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Old 08-07-2010, 01:15 AM   #1
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Another Wreck, Another Jeep?

Just like my luck that I happened to T-bone a car last night doing 55 after he failed to yield. Cosmetically the jeep wasnt to bad but it pushed the front differential and components back about 3 inchs and 4 inches towards the driver side.

Looking like insurance is going to total it. It was on the fence line for being totalled as the repair amounted to 4500, it was about 500 from being totaled out. Took alook today and noticed fluid coming from tranny. Never leaked anything before except water from A/C. Would a front impact cause this, the damage was taken to passenger side front corner?

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Old 08-07-2010, 01:44 AM   #2
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ill buy your hardtop

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Old 08-07-2010, 05:47 AM   #3
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Tell them about the tranny and see if they'll settle for $5000 and you keep the Jeep.
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Old 08-07-2010, 07:26 AM   #4
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In my experience with TJs that are hit in the front, you want to look at the front axle housing, transfer case, and tranny. Driveshafts too. The trailing arms on the front axle don't "give", and all the shock from a front impact usually bends the front axle housing and damages the driveline behind it. We have done several at the body shop I work at, and every one needed axle housing replaced and usually transfer case. Look for cracks in the transfer case housing and tranny from the impact. The tabs on the axle for the arms will be toasted usually along with the brackets to the frame where the arms attach. You may also have a bent frame, so you will def. want to have a shop with a frame machine take a look at it if you choose to rebuild.

This is why I chose to rebuild a yj or a cj. The leaf springs give and you sometimes get lucky on saving the axle housing, but the transfer case usually gets toasted The frame doesn't sustain as much damage from the leafs either, the rigid links from axle to frame on a TJ does do some damage. Alot of work involved on getting things just right on a TJ when rebuilding from frontal impact. Not saying it can't be done, but usually it isn't done cheap, that is why they total out so fast.
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:54 AM   #5

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Buy it back,turn it into a strictly trail jeep & that way you won't have to worry about getting things exactly correct. Or just part it out.
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Old 08-07-2010, 12:26 PM   #6
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I would like to buy it back if they decide to total it out pending on the price they want for it. The rest of this jeep is in mint condition.
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Old 08-07-2010, 10:27 PM   #7
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nows the time for flat fenders
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Old 08-07-2010, 10:52 PM   #8
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Sorry to hear about the jeep but how are you doing?

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