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Unread 04-01-2002, 12:40 PM   #1
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new xj owner!!

hi all
new xj owner..99 sport...
1. preferences on oil and filters..
2. in the 235/75/15 size tires..90/10 highway offroad use...bfg's/pirelli scorpions/big o big foot..any other recommendations...
3. storage space problem...have owned subarus for 15 years and they have tons of storage..map pockets and side pockets and hidden compartments etc...what does everyone do in the xj??
4. anyone make a swing away tire carrier for the 99..can find one for 98 and below...

thanx for all help and thoughts and recommendations..

alan

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Unread 04-01-2002, 06:03 PM   #2
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I use amsoil synthetic 0W30 in mine and it works great(not to mention 30,000 mile oil change intervals) I had BF Goodrich AT's on mine and they I loved them. The road noise was not bad at all if you're worried about that, and they are great off road. That lack of hidden compartments and storage areas means that your truck won't be a rattletrap on trails or when it gets older. My wife's Blazer has all of that and it rattled from day one.( And about the Blazer, don't worry, there's a Rubicon on the way)
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Unread 04-01-2002, 06:04 PM   #3
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1. Fram oil filter, and I just started using Mobil One Synthetic this past week when I changed my oil.

2. I had some Cooper Discoverer AT's on my XJ when it was stock, and I liked them. They were ok offroad, and good on road.

3. It's good you don't own a TJ. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> You could put the spare on the roof, and that will open up a ton of space, but will also increase drag and reduce gas mileage...but at least it looks cool, right? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
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Unread 04-01-2002, 08:16 PM   #4
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Any oil filter BESIDES FRAM, and Castrol 10W40 oil, change it every 5000-7500 miles year-round (highway driving can go 7500, even says it in the manual), when Jeep reaches 100,000 miles, switch to Castrol 20W50 year-round. Personal philosophy that has worked and still does work very well, and brought every one of my vehicles well over 200,000 miles trouble free.

Fram's quality control has declined, starting about 10 years ago, their oil filters are known for blowing the rubber pressure diaphragm inside, and making your oil pressure drop to ZERO psi all of a sudden, leaving you stranded, and having to get it towed. Personal experience, 3 times! Plus have heard other similar accounts. I use STP, Purolator, AC, anything but Fram. No problems ever with any of those 3.

Synthetic oil, in my book is over-rated. Don't let anyone tell you you can go further between oil changes. That's a very big, dangerous misconception! Your oil change intervals DO NOT CHANGE AT ALL with synthetic oil. Synthetic oil simply costs a hell of a lot more per quart than regular oil. Regular oil changes with good regular oil will bring you the same longevity, and also will not cost you a fortune <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

See my signature below, I have BFG AT/KO's on my '96 XJ, but would rather have the BFG MT/KM's. My recommendation would be the BFG MT/KM's. Have heard they are even better in the rain than AT, and certainly better than the AT in anything more than rain, so, to me, makes even a better practical tire for light off-roading as well. Don't get me wrong, I have used AT's now for 13 years, and love them. They have their purpose.
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Unread 04-01-2002, 10:34 PM   #5
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1. I have used Mobil 1 synthetic 10w30 from my first oil change. Just switched to using an oversized oil filter (Mobil 1 M1-301) at the last oil change I did. This filter is about 30% longer than the stock size but costs exactly the same as the, I think it was Mobil 1 M1-204.

As far as extended change intervals, I partially disagree with 4wheeler4CJ. Synthetic oil does not break down as fast as regular oil, so in this respect it will keep it's lubricating / cooling properties longer. However, it still becomes contaminated and the filter can only hold so much. I change mine every 5,000 miles. I think this is the perfect interval for synthetic. At my oil changes the oil is darker but you can still see through it (not dark black) and this is 2,000 miles further than the every 3,000 mile recommendation for regular oil. I would say anything over a 7,500 mile interval you are risking damage to your engine, but with synthetic you certainly don't need to change it every 3,000.

4. I have the AEV rear bumper / tire carrier <a href="http://www.aev-conversions.com" target="_blank">http://www.aev-conversions.com</a>
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Unread 04-02-2002, 05:28 AM   #6
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yeah, have seen those aev's also the tomkens bumpers with the tire carrier's but right now those are a pricey way to go...after years of shoring up my credit after a divorce i was able to land this xj and now the funds are real tight )
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Unread 04-02-2002, 09:25 AM   #7
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Any of you guys using synthetic should check out Amsoil. I've run mine for the full 30,000 mile interval and it looked better than some conventional oil coming out at 3,000.( You do change the filter about every 7,500 to 10,000 miles, but I swear by it) My last car got over 300,000 miles on it with the stuff.
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Unread 04-02-2002, 03:39 PM   #8
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This is what usually happens when you post about a subject such as synthetic oil vs. regular, LOL.

With all due respect to everyone on here, <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> , we all have our opinions and will post them for you to decide. Then it's up to you decipher everything we say, Good Luck, LOL.

But, seriously, I'm sure anything you use will work fine. The key is to keep your maintenance costs manageable and do your maintenance frequently enough to ward off damage.

And, by the way, for a 90 highway/10 off-road driving profile, 3,000 miles is an unnecessary interval for oil changes. That applies only if you drive 3 miles every other day to the store like grandma, or you heavily go off-roading. Not that it will ruin anything doing it 3,000 miles, but you will find that you're spending unnecessary money, and it adds up quickly, especially if you go the synthetic route! If you stick between 5,000 & 7,500 miles, you will not be pushing any limits. Look in your owner's manual; for your driving profile, it will say 7500 miles. They don't lie.
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