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    Default I have an 88 cherokee 89K miles but needs a good amount of work

    Here's the scoop I have an 88 cherokee USA Olympic editions that I was using for a daily driver until I bought my truck. I bought it for 3K with 80K miles two years ago. The interior is in rough shape. The engine and trans are in alright condition. The brakes need to be replaced and it needs new tires and wheels. It has minimal rust, I think the drivers floorboard has a small rust hole and it has a small amount of body rust underneath the door. Is it worth bringing it back to its former glory? Or should I part ways with it while I don't have terribly too much invested?
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    Default Re: I have an 88 cherokee 89K miles but needs a good amount of work

    Oh yeah.. you should definitely rebuild/build it for sure... Trust me, I've taken my 97 which sounds like it was in worse shape then what yours seems to be in... and I would do it again if I was in the same boat again.. are you looking to upgrade it, or keep it stock condition??
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    Default Re: I have an 88 cherokee 89K miles but needs a good amount of work

    Quote Originally Posted by bluedragon436 View Post
    Oh yeah.. you should definitely rebuild/build it for sure... Trust me, I've taken my 97 which sounds like it was in worse shape then what yours seems to be in... and I would do it again if I was in the same boat again.. are you looking to upgrade it, or keep it stock condition??
    Maybe some small upgrades like a 3 inch lift, a bike rack, and some bigger tires but mostly stock for performance. I bought a ranger and it's not cutting it as far as room so I'd like to get my cherokee to where i would want my gf in the passenger seat lol.

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    Default Re: I have an 88 cherokee 89K miles but needs a good amount of work

    3" lift and bigger tires... that's how it starts... lol.. Look forward to seeing pics as she progresses.. and feel free to post up any questions/concerns you have along the way!!
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    Default Re: I have an 88 cherokee 89K miles but needs a good amount of work

    Bear in mind Tim, these are 300K vehicles. So yes, just from an economic stand point it is worth it.
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    Default Re: I have an 88 cherokee 89K miles but needs a good amount of work

    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    Bear in mind Tim, these are 300K vehicles. So yes, just from an economic stand point it is worth it.
    I'm having trouble with where I should start. I'm not very mechanically inclined and I have another vehicle. Do you have any advice on where the best place to put some money into?

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    Pic your tire size and go for it. Get your lift. Then I would replace some sensors that are neglected. O2 sensors to start, then get a genuine Chrysler crank position sensor replace it and keep the old one for a spare in the glove box. After 100K than become worn out and can strand you. But you should change them in that interval. Fix your seats and happy driving
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    Default Re: I have an 88 cherokee 89K miles but needs a good amount of work

    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    Pic your tire size and go for it. Get your lift. Then I would replace some sensors that are neglected. O2 sensors to start, then get a genuine Chrysler crank position sensor replace it and keep the old one for a spare in the glove box. After 100K than become worn out and can strand you. But you should change them in that interval. Fix your seats and happy driving
    Thanks! I'll br sure to post a pics!

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    Default Re: I have an 88 cherokee 89K miles but needs a good amount of work

    Tim... 2 doors are kind of rare, I am not sure what a USA Olympic edition is ( the Olympics were up here in Canada in 1988) but that would make it even more rare. If it is in good shape I would definitely keep it, but I am partial to the 2 door. I would look into doing some preventive work to make sure it stays in good shape before tires and lift, after you start driving such an old jeep it could quickly develop issues. Also that jeep with 33'd and a small lift will go almost anywhere and will be a very reliable vehicle. The last week spot would be the engine, the 1988 renix 4.0L is reliable but not near as much as the newer 4.0L in the 91+ or even better the 96+ XJ's. It is an easy swap and you gain power as well, but that's something to think about later when you become hopelessly addicted like the rest of us.

    What ever you decide keep us posted! 4.3LXJ and myself both have great builds on 2 doors that are sure to give you ideas, and feel free to ask any questions you have, love to see old XJ's get rescued.

    And any info on the Olympic edition would be appreciated.


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    Default Re: I have an 88 cherokee 89K miles but needs a good amount of work

    From wiki--Pioneer Olympic Edition*- 1988 included: cloth upholstery, AM/FM radio with two speakers, and an air conditioner.

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    Cool! Thanks Brian!


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    Default Re: I have an 88 cherokee 89K miles but needs a good amount of work

    That's about all that is listed for the XJ. There was evidently a YJ version also. Seems it was a base model with special stickers.

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    Default Re: I have an 88 cherokee 89K miles but needs a good amount of work

    Quote Originally Posted by drakan1908 View Post
    From wiki--Pioneer Olympic Edition*- 1988 included: cloth upholstery, AM/FM radio with two speakers, and an air conditioner.

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    Awesome I do have all of that plus a little sticker that says USA, with the olympic stickers!

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    Default Re: I have an 88 cherokee 89K miles but needs a good amount of work

    Quote Originally Posted by Pookapotamus View Post
    Tim... 2 doors are kind of rare, I am not sure what a USA Olympic edition is ( the Olympics were up here in Canada in 1988) but that would make it even more rare. If it is in good shape I would definitely keep it, but I am partial to the 2 door. I would look into doing some preventive work to make sure it stays in good shape before tires and lift, after you start driving such an old jeep it could quickly develop issues. Also that jeep with 33'd and a small lift will go almost anywhere and will be a very reliable vehicle. The last week spot would be the engine, the 1988 renix 4.0L is reliable but not near as much as the newer 4.0L in the 91+ or even better the 96+ XJ's. It is an easy swap and you gain power as well, but that's something to think about later when you become hopelessly addicted like the rest of us.

    What ever you decide keep us posted! 4.3LXJ and myself both have great builds on 2 doors that are sure to give you ideas, and feel free to ask any questions you have, love to see old XJ's get rescued.

    And any info on the Olympic edition would be appreciated.


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    I don't know if you should point to my build as an example Dana. The only thing I have left is the unibody and axles, and the axles are on their way out. You will give him too many ideas
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    Exactly Steve!


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