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post #1 of 7 Old 09-06-2013, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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Long Distance (3000+ miles) Roadtrip- Advice?

I'm heading across the country (east to west) at the end of this month. My girlfriend and I are moving to Washington. I'll be driving my 2000 XJ, and I'd like to hear what you guys have to say on taking the Jeep that far! So far, what I've done/plan to do is:

- New tires
- New fuel pump and sensor (needs replacing anyway)
- New oil sending unit (also needs replaced)
- Oil change
- New air filter
- spare serpentine belt
- tool kit

I'm also not sure if I should have my suspension looked at. I'm going to be loaded with significant weight since we're not using a moving truck. All our stuff will be split between her Mazda and the Cherokee, with the XJ carrying the majority.

Any and all advice is welcome!

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I'm heading across the country (east to west) at the end of this month. My girlfriend and I are moving to Washington. I'll be driving my 2000 XJ, and I'd like to hear what you guys have to say on taking the Jeep that far! So far, what I've done/plan to do is:

- New tires
- New fuel pump and sensor (needs replacing anyway)
- New oil sending unit (also needs replaced)
- Oil change
- New air filter
- spare serpentine belt
- tool kit

I'm also not sure if I should have my suspension looked at. I'm going to be loaded with significant weight since we're not using a moving truck. All our stuff will be split between her Mazda and the Cherokee, with the XJ carrying the majority.

Any and all advice is welcome!
I would install new spark plugs and flush the cooling system. Replace the diff fluid with a good synthetic fluid. Carry spare fluids and belts. And you should be good

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I would install new spark plugs and flush the cooling system. Replace the diff fluid with a good synthetic fluid. Carry spare fluids and belts. And you should be good
If I already have a little bit of sag in the back, would it be beneficial to have that checked out before loading it down with all my worldly possessions? Or would it be fine since I'm going to be on roads (mostly flat) the entire time?
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If I already have a little bit of sag in the back, would it be beneficial to have that checked out before loading it down with all my worldly possessions? Or would it be fine since I'm going to be on roads (mostly flat) the entire time?
If your sagging in the rear your springs are shot. Just throw on a 1" shackle before the trip if your concerned once you get to the destination buy new springs

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How much you think I would be looking at if I had a mechanic do that, parts and labor? I don't have many tools or space at my disposal (apartment complex).
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How much you think I would be looking at if I had a mechanic do that, parts and labor? I don't have many tools or space at my disposal (apartment complex).
Shackles 100.00 or so Labor prob 1-2hrs

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Shackles 100.00 or so Labor prob 1-2hrs
I might do that then, there's going to be quite a bit of weight in the back. Thanks for the help!
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