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    Default My Grand Adventure: Episode 1

    My Grand Adventure

    Episode 01:
    Introduction
    Hey guys, This is Cody with trailchasers.net. Tony, Josh, and Tammy put out a call for listeners that wanted to participate with the new Grand Cherokee section of the podcast, so I threw my hat in the ring.
    Before I start, here is a little bit about me:
    I have been wheeling for 22 years and have owned many Jeeps
    2-CJ-7's
    3-XJ's
    1-MJ (Comanche Pickup)
    1-TJ
    And I now own a 2001 Grand Cherokee WJ

    While I owned the TJ, I always wanted to get back in to a wagon. I love the body style and I felt that the previous XJ's I owned were the perfect off road vehicles. The longer wheelbase, 4-doors, cargo space, front coil/rear leaf suspension, and the perfectly powered 4.0 engine made it the swiss army knife for all of my adventures. And, to be honest, I don't care about taking the top off of my vehicle anymore. It was fun when I was younger, but now I am old and I want some GOD DAMN COMFORT! I know that's not cool to say with the Wrangler crowd, but I live in the desert. People think that all of California is by the beach, but no, the poor people live in the desert. That's where I am. Where we wheel, it is hot and dusty. I am tired of melting my forehead off and ending the day with mud in my teeth. I want to roll up the windows, turn on the AC, and cruise in leather seated comfort. That's what happens when you get old. If I had an extra 50k sitting around, I would gladly go purchase a beautiful new JKU, but see me previous comments about being broke and living in the desert. So if I was going to sell the TJ and get another unibody Jeep, I had to make it work within my budget. With that said, I really thought I would be back in an XJ.

    Why I chose the Grand Cherokee
    As I searched for my new family off road vehicle, I found that there were two types of XJ's on the market:
    The first was a fairly stock vehicle in decent condition. Gramma and Grandpa Jones handed it down to their grandson. Little Johnny Jones figured out he had a cash cow on his hands and wants 2 kidneys and a lung for the thing (do we even have 2 kidneys?)
    The second is an older wheeler that someone bought, hacked up, wheeled to hell, and is now trying to unload. The guy knows it is a ticking time bomb and posts it on craigslist with a title that reads “Ready to go wheeling” which means, bring a trailer 'cause is gonna explode the first time you take it out.
    The bottom line is that the XJ was hard to find in Southern California. So, I expanded my search. Surprisingly, Jeep produced 432-quadrillion Grand Cherokees since 1993 and most them have been owned by soccer moms (I haven't verified those numbers yet). They come in several different trims with various drive trains. They are very easy to find and some of them are in excellent condition. With the XJ becoming harder to get my hands on, the Grand Cherokee has become my new “affordable” off road wagon.

    Media:
    Do a search on Youtube for “Jeep Grand Cherokee Intro 1992” to see how they debuted the first Grand at the Detroit Auto Show.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXnTwBOGk1I

    Xtreme4x4 has done a really good 3 part series on turning the WJ in to an expedition vehicle. Check out the full episodes on www.powernationtv.com > Full Episodes > Search Grand Cherokee
    Part 1: http://www.powerblocktv.com/episode/...i#.VYGdBG8zbZc
    Part 2: http://www.powerblocktv.com/episode/...2#.VYGdCW8zbZc
    Part 3: http://www.powerblocktv.com/episode/...3#.VYGdAW8zbZc


    What is to come
    As I continue to submit these segments, I will try to touch on all aspects of the Grand Cherokee's. I will compare the Grand's specs to other Jeeps, talk about the after market support, the communities, and the pros and the cons of the vehicle. Hopefully you will join me on my new Grand Adventure.

    Thanks for listening and checkout www.trailchasers.net for more info or find at facebook.com/trailchasers and on twitter @trailchasers
    Cody M. Sisson
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    951.394.DIRT

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    Default Re: My Grand Adventure: Episode 1

    Thanks for sharing Cody. The wife and I have thought about a WJ as a second rig for when mine quits

    And I hear ya on the AC and seats. That is why I have an XJ with air and …. WJ leather seats. Eventually we will have a self contained expedition vehicle too, but a step up with being able to camp mid trail on the Rubicon or Dusey Ershom. But that is down the road a little for us
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    Default Re: My Grand Adventure: Episode 1

    That's an awesome writeup there Cody.. I've looked into building a ZJ or WJ... and almost purchased a WJ, but the guy who was selling it decided to flake out and just not return calls/messages... and then I found the deal on my 97XJ I have now.. I think once it quits or if it has major issues.. I'll be looking for a WJ to build up... not to mention would be a better ride for little ones as well..
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    Default Re: My Grand Adventure: Episode 1

    Thanks for the feedback guys, I appreciate it.
    I am glad to hear that others are/were considering the Grand's for their next rig. Honestly, I was a little nervous about taking the plunge, but I went in to it thinking that I could always re-sell the vehicle if I didn't like it. But, I am really enjoying this vehicle. We did our first big trip to Big Bear over the 4th and it did great. I will be posting a video on www.trailchasers.net soon and doing a report on it in an upcoming Grand Adventure episode.
    Cody M. Sisson
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    Default Re: My Grand Adventure: Episode 1

    You can see Cody's introduction here and then hear his first installment of the Grand Adventure.

    [ame]https://youtu.be/QQTNz9GOFnY[/ame]

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