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Old 10-28-2010, 10:41 AM   #1
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Ok, now I need my own Jeep...

This might seem like a dumb question but... that's never stopped me before.

Now that the wife and I bought a Jeep I don't get to drive it. The few times I HAVE driven it I really, really liked it. I have decided I am going to get one of my own, but not a pretty one that I would worry about scratching or getting a ding in.

The wife doesn't care if I buy another toy as long as I don't spend too much on it (I am finishing a pro-street chopper, putting a new tranny in my Formula, rebuilding the engine in my boat, etc).

Are there any things I need to stay AWAY from in looking for a Jeep? I see them on Craigslist from time to time, some of them are pretty reasonable. I don't mind doing a lot of work to make one go, I just want to make sure I don't buy one that I need to start over with completely or that handicaps me from the get-go.

This is an example of one I have found:

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Old 10-28-2010, 10:50 AM   #2
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I would definitely buy a jeep from this guy no matter the condition


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I would definitely NOT buy a jeep from this guy no matter the condition


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Old 10-28-2010, 12:26 PM   #4
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I would not even consider this Jeep. Look for one that is close to stock or with slight mods that you can tell have been done properly. This Jeep looks like some kid slapped a bunch of junk on it and now wants to dump it quickly. If you buy a Jeep that has been lifted and had a bunch of work done to it, you never know what quality has been installed and when you get it home you may end up with a piece of crap and hate yourself.
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:46 PM   #5
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Jeep has 180k total on the body and some rust.

What does this mean?^^^^ And what year is this Jeep??? What a piece of ???
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Old 10-28-2010, 01:06 PM   #6
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Now that the wife and I bought a Jeep I don't get to drive it.
Maybe instead of buying yourself a Jeep you should find some of these





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I have to admit this is funny.
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Old 10-28-2010, 01:41 PM   #9
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What ARE those?

And my wife says no (hides black eye behind some dark glasses).



Seriously though, with kids and a husband that won't leave anything alone (I tricked out her Deuce, worked over her Mustang, etc) I can understand her wanting the Rubicon to be hers, something she doesn't have to share.

Thanks for the tips guys, I am not seriously looking at that particular jeep, just showing you an example of things I have been seeing on the list. I don't know if there are particulars to look out for, although Cockmaster-Flash there in the foreground would have been a hint not even I could ignore....
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Every time I look at that picture I laugh, I want to meet him.
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As said...buy something basically stock. That'll most times tell you it hasn't been ragged out. And not everyone that mods or takes their jeep off road know what they are even doing.
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I would not even consider this Jeep. Look for one that is close to stock or with slight mods that you can tell have been done properly. This Jeep looks like some kid slapped a bunch of junk on it and now wants to dump it quickly. If you buy a Jeep that has been lifted and had a bunch of work done to it, you never know what quality has been installed and when you get it home you may end up with a piece of crap and hate yourself.

x2 This is sound wisdom.
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:01 PM   #14
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So, tere are no motor/tranny combos to stay away from, no models to avoid, etc?
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I would look for one close to stock and do your own mods slowly. That way you know what it has and what you want, Instead of buying someone elses build. Also i would stay away from the 4 cylinder. They have plenty of power for off roading but lack in highway speeds. Get the 4.0 6 cylinder.
SE is your basic 4 cylinder

X has the 4.0 6 cylinder, and some extras

Sport has the 4.0 with optional D44 rear axle

Sahara has the 4.0, Optional D44 rear axle, Body colored flares, and an interior package

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Avoid the Dana 35 rear axle. They don't like the stress we tend to put on them. End result is that they blow up alot sooner than any other axle you will see in a a Jeep.
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What are your plans for the Jeep that you buy? If you plan on doing alot of offroading and putting 35 inch tires on, then stay away from the D35, If you plan to keep it mostly stock and don't plan on much off roading then a D35 is ok, Many people have run D35s with no problems.
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Old 10-29-2010, 12:32 PM   #18
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Well, I am not going to be rock crawling, but I do plan to go up in the hills and put it through it's paces. It won't see much highway driving at all.

I sure appreciate the advice.

Especially about the pants.
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Old 10-29-2010, 01:57 PM   #19
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Glad I could help.

On an actually helpful note, what is your budget? That's really going to determine where you should be looking. If it's really low, have considered XJs (I'm not sure if that's allowed on Wrangler Froum). If you're set on a cheap wranger, I'd say get a 4cyl - maybe a 91 or newer YJ. They're cheaper initially and you're much less likely to break stuff. If you've got some money for this Jeep, look for a TJ with the 4.0 and a D44.
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:53 PM   #20
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Well, It is going to have to be a cheap one. XJ is one of the wagons? I'll save money first, I want a Wrangler.

I am going to get the transmission rebuilt in this Infinity J30 I have and see about trading it for a Wrangler, non-running or whatever. I don't mind putting a bunch of mechanical work into one.

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Old 11-29-2010, 05:05 PM   #21
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Maybe instead of buying yourself a Jeep you should find some of these





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Well, wife wouldn't let me have any pants, and I still don't get to take her Rubicon wheelin, so I drug home an old CJ5 today.

And I am going to nickname it "The Pants"

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Old 11-29-2010, 05:36 PM   #22
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:58 PM   #23
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keep us posted this should be good
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That is AWESOME! I love it. Congrats on the find. It actually looks more like "trousers " then "pants". You need to start a build thread and update your progress as you go.
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:28 PM   #25
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you sound like you have the ability and skills to revive that old CJ, so more power to you and best of luck. That baby deserves a resurrection and to see better days wheeling. That is one thing I love, seeing oldies brought back to life bigger and better. Once I hit the lotto I'll be doing the same for my 1954 Chevy pickup sitting in my garage. To bad you're not in Phoenix, I could use your help

Please keep us posted with pics of progress.
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That thing is really sweet...I really like the color.
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Welcome to the addiction!! Get it running and learn to wheel it as is to start. It'll tell you what mods you need by the terrain that you want to wheel in. Making it look "cool" won't take you up a hill you want to climb. With a Jeep it's a 50/50 agreement: Driver skill/Jeep it takes both to excell. To start: some tow hooks, a snatch strap and maybe a winch, CB. Enjoy!
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+Now you need to go find a vette motor and put in that big a** green jeep.

I can see it now, vette motor, 6 speed trans, 12 inches of lift, 44 inch tires, and to heck with the rest.
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Sweet!!! Man i cant wait ta see it done!!! Nice find!
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just make sure its more capable than the wife's....

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