I'm following. I just got my new to me 2001 xj last month. Thankfully i don't have a cracked head YET.
I have a couple questions for you if you don't mind.
What lift kit is that and how high is it.
What size tires are those ?
thanks man ..
sweet jeep.. my cousin owned a black one like yours till he smashed it up in a drunk driving accident. He eventually had it fixed at a body shop but then sold it since he had no license. I wanted a black one but was sold on mine, having been so clean inside and little to no rust other than the doors.
LOVING mine .. did a ton of work on her over the last couple weeks. Fixed the horribly leaking oil filter adaptor o rings the other day. Not fun but not that bad. I bought a Torx kit from harbor freight for like 11 bucks and cut the T60 in half to fit on a 3/8" breaker bar and got the adaptor loose that way. now all i have to do is eventually do the rear main seal but that will wait till late spring i think.
Please take pictures of your head/possible engine swap .. i'm interested .. as a shade tree mechanic myself, i plan to keep my xj for EVAR. Eventually i'll need an engine swap and i would love to see your progress on yours.