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Old 10-03-2007
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jeep?

i might be getting a 1985 jeep.
its says wagineer but it looks like a cherokee.
were should i go for getting a rear axle.
a stage 3 hitch.
interior and lift?
im low on budget for this new project,and was wondering if anyone new were i can find cheap parts?mainly axle.
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Must be a XJ Wagoneer.....Yea, it's a cherokee with weird headlites, grille, and all red taillights....sometimes with woodgrain stickers down the side. Honestly, don't get an 85. It'll either have the 2.8L chev or a inline 4cyl.....get a '88+ with the 4.0L inline six cyl. If your getting this as a project wheeler, why not start off on the right foot....start with a good rig in the beginning so you won't be mad at the pos 2.8L.

I'd throw on a Rustys 4.5" kit and 32's for a conservative off roader/daily driver...


When I had my '88 cherokee, I had the Rusty's 6.5" Long travel kit...


Rear axle wise, find a 8.8" Ford. They are good axles. Or a Dana 44 rear...some XJs came stock with them. My D44 rear was spooled up, and I ended up twisting up the housing and snaping an axle shaft. Junkyards are the best place for these old rigs.

http://rustysoffroad.com/
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Yep he beat me to it... A junkyard will be your best bet.
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thnks, the first pic with the 4inch lifted is exactly what i want to do to it.the jeep has a 6cylinder in it.and i might be getting it for a trade of the trades.so i cant get the 88 only the 85.im in construction and i have some heavy duty equipment and my budys uncle needs a little pad dug out so he said if i dug it out i can have the jeep.plus i like that it gets 24mpg.i think itll be my next 4x4 project.it has 85k miles on it.thnks a bunch
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how bad would the mpg go down if i got the 4.5 inch lift and the 32s? i think it gets 24mpg right now at standard hight.thnks
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most of your anwsers can be found at jeepsunlimted.com .. there offtopic section is kinda ruthless.. and there are a few people over there that are ******.. but good info.....i gotta 93 XJ.. and its a POS ihate the damn thing.. today was like the 4th time it broke down on me.. now im with out a ride.. for i dont kno how long.... but good luck.. i think the early xj's came with a d44 rear end stock.. up to 89-90...
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