. I wish my were white. A whole lot cooler in the summer, and doesn't show the dirt as much as that darned dark green.Is it full time 4WD, with only 4WD hi - Neutral - 4WD low on the transfer case?

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Nice Jeeps guys! Now I'm gonna have to snap a picture of mine and post it up! :)

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Looks good. Body looks real clean. I wish my were white. A whole lot cooler in the summer, and doesn't show the dirt as much as that darned dark green.Is it full time 4WD, with only 4WD hi - Neutral - 4WD low on the transfer case?
That is correct. What is yours? Seems to work just fine so far. Been driving it around town. Need to put some BF Goodrich All Terrain tires on it and do a front end alignment. Will have my mechanic go over the transmission, engine, and other parts to make sure I didn't miss anything major. Very clean Jeep which I am pleased about.Darren

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That is correct. What is yours? Seems to work just fine so far. Been driving it around town. Need to put some BF Goodrich All Terrain tires on it and do a front end alignment. Will have my mechanic go over the transmission, engine, and other parts to make sure I didn't miss anything major. Very clean Jeep which I am pleased about.Darren
Nice Jeep D-man! The pics are great. Just one thing concerns me though...it has a different make tire on the front. This usually indicates the seller was trying to hide a problem that the older tire would've given away such as poor alignment or suspension problems. I'm glad to hear that you will have a mechanic go over the Jeep. If I can make a suggestion-have him replace all the fluids in the drivetrain (transmission, transfer case, and front and rear differentials). Whether the seller says they already had it done-do it anyway for your peace of mind. After you get those done and get your new tires on it, find an area where you can test out your 4x4 system. Some of those Cherokees are driven on nothing but pavement and rarely use 4x4. Shifting from 4HI to Neutral to 4LO will become easier and smoother the more you use it unless you have AWD. I would still change those fluids first. I've had alot of used Jeep (all CJ's and now TJ's) and even the wife's cars-I've learned from past nightmares to change those drivetrain fluids first thing. Ah Jeep, the best 4 letter word in the dirt-keep it rolling D-man! :)

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D-Man, I've got the same transfer case as you. I had a bit of a problem going to 4WD-lo. It wouldn't go in. I posted on that forum and found I was just reading over the method in the owners manual. You are suppose to me moving at 1 or 2 mph, shift the gear shift to neutral, and then shift the transfer case. I love the all wheel drive, it seems to work great. I've had it out where it works just fine. Nothing difficult, just necessary.Fakawee, at what milage should one replace the serpentine belt? I've got 58k on it and not surfe when it should be replaced.

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Nice rigs guys! My hunting rig is a Toyota Corrolla. You would be surprised where I go with that thing. =) But I miss my truck thats for sure.

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You and I need to quit playing phone tag and get out again soon! A couple other guys are wanting to get out on a trip in the next couple of weeks before general rifle season begins.Darren

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I would love to go out for a hunt. My schedule is crazy at the moment. I started my Post Bac Pre Med at USC and I have 3 different jobs. If all goes well I will be hunting this Sunday. =) Let me know when you can head out and perhaps we can organize something soon. I still need to get my Tika bloody.

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D-Man, I've got the same transfer case as you. I had a bit of a problem going to 4WD-lo. It wouldn't go in. I posted on that forum and found I was just reading over the method in the owners manual. You are suppose to me moving at 1 or 2 mph, shift the gear shift to neutral, and then shift the transfer case. I love the all wheel drive, it seems to work great. I've had it out where it works just fine. Nothing difficult, just necessary.Fakawee, at what milage should one replace the serpentine belt? I've got 58k on it and not surfe when it should be replaced.
Braz, most mechanics will tell you to replace it every 30,000 miles. If you're on a budget, like most of us are, replace it when you "visibly see small dry cracks" appearing in the rubber. You will generally have less than 1,000 miles or less to change it. I would guess that you probably have a fair amount of cracks on your belt by now. I replaced the one on my '05 Rubicon at 38,800 miles but I also do a lot of offroading in dusty and sometimes muddy conditions, all of which accelerates wear. Also, if you hear the belt "squeal", that means it's time to get a new one. There are a number of online sites that can explain how to change the belt yourself if you want to learn. Autozone, Pep Boys, Kragens also sells "belt tensioner pulley" tools for Jeeps at a fair price. This tool allows you to pull the tension "off" of the belt to make your own belt changing a breeze. Oh, while you have the belt off, take a moment to turn your powersteering pump, smog pump and A/C compressor by hand to see if they are binding anywhere before you put the new belt on. Any binding in any of those units will give you some terrible gas mileage. Just make sure you get the proper length belt "before" you remove the old one. :roflmao3[1]:

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Thanks. I do want to change the belt before I take it out hunting. I sure don't want or need a problem way back in the mountains when I am out there all alone. My problem is the folks I bought it from did a great job of taking care of stuff, by my looking at it, but they have NO records of anything done. The seller took it to a shop a few hundred miles before I bought it and did about $1000 worth of work. Unfortunately, she didn't keep any of the paper work. I want to talk to here and find out where she took it and contact them to see if they can tell me what they did. If I can't determine is the belts and hoses were changed, they will be before hunting season. Just insurance and being safe.

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Yea, one should carry spares of everything you can think of that will go wrong! I carry spare parts, nuts and bolts, loctite sealers, tools... you name it, I probably carry it. I even carry a portable welder that runs off my alternator so I can do on the trail fixes, which I had to do up on the Rubicon trail in May. Oh before I forget, here's a picture of my Jeep!post-3-1295378641.jpgThey sure are alot of fun and the "Ultimate Hunting Vehicles" :roflmao3[1]:

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