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Unread 09-22-2013, 04:15 PM   #1
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Possibly my first ZJ ever!!

So I saw that at my local small town used car lot. Now with a 4 month old daughter and the gf and I wanting more kiddos in the future, im looking for more of a "dad waggon" as my wheeler/commuter.
Anyway its a 1997 ZJ, with only 60,000 miles!!!!!! It is the V8, not sure if its the 5.2 or 5.9, can anyone tell me? Its a limited...I believe. Crawled underneath, everything looks good and damn near in perfect condition for being a 97.
What are the axle options with these ZJ's? Im more of a Wrangler guy and know very little about the cherokee family.
Anywho, I am very excited about making this purchase if my loans application gets accepted at my bank. ALlL info regaurding these ZJ's is much appreciated!!
Ohh my big problem was...the TC. Do these have the full time tansfercases? NV249 i believe?.

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Unread 09-22-2013, 04:20 PM   #2
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5.2L V8, Dana 30 front and Dana 44a rear axles. 249 transfer case with 4Hi-N-Lo

How much are they asking?

To test the VC in the case, take it on a 15 minute drive then find a nice open lot. Do some almost full lock figure 8s. If it binds and hops, the VC is on its way out or already done.
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Unread 09-22-2013, 04:26 PM   #3
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The 249 is like an AWD system as well right?
The dealer wants $4,500 for it. Im gonna try and talk them down to $4,000 cash
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Do you do your own wrenching? I say that because inevitably an old ZJ will need much tender loving care. If you are at the mercy of a mechanic, you future kids may suffer from your empty wallet syndrome.
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Unread 09-22-2013, 04:32 PM   #5
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Yes I do all my own work on my cars. I have been working on my Jeep TJ for the past 3 or 4 years. everything from actual shaft to brakes to engine work
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A clean vehicle straight up will not need tender loving care. One that already has issues will. Chang the oil on time. Do basic maintenence And it will treat you good.
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Especially at only 60,000 miles on it and the way the undercarraige looked. Pretty sure this was owned by an elderly person who babied the hell out it.
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Yes I do all my own work on my cars. I have been working on my Jeep TJ for the past 3 or 4 years. everything from actual shaft to brakes to engine work
I would buy the thing. Plan on a transfer case swap.
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I can't compare my area to yours but here you can get a much newer Grand for less money than that. It seems like a lot to me but maybe not for your area.
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I can't compare my area to yours but here you can get a much newer Grand for less money than that. It seems like a lot to me but maybe not for your area.
ZJ's look way better IMO. The WJ looks like my overweight cousin lol.
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Do the 231's bolt right in? No need for new driveshafts or anything?
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95+ do. Older ones have spline and gear changes. You can use an older one by doing a input shaft swap from yours. I just installed an 88 242 by swapping the input shafts. Love it.

There is all the info if you Google 242 249 zj swap. Its the first one e that pops up.
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What if I find a np231 from 97+? Than is it a simple bolt up?
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What if I find a np231 from 97+? Than is it a simple bolt up?
Don't even bother. That rig with only 60k on it is a great find for that price. Even though many here malign the 249 case, it is actually a VERY good case and with any amount of reasonable use and care, will go another 60/100k with no issues. It is even a good case for mild wheeling. You have a great find there. Leave it as is for now and use the money for the fam or some other more useful mod.
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The swap to the 231 or 242 wont be immediate by any means. A majority of my money nowadays goes torwards to 4 month old daughter anyway
What is the difference between the 231 and 242. Is the 242 the roc-trac with 4:1 low range that they stick in the Rubi's?
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