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Unread 10-25-2014, 11:02 AM   #1
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Any High Mileage Lifted Jeeps Out There?

Ladies and Gents,

I just popped a 3.5" RE lift kit on my 245,000 mile XJ.

The engine runs strong (though it's got the rear main leak), and the trans shifts smoothly (though the fluid looks pretty nasty- I'm afraid to drain/refill, should I be?).

Anyone else off-roading high mileage Jeeps?

Mine's a 92 Laredo AW4. Stock everything.

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Unread 10-25-2014, 11:24 AM   #2
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Prolonging servicing your transmission will only make it worse.

Fyi I think every XJ rolled off the lot with a rear main leak. It's a two piece sealand relatively easy to replace.

240ish on a 6"
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Unread 10-25-2014, 02:44 PM   #3
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Unless they've been hiding in a barn, most 90's era Jeeps will be "high mileage".

Somewhere north of 300K for mine
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Unread 10-26-2014, 07:55 AM   #4
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as far as my aw4 im going to run it till it dies! LOL

I work at a jeep specific salvage yard. we had a lifted 88 xj with 916k on it (came from a rural state idaho or montana or something i forget) I dont care if anyone believes me or not it really had that many miles. the leather wrapped steering wheel was worn to the metal as well as the break and gas petal. There was so much dirt, dust and dog hair behind the dash when i pulled it it was unbelievable.....other than that we get lifted xjs with 300+k all the time.
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Unread 10-26-2014, 08:00 AM   #5
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as far as my aw4 im going to run it till it dies! LOL

I work at a jeep specific salvage yard. we had a lifted 88 xj with 916k on it (came from a rural state idaho or montana or something i forget) I dont care if anyone believes me or not it really had that many miles. the leather wrapped steering wheel was worn to the metal as well as the break and gas petal. There was so much dirt, dust and dog hair behind the dash when i pulled it it was unbelievable.....other than that we get lifted xjs with 300+k all the time.
Are you replacing the ATF?

I keep hearing that maybe I shouldn't do that on a high mileage vehicle...
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Unread 10-26-2014, 08:01 AM   #6
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Also, NAPA has a special on ATF. This is the right stuff to use, no?:

http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/Ca...200_0274144303
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Unread 10-26-2014, 07:36 PM   #7
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My '90 is at 186,000. PO (my dad) used it for commuting, and a family road trips, so it wasn't really abused. He took it to a sketchy shop a few times, and I still find the oddball thing that they messed up (wrong/missing screws & bolts, wrong wire routing, weird splices)
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Unread 10-26-2014, 08:05 PM   #8
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Are you replacing the ATF? I keep hearing that maybe I shouldn't do that on a high mileage vehicle...
I changed the ATF on my '01 with 150k on it and it now has a little over 200k without any issues.

Now on my gto I changed the fluid and the 4L65e crapped it's pants only a few thousand miles later.
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Unread 10-26-2014, 08:47 PM   #9
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I've never even factored mileage into any of my XJs. It really doesn't matter as long as the unibody is in decent shape.

My 88 had 380k on it when I sold it. My 92 has 260 on it. My MJ has 158k on it and it's getting lifted here shortly.

As for the trans, don't flush it, just drain and fill with Dex/Merc III. Chrysler TSBs said IV is ok, it's not. You'll want to drain and fill a couple times and remove the trans pan the last time you do it. You'll only get a couple quarts out at a time because most of the ATF gets held in the torque converter.
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