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post #16 of 56 Old 01-01-2013, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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I could live with a 231, but I'd prefer a 242. I think if I can find it for the right Jeep for cheap I'd take the plunge. Are there plenty of upgrades for the 8.25 even though it has less applications? Drum brakes means no ABS?


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If you are a Jeep person, then yes, absolutely get an XJ. If you are just looking for a play thing for bad weather, hauling stuff and light off roading I would just get a truck. Trucks are usually much easier to lift and put oversized tires on if you go full size.

I am on my 5th Jeep as of yesterday. I love Jeeps so I bought another one. My reason was similar to yours, I have a 30 mpg, fun to drive, low to the ground daily driver that I use for all my driving but I just moved to a smaller town and after the 10"+ we just got last week I realized I want/need a 4x4, I could have got anything but I chose an XJ because that is what I know and have missed for so long.

You either want one or you don't, there are many vehicles that could fill the 'need' you have, the XJ is just one of them, but it is a great choice.

As far as the tires, I would just do a simple lift and throw 31's on it. 33's rub quite a bit unless you go over 3" and trim a little. if you do go 33" I would suggest 33x10.5 instead of the 12.5. My '95 had a 3" lift and 33x10.5's and it was trimmed a little, they still rubbed a little bit when I went off road but did not rub at all side to side.

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What about highway MPG? With everything running well can I get 17MPG going 70MPH with 33x10.5s? What gearing do the 97-99s usually come with?
Should be able to. And 3.55

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I could live with a 231, but I'd prefer a 242. I think if I can find it for the right Jeep for cheap I'd take the plunge. Are there plenty of upgrades for the 8.25 even though it has less applications? Drum brakes means no ABS?
Get a 231. As a 242 owner, the full time option is nice but not very useful. Plus the 231 yas way more aftermarket support, and its stronger. Also if your 231 DOES break its not a PITA to find in a junkyard. Trust me. I know.

Plus the only SYE for a 242 is H&T.

And yes the 8.25 has a pretty good bit of support. Covers, lockers, gears ect.

And make sure it doesnt have ABS. Look up the phsyical difference between a 8.25 and a Dana 35. I got stuck with ABS and a D35. All ABS have D35.

I have ABS and drum brakes, so the only way to tell really is by looking at the rear axle. But remember, you can easily swap it for a better axle down the road if the rest of the Jeep is nice.

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And check for rust- look under it on the bottom of the floors, rockers, and the normal places.

After you buy it, check under all tye carpet. It will save you work down the road.

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And as far as modifying, XJs are the cheapest Jeeps.

https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/b...fit-xj-847303/

Using simply junkyard parts, a person could build a VERY capable XJ.

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And check for rust- look under it on the bottom of the floors, rockers, and the normal places.

After you buy it, check under all tye carpet. It will save you work down the road.
I kinda wanted ABS for highway travel, but I'd rather have a axle I don't have to swap and if the 8.25 is plenty for 33s than I'm good with that. None of these newer XJs had D44 right?

Being in Cali I'm not super worried about rust if it spent it's life out here (which carfax can reveal).

I lived in Ohio and Michigan for 23 years before I moved to Cali so I know. My ZJ had HEAVY rust before I sold and and got the WJ.

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Lots of solid advice in here so far.

Short answer, yes, buy one! Its a good platform to start from and as you probably already have seen, you can swap out anything you don't love easy and typically on the cheap.

My stocker started at 19 mpg avg mixed highway and city. You should expect to lose some if you upsize your tires that much without regearing.

I short bit I don't believe was mentioned yet.. If it has ABS, its going to have the D35 rear which is "less desireable".
If you want to step it up to 33s right away you would be better off finding one with 8.25 rear, which can also be found with factory limited slip.

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Haha, theres the ABS thing. I type too slow.

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Oh, and by the way BE SURE, ABOVE ALL ELSE, TO GET A 2 DOOR!!!!!!

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I kinda wanted ABS for highway travel, but I'd rather have a axle I don't have to swap and if the 8.25 is plenty for 33s than I'm good with that. None of these newer XJs had D44 right?

Being in Cali I'm not super worried about rust if it spent it's life out here (which carfax can reveal).

I lived in Ohio and Michigan for 23 years before I moved to Cali so I know. My ZJ had HEAVY rust before I sold and and got the WJ.
Ehh the ABS isnt very good. I have it and have still locked up my tires before.
But that just may be me.

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Get a 2 door.....


And btw the D35 is shorter so not as severe driveshaft angle. The D35 will stand to 33's locked and be fine as long as you dont hop on the skinny petal.

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My ABS has never worked anyway, bad wheel speed sensor somewhere which are about $90 a piece. Ended up pulling the fuse for the controller and cutting all the sensors off anyway. Still have D35....

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So yes. You should buy a 98-99 XJ 2 Door without ABS. And body matched flares. That would be sickkk

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