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buggs
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:39 pm    Post subject: Newbie Here, what to look for Reply with quote

Going to start a new hobby. I'm brand new to the cherokee and this will be my first purchase of any jeep. Been doing research but since I'm new to the Jeep Cherokee , would appreciate advice on what to look for mechanically on these vehicles.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1991-1996

4X4

4.0L

Auto or manual (both are good)

Chrysler 8.25 rear end rather than the Dana 35.

But if you're building a jeep up for serious wheelin it doesn't matter if it has a D35 or C8.25 because you'll ditch either of those axles for a larger, stronger one anyway. But the C8.25 is superior to the D35.

And... Try to get something around 150K or less on it.

There's really not too much to these vehicles. The '91-'96 are a little easier to wrench on for the home mechanic and parts or more abundant and cheaper then the '97-'01 parts. The '87-'90 XJ's aren't too bad but you'll have to swap out cooling systems asap because the '87-'90s used a closed system that simply sucks. anything pre '87 didn't have a 4.0L and is pretty much worthless as a stock vehicle. I'd only pick up a pre '87 if it were to be a total project rig and was going to have a Chevy 350 put in it. In '91 they upgraded the 4.0 engine a little, dubbing it "H.O." Hi Output and put in a much better cooling system.

Good luck finding a rig & welcome to Jeep Horizons.

Tim
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Tim for the info which helps alot. That has narrowed my search. Really appreciate it

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would look for a 97-99 with a 4.0, 231 t-case and Chrysler 8.25 rear end. This will get a high pinion, non-disconnect, 297x u-joint front axle. The t-case will have an external slip yoke in the rear vs. an internal slip yoke, which is prone to leaks and more timely and costly to install a sye. The 8.25 in these years is a 29 spline model, which is beefier than the 27 spline axles found in the previous years. The newer models also have upgraded interiors with better door seals and decreased noise.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know this sounds stupid, cuz I'm new to these vehicles. But is there a quick way to identify a dana or chrysler axle??
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 8.25 has a lip around the edge of the cover, you can't tell from the pic. The 8.25 also has that distinguishing flat bottom.


8.25 Left/35 Right



http://truckparts-specialists.com/catalog/differentials/axle-and-differential-picture-guide.htm

http://www.4wheelnoffroad.com/axle.html

http://www.aussielocker.com/images2/ID_chart1.gif

http://coloradok5.com/axleguide.shtml
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Orangeamc13 ,
You have been very helpful. I really do appreciate the info.I am starting to get super pumped now on this hobby due to this forum. Have looked at several cherokees in past few days but have not pulled the trigger on one yet.Will keep everyone up to date when my first purchase occurs and the mods.
Thanks again
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