Jeep Cherokee XJ 1989

Price: - Item location: Big Bear City, California, United States
  • Make: Jeep
  • Model: Cherokee
  • Type: SUV
  • Trim: Limited
  • Year: 1989
  • Mileage: 67,000
  • VIN: 1J4FJ78L4KL408494
  • Color: White
  • Engine size: 4.0L
  • Number of cylinders: 6
  • Power options: Bluetooth, CB Radio, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive type: 4WD
  • Interior color: Gray
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Options: Leather seats Rear, Power Seats, Tilt Steering, Fog Lights, Front Winch, Trailer Package, 4-Wheel Drive, CD Player
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1989 Jeep Cherokee Limited

67,000 miles on custom motor.This XJ is a California Original that lived in the LA County area its whole life until I purchased it in L.A. County 9 years ago. It was all original, and had never been off-road. This XJ is a fully loaded Limited that back in 1989 retailed for 31K! Let the custom Resto begin...get ready to read...


White original Paint, no rust. Bushwhacker Fender Flares front and rear, JCR off-road Front Bumper (old style) w/ tubes, light mounts w/ 4 LED off-road lights. and winch mount. Warn 9000 Winch, mounts w/d rings Rusty's Skid Plate & Gear box Stabilizer All J's custom Rock Sliders (To keep the body from twisting) JCR Off-road rear bumper (old style) with CB mount and antenna short. Swing mount for Gas tank, Jack, and spare tire mount, and mounts w/d rings. Rear license plate bracket w/ LED 3rd light in rear tire area. Front lights are LED DOT, with Black Rock guards.

Chrome turn signal bezels, Roof mount LED light bar. Emergency yellow light. Roof Rack. CB antenna long range magnet type. JCR off-road rear steel tail light mounts w/LED rear trucker lights white and red w/ trailer wiring. LED running lights, turn signal lights, and side marker lights.

Wheels and Tires:

Newer (under 500 miles) 35 X 12.5 BFG All Terrain KO2 15” Black Steel Rims w/chrome hubs.


Rubicon Express 5.5” + 2” spacers Extreme Duty Short Arm +Add A Leaf + Front quick disconnects

W/ New Bilstein 5100 Shocks


G2 4:88

Lockers front and rear:

Eaton (Detroit Tru-Trac) all gear.

Perfect for snow and Ice. Air down I have been thru 42” snow drifts.

Front Axle: Dana 35 (W/Rusty's Pumpkin plate)

Rear Axle: Dana 44 (Sweet Factory XJ original, very rare)(W/Rusty's Pumpkin plate)

Custom drive shaft w/yoke slip eliminator.

Engine: (I'm a Hotrod guy so bear with me)

I6 4.0 242 Custom built at S&S Engines in Washington State. Approx 67K on Engine. (Passes 50 state Emissions with flying colors).

Polished and ported Head. RV Cam. Bored out throttle body to match the HO engines. Custom Aluminum Valve cover Black and aluminum stripes w/4.0 logo. Heat dissipation Cover over intake manifold, along with fuel rail cover. Rusty's Throttle body spacer. K&N Baja Filter w/ Rusty's intake mount. Pacesetter header, custom exhaust w/ flow master 10 series muffler. 3/4” oil filter conversion with seperate oil cooler. Running oversized K&N oil filter. Always run Mobil 1.All new ignition system...the entire distributor, MSD streetfire ignition coil, AC Plugs, wires, ...everything. Down to the last relay Every single Sensor that you can replace is also new. I even have a custom reader on board that is hooked directly to the ECU cat5 to the dash, to read out all potential issues (Pre OBDII) with the Renix system, It is all functioning perfectly. I have never had any electrical issues with the Renix system. It has always functioned perfectly. I just replaced everything because it was my restoration hobby. Reman Bosche 4 hole fuel injectors. Runs amazing. Rear main does seep a bit, but they all do...It has a new rear main seal w/ a new oil pan. Yellow Top Battery w/ Disconnect. Extra Grounding. Wire looms everywhere.


Auto Esian rebuilt w/ approx 67K on it. Shifts perfect. Custom Trans Cooler Aluminum finned under front bumper, to keep the hot trans fluid out of the radiator.

Transfer Case:

242 AWD and 4WD (Full time and part time high and low) Top seal seeps a bit as well. Functions perfect.

Cooling System:

Completely Re-Engineered and re-Designed, w/all new parts. 3 row open all aluminum racing radiator. 3ea 10” SPAL electric fans w/ HD relays. And temp sending unit. Flowkooler Water pump and thermostat housing. 190 Mr. Gasket thermostat. Misc Open cooling system parts (ref: 1992 XJ). I can climb from 6700ft to 8500ft at 60mph and not go over 225. Runs normal @ 190 to 210 like clockwork. Slow crawls are never an issue.


The Dana 44 has large drum brakes, and the front is your std discs, all in good shape The Master cylinder and brake booster has been upgraded to a 2001 Grand Cherokee OEM. It over doubled my braking power from the stock XJ unit.

Front End:

All Curry front end parts (Beefy)


Basically all stock and in excellent condition for its age, except the front seats are custom w/ custom steel plates made to adapt to the power seat assembly. The drivers side seat has a 3” rip in it, on the side, from getting in and out. Back seat is leather. Heater works awesome, fan, windows, power rear view mirrors all function.

Custom Dual stereo w/ bluetooth, handsfree calling etc. all 10 Speakers are new and upgraded with an old sony amp. Also added the rear roof speaker assembly from later XJ models. It rocks...3 Row Gauge Cluster with Air/Fuel Mixture, Oil Temp, and Vacuum. Custom shifter, all steel assembly, and you can shift it without your brakes, or with the ignition on. The steering wheel lock is disconnected, along with the horn, and turn signal. Air horn switch on center console. Custom switches in center console for lighting and hard wired amps direct from battery, Along with a Tuffy all steel locking HD center console storage insert. ALL internal and external lighting in this XJ has been upgraded to LED...ALL...took forever...

Parts not restored:

A/C unit; needs replacement. Makes slight bearing noise. Cruise Control is there, just not hooked up.


I never planned on selling this XJ. I have easily 20K invested in this XJ with 100's of man hours to boot. Her name is AMY. She is an AMC/GM XJ... With a Ford Distributor and coil, Gm parts and some Chrysler parts. She is a bit of everybody back in the day. She has gotten me thru some bad winter storms, and back and forth thru the Southern California mountains were I live, for years now. She has only been on fire roads and some desert stuff. No Rock Crawling or any damage has occurred. Super great shape for someone who really appreciates an old XJ. I also have a lot of second hand parts that go with this XJ (approx 1000.00 worth) that I collected over the years. It all comes with it. Lots of parts for back-up. Any Questions? Please email me thru Ebay.

Sold as is no warranty.

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