post #1 of Old 12-05-2009, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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1997 2 Door 5-Speed Build

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?

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post #2 of Old 12-05-2009, 09:43 AM
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$2,500?
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post #3 of Old 12-05-2009, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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keep going down
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post #4 of Old 12-05-2009, 09:56 AM
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Hmm.. 2K?
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post #5 of Old 12-05-2009, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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close just a tad lower
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post #6 of Old 12-05-2009, 11:15 AM
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1900?
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post #7 of Old 12-05-2009, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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yup 1900. what do you guys think of her?
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post #8 of Old 12-05-2009, 11:35 AM
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Looks clean, if that's the only real rust you're in a good spot. The interior looks extremely clean. For $1,900, definitely worth it.

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post #9 of Old 12-05-2009, 11:37 AM
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I think it's a nice Jeep, and for 1900 bucks that's not bad for a good looking two door (and it's a 5 speed!). What are your plans for this thing?

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post #10 of Old 12-05-2009, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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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?
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Personally, I would skip the BB and use the money to save towards the lift kit you actually want to run on your XJ. Just my two cents though.

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post #12 of Old 12-05-2009, 05:19 PM
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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!

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post #13 of Old 12-05-2009, 05:27 PM
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97 XJ's are the best. There's just enough AMC left in em to make life fun

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post #14 of Old 12-05-2009, 07:18 PM
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Very nice find. I want a 2dr. 5spd. but my wife says I have enough toys already.

  1. '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
  2. Sold'99 WJ limited, 4.7L, 3" IRO lift. Bilstein shocks, JK rubicon wheels, 255/70/17's, carolina driveshaft, IRO adjustable control arms, IRO adjustable A-arm
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so what does everyone think of the 3 inch rough country kit? how about the rubicon express super ride 3.5?
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