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Old 05-29-2007, 10:03 PM   #1
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xj anyone?

thinking about a gettin an XJ this winter to go to school in sence im way to paranoid about leaving my tj in the parking lot all day long and to pull my jet ski's and boat any of you have a an xj...whats some stuff too look for like i know when i got my tj i wish some one woulda told me about that dam d35 haha
how are they with towing? thanks for any advise!

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Old 05-29-2007, 11:29 PM   #2
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Towing aint bad, but that depends on what axles ya got. We've towd my sisters ZJ up and down from Payson to Phoenix with my mom's XJ... so a little jet ski shouldn't be a prob.

But if you looking at one that has a lift and what not, check the doors for alignment. Because they are unibody vehicles all the twisting from offroad goes right into everything. Check for rust in the rockers and fenders like any other vehicle..... and get an auto if ya can.

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I had an xj before and I loved it, it was an old game commision vehicle and had 1 unusual item (option?) it had a high idle switch that when activated raised the idle approx 400 rpm, great for cruisin the back roads but used mostly for warmup on those cold mornings. But definately check out how it was maintained, I found mud in the interior, under the seats, door jams, etc. It lasted me a couple of years until electrical gremlins forced me to trade it in on my tj, I had to keep tracking down corroded wires-not fun with electric door locks, windows, radio,not starting, etc. I towed a small boat and never had a problem. be sure to check that the 4wd engages also, nothing like backing into the lake to unload and not being able to get out. (this never happened to me )
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Old 05-30-2007, 06:23 PM   #4
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We have a '96 4.0 with over 190k on it and still runs great.
Look for the later ('96 and newer) as they have a tad more power.
Ours has the Mopar 8 1/4" rear axle.
There are a few with D44s out there also.
Eletric brakes would be a big plus towing.
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Scotty, I think your talking about the O/D switch... never heard of a high idle
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Scotty, I think your talking about the O/D switch... never heard of a high idle
No it was not the od on off switch, that was there also, My neighbor is a Jeep salesman and it was probably ordered with the high idle thru a government contract with a high output alternator also to compensate for all the electrical equipment they had in the vehicle so they didn't kill the battery while sitting around waiting for poachers. I have never seen one like it but it was a factory rocker switch next to the od switch with high idle printed right on it. I should have removed it before I traded it in.
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hhmm - Interesting, thanks for the info
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Old 05-31-2007, 11:18 PM   #8
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im goin to look at one this weekend its a 2000 i hope it has a d44 casue im not makin the same mistake with this car haha knowing me im gunna wanna lift it in a few months if i get it thanks for the advice

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