I recently bought an 01 XJ Limitied, Towing Package, Automatic, 4.0L, C8.25/3.55 Rear, AW4, 218k miles, 225/75R16
The radiator fluid is clean, engine oil is fine, transmission oil is still pink. I believe the previous owner maintained it through Firestone, somewhat.
I pressure washed the whole damn thing. And found that I might need to change the rear main seal because of some minor leaking. I also plan on changing the rear diff. fluid (some leaking there), transfer case fluid, and the front diff. fluid and repack the bearings(?).
Besides that, I believe the driveline is in good shape.
As far as the suspension; I ordered a steering stabilizer from Rough Country and I'm pretty sure all 4 shocks are worn. I experience death wobble coming down a bridge de-accelerating from 80 mph and it wasn't fun.
And here is my dilemma; I like the performance of the stock Jeep, the gas mileage, no road noise, no drivetrain vibrations and the overall look. But the lift kits come with new shocks and I'll probably want to lift it once I start wheeling and taking it out on trails. I just don't know if it's right for me at the moment because I'll probably be gone to basic for the USCG by the end of the year (haven't gotten my ship date yet, working on my security clearance stuff now) but it'll probably be less than 6 months. Its going to sit for 2-6 months, probably, might even be longer.
So should I just replace the shocks with heavy duty/towing(rear)/stock economy(front) shocks or order a 4.5 Series X RC lift and tires?
I really want a new heavy duty bumper too. Maybe an OR-Fab Rock Slider.
But besides the dilemma, I plan on replacing the mentioned fluids, and paint some fender flares I pulled from the junkyard.
Thanks for reading/replying in advance.