So I after a lot of lurking on this site, a few posts and test driving about 15 TJs I pulled the trigger on my 1st TJ.
Looks mostly stock, think it might have a lift of some kind as it looks to be a full 19" off the ground and I think I read somewhere on here that stock is 18".
Its a 2005 Silver X, 6 speed 4.0L with 67,000 miles. Grabbed it for 12k which in my area is a decent deal, honestly most TJs in the 10-12k range all had over 100k on them which I know isnt a lot, but I want to keep this a long time.
Also living in Ohio, every other TJ had some minor to major rust issues, this one has virtually none, salesman said the po garaged it which makes sense.
Now, a few quick observations... had some nasty ice the day after Christmas which I knew would be a problem, as this was my first weather in the Jeep. My back end tried creeping up on me a few times but kept it slow and stayed on the road. Now on New Years Eve we had some nasty slush / sleet and man I couldnt keep the rig straight if I went over 25 mph.
I felt quite embarrassed when a Kia passed me. Even in just wet roads I feel my back end wanting to swing. I mean I dont wanna fly down roads in weather, but I also dont wanna make the guy in a Kia Sephia question Jeep heritage.
Tires are virtually brand new, BFG ATs.
I know some would be quick to say operator error, but I have been driving in NY, IL, and OH in winters for 16 years...in either Hondas or VWs and it just doesnt seem to be better in the Jeep.
Any advise would be appreciated. I mean would a cheap lift affect something like this?