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post #1 of 5 Old 04-05-2013, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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New to me 2001 XJ need advice

Okay so likely this weekend I will be picking up my first XJ a 2001 Limited with 198k on the body and about 90K on the motor. The Jeep runs smooth but the suspension just feels completely worn out. So far it already has new Ball Joints and new drivers axle u-joint, along with hub assemblies. Alignment has been done and transmission has been serviced. I know I need new shocks so that will be a pretty quick first step but then where should I go from there. The front end feels kind of sloppy (for lack of a better term) to me. To somewhat rebuild the suspension what other parts should I replace to get it back as close to an original ride as I can? This is just going to be a daily driver for a while, I have my YJ to play with. Have a few other issues to sort out as well as a knock/tick in the motor I've read up on that and kind of know the things to check there going to try the seafoam, check the flex plate, etc. Other than that its a clean Jeep. Thanks in advance for any input you can give me.

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post #2 of 5 Old 04-07-2013, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Well here it is the knock is actually quieting down a little and I'm enjoying the drive. After my 2.5 JY on stock axles and 33's that 4.0 feels like a V8!


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Being a 2001 Cherokee keep a very close eye on unexplained coolant loss, I do not mean to come across as an alarmist but the 0331 head is well known for cracking and then developing a knock when ignored. I have bought repaired and sold quite a few 2000 and 01s with cracked heads, but I was aware they were cracked when I bought them.
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-08-2013, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice, I am definitely keeping my eye on the coolant and the oil. The motor is actually out of a 2000 so I know they have that issue. What is the best solution to this? I know there are several different heads out there and it looks like there are some modifications required to most of them to make it work. I read something last night about the 2002 and up heads out of the TJ but I just dont know what all will be required to make it work. Just looking to see if I am better off just fixing it before I have the problem rather than risking missing something and taking the rest of the motor with it (especially if my wife is driving it). Thanks for the advice.
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-08-2013, 06:27 PM
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Just keep an eye on the temp gague my second XJ is a 2001 with close to 200,000 on her now nd the 0331 head with no problems,also for your front end slop check the track bar where it bolts to the axle sometimes the hole will oval out and cause a viberation.

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