Guess I should update this thread a little .
I ended up ordering Rusty's springs . Got a little more lift than wanted , some good customer service and a nice look . The shocks had to be wicked long though . I think they are 20-32" . My 3500's are maxed at 28" stock .
Anyways , everything is functional now , and I did accually tag and insure it . Drove it a few times and Can't say I'm a fan just yet , lol . The steering was crappy , so I installed the ZJ V8 steering from the Orvis(mostly new or newish)and began to prep the spare ZJ steering box for the swap . Everything was also checked out and it should be tight . I was a very low K rebuild as it was .
Then , low and behold , after an extensive pressure washing , I discovered a fairly major oil leak from a place where it's a fairly major job
Yup , head gasket . Well , kharma's a ***** cause I made the guy I bought the engine from buy me a head set , which I thought I didn't need because I discovered the wrong rotation on the w/pump instead . I guess I do everything for a reason cause now I'm gonna ditch the 4 banger anyways . It's just tooooooooooooo gutless for me . Great for a city commute , but the hwy kills it on 32's , even with 2WD . I'm gonna re-gasket the engine , then , sell it for at least what I paid .
Next will be to get the 91 MJ in , and start pulling parts . I'm pulling the gas tank , diffs, t-case and engine . That 4.0 runs as good as new and at least got some decent power . Hoping to keep the 4:10's but may have to settle for 3:55's
Then I can pull the MJ's 2.5 powertrain , wiring , and dash . Time to rip and strip .
Once done , park the XJ along side , pull it's powertrain , cut some firewall inserts , weld them to the MJ and swap the wires and so on .
Basically , pull the tags back off , cause it's gonna be next before it's running again . We'll see . I'm gonna pull the 91 in pretty soon so I can get it gone off the property . I also bought a new engine stand so I can prep the 4.0 and paint it all purdy . I've since got my pressure washer working , my 60 gal compressor ready to fire up , and my garage gutted for this swap . So I'll be painting the engine bay , and cab interior , before the wires get installed .
Oh man , I got a lotta work ahead . Last jeep build for Newfie , that's a given . Might as well make it a very very nice one , as in show truck quality . It's all coming undone again .