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Old 05-10-2009, 12:54 PM   #1
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No mud??? What do you think......


Guy tells me that this jeep has not seen any mud or rocks. It is a 97 and he has obviously detailed it. The thing that concerns me is that there seems to be a lot of rust on the studs and air box clamps. Is this normal for what I am looking at? My buddy has a 97 Sahara and it looks a lot better than this. What do you all think? I can't get away from work to go look at it in person right now. What else do I need to look for when I make it down to look at it to see if it has been abused?

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Old 05-10-2009, 12:57 PM   #2
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you can't hide if its been wheeled from underneath. it would take days to get the crud, mud, and dirt out of the under body. detailing engines sucks in my mind. probably hiding something.

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Old 05-10-2009, 01:11 PM   #3
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I detail my engines but never had any rust issues..... maybe they used some bad stuff. But look elsewhere underneath for more obvious issues.
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Old 05-10-2009, 04:04 PM   #4
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I know that i use to use aluminum wheel cleaner on my engines. It awesome for taking the crud off, and making the motor look new again. The down fall was the acid ate away at some metels making them look old and bad like those clamps on the air cleaner.
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:21 AM   #5
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Trying to find a Jeep without mud is like trying to find a sailboat that has not seen water, unless of course you live in a desert.

For a 12 year old Jeep, it looks pretty clean but that's only one picture. I'd ask for the maintenance reports, CarFax report, check the oil and trans fluids for metal particles and milk shakes. Also Check the anti-freeze to make sure it looks clean (again no milkshakes present).

Look for undercarriage damage to the belly pan, gas tank skid plate and differentials.
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:43 AM   #6
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My 98 clips are rusted just as bad. I wouldn't be too concerned based just on that.
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:51 AM   #7
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If you plan on going offroad who cares? if it looks and drives nice with no unusual noises the next step would be to take it to your mechanic to have it checked out underneath. a little surface rust means it was driven, nothing else.
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Old 05-12-2009, 04:59 PM   #8
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Thanks for the posts. I'm sure it has seen some mud in it's time, just wanted to see if the guy was handing me a line about not mudding with it. It almost looks too clean, that's what had me a little concerned. The other pics he sent me look like the jeep is in great shape, carpets are stained from red clay where your feet sit, but other than that the interior looks good. Said it belonged to his girl and they are the second owners. I can't get away from work right now so all I have is pics to look at. If he has not sold it by memorial day I can drive down and look at it.
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Old 05-12-2009, 05:22 PM   #9
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look at the downpipe and see if there is any mud caked on

the guy I bought mine from NEVER cleaned out the mud after wheeling and now my downpipe looks like a tube of clay
also, I would just take a good look underneath the jeep and just take a poke around, and really look at the transfer case, tranny (no leaky fluids), and oil pan

im a newb so this is just what I would look for :P
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Old 05-12-2009, 05:55 PM   #10
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look at the downpipe


What are you refering to as the "downpipe"?
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Old 05-12-2009, 06:35 PM   #11
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i probably am saying the wrong thing, but I was talking about the exhaust section pipe closest to the engine ( before the muffler). Mine just has a ton of baked mud on it
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Old 05-12-2009, 06:41 PM   #12
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I got it, that was what I thought you were talking about but I just wanted to make sure!

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