sounds like a good point to install a lift. I have 5 inches up front and i still had to jack the frame up to get the pan off (did the rear main seal yesterday). i would try jacking the frame up as high as possible if that is still not enough, try removing the swaybar because that limits suspension droop a lot. if that doesn't work remove the track bar. if you do end up having to remove the axle, you should definetly consider installling a lift kit because you will not want to drop the axle again (kill two birds with one stone)
'88 Cherokee Pioneer
Rebuilt 4.0 litre (bored .030 over)
Homemade cold-air K&N cone filter
Empty cat, Flowmaster
Rubicon Express 4.5" with leaves
BA-10 Tranny/NP 231 TC
Non-Disconnect Dana 30, Dana 44 regeared to 4.10
33x12.5 BFG MT's on Black Rock Krawler rims (3.75" BS)
to make mine easyer i just took the front axle out it let me clean all the oil off that was leaking in i painted mine and switched the fluid. it wasnt that hard especially if you have another vehicle to drive and a friend to help
2000 xj I6 trying to do my iol pump and rear main seal and I can not for the life of me get the oil pan out can some one give me a tip before I snap:
Sway bar links off? Shocks disconnected? Front DS removed?
As a last resort, control arm bolts loosened (but NOT removed) at both ends? (If you do this, be sure to put the XJ back on the ground under it's own weight before retightening these bolts)
I don't own an XJ any longer, but I still think they are the best of all the Jeep products ever made. My XJ was my favorite vehicle in my 50+ years of driving.
So...I stick around and give advice.
(1) Disconnect the negative battery cable.
(2) Raise the vehicle on hoist.
(3) Drain the oil.
(4) Remove the oil pan lower cover (Fig. 45).
(5) Remove the bolts from oil pan. Remove the 6
bolts that are on the inside of the oil pan.
(6) Remove the oil pan.
Not sure if it could help but my trick on a ford 302 on a F150 was to drop the pan as far as it would go the unbolt the oil pum and drop it in the pan. For installation I just put the new pump in the pan and reverse ordered everything.