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Old 08-13-2012, 04:14 PM   #1
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Looking at a 93 YJ

I've found the jeep I would look to buy its a black 1993 Wrangler with a 2.5l & 5 speed.

I know "death" wobble is an issue easily avoided but how hard is it to fix incase this jeep has it. And are we talkin swaying back and forth down the road or is it more than that?

The jeep looks to be stock and unmodded.

What problem areas should I focus on? Mechanicly

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Old 08-13-2012, 04:21 PM   #2
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If this thing is pretty stock, it shouldn't have death wobble

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Old 08-13-2012, 04:34 PM   #3
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well, from the pic, i can see that it has extended shackles, bigger tires, aftermarket wheels that somebody used aluminum acid on, cause they are looking white, and should be a polished mirror finish(i have the same wheels on my YJ).

I would check the frame close, look at the rear of the frame up inside next to the shackles, in the top mounts for the rear shocks, along the frame where the skid plate bolts, and around the steering box, those are the most common places for frame problems.

As far as "death wobble", swaying back and forth going down the road isnt even close to death wobble. You almost have to experience it to know what it is or the signs of it. Its when your front tires kick side to side while going down the road, and you have no control over it.

I would check the oil and water, make sure everything looks clean.
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:46 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies.

So is death wobble an easy fix as far as replace the components that are worn?

Ok so its nothing like what my 80 powerwagon used to do to me... it would pull both directions left then right it was just a matter of playing in the steerings dead zone to balance it out until I fix it with poly bushings and crossover steering.


:edit: I am a at home diy. I will replace the parts myself but will always take things in for alignment.

I couldn't see to much detail as my only internet is on a 3.5in screen on my phone...
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:51 PM   #5
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It would be rare, not impossible, for a YJ to have death wobble due to the leaf springs. DW on a YJ would to me not even be on my list of concerns. As stated check the frame for rust/rot not just by looking but hit the frame with a small hammer etc.. see if its soft. Check floor boards, pull up the carpet. Make sure 4wd works.. how much is this jeep?
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:01 PM   #6
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I was about to basically type up the same reply as 4Jeepn did until I saw the reply. Good advise there. Mainly check the frame & for rust (as said previously) I have a lifted 94 YJ & the only thing that has ever caused me "wobble" is unbalanced or crappy tires & a broke trac bar mount, then I just removed the trac bar & no issues after that as far as wobble is concerned.

How much are they asking for the Jeep? Looks sharp
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:16 PM   #7
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Its listed at 4995 but I was gonna start with an offer around 4250 or so. Is that too high? It has 130,xxx miles

Try to get around 4500 or so.

This will be mainly a driver that can take me up shooting and playing a bit.

I will get 33's and gears later on in its life.
4.88:1 or so.
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:40 PM   #8
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Its a 93 4cly... 3k tops in my area.. but price will vary. or rather I should say i wouldn't pay more than 3k, hell my 6 was under 3k. but again price will vary...
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:18 PM   #9
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Honestly, for that price. I would try to find one with the 4.0 straight 6 engine, you would be glad you did. That's a little steep for $5,000 IMO
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:48 PM   #11
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imo it looks to be in great shape and if mechanically it looks to be as clean as it is cosmetically, negotiate the best price. having recently bought my first jeep i found out how much they keep their value. but a 4 banger for occasional highway driving is plenty fine so dont feel like you have to get the 4.0...i had the same questions as you did and am slowly learning. kbb what the book value is on the jeep in your area and try to do a carfax on it. in jersey, i can tell you they sure demand some money. of course make sure its in good shape with no structural rust or weird engine noises, idle issues, etc. a good honest conversation with the owner and asking how they respond to maintence questions can tell you how they did or did not take care of the car. interrogate!!!
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:39 PM   #12
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That is my Jeep less the hard top. I bought it in December with 123K on the clock for $3200 and everything worked as it should. Since then everything is breaking as expected. I have close to $2K in a lift kit, bumpers, winch and replacing everything electric or hydraulic on the thing. Get it as cheap as you can because you will be replacing parts.Its a 20 year old vehicle. If there is any frame rust or rot I would not walk but run away.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:08 PM   #13
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ohh.... not again. are we on the subjects of pricing again? lol

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Old 08-14-2012, 08:29 AM   #14
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Well in my area if you can find them under 4000 and not trashed your a better hunter than me. Rust is hardly an issue here
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Well in my area if you can find them under 4000 and not trashed your a better hunter than me. Rust is hardly an issue here
If it rains in your location, rust is an issue with the design of the frame.. check it and be safe.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:48 AM   #16
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Yeah I was still going to check.

Just don't expect to see much.

Even my British Made MGB didn't have much rust.
And its designed to have rust... or so it seems

Well I'll be contacting the seller today to take a look at it.

So rust, frame, dents, oil condition, 4wd function, do these have any electrical hiccups I should be watchful for?

O2 sensers?

I also have a few more jeeps down the list but all are missing at least one thing I wanted but isn't required. Hardtop.

5-speed is a must.

So if I get this... who wants those ugly running boards
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:36 PM   #17
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Well just called and it sold.

I've found 2 95's about the same.

One at 4700 obo with a hardtop but on state north.

One at 4600 obo no hardtop but brand spankin new 235/75/15 tires
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:46 PM   #18
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:46 PM   #19
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:48 PM   #20
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And the one with the hardtop.

How hard are used hardtops to come by?
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:49 PM   #21
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hardtops are easily found on craigslist(around me they are very easy to find) ive seen them go from $500-800

whats the mileage on them and which one looks to be in better shape?(if seen in person)

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