Totally new to Jeep
I'e had a couple of Toyota Landcruiser 80 series in the past - a very capable vehicle - but wanted something a bit smaller, city friendly and more comfortable so I decided on a WJ. I'm expecting to receive my 4.7L 99 WJ Limited Jeep Grand Cherokee next week. It will be used as my Daily Driver with random light to moderate 4wding. Australia is very much a Landcruiser and Patrol country which means Jeep accessories can be few and far between. Apart from the suspension and Bull Bar, which must be Airbag compatible, most of the accessories I put on this thing will be fabricated or modified.
I live in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. The country around here seems very different to what I see in most of your pictures. No snow and very little rock to climb over. Mainly corrugated and rutted out dirt tracks which can be covered in extremely sticky and sloppy mud during the wet season.
My plans for the WJ will be a modest 2 inch lift (Government rules state no more than 2inch suspension lift although I might be able to stretch that to 3 inch) which will limit the size tyre I can use. Probably 32inch muds or maybe 33inch depending on what I can squeeze in and what width and offset I can squeeze in. Roof rack for camping and recovery gear, duel batteries to run the fridge and other electrical accessories, steel winch bull bar and sliders, some rear storage in the way of drawers which can be used as a platform for a bed. Gotta have a descent stereo for those long trips and nights under the stars. I plan to fab a steel rear bar to replace the plastic bumper which I can also have the spare wheel and jerry cans mounted to. Undoubtedly more than that as time goes by.
Much reading of this and other forums to learn exactly what I can and cant do with this model is required and help from the Jeep community is exactly what I need.