Originally Posted by Primal Gnomes
Thinking about getting an XJ for general offroad purposes. Any specific years / parts / engines / tranmissions I should avoid while searching?
99 are the best year. If you get an earlier year get a 99+ intake.
Most years come with a Chrysler 8.25 rear or a Dana 35 rear, 8.25 is a much better stock axle. Some years such as a 87 come with D44 rear axles and are the best stock axle. Or a 8.8 can be bought cheap from a junk yard explorer and those come stock with disk breaks and are much stronger axles.
4.0L is a MUST, 2.5 sucks.
NP231 is a cheaper transfer case when it comes to rebuilding and slip yoke eliminator kits.
4 wheel drive is a must as well, obviously.
Check places like the unibody where the steering box is mounted to for cracks, and check to make the unibody is not bent.
And then all the common sense crap like looking for rust, going through all the gears, etc.