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Unread 08-30-2009, 12:33 AM   #1
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How capable is this rig?

Im looking at selling my ZJ, the 3.5" kit I have and my ARB bumper and then buying a built XJ. I just want to know how good this thing is, how it does offroad and what I need to look for. The guy wants 3k for this, I was gonna offer 2.5k and go from there.

1996 Jeep Cherokee HO, 150k
4.5 inch ProComp lift
4.10 gears
33 inch Super Swamper TSL tires on aluminum mags
Bushwacker fender flares
Automatic
CB radio
upgraded cd player



I would be adding an aftermarket bumper to it so I can mount my lights and winch, putting my new rock sliders on it.


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Unread 08-30-2009, 12:56 AM   #2
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We need more info.

Milage is always helpful, as well as pictures. What kind of lift(what it consists of)? Drivetrain? Basically anything you can get, give us. All of this will play into how much you think you should spend.

For wheeling purposes, an XJ on 33's is a very capable rig when set up properly. With one or two lockers you can easily run blacks with the proper armor. I own both an XJ and a ZJ and I can say with quite certainty I enjoy wheeling my XJ much more. It seems lighter and more nimble with plenty of wheelbase, and the 4.0 has plenty of torque with the proper gearing. Not to mention there is more aftermarket support IMO for the XJ crowd, as well as being much easier and less expensive to mod.

As for daily driving purposes, the ZJ is going to have more creature comforts and be slightly more comfortable. The XJ with a 4.0 is very similar in power to a ZJ with the 5.2 (slight edge to the 5.2) but my ZJ is just plain and simple a nicer ride on the road. The ZJ also has more leg room all around, and slightly more cargo area.
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Unread 08-30-2009, 07:50 AM   #3
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looks like a nice set up to me. Not a fan of procomp lifts, or the aluminum wheels. but a nice rig for 2.5 to 3k.

what T-case?
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Unread 08-30-2009, 09:59 AM   #4
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thats what i paid for mine its the same year and almost bone stock other than a new cd head unit but mine has 124,xxx miles now prob 110,xxx when i got it
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Unread 08-30-2009, 10:45 AM   #5
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that sounds like a good rig.....i paid $3k for my old '99 that had a 3" Rough Country AAL kit with some 30's, then i paid $5k for my bone stock '96.....then i paid $300 for my POS '91 trail rig project (bone stock)

that being said i think its a good deal for $3k or $2.5k for that rig as long as it isnt beat to **** (check it over real well, you cant always trust some one else's trail rig)
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Unread 08-30-2009, 11:37 AM   #6
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That rig is as capable as the driver.
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Unread 08-30-2009, 12:41 PM   #7
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As capable as your ZJ
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Unread 08-30-2009, 02:54 PM   #8
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Because it has a CB radio and upgraded stereo it should be able to do 95% of all trails you will encounter.
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Unread 08-30-2009, 03:04 PM   #9
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That rig is as capable as the driver.

HAHAHAHA
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Unread 08-30-2009, 04:49 PM   #10
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That is a fairly solid rig to work with. If you could get it for 2.5k that would be a good deal.

4.10's is a little low for 33's on an auto imo, but it will get the job done. I'm also not a fan of pro comp products.

But don't mind me, I'm just nit picking.
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Unread 08-30-2009, 05:45 PM   #11
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HAHAHAHA
...That was a very honest response, i dont think it was supposed to be funny........but...heh..
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Unread 08-30-2009, 09:48 PM   #12
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I just thought it was funny because the guy driving looks VERY CAPABLE
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Unread 08-30-2009, 09:52 PM   #13
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Looks like a nice XJ.
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i got 12in and is my dd and handles like my lowered civic. one on 10.50s might be tippy i got 12in wheels and 15.50s
Orange 98' XJ- 4.5" lift, 33 M/Ts, Doorless, custom front bumper
I have 3 spare 32" BFG KM M/Ts- Hit me up if you need one.
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