post #1 of Old 09-30-2013, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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1987 Cherokee - New Owner/Victim ;)

Hi all,

I will be a newbie to this forum but most likely a frequent one.

Long story... came across a good deal on a 1987 v6 XJ. I have no idea about Jeeps and have never owned one. I am pretty excited to tinker with the JEEP platform.

1987... Thoughts? Things I need to look at? The steering is a bit loose and wonky.

I absolutely love the spartan nature of this interior. Manual everything except transmission.

It's a REALLY good interior and the exterior id so so with paint fade...

Just looking for any 1st timer advise on a 1987 and say hello b/c I will be on here alot

THANKS!
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post #2 of Old 10-01-2013, 05:54 AM
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Nothing wrong with an 87.

Click on the link in my signature and see the cheap and easy fixes/upgrades you can do for little to no money. Just some time getting familiar with your Jeep. The auto trans is an excellent trans and will serve you well.

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post #3 of Old 10-01-2013, 07:27 AM
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Welcome aboard. As cruiser stated, nothing wrong with an 87. First thing you'll want to do on this forum is fill out your vehicle profile. When you ask questions a lot of us will go to that to find out specific info (ex. transmission, rear axle type, 6cyl or 4cyl) on your jeep to help us give you accurate answers. Info is key.

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post #4 of Old 10-01-2013, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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I will get it all updated once I have it. I am going to pick it up today.

I was going to have one last look before handing the cash over which was kind of the point of this post

So far to my knowledge it is an automatic v6 4x4.

It seems to shift OK. Engine feels good. Didn't overheat and the A/C blows beautifully.

I will update everything once I have it - other than that are there any absolute "If you see this..." Red Flags?
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By the way - do these have a tough time passing emissions? I see it has a CAT installed.
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None of the 5 XJ's I've owned had any unusual emission problems.

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So far to my knowledge it is an automatic v6 4x4.
Its mostly likely a 4.0L inline 6, the V6s were only used up until 86.

that being said, you will like the 4.0L engine, one of the best ever made IMO

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Hi all.

We went ahead and grabbed this "deal"... I have to say I love this little wagon.

I bought it for my Girlfriend. She has been using it as a DD since purchased. It passed emissions no problem. The interior is nearly perfect. AC is arctic cold. The outside paint is faded from the AZ sun but actually aged nicely due to it being a Goldish color previously. Vintage Petina!

So far it has needed nothing and I haven't had the time to get into it yet...

We came in at $1600 - it as about 250k on it. Everything seems fine EXCEPT:

Sterring - it is pretty sloppy. I am not familiar with Jeep at all. In fact, where is the RAD cap?

I am wondering the best way to have a look at the suspension/steering. Common issues that could cause slop. Linkage, CA's, Idlers... I have no idea. Totally new to the Jeep platform.

Chime in if you have any idea on what we should look at for this thing.

Thanks!

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In fact, where is the RAD cap?
Your year has a closed cooling system so there is no radiator cap. There's a coolant reservoir/overflow in the back of the engine bay that you fill from.

They're fairly temperamental so switching to an open cooling system later if you have issues is usually a good idea.

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post #10 of Old 10-12-2013, 05:32 PM
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Sterring - it is pretty sloppy. I am wondering the best way to have a look at the suspension/steering. Common issues that could cause slop. Linkage, CA's, Idlers... I have no idea. Totally new to the Jeep platform.
Tie-rod ends would be the first place to check, also check the steering stabilizer (like a shock-absorber for the steering). At 250k mi your steering box may be worn as well, though TREs are much cheaper and more failure prone so that would be the first place to look. The XJ uses the old-style recirculating ball steering so it will never be exceptionally precise even in perfect condition.
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See the cap on the bottle? Replace it with a Napa 703-1396 first chance you get.

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