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Unread 03-30-2011, 09:46 PM   #1
docrich52
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1st jeep 96 XJ country edition - many questions

So let me start off by saying that I have wanted an J for the longest time and I finally found someone that wanted to trade a hond accord for one! Victory!!

This is my first Jeep and I have alot of questions but i guess i should start off with the most broad one. Is there anything that i should pay extra close attention to while putting my list together of things that need fixed?

I aleady know that i need a new exhaust mani and basically the rest of the ehaust, plugs wires and rotor.

She already has a 3 or 4 inc lift on her, but i heard i need to drop the transfer case down to compensate....? is this true?

and im getting it undercoated on tuesday (doesnt have any significant rust undeneath yet and i wanna keep it that way)

I appriciate any advice and look forward to being part of the fam

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Unread 03-30-2011, 10:09 PM   #2
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Woo, and its a country too You have pics yet?
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Unread 03-30-2011, 10:12 PM   #3
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get an sye. what T-case do you have? dirtbound off road is having some sweet deals on SYE's.
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Unread 03-30-2011, 10:22 PM   #4
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no pictures yet but this weekend i will take plenty. its pretty slick lookng. i read a little about the sye but im not sure if i can do that myself... i want to do everything possible on my own if i can.. what is the benifit of a slip yolk eliminator?
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Unread 03-30-2011, 10:35 PM   #5
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yes, sye is a must have. that small of a lift u dont need to lower t case. track bar bracket on the frame will always losen up! tighten the bolts and stitch weld the bracket to the sub frame. upgrade to at least an 8.25 rear diff,get hood vents,xj's are known for cooling probs. if u are gonna wheel a lot DONT waste ur hard earned money on quick disconnect for sway bars,its just not that big of a deal!. im guessing its a 4.0 so the alt is mounted on the bottom,avoid deep water or you will be replacing it all the time. u can save ur alt by mounting a heavy push pull switch in line on the main alt wire,so u can shut your alt off before the deep water/mud and turn it back on after u get thu it. also the coolant reservoir is mounted on a tin plate,bend the plate down on the fender side,this will keep the tank from rubbing on the hood and cracking! also the electric fans, i found that it was better to take them off the thermo switch and run them with toggle switches,back to the water and mud,u can turn the fans off in the water/mud so they dont take the radiator out. hopefully some of this will help you. i wheeld an xj for a long time and those small little things saved me a lot of trouble.
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Unread 03-30-2011, 10:40 PM   #6
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With an SYE you put less stress on your motor mounts than with a T-case drop. It also eliminates driveshaft vibes. im not sure if this is right but it prevents your yoke from being pulled out of your T-case.... Plus you can carry 1 stock front drive shaft and have a replacement for both front and rear on the trail. As for installation i couldnt comment but i ordered one and i plan on putting it in myself. Never done driveline mods before but hopefully it is a pretty easy DIY job.
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Unread 03-31-2011, 09:21 AM   #7
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Pics of my XJ Country

Not sure this'll work but lets give it a shot

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Unread 03-31-2011, 09:34 AM   #8
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So let me start off by saying that I have wanted an J for the longest time and I finally found someone that wanted to trade a hond accord for one! Victory!!

This is my first Jeep and I have alot of questions but i guess i should start off with the most broad one. Is there anything that i should pay extra close attention to while putting my list together of things that need fixed?

I aleady know that i need a new exhaust mani and basically the rest of the ehaust, plugs wires and rotor.

She already has a 3 or 4 inc lift on her, but i heard i need to drop the transfer case down to compensate....? is this true?

and im getting it undercoated on tuesday (doesnt have any significant rust undeneath yet and i wanna keep it that way)

I appriciate any advice and look forward to being part of the fam

Howdee from the Promise Land (Kentucky)--- Welcome to the forum and to the Jeep family.... Shops charge a silly high rate to install SYE. I had never done one, but I found a write up on Tom Woods Web site that included a lot of photos and it basically took me step by step through the install process.... almost. However, it wasn't hard, just takes a little time, a clean work area, and attention to detail. Have you given any thought to what front locker you may go to at some point in the future? If you think you might go with an Auto locker like an Aussie, you might want to add the Tera 2wd lo kit at the same time you are doing your SYE install as you will be right there anyway. Also, you might want to replace your TC chain as they have a nasty habit of getting tossed out the side of your TC when they get some age on them. Like the Tera 2wd lo, you will be sitting there looking at the TC chain so you might as well spend an additional $100 and replace it versus waiting for it to be tossed.
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Unread 04-03-2011, 11:30 AM   #9
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so far this weekend

ive replaced the plugs, wires, distributor, rotor button and air filter. while doing so i sprayed rusty metal primer covering the hitch completely. while doing so i realized that the shackles on the rear of my leaf springs need to be replaced.

Is it an easy do it yourself?

if so, my buddy said i should just go ahead and get a bushing kit and replace all the other ones.... what do you guys think?
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Unread 04-03-2011, 03:41 PM   #10
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pics dont work
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Unread 04-06-2011, 06:35 AM   #11
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i figured......

i will retry again today.
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