I purchased Cheap Jeep for our dog Tank, our rescue Pit Bull, as a vehicle to take him on rides and to go camping. When it was purchased, it was the cheapest Jeep on the market at the time that also met several minimum requirements. These were it had to be a 6 cylinder and it had to run, it had to be relatively rust free, must be a standard transmission, and the heater core had to be intact and not leaking.

Cheap Jeep was rescued from a Ranch in Kerrville TX, from a teen that didn’t have time to fix it up. After a few off-road adventures most of the worn-out stock components were quickly replaced, with the goal now to be off road worthy and to be more dependable.

While any Jeep build is not cheap, the name on Tanks Cheap Jeep remains.

OwnerTank Kiris (Driver Carl Kiris)
Build Begin DateApril 2017
Year1997
ModelWrangler Sport (TJ)
Mileage220k
Engine4.0L
TransmissionAX15
Front AxleDana 30
Gusseted and Sleeved
G2 4:56 Gears
Eaton True Trac differential
Rear AxleDana Super 35
G2 4:56 Gears
Ten Factory 30 spline axle shafts
Lift4” Zone Springs
Tires35 x 12.5 x 15 Maxxis Razr MT
Other ModsCORE 4×4 Stage 2 adjustable control arms
Poison Spyder front bumper
Smittybilt rear bumper and tire carrier
Rock sliders
Flat fenders and body armor
Clayton Offroad skid plates and tranny lift
Rugged Ridge Heavy Duty Steering Kit.
Redneck Ram Hydraulic Steering Assist
Driveshaft Specialist Front/Rear driveshafts
G2 Slip Yoke Eliminator
New Novak AX15 Transmission
Centerforce Dual Friction Clutch and Pressure Plate
Quatratec 9500lb Stealth winch
Bosch 4-hole fuel injectors

Future ModsReplace engine with a 4.7 Stroker replacement
Front roll cage upgrade