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Unread 07-16-2013, 10:12 PM   #16
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Try to get under the rear end and look for the 2nd tag on the differential cover. The 2nd tag should signify the presence of the limited slip. Or if there's only one tag it should have "LS" on it.

If you find a 96-98 Limited with the towing package it should have LSD. For up to 31" tires it makes all the difference.

Other things to check for is that all power windows work.

Also cycle the power locks. The passenger's front is famous for making a lot of noise but not moving the lock itself.

Try to avoid ones with a sunroof if you're over 6 feet tall. The whole sunroof assembly is mounted inside the headliner. Which means the headliner is dropped into the passenger's compartment by a few inches and you rub your hair on it. Plus they are prone to leaking.

If you're lucky enough to find a Orvis Edition (in either green or silver) they come with the factory UpCountry 1" spring lift, tow hooks, and full factory skid plates.

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Unread 07-16-2013, 11:19 PM   #17
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The plenum thing is definitely good talking point to knock cash down.

I have a thing against the D35, so definitely 96+. The LSD is nice. I wish I didn't have a sunroof (as fun as driving around at night sitting on the center console is) I'm only 6'2" and it annoys the crap outta me.

Why not a niner? Basically the same gas mileage highway. And HOLY **** that skinny pedal.
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I heard someone yell "mall crawler" from the back porch. I'll go see who said that. Be right back.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 07:31 AM   #18
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Thanks for all the replies guys, I'm gunna start looking next week and see what I can find
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Unread 07-18-2013, 09:00 AM   #19
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Chances are you will have to do the plenum and VC repair on any 5.2 you come across. Those are standard repair items that 100% fail on every one of them. Including the Dodge trucks(plenum). It was just a bad factory design to use a steel plate on an aluminum block.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 10:03 AM   #20
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The plenum repair isn't that big of a job, depending on your mechanical ability. I've done it before on my last truck, '97 ram with the 5.9L, in an afternoon.
I'll be using the Hughes kit on the Jeep when it comes time for that repair too.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 12:04 PM   #21
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Chances are you will have to do the plenum and VC repair on any 5.2 you come across. Those are standard repair items that 100% fail on every one of them. Including the Dodge trucks(plenum). It was just a bad factory design to use a steel plate on an aluminum block.
As far as the VC Repair goes. I know you can swap in a 242 from a ZJ, odd question, but can you swap in a 242HD or 242J from a WJ?
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Unread 07-18-2013, 12:31 PM   #22
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Not without creating a hybrid case. I think a few people have tried but I haven't heard of anyone succeeding.

Why not go straight to an atlas?
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Unread 07-18-2013, 12:44 PM   #23
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Not without creating a hybrid case. I think a few people have tried but I haven't heard of anyone succeeding.

Why not go straight to an atlas?
I don't really know much about them or what they really are to be honest. I know the company makes T-Cases and Adapters, other than that...
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Unread 07-18-2013, 01:22 PM   #24
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They're bullet proof unless you're tim cameron. Popular with the V8 bronco guys.

Keep the 249, it's the strongest stock case.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 01:40 PM   #25
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They're bullet proof unless you're tim cameron. Popular with the V8 bronco guys.

Keep the 249, it's the strongest stock case.
Keeping the 249 seems to be the advisable things to do I guess. Guess I'll just have to get used to it. Lol
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Keeping the 249 seems to be the advisable things to do I guess. Guess I'll just have to get used to it. Lol
You don't need an Atlas if you are not doing crazy obstacles off road. You can talk to George at Transfer cases Unlimited and he can set you up with a 247 hybrid. I think they are around 800 bucks. He offers different combos. If you are just going to DD it with occasional off roading such as camping then just repair the VC.

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You don't need an Atlas if you are not doing crazy obstacles off road. You can talk to George at Transfer cases Unlimited and he can set you up with a 247 hybrid. I think they are around 800 bucks. He offers different combos. If you are just going to DD it with occasional off roading such as camping then just repair the VC.

http://www.transfercase.com/
It would be my DD to Work and College on the Highway and I would keep my 4.0 with the 242 for recreation.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 03:55 PM   #28
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The 249 AWD is great for DD duty.

You're gonna miss the V8 power in your little 4.0 once you get one.
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Unread 07-19-2013, 01:25 AM   #29
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Having owned both, a 93 4.0l Laredo, and a 93 5.2l Limited, the Limited is a better vehicle in every aspect. It has far more power, and on the highway, it doesn't feel like it's struggling. Offroad, the extra power has made a big difference as well.
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