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Just bought a 1988 Jeep Comanche Chief. This is very similar to the first Comanche I bought when I turned 16. If my wife found out I bought this Comanche, she would think I'm in a mid-life crisis. Can't tell her until I find a new place to sleep.

The Comanche seems to be in fairly good shape for its age. Here are my questions:


1. As I begin to make minor repairs, should I seek original parts (when available), high performance parts, or just standard parts available at a local parts store?

2. What can I do to the 4.0 engine within reason to maximize performance?

3. What does the VIN tell me/you about my Comanche: 1JTMR63S8JT077852?


My goal is to keep this Comanche as original as possible, but to install simple, easily reversible upgrages like:


K & N air filter?

2" suspension lift

upgraded stereo system

brush guard

tint windows

3/8 or 1/2 inch wheel spacers

solid, one piece lug nuts


LED foglights?

Remote entry/start?


Rhino line the undercarriage?


More specifically, right now, the Comanche needs (please recommend original, performance, or standard):


1. battery cables

2. starter

3. shocks

4. complete tune up

5. brakes

6. lights (LED or original?)


Thank you in advance for you advice.




Justin, aka Comanche Lover for Life

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