I just bought my first XJ! It's my third Jeep. 1st was a 1996 ZJ that my parents gave me. It now has 195,000 on it and running like a champ. I just gave it back to them and I bought the XJ with my own money because I wanted to pay for my own wheels. Second was my 1959 CJ5 that I completely restored when I was 17. Now I'm 19 and bought the XJ as a birthday present to myself on Nov 14th. I looked on craigslist and various other places forever until I could find what I wanted. It's hard to find a 5 speed XJ that's not rotted out up here in MA. The XJ has about 118,000 miles on it and hardly any rust. It's in pretty good shape overall. I still need to clean out the inside and small stuff like that but mechanically it's pretty good. Here are some pics.
There are a few issues though, but I'll take care of them soon.
1st, the windshield washer doesn't work.
2nd, there's a little rust starting
The lady I bought it from originally wanted $3400, then she dropped the price to $2700. Any guesses as to what I paid?
I'm going to first fix the stuff that's not working (windshield washer and one speaker) and then i'm going to put on a 3 inch rough country lift with some 245/75/R16 MTRs on Moabs off of a Rubicon. I got a set of 4 wheels and tires for $300 from a part out. Then maybe some lights and a roof rack or something along those lines. Possibly a winch when I get the money. I've gotten stuck so many times in my ZJ that I want to make this thing foolproof. How does the rough country lift kit ride? I'm just curious. Also I might have to squeeze the tires on without the lift. I'm thinking it will be tight but it might work for just a temporary thing. Maybe I'll just do a BB for now, but I might as well do it right the first time right?
yeah man, i almost convinced myself of getting the OME 2" lift for my new 30" bighorns, but now I'm going for the new 4.5" long arm rough country lift and 33x10.50's lol. But awesome find! I spent $100 than you for mine. I also started with a 96 ZJ, lol. Yay for 97 XJ's!
Very nice find. I want a 2dr. 5spd. but my wife says I have enough toys already.
'95 XJ country edition, 4" coils/3/4" spacers, HD leafs with extra main added in, Ironman adjustable control arms, rough country shackles, aussie locker, JK rubicon shocks, 35" mudder's, soft 8's, cobra cb
Sold '00 TJ, 4" lift, rusty's adjustable control arms, skyjacker shocks, rock krawler adj. trac-bar,rugged ridge SYE and RE driveshaft, soft 8's, 35" mud king xt's,XJ HP D30 w/aussie locker, 4:88 yukon gears, hella 500's, rock crusher diff covers
4. 04 Dodge ram 1500 quadcab, yes, it has a hemi.
5. '08 BMW X3, Mods in progress.