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Old 03-12-2012, 09:00 PM   #1
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about to buy a 2007 Rubicon - a few questions

as the title says, if all goes well - I should be the owner of a 40K mile 2007 Wrangler Rubicon.

anything I should check out, before the purchase?

it needs new tires - I'll track down the "what size fits" thread - but if anybody wants to chime in here - please do../

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Old 03-12-2012, 09:06 PM   #3
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I BELIEVE the absolute max tire size on a JK is 33. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:11 PM   #4
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as the title says, if all goes well - I should be the owner of a 40K mile 2007 Wrangler Rubicon.

anything I should check out, before the purchase?
Like said, check Carfax. Check the underneath very well. See if the skid plates, control arm brackets, frame, etc are all beat up.

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it needs new tires - I'll track down the "what size fits" thread - but if anybody wants to chime in here - please do../
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Don't pay for the carfax.....since most Jeepers do their own work and rarely turn in anything into insurance it would be a waste of money. I checked out too many that had clean reports only to find tons of things wrong.
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I BELIEVE the absolute max tire size on a JK is 33. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
Yep....

Bought my 07 back in July.

Just give it a good look over and drive it. Just like any other vehicle.
I would stay clear of a modded jeep or one that as been off road.

Oil consumption is the biggest issue that some 07-08's deal with.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:43 PM   #7
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4fit - thanks, I've seen that thread before - very useful. I'll definitely crawl around under it

kjeeper10 - oil consumption and I need to check the oil regularly -or- oil consumption smokes like a train -or- oil consumption let's plan on new rings...?
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Look under it and check the engine compartment. Look at all the drive train components. Check all of the fluids. Would look for one pretty much stock. Good luck.
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if you hate waier leaks, run some water over it for a good soak. the 07's were notorious for leaking right above the inside door handles. (my 07 soft top never did stop leaking there. after several repairs)
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if you hate waier leaks, run some water over it for a good soak. the 07's were notorious for leaking right above the inside door handles.
Better yet spend a few dollars and run it through a car wash. Also, have a mechanic that knows something about jeeps check it over.
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Look under it and check the engine compartment. Look at all the drive train components. Check all of the fluids. Would look for one pretty much stock. Good luck.
yep... check for things that look like they may have been painted because of rust or heavy offroading and they may be covering things up...

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Better yet spend a few dollars and run it through a car wash. Also, have a mechanic that knows something about jeeps check it over.
x50 excellent ideas right there. if you're looking to mod the jeep down the road... might tell the mechanic that... probably motivate him a little bit... especially if you hint you would like to do business with that shop..

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Old 03-13-2012, 11:35 AM   #12
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thanks guys -
I have not kicked the tires yet, but it looks to be stock in the pics I've seen.
I try to always wash perspective purchases - not only to check for leaks, but allows me to checkout every inch while spraying it down - I hate to find dings after I've purchased (and am washing it for the first time).
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Cool man, you must be stoked.

If it's been dealer serviced they have all the records on file.

You can a lot about a Jeep based on it's service history.
3 broken axles and a new clutch at 10K walk away.

Also look for bent lower control arm brackets and shock mounts on the axles or any serious trail damage underneath. Crushed exhaust pipes, etc.

Drive it in 2H,4H listen and feel for pulling, pulsing etc.
Find some gravel and test 4Low with the lockers engaged and disengaged. Try all the gears.
Make sure they work and dont grind or pop and shift smoothly.

Good luck! Sound slike a sweet rig.

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