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Unread 05-12-2014, 01:34 PM   #1
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Can XJ parts be used on TJ?

I just got my hands on a 96 Cherokee sport 4.0, It has a new(ish) 4" long arm kit & 2" spacers and can be a nice trail rig however I love my 01 Sahara (and her D44) I was curious if any of the suspension can become donor parts for my TJ?

Anyone have any experience or input would be appreciated.

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Unread 05-12-2014, 01:52 PM   #2
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TJs and XJs have similar front end suspension and steering. Rear is completely different. Even if you can make the long arms fit and can figure out how much lift you'll get out of it figuring out what to pair with it in the rear seems like a bit of hassle. If you don't want to keep the XJ intact, probably better to just part it out as a whole "kit" and buy something for the TJ.
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If your parting it lots of the engine stuff will fit, and the XJ has a high pinion dana 30 that gives you about 3 more inches for the front drive shaft over the TJ
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If your parting it lots of the engine stuff will fit, and the XJ has a high pinion dana 30 that gives you about 3 more inches for the front drive shaft over the TJ
Good point about the axle. What engine stuff that fits is interesting? Most of the accessories are all different IIRC.
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Thank you biffgnar, I probably part it out & just buy a kit for the TJ its that damn itch of Hmmm..... I took this off now I want to use it hence my garage full of wayward parts lol. I was thinking of using the the front suspension (not that Im a fan of skyjacker) and upping my rear springs with a pair of hand me down rubicon springs and a 2" spacer should pit me about level. Just not sure of the fitment of the control arms, shocks tie rod or track bar.
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Yeah, this XJ had an 8.25 front ... IS there an advantage over my D35?
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Yeah, this XJ had an 8.25 front ... IS there an advantage over my D35?
8.25 v. D35 is the rear. The front is a high pinion D30.
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8.25 cheap beef. Dana 35s make great boat anchors!
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I wouldn't waste the time & money to put brackets on an 8.25, may be stronger but not worth the hassle over puting that same effort into a disc-braked beefier axle (aka explorer 8.8).
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I wouldn't waste the time & money to put brackets on an 8.25, may be stronger but not worth the hassle over puting that same effort into a disc-braked beefier axle (aka explorer 8.8).
Eh it's got some advantages
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8.25 cheap beef. Dana 35s make great boat anchors!
The D35 is a good diff for the stock 28" tires. Plenty strong for that size tire.
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Eh it's got some advantages
Like what?
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I wouldn't waste the time & money to put brackets on an 8.25, may be stronger but not worth the hassle over puting that same effort into a disc-braked beefier axle (aka explorer 8.8).
There are disc brake equipped 29 spline 8.25 axles out there, and if one fell in your lap for free it might be worth using. However if I was purchasing an axle, the 8.25 wouldn't even be on my radar.
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I think Ill just wheel the S**t out of her and break down and buy a proper lift on the TJ
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Good point about the axle. What engine stuff that fits is interesting? Most of the accessories are all different IIRC.
I was just thinking a spare engine wouldn't be bad to have, I don't know about all the accessories. I haven't had an XJ since 04 and I have slept since then lol.
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