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thinking of buying a late 80's cherokee - how reliable?


 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2004 10:02 pm    Post subject: thinking of buying a late 80's cherokee - how reliable? Reply with quote

I need a truck for the winter (and future winters) and sometimes in the summer. I was thinking of a late 80's to early 90's cherokee. Just wondering how reliable there are during cold winters (starting up and staying running). Also, I would like to lift and and put some nice big (40"+ mudding tires on it). Is it possible to achieve this tire size? If so, how much would I need to lift the truck and any other mods necessary?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2004 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some specs for the XJ's and here's the minimum lift needed to fit various size tires. Obvioulsy, with 40's you'll need quite a bit of lift and you'll need to do a lot of trimming of the body to get them to fit. You're next problem will be the axles as the stock ones will not hold up to that large of a tire.
As far as the cold weather, it depends where you live and how cold it gets. I know that over the years there was a cold weather package that included a block heater among other little things.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2004 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What he said.

Stick with '87 and up and look for one with a 4.0L (pre-87's did not come with a 4.0)

As far as mods to fit those tires...you are looking at minimum 10 inches of lift (more than likely 12"), major fender trimming, totally replacement of both axles...the list goes on.

Honestly, an XJ on 40's is not a road machine...it's a trailer queen. Once you start going over about 6" of lift\33's, you are talking about a trail only rig.
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