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Unread 03-27-2002, 11:41 PM   #1
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Tradin in the Taco Lookin for an XJ need advice

Hey all I am new to the board. I have been wheelin for years in a Toyota Tacoma but it is time for something bigger that I can take the family. I am looking for an older Cherokee say 87-93 and I was looking for some advice on what to look for and what too look be careful of. I can't wait to get one and start on some wicked mods. Also what do you think is a fair price for a used one.

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Unread 03-28-2002, 07:07 AM   #2
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Well, if you get an older one like '87, make sure you get a 4.0 High Output. After a certain year, they were all High Output, and they dropped the "designation", but I don't know the year (Anyone?)

I would personally stick in the '90's, leaning toward around '94-'96. You've got your pick of Limited, Country, Sport, etc. as far as options.
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Unread 03-29-2002, 05:44 AM   #3
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Welcome to the land of Jeeps! If you're looking at older XJ's, look for the 4.0l I6. From '87 to '90, it was the 177 hp version. There is nothing wrong with this motor. I used one quite happily. In '91, the 190 hp version was introduced. It is basically the same motor. There are more performance options available for this version. Some '87 to '89 XJ's with the towing package came with a Dana 44 rear axle. This is VERY desirable, as the Dana 35 is famous for trying to turn itself inside out when combined with 33"+ tires and hard wheelin. If you go for an '86 or older XJ, the 6 cyl model is the GM 2.8 v6. Not known as the world's highest performance engine. The 4 cyl is the Iron Duke 2.5, in all model years. It's a good, dependable motor. Like a mule, it'll keep on pulling, but expect it to be a calander case on the highway. Don't plan on taking it to the Bonneville Salt Flats. Otherwise the XJ remained pretty much the same throughout it's production run. It's a good platform to work with. It is a unibody construction. Body lifts are not possible. Suspension options are growing. Good luck with your search for a new ride! Keep us posted on what you get.
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Unread 03-29-2002, 09:49 AM   #4
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Actually, the 2.5L in the Cherokees is not the Iron Duke. The Iron Duke was a GM 151ci 2.5L engine used in earlier years, namely the 1980-81 CJ's. In '82, AMC introduced it's own 4-banger, the 150ci 2.5L. This is the one in Cherokees, if you have a 4-cyl. Totally different motor altogether. IMHO, the Iron Duke was a more reliable motor, but only my opinion. I think AMC screwed up by dropping that motor in favor of their own. AMC's 4-banger can be good, but some had a reputation for blowing rings at 100,000 miles.

If you have a choice, I wouldn't recommend the 2.8 V6. Not a good track record, compared to the other powerplants offered. Try to get a 4.0L. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
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Unread 03-29-2002, 11:21 PM   #5
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Thank you for the correction. I had the wrong understanding.
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Unread 03-30-2002, 08:29 AM   #6
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LOL, many people mistake the two motors, very common error. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> That's what makes this Forum so great, tho! Best way to learn, other than by doing
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Unread 03-31-2002, 10:24 AM   #7
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Thanks for the advice guys. I appreciate the welcome I have recieved in this forum.
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Unread 04-01-2002, 06:21 PM   #8
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In 91 they brought in the HO, and I believe the open cooling system too. (may have been 92). Get as new as you can get, but 90 and later also had the C-clip d35 which is the weak link. If you can find an '87 w/ a factory d44, buy that. The non-HO's are not that much weaker, and the older you buy, the less you have to worry about vibes after you lift it. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> Good luck
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Unread 04-03-2002, 01:41 AM   #9
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Hey all I just wanted to share some pics of my last wheelin trip in my truck. Again thanks for the advice. <a href="http://www.tbfdotcom.com/taz/images/matinez%20042002/default.asp" target="_blank">http://www.tbfdotcom.com/taz/images/matinez%20042002/default.asp</a>
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