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Old November 20th, 2020, 08:47
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'95 XJ front end on '98 XJ? Plug and Play?

I'm converting a 2WD XJ Sport 4.0L 4 dr to 4X4. All is in place and running with one major exception: The 2WD front end is in place.

I have found a reasonably priced '95 front end, "front end" meaning wheel to wheel, whole works including nuts and bolts. Even tires.

Is this a plug and play operation; that is, were there any material changes between the '95 and the '98. Would like to know of any now, as opposed to when I'm lying under my XJ with a flashlight!

Thanks in advance -- incidentally both the 2wd and 4wd front ends are box stock.
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Old November 20th, 2020, 09:07
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Re: '95 XJ front end on '98 XJ? Plug and Play?

It would be plug and play, but there is a difference, I believe the '95 has the small u-joints.
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Old November 20th, 2020, 09:08
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Re: '95 XJ front end on '98 XJ? Plug and Play?

Make sure it's geared the same as your current rear axle.
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Old November 20th, 2020, 18:07
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Re: '95 XJ front end on '98 XJ? Plug and Play?

Thak y'all. so plug and play is the consensus?
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Old November 21st, 2020, 13:39
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Re: '95 XJ front end on '98 XJ? Plug and Play?

Physically plug and play, to the four control arm bolts and track bar and steering and springs and shocks and brakes.

NOT plug and play on the gearing necessarily. If same engine size and transmission type, you 99.9% are good.
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Physically plug and play, to the four control arm bolts and track bar and steering and springs and shocks and brakes.

NOT plug and play on the gearing necessarily. If same engine size and transmission type, you 99.9% are good.
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Old November 21st, 2020, 17:02
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Re: '95 XJ front end on '98 XJ? Plug and Play?

Not that concerned about gearing unless the difference between front and back is material. Bolt in is my main concern for now. Thanks!
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Not that concerned about gearing unless the difference between front and back is material.
It should be your main concern unless your planning on doing gears right a way, they much match!
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Old November 21st, 2020, 19:36
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Re: '95 XJ front end on '98 XJ? Plug and Play?

Not if he doesn't put in a front driveshaft or transfer case. BUT regearing is a pain an expensive so you are definitely better off starting with the right gear. Also, though, unless you have something unusual, aren't the majority of xjs 3.55? So odds are its the right ratio anyway.
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Re: '95 XJ front end on '98 XJ? Plug and Play?

4.0L automatic is 3.55, and yes that’s probably the vast majority.

4.0L manual is 3.07 so automatic axles are a good upgrade for near stock size tires.

4-cylinder manual is 4.10, so those axles are nice for anyone on 31s or maybe 33s.

4-cylinder automatics were rumored to be both exceedingly rare and 4.56.
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