Here I go again ...
Some of you may remember my old 2000 XJ in it's heyday... some may not.
My '00 came with Ecco's, pizza cutters and was black... here it is right after I got it:
It was really in superb condition.
Here is a shot of my "new" '98:
Black ... eccos .... slightly larger pizza cutters ...
It's not in quite as good of condition as my '00 was but after spending a week looking at the local market, this was the nicest one I could find that was reasonably priced.
My '00 XJ became a bit of a beast...
But let me go ahead and tell you that this '98 will not go down that same road. My goal for the '98 is to build a solid daily driver that can double for some fun.
If you recall phase 1 of my old XJ you will recall the 3" lift and 31s:
And THAT is my exact plan for this XJ. No crazy big lift but enough to tackle some trails and probably a lot more "sleeper" modifications.
My short term shopping list is just a few fix it items. Mostly cosmetic ... I hate the unpainted flares and the sport badges are gonna go. There are a few mechanical things to attend to and a few creature comfort items to address. Some of the paint is not in the best condition so I may be repainting a few things. the roof is especially bad and someone has already redone the hood, cowl & rear hatch but not quite to the anal standards I keep. So any big changes I make in the sort term will be only in an effort to get this 98 to hold up to my standards.
Long term ... 3" Lift, 31's, ARBs and some mild trail armor.
I'll also probably look into some performance enhancements but for the time being, it's just nice to be behind the wheel of another XJ.
Super long term, anything is possible, but since this is going to work as my daily driver for now, I plan on sticking to solid reliability.