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Unread 10-15-2012, 09:02 AM   #16
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yeah, i guess so. its extremely odd its almost like its not their!

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Unread 10-15-2012, 11:21 AM   #17
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To be honest I'd sell the 86 and just buy a 4.0 cherokee with the 1k plus whatever you get for your blown up 86. The 2.8 is junk and the 3.4 isn't much better, plus all the time and money to swap the 3.4. 3.4's are getting pretty hard to find since they haven't made them since 1995 in f bodies.

My dad had a decent 86 commanche with a blown up 2.8 and came to the same conclusion.
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Unread 10-15-2012, 11:53 AM   #18
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^ What he said, I've bought many XJs for 1500 or less.Unless for some reason you are really attached to yours.Sell your for around 500$ if you can,put your grand with it and you should be able to find a pretty nice 90 up for 1500.Just my 2 cents.
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Unread 10-15-2012, 03:24 PM   #19
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The front driveshaft sucks, the engine sucks, the rear axle sucks, etc. There's a lot of reasons to 86 the 86 and get something a little newer.
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Unread 10-15-2012, 04:29 PM   #20
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I know all of you are telling me to get rid of her, but guys its my first rig im attached to her! and the grand that i have is in a 2007 kawasaki kx 85 dirtbike. so it is gonna take awhile.. and what is soo wrong with my rear axle? dana 35
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Unread 10-15-2012, 04:43 PM   #21
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Nothing really bad with the rear axle as long as you have no intentions of large tires,lockers or thrashing it off road It is a 27 spline axle with thin wall axle tubes and non C clip in years 84 -86.The only reason I suggested investing in a newer rig is because you would like a 4.0 plus the many upgrades you will get out of a newer XJ.
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Unread 10-15-2012, 06:48 PM   #22
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Well, i guess you are right because i do plan on having lockers front and rear, and big tires, and taking it off road.. so what is the best years do you think?
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Unread 10-15-2012, 06:54 PM   #23
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1000 for a kx 85 :-/

86 the 86


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Unread 10-15-2012, 08:31 PM   #24
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Well, i guess you are right because i do plan on having lockers front and rear, and big tires, and taking it off road.. so what is the best years do you think?
More answers than you'd ever want are already out there for this question if you care to look. Pretty much every year has someone who probably thinks it's the best year for valid or invalid reasons, but generally 95 or 96 (depending on your computer preference I guess) for the first generation and 99 for the second generation. I can think of a few reasons one might prefer other years (I really wish I could have working vent windows, and if I ever find a set, I plan to install them in mine), but from what I've seen, these are the ones most guys say are "the best." For me, the most significant distinctions to be made are pre-4.0 years, renix years, HO 4.0 obd years, good 2nd gens, and 2nd gens that make you worry whether the head will crack. I would never call any XJ bad. They're all relatively fantastic, but selling your blown 2.8 XJ for a 4.0 model is certainly not bad advice. I can certainly sympathize with your reluctance to trade it for something else for sentimental reasons, though. Whatever you decide, just be sure you're happy with your decision--that's all that matters.
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Unread 10-16-2012, 12:25 AM   #25
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Unread 10-16-2012, 11:40 AM   #26
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All of your questions plus the differences between the two and much, much more info can be found in http://www.amazon.com/High-Performan.../dp/1932494146 If you intend on building up an XJ, this book is definitely the place to start. What you spend on the book you'll save many times over in parts and headaches moving forward with your build.
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Unread 10-16-2012, 12:11 PM   #27
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All of your questions plus the differences between the two and much, much more info can be found in http://www.amazon.com/High-Performan.../dp/1932494146 If you intend on building up an XJ, this book is definitely the place to start. What you spend on the book you'll save many times over in parts and headaches moving forward with your build.
Thanks man it looks like it will be worth it, i will pick up a copy, and if anyone can answer me one thing, what is a good solid front and rear axle to start from.
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Unread 10-16-2012, 12:14 PM   #28
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D44 front and rear

Or D44 front with a C8.25" 29 spline rear

Or a D44 front and a ford 9" rear with disc.


Or go full retard and d60s
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Unread 10-16-2012, 12:27 PM   #29
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would d60s be the best? and strongest?
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Unread 10-16-2012, 12:31 PM   #30
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Ya but that can get $$$

Here is a rear near you for decent $
http://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/pts/3342891228.html

And a nice front
http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/pts/3341873819.html

But i dont think you understand the fabrication needed to install an axle like that. Do you own a welder?

If no welder your gonna want bolt in. And to tell you the truth i have no idea what bolts into your year.
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