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Unread 10-18-2013, 03:21 PM   #1
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Ok I'm probably going to get **** on but my friend wants to trade me his 89 chevy pick up and $1000 for my 99 cherokee sport with a 3 inch rough country lift. Now, this jeep is my baby and I love it dearly ive put blood sweat and tears into it but I'm actually considering it. I don't know why but I really like his truck. It has a 3 inch body lift with 35 inch tires. The thing is just a monster, it needs some tlc but I wouldn't mind. please give me any input or anything. If you know anything about chevy trucks that would prove useful please share

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Unread 10-18-2013, 03:24 PM   #2
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Unread 10-18-2013, 03:50 PM   #3
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I wouldn't do it
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Unread 10-18-2013, 04:04 PM   #4
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Do you have a reason?
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Unread 10-18-2013, 04:37 PM   #5
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Ok I'm probably going to get **** on but my friend wants to trade me his 89 chevy pick up and $1000 for my 99 cherokee sport with a 3 inch rough country lift. Now, this jeep is my baby and I love it dearly ive put blood sweat and tears into it but I'm actually considering it. I don't know why but I really like his truck. It has a 3 inch body lift with 35 inch tires. The thing is just a monster, it needs some tlc but I wouldn't mind. please give me any input or anything. If you know anything about chevy trucks that would prove useful please share
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Unread 10-18-2013, 04:41 PM   #6
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Do you have a reason?
1. 10bolt rear
2. IFS
3. Frame is prone to cracking around steering box (even on stock trucks)
4. Weak Idler Arm steering prone to wearing out
5. CAD on the front axle prone to issues
6. Rear shock mounts tear off the frame easily
7. Electrical issues with fusible link on fire wall due to heat from exhaust manifold.
8. Body lifts are Bad news
9. Fuel Pumps prone to going out

And most importantly REAL TRUCKS DO NOT USE SPARKPLUGS
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Unread 10-18-2013, 04:43 PM   #7
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I wouldn't wheel it that hard though, do you think if I just drove it around and stuff it'd be good?
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Unread 10-18-2013, 06:55 PM   #8
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My 96 Chevy had a 6" lift with 35 inch tires and I couldn't get them off fast enough. I couldn't turn it around on a football field! Once I put stock tires on it, it was 100% better, and taking the lift off improved it more. So understand when I say this that I may be biased:

That truck has some significant rust issues. Look at the second photo and you can see the spare tire holder has two large rust holes. In the 4th photo, you can see the bed crossmember is almost gone! I don't think Chevy had a "flat Black" color option so it has been repainted, probably right over more rust. In 89 Chevy transmissions were "problematic" at the best, especially in 1/2 tons. Autos were worse than the sticks, but IIRC even those weren't great.

It should be fuel injected, but even so, it is a TBI (Throttle body) fuel injection, and while reliable, they are not known for fuel economy or power. There are upgrades available, but they are universally expensive compared to what can be done to a 96 and newer vehicle and other FI systems.

Do what you want, but unless you have beat the living snot out of your XJ, your buddy is getting the better deal IMHO.
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Unread 10-18-2013, 07:16 PM   #9
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I sold my 97 Chevy for the same reason i wouldn't even consider this pickup... The ifs is weak garbage... I only had a 4 inch lift and 33s and I was snapping cv shafts every time I wheeled it... The hd ones or not it didn't matter... Put it in 4 low crank the wheel trying to get over some mild rock/mud and snap every time

My d30 on the xj is beefier than the ifs on my 97 was
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Unread 10-18-2013, 07:25 PM   #10
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I think youd be better off gettin that nice looking Tj acrossed the street
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Unread 10-18-2013, 07:35 PM   #11
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Thanks for the responses! I appreciate them so much, more info: has 200,000 miles but the engine was rebuilt and has 100,000 and the tranny has 100,000 as well. Previous owner before my friend put bed liner on it, hence the matte black color. It doesn't have much rust it really just needs some love and I wouldn't be wheeling it very hard. He said he replaced the cv shaft and it has a small block in it.
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Unread 10-18-2013, 07:43 PM   #12
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Thanks for the responses! I appreciate them so much, more info: has 200,000 miles but the engine was rebuilt and has 100,000 and the tranny has 100,000 as well. Previous owner before my friend put bed liner on it, hence the matte black color. It doesn't have much rust it really just needs some love and I wouldn't be wheeling it very hard. He said he replaced the cv shaft and it has a small block in it.
As rtracy had pointed out there is tons of rust on it... May not be on the outside of the body but all over the under side and in many spots it's totally rotted out... You would be spending weeks hacking and welding to fix all that rust damage... Replacing one cv shaft doesn't make the ifs better... I went through 14 of them in the 2 years I owned mine.... It's really up to you but it's only a 900 dollar valued pickup at best
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Unread 10-18-2013, 08:32 PM   #13
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What exactly does a cv shaft do I'm not too familiar with trucks
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Unread 10-18-2013, 08:43 PM   #14
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What exactly does a cv shaft do I'm not too familiar with trucks
It's a different kind of u joint... It's that tiny little shaft going from front diff to your wheel the cv joint is covered with a rubber boot.... Replacement shafts where only 80 bucks but man it's annoying buying the same crappy part and putting it in the same crappy suspension setup... You could do a sas to it or perhaps you could get away with the weak links with your driving style...
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Unread 10-18-2013, 08:49 PM   #15
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How long are these trucks good for mile wise anyway
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