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Unread 06-28-2012, 04:29 PM   #16
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This may be counter intuitive but here is my .02 :
I have a 88 XJ Laredo. I have a 4.5 Rough Country lift, run 31in tires, have the 37 spline axle, and no SYE kit. Since I don't have a SYE kit I did the transfer case drop on it but instead of using a kit I made my own out of steel and grade 8 bolts; it is rock solid. It has been like this for awhile and I have had zero issues out of this setup, but the way in which I use it doesn't lend itself to be prone to breaking. A big factor you need to take into account is how your going to use it. If you plan on running it hard and pushing itself to the limits, your going to wanna build it one way, but if you just wanna crawl around trails and have some fun IMHO tires are the number 1 priority. Here is a picture of how she sits, Hope this helps.




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Unread 06-28-2012, 05:43 PM   #17
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One of the first things going on to the XJ when I buy it are BFG A/Ts, most likely 31x 10.5
I've been a very long time fan of them and yet to have a problem of any kind with them. I agree 100% tires are the biggest factor in any vehicle upgrade.

As for my usage, FUN and reliable.
traveling, working and playing but not beating it to death or testing/pushing the limits. I want to explore light to moderate trails so I can camp just about any where I please.
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Unread 06-28-2012, 06:24 PM   #18
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the manual tansmission is more reliable i believe but less convienent when wheeling and even traffic. find a jeep that has what you want for basics and mod it from there. the best part is making it unique to you liking
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Unread 06-28-2012, 06:38 PM   #19
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sounds easy even with those torx bolts, thanks!

One more question...

How do I tell from what axles are in it from just looking at it?
And the better/best are the Chrysler 8.25 correct?
The very bottom of the Chrysler 8.25 differential housing has a 5" wide flat area (not the cover, the actual housing). The Dana 35 does not have this flat area at the bottom. Also, if it's got ABS it's most likely got a Dana 35. And yes, the Chrysler is the stronger of the two choices.
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Unread 06-28-2012, 09:28 PM   #20
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The very bottom of the Chrysler 8.25 differential housing has a 5" wide flat area (not the cover, the actual housing). The Dana 35 does not have this flat area at the bottom. Also, if it's got ABS it's most likely got a Dana 35. And yes, the Chrysler is the stronger of the two choices.
awesome, thanks!


abs on rear drum brakes?
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Unread 06-28-2012, 09:32 PM   #21
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Unread 06-28-2012, 09:46 PM   #22
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this might sound a little off...

Is there any way to decode the VIN to see what equipment is in the XJ?
I found a vin decoder but only shows real simple stuff:
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 4001 - 5000 lbs
Engine 4.0L I-6 HO MFI (ERH) Unleaded-Gasoline
Series/Transmission Classic
Country of Manufacture United States
Manufacturer Jeep Corporation
Vehicle Type Without side airbags
Body Style 4-door Sport Utility
Assembly Plant Toledo South Plant, Ohio, USA
Model Lines Cherokee 4×4 (LHD)
Series / Trim Sahara (Wrangler) / Limited (Liberty)
Model Year 2001


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Unread 06-29-2012, 12:50 AM   #23
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I found a pair of 3.5" Old Man Emu springs, new for $80 picked up on CL.
I know it's a good deal but I was really looking for a 4" lift. not much difference... is there a way to safely get the extra .5" ?
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Unread 06-29-2012, 01:22 AM   #24
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I found a pair of 3.5" Old Man Emu springs, new for $80 picked up on CL.
I know it's a good deal but I was really looking for a 4" lift. not much difference... is there a way to safely get the extra .5" ?
If your going to run 31's 3.5" will be fine. But if you really want 4" you could add spacers in the front and shackles in the rear or maybe some blocks.
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Unread 06-30-2012, 06:04 PM   #25
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If your going to run 31's 3.5" will be fine. But if you really want 4" you could add spacers in the front and shackles in the rear or maybe some blocks.
sounds simple enough, thanks!

I called this guy this morning, he has a 98 XJ Classic with RC 3inch, 31x10.5, 8.25 rear, NP231, everything is in great shape no accidents, no problems and up to date maintenance and some preventative stuff like bushings/ball joints are done.
It's extremely clean, green (I love green) but does have 200K on it.
What would you price it around?

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Unread 07-01-2012, 12:31 AM   #26
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Well, I payed 3000 for a very clean 1997 sport, grandma owned xj that was serviced by her son (he was a mechanic) and had no rust or mechanical problems. But that is the market in oklahoma. IDK about other states. I would ask for 3000 and see if he bites and if not, work the price up but with small amounts maybe 100 to 200 dollars. highest I would pay for it is 4000 with the information you gave. Just remember look for signs of rust and engine wear.

Edit: also mine had 142xxx miles on it when I bought it.
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Unread 07-01-2012, 11:42 AM   #27
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thanks for the advice.
the clown who was selling, asked if "should I bring the title" and how I was paying.
I politely backed out of the deal. lol
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Unread 07-01-2012, 12:02 PM   #28
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Hey may have asked if he should bring the title to see if you were seriously considering buying it.
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Unread 07-01-2012, 06:39 PM   #29
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we already had discussed all the plans...
If I liked it I was going to buy.
oh well.
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Unread 07-01-2012, 09:30 PM   #30
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quick question...
How to tell if it has the factory tow package?
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