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Old 05-19-2010, 01:55 AM   #1
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'97 TJ with 196,000 miles...

Hey guys and dolls, new to the forums here. Just picked up a tj the other day for next to nothing. Honestly, it was an impulse buy because I've always wanted one and oppertunity came at the right time. My '01 Yamaha R1 is my daily driver, but the jeep will be for rainy days (as the season is apon us here in Central Florida), trips to the beach, and mudding on the weekends.

So anyways, I want to lift her up. Was looking at the Rough
Country 3.25" suspension lift, MT spiderbite 8x15s and thinkin 33x10.5 mt/z's. But before I do anything like that, I need to know what to look out for on these high mileage jeeps. Anythings in particular KNOWN for going out on these things? It was a northern truck and then moved down to florida and has been living by the beach, so rust is one issue so far. I know the person who sold it to me very well. She never took it off rode and babied the thing (still on the factory clutch and it feels tight even with all those miles)

Any and all input is much appreciated, but remember this baby is for the mud and the closest thing to rock crawling would be jumping parking curbs at wal-mart. Lol

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First of all, there was no 96 Jeep. They are 97's - first year of the TJ.

You have 4 cyl or 6 cyl?

Exhaust manifolds are the biggest item on the early TJ's.
The soft tops are a thinner material than the newer TJ's with the sailcloth.

I'm sure there are other things, but the two biggies when I got my 97.

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It said 97 I thought. Anyways, it's a 4banger, and that manifold is totally ready to be replaced. The top is already switched to a bestop but I'm switching it to a spiderweb.
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It said 97 I thought. Anyways, it's a 4banger, and that manifold is totally ready to be replaced. The top is already switched to a bestop but I'm switching it to a spiderweb.
Agreed, you never mentioned anything about a 96. No worries.
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I sell 96 Wranglers from here in Nigeria.. just wire your cash Western Union to my account. Also selling ocean properties in Tennessee..
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I sell 96 Wranglers from here in Nigeria.. just wire your cash Western Union to my account. Also selling ocean properties in Tennessee..
Sure I'll make the check out with the extra cash I get to keep from the rich banker that died over there, but the money needs to come over here to not be taxed. It's on its way.

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