So I currently own a '98 ZJ laredo 4.0l that I've had my fun with, but now pushing over 190k miles, and running into a lot of things starting to need repair, I'm looking for another Jeep to add to the family and this time I've been thinking about an XJ, I love the look, I find them very easy to work on, not to mention they lift options are far cheaper I've found than those for a ZJ, and plus it has my favorite engine, the 4.0L.
My goal is to find a nice, newer-grille-style (I think like '98-'01??) 2-Door, auto 4wd with low miles and little rust. My GF DESPISES the 2-doors, but I don't care, and the one I drove one seemed like it had more leg room than the 4-door my buddy owns, at at 6'5" & 240lbs, I prefer the extra leg room if I can get it! I did love my ZJ and wouldn't mind another, maybe a V8, but I don't have the same trust in the V8s and honestly I really do more wheeling than I expected myself to, and prefer the XJ for adding a lift and tires. Plus, the XJs look better than ZJs doorless, IMHO.
My questions are:
What are some of the better brands that offer good prices for lifts? With ZJ's some brands had much better quality kits than others, and the price was not much different. Ideally, I'd like to go pretty big on this Jeep, I'm thinking 4.5-6", really enough to fit 35's. I've got a good deal on some 35's on rims, and would like to start looking at kits too. Also, with a lift of this size, what else do you all recommend to get with the kit? Keep in mind my wheeling type is primarily mud or trails, no rocks so I don't really flex much.
What do you guys recommend me to look at for XJs to definitely add to it right off the bat as far as lift and upgrades go?
Also, what problem areas should I be looking for in an XJ when I'm shopping around?