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Old 02-24-2010, 10:53 PM   #1
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Retired to Easter Slopes of Colorado 18 months ago.* Would like Wrangler 97-06 generation for use on dirt roads.* With a projected budget of 10K, what I have on a dream list is a 4.0 engine, manual tranny, hardtop, full doors, and forgive me air condition.This Jeep will join an SUV and Ram 1500 4X4 in the garage and would be used for enjoyment.* My question is-- are there any major pitfalls to avoid.* All ebay Jeeps seem to have no warranty, so you are on your own if you go that route. Of course all claim to be in excellent condition and never abused but Jeep territory is new for me.
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Check for rust. Also, if you ever think you may want to mod it (ie lift, wheels, tires, bumper, etc.) buy one with it. You can save a little if you are smart. Get what you want and don't settle. It may take some time, but it well worth it. Because of that wait, I am 23 and own my dream vehicle already... good luck.

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Old 02-24-2010, 11:23 PM   #3
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Since you're going to use this rig as an off-roader, I would recommend spending 5k-7k on a 1999-2001 Wrangler (interior updates) and then using the rest to go towards your modifications. Find something lower mileage (but don't be scared of 100k+). Look for rust and run away from anything already modded unless you know the full background.

We're all here to help, and rather then play whose gotta the bigger di... I've found WF to be all about making everyone grow together, unlike many other car forums.

I would recommend a hardtop if you can find it, not cause you want it, but because they're worth more on the market and you can swap for a soft top and save yourself some bucks.

From there, go ahead and go nuts on suspension lifts, tires, body lifts (no higher then 1.25"), bumpers, interior, etc. The possibilities are endless!
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Check for rust. Also, if you ever think you may want to mod it (ie lift, wheels, tires, bumper, etc.) buy one with it. You can save a little if you are smart.
if you go with one that has mods then be very careful of what they are and who did it... if joe blow did the mods and had no idea what he was doing it can cause lots of problems and you can spend a lot on fixing what he did wrong and it can be a huge headache so proceed with caution when buying with mods... most people look for a stock one and mod it to there likings and what they want and how they want... remember Jeeps aren't bought they are built
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you want to try to make sure you get a Dana 44 real axle. You can tell its the 44 and not the 35c by looking at the drain plug and shape. If the drain plug is metal then it is a 44. Also the 44 will look very boxy/octagony and the 35 will look like round.
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Your best bet is to find one in stock condition. It sounds like you just want to do average trail riding, so in my opinion a stock jeep would suit you just fine. If you want a manual 4.0 thats what you should get. And don't appologize for wanting A/C, it's a plus. You can usually tell how well a used jeep has been taken care of by looking at it - underneath, inside, everywhere. That's why buying a stock jeep is usually a good idea - some of them have never been offroad. And stock jeeps are very capable offroad. Take your time, it took me about 4 months to find mine, and my criteria was just what you want - a 4.0 manual. Good luck.
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Old 02-25-2010, 11:37 AM   #7
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Thanks for the insight, it is a big help

My original post states I live on the Easter slopes of Colorado, that should read Eastern slope or Front Range. My son is a Corvette Forum guy and on their forum, there is an easy to find section for those who want to buy one of those types of cars.
I am looking everywhere on the forum and have not been successful in finding that info. Where am I going wrong or maybe there is no for sale section.

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