First LJ

shumthisway

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Hey ya'll just picked up my first LJ yesterday and I'm super pumped! Haven't owned a Jeep since I was in High School (95 YJ) and I've missed it. It does have a couple issues that I'm currently fixing to include: a little play in the steering wheel, check engine light for O2 sensor and the speedometer intermittently works. I have some parts on order to hopefully resolve these. Sofar I've changed out all the fluids and spark plugs, cleaned the engine bay, undercarriage and inside. Any other recommendations for initial maintenance??

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Welcome!

One recommendation would be to check the tire pressure to be sure they aren't overfilled (looking for 25-26 typically). Depending on what the play in your steering feels like, tire pressure could be leading to some of that.
 
Hey ya'll just picked up my first LJ yesterday and I'm super pumped! Haven't owned a Jeep since I was in High School (95 YJ) and I've missed it. It does have a couple issues that I'm currently fixing to include: a little play in the steering wheel, check engine light for O2 sensor and the speedometer intermittently works. I have some parts on order to hopefully resolve these. Sofar I've changed out all the fluids and spark plugs, cleaned the engine bay, undercarriage and inside. Any other recommendations for initial maintenance??

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Welcome! Your hood is too shiny.
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Welcome!

One recommendation would be to check the tire pressure to be sure they aren't overfilled (looking for 25-26 typically). Depending on what the play in your steering feels like, tire pressure could be leading to some of that.

Well just checked the tires and I'm sitting at 43ish psi on all four so adding another thing to tomorrow's todo list. On the tire it says 35psi on it would you still recommend dropping it to 25?
 
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Well just checked the tires and I'm sitting at 43ish psi on all four
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On the tire it says 35psi on it would you still recommend dropping it to 25?
That is the maximum pressure for handling the maximum payload. Your LJ is relatively light and will never see the maximum payload. Adjusting air pressure is easy so experiment but anywhere from 25ish to 29ish is going to make your LJ's ride much better.
 
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Research the dry steering test to evaluate front end play, get the tire pressure way down, be sure the lug nuts are tight and it has oil, check the air filter and make a list from plugs, fluids, grease, bushings and shocks and small items if it’s a long term keeper and be persistent. These things can be really enjoyable if you take care of the maintenance, and have good steering and tires.

I’m not saying drive a new Jeep under it, just get familiar with it and learn how it works so you can evaluate it.
 
No idea 😅 if I had to guess... It looks like a 1" body lift maybe 4" suspension?

Stock springs with no cargo or passengers are 12” front and 8” rear , anything more is lift- as far as springs. It has a good stance.