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post #1 of 4 Old 08-13-2002, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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87-88 XJ axles and possible future owner.

I am looking to buy a jeep currently and read that some 87 and 88 XJ's came with D44 axles. What is an easy way that I can tell if the jeeps I look at have this axle? The answer to this might be obvious, but I have yet to look at one and just want to know what to expect.

Also what other suggestions would you have for me? Are there any transmissions to avoid like I heard about the YJ's? Anything that I am forgetting? I plan to start looking at 4.0l 6's with 5speeds.

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The d44's would definitely be nice. I think they were included on the jeeps with the towing package so that may be one clue. You could also measure the axle tube? I'd post a pic or a link if I had one but sorry.

Going that old you will be stuck with the closed cooling system, unless the owner swapped it out already. But it shouldn't be too difficult to do.

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Great thanks.

Any other reasons one would want to select a later model xj? Has the engine/drivetrain stayed pretty consistant over the years?

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You'll want to stay away from the 89 and earlier 5-speeds. They used the Peugot BA-10/5, which is prone to failure. Mid-year in 89 the 5-speed was changed to the AX-15 which is a much better transmission.
If you are set on finding one with a D44 (good luck, they're out there but not many of them), go with the 4 speed auto. It's the AW4 and it's nearly bombproof behind the 4.0L.

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