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      03-16-2017 01:09 PM #26
      The 2.8 can easily be swapped for a Camaro 3.4 which all around was more durable. Edelbrock makes a smog legal manifold last I checked for the Chevy S10.

      I even think you can stroke the 3.4 to almost 3.9 with pistons from another engine, and a later crankshaft. That assumes you want to stay with the stock set up for some reason.

      Other then that a EROD swaps in easy enough, and I would go that route before a 4.0 swap.
      Focus ST which stands for Suspension Technologies.

      That means it does things magically. In such ways I can not describe, but it is better in every way.

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      03-16-2017 03:06 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by Spatzle View Post
      The 2.8 can easily be swapped for a Camaro 3.4 which all around was more durable. Edelbrock makes a smog legal manifold last I checked for the Chevy S10.

      I even think you can stroke the 3.4 to almost 3.9 with pistons from another engine, and a later crankshaft. That assumes you want to stay with the stock set up for some reason.

      Other then that a EROD swaps in easy enough, and I would go that route before a 4.0 swap.
      Forgive my ignorance but what is an EROD?

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      03-16-2017 04:01 PM #28
      I understand that everyone wants to poo-poo on this XJ because it's one of the most unloved specs (still better than a Renault diesel ), but a mechanically saavy person could have this going for under $1k total. It would consist of bargain barrel Rockauto parts, junkyard parts, and Craigslist parts, but it's doable.

      The key phrase is "mechanically saavy"...

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      03-16-2017 04:11 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by urbancynic View Post
      Forgive my ignorance but what is an EROD?
      It is a series of 3 engines from GM that are smog legal swaps for up to 1995 or OBD1 cars. You can not use them on OBD2 cars. It is really important here in the people's republic of California with CARB. If you use the kit correctly ​they have to approve it.

      So if you have a cool 80's vehicle you want to daily. You can use the basic 5.3, standard 6.2, or the supercharged 6.2.

      I just checked they supposedly have a new LT1 version
      Last edited by Spatzle; 03-16-2017 at 04:15 PM.
      Focus ST which stands for Suspension Technologies.

      That means it does things magically. In such ways I can not describe, but it is better in every way.

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      03-16-2017 04:12 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by Pnuu View Post
      I understand that everyone wants to poo-poo on this XJ because it's one of the most unloved specs (still better than a Renault diesel ), but a mechanically saavy person could have this going for under $1k total. It would consist of bargain barrel Rockauto parts, junkyard parts, and Craigslist parts, but it's doable.

      The key phrase is "mechanically saavy"...
      That was what i was thinking. I know it runs and does move forward and back like it should. Not sure how it changes gears since i Wasnt able to go fast enough.

      I priced out everything I've found it needed as well as many things to help make sure it was on the reliable end of the spectrum such as belts hoses suspension and tune up stuff. Total at rockauto came out to about 250 bucks.

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      03-16-2017 05:03 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by Stevo12 View Post
      FTFY. No way in hell you'd want to put an AX-5 behind a 4.0L. It would be destroyed in short order (AX-5 was the light duty tranny they put behind the 4-bangers)

      The AW4 in my '97 was flawless. And it should have been, since it was an Aisin transmission that also found it's way into a lot of contemporary Toyotas, including the 4Runner
      Dammit. Good catch. Mine is an AW-4, so I never pay much attention to the manuals. Like you say, it's been flawless, though I did have to replace one of the solenoids shortly after I bought it. I have a B&W trans cooler I need to mount up if this ****ty weather ever leaves town.

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      03-16-2017 05:52 PM #32
      What is wrong with the Silverado?

      I bought my gf an '01 XJ, and it has been great so far. I agree with the others here in that you should find a better example unless this one is free. Small things will pop up that will cost you... things like new brakes, drivetrain seals, leaky windshield, hatch seal, u joints, etc. I dumped a grand into the '01 XJ with just new tires, alignment, and all new brake parts.

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      03-16-2017 06:14 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by 1x1 View Post
      What is wrong with the Silverado?

      I bought my gf an '01 XJ, and it has been great so far. I agree with the others here in that you should find a better example unless this one is free. Small things will pop up that will cost you... things like new brakes, drivetrain seals, leaky windshield, hatch seal, u joints, etc. I dumped a grand into the '01 XJ with just new tires, alignment, and all new brake parts.
      Front brakes and rotors
      Rear brakes and drums
      Steering rack is leaking
      Tie rods
      Control arm bushings
      Ball joints
      Trans needs a filter and fluid change
      Timing cover and oil pan leak
      Hoses and waterpump are original and should be changed
      Blower motor switch works sometimes
      Has a bearing noise but havent been able to locate source
      Cat needs to be replaced


      And besides that, its a regular cab and is too small for family use when its needed.

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      03-16-2017 07:12 PM #34
      You can buy a really good XJ for pretty cheap and it will probably still need some money thrown at it. I'm not sure I'd bother with an oddball basket case unless you enjoy that sort of rebuiding and problem solving process.

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      03-17-2017 08:47 AM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by Sporin View Post
      You can buy a really good XJ for pretty cheap and it will probably still need some money thrown at it. I'm not sure I'd bother with an oddball basket case unless you enjoy that sort of rebuiding and problem solving process.
      This, I believe, is the crux of the issue (at least it is for me). If you stick to a '91+ XJ it will make life a lot easier for same total $ outlay.

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      03-18-2017 05:14 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by Stevo12 View Post
      This, I believe, is the crux of the issue (at least it is for me). If you stick to a '91+ XJ it will make life a lot easier for same total $ outlay.
      In my neck of the woods, a running 4.0l XJ, especially a 91+, is $1500 bare minimum. The 2.8l bastard child XJ in question could be as low as $200.

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      03-20-2017 07:02 PM #37
      My dad bought an '84 in October of '83, right off the truck.

      He went with the 2.5 4 cylinder because it was actually faster than the V6. And, if I remember correctly, that 2.8 liter made the leaks in a similar-era Range Rover look positively normal. Basically, when it stops leaking, it's out of whatever fluid is now on your driveway.

      Also, dad's had the CommandTrac. It was shift-on-the-fly, but a part-time 4WD system. I don't know much about the SelecTrac, except that it could be left in 4WD, even on dry pavement (There were two 4WD High settings, IIRC).
      --Chris

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      04-13-2017 05:31 PM #38
      Still havent gotten the title in on that Jeep and didnt find anything else between then and now that we wanted to buy.

      Since then, the Chevy started throwing codes for both cats, battery died but would jump, climate controls failed, and developed a misfire when cold.

      Since we decided it wasnt worth our time or money to fix it, we decided to get rid of it. It was likened to playing Russian roulette - the longer we held on to it the more likely it was to shoot us in the head.

      So Tuesday we just went and picked up a certified 2016 Toyota 4Runner.
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      04-13-2017 05:56 PM #39
      Well that went better than expected. And about $34,000 more than originally planned.

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      04-13-2017 06:11 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by Pnuu View Post
      Well that went better than expected. And about $34,000 more than originally planned.
      Much better than anticipated and wound up with a selling price of 32k on the 4runner.

      More than we wanted to spend originally but its a vehucle we wont have to worry about for a long time to come and will suit all our needs.

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