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post #1 of 46 Old 12-31-2012, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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85 cherokee

Hi guys, I just wanted to ask I anybody has any experience with the 1985 cherokee? Reliability wise and just it's capability as an off roader. Anything helps. Thank you.

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post #2 of 46 Old 12-31-2012, 11:33 PM
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The 4.0 didn't exist in 85, you're getting the crappy v6, crappy 4.2, or crappy rare as hell deisel. Unless there's been a ****load of upgrades done to it I wouldn't waste my time with an 85. No chance of a good motor, no chance of a good rear axle or gearing. At best you're left with a rare pos no ones wants.


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post #4 of 46 Old 01-01-2013, 05:25 AM
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sadly what was said above is true, but to each their own, good luck!

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post #5 of 46 Old 01-01-2013, 08:43 AM
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From what I've heard the 4.2's weren't horrible motors. They were just an older carbureted version of the 4.0 with a longer stroke. They don't have as much power as the 4.0's but not a horrible motor
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post #6 of 46 Old 01-01-2013, 08:50 AM
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4.2? Lets just hope he didn't get stuck with the sluggish 2.8L. i didn't have much luck with that motor in my old S10

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post #7 of 46 Old 01-01-2013, 09:55 AM
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shoot for the right price it could have 3 cylinders in it... make it a DD and get great gas milage but yeah if its over a grand then yeah probably not worth it.
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I don't recall XJs ever having a 4.2...
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post #9 of 46 Old 01-01-2013, 10:12 AM
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I don't recall XJs ever having a 4.2...

Now if there's one thing you can be sure of, it's that nothing is more powerful than a young boy's wish. Except an Apache helicopter. An Apache helicopter has machine guns AND missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine.
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post #10 of 46 Old 01-01-2013, 10:32 AM
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I wouldn't even mess with an 85 at all unless it's a diesel. The 2.8 v6 that is in most early xj's is garbage.

They're so many cheap 4.0 cherokees out there I'd opt for one of them or nothing

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I don't recall posting that lol


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All 84, 85, and 86 XJs have either the 2.5 4 Cly, Deisel, or 2.8 V6. All suck. The 2.8 model would be perfect for a 350 swap though as its already carborated so not to many wires to begin with.

As far as offroad capable, they are just as capable as any other pre- 91 XJ.

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post #13 of 46 Old 01-02-2013, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. I found one on Craigslist and was just curious with everybody's experience with them. Seems like a road I don't want to take. I'd love to find a 91-93 but anytime I do people swoop them up in a matter of a day or two. Hopefully ill find my new pride and joy soon.
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Thanks guys. I found one on Craigslist and was just curious with everybody's experience with them. Seems like a road I don't want to take. I'd love to find a 91-93 but anytime I do people swoop them up in a matter of a day or two. Hopefully ill find my new pride and joy soon.
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post #15 of 46 Old 01-02-2013, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Feel like there's more of em plus I know a ton of people with them.
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