Interested with the seat mod. I’m actually looking into 2011-2015 patriot mk seats that had the fold flat passenger side, so that my sleeping platform can extend on top of the folded seat. Sounds like the limited trim had it but not all. A buddy with a ‘15 limited says his has it. Searching the junkyardsThe other good floorpan mod is reworking the front area to allow grand Cherokee seats (on the GC base) to fit. Much more comfortable seats than the Xj.
Front frame plating and a steering box brace are good medicine for an XJ, especially as you increase tire size.
That’s a clean approach! Been looking around for winch placement and am dead set on a setup that sits below the grille to maintain airflow to the rad. This might work out
Damn!If it has the 0331 head and you’re losing coolant, I’d bet on the cracked head. When mine cracked I had no choice but drive it until I couldn’t. Ended up washing the main bearings and seized the engine. I found a low mile, same year 4.0, swapped on a fresh 6 series head and it drove great. Stupid 0331 head is one of the few things that can kill a 4.0
Mine cracked and driving it made it so bad it even cracked the block in 3 spots!
It's a crap shoot for sure. I needed my Jeep to get to work. It was only a 20 min drive each way and I filled the radiator before leaving each time. By the time I got home it was bone dry. Got caught in traffic a couple times and had to stop, let it cool, and refill just to make it. Not something I would have risked if I had other options. Seems like if you catch it early and don't drive it more than necessary, just a new head and gasket fixes it. But it's always a risk when the motor gets high miles as to how much the regular wear will effect the longevity. I love the 4.0 and it got it's tough reputation for good reasons but at the end of the day, it's still a slave to basic physics. Coolant washes bearings so they don't lubricant as they should. That exponentially wears the bearings and speeds up an early death. One could try and fit new bearings, flush all the milkshake, replace the head, etc. But it's been my experience that it's a lot of work, not exactly free, and rarely does the motor live as long as one would hope. Plus there is the uncertainty. Everytime you start it and every new noise plays on your mind if this is "it"... Unreliability is scary.Damn!
Debated just driving it till it seized, but really didn’t want to take the chance of it dying out in the desert or on a longer trip and having to deal with that.