So I have a completely stock 91 XJ just sitting out in my driveway not getting driven becuase I have a 97 ZJ that I just purchased. That said the XJ will be getting lifted and all that good stuff as soon as i can get the funds (could take awhile, I like to spend money). At anyrate if it was your jeep and you didn't feel like putting much money into it but planned on lifting it and doing everything later what would you do to it now?
What kinda mods would you start off with if you could just do them in your spare time?
Be them cosmetic or mechanic what should I start with to just start wrenching and blow some time.
For those interested here is my future mods that i have planned.
RE 4.5'' Super Flex With Full Leafs
Either Cryco 8.25 or The Explorer 8.8 Conversion (Currently has D35 and ABS)
Some Aftermarket Front Bumper
Some Front Recovery Points
Some Sorta Roof rack w/ light-bar
Probably only take it has far as 33's for now.
New Exhaust with high-flow Cat
As Said this is not a DD and I have plans for it but I want to mess around now and I dont really have money to devote to it quite yet.
I suggest buying a welder and start by making the bumpers. Or maybe start with the rack. It's a good way to learn how to weld. You'll be suprised how useful it is to be able to to...
And maybe a junkyard lift and tires if you're cheap. I mean, the ford thunderbird coils seems to have worked well for the only person I manged to talk into doing it (maybe 4.5" of lift) and dakota/s-10 rear springs work well for about 4-5" of lift.
Then if you re-drill the track bar and buy (or make) some longer LCAs you've got a setup that at least works for very little money.
Then if you want to get bling you can buy the expensive stuff later. Or make it with that welder I convinced you to buy...
You could also hit up the junk yard or pick a part and look for some factory skid plates. I found a gas tank and front skid for $36, plus there were quite a few with transfer case skids, but I already have one. You could also get a rear factory hitch for a tow point, or some XJ's came from the factory with a rear tow hook bracket (I only saw one out of about 15 with one of these) in the back and look for front tow hooks off a cherokee. It's worth looking for because these are parts that would cost a lot new, are very helpful offroad, and that you can save a boat load of money on by getting used pieces. WHile you're at the junk yard, look for a dana 44. There are out there. That would be better than the 8.25 and easier to install than a 8.8.
You lift sounds good for 33's (you will need to do some trimming), but you will need to budget in for a SYE if you are going to 4.5". I have the same lift you are looking at with 32's A/T. I had bad vibes and some minor yoke binding at the TC when I would put my brakes on hard. I got the SYE from PORC (performance offroad center) and used a front DS in the rear. That can save you some money too over a tom woods shaft. You total would be about $250 rather than $500.
It's always a good idea to check the for sale forum on here or look for a local jeep club in your area. I found a nice used winch bumper for $275 and there are parts for XJ's in my club frequently (usually not whole lifts, but at least spring packs and leaf packs).
You have plenty of options, just get out there and look if you have the time.
whats some good things to look for at the junkyard....
im going to drop off my old car haha.. that car is the reason i own an XJ some guy ran a stop sign and T-boned me so what ever i get for it mayby the guy will trade me for axles or something.... what should i have in mind when i go?