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Old 04-22-2013, 01:24 PM   #1
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Buying 2006 rubicon

Hi everyone. I'm buying my first wrangler today. My buddy bought a wrangler a few months ago and we're going to get into some offroading this summer.

I was just wondering if there's anything I should be looking for. It's a 2006 rubicon, 6 speed, hard top/soft top, 4 inch lift, 33" tires, 100,000km. Always stored indoors. Appearently there's no rust. It looks pretty clean and not hacked up in the pics. 16 grand. From what I've read I've got to watch out for the oil pump gear or something like that??? That's kinda got me worried. How should I go about checking that?

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Old 04-22-2013, 02:04 PM   #2
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Search opda. There are a bunch of threads detailing the issue. I would also check for rust in the floorboards, fenders, and frame. I would also verify that the rig is actually a Rubicon by checking the Vin. Make sure the lift includes quality components and isn't one of the cheaper varieties.

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With Rubi 4in lift, you can spend 30 min under the Jeep to view frame, shocks, springs, LCA, UCA, driveshaft, transfer case 241OR. I would look for rust on frame and bring your phone to take pics if he/she doesn't mind.
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:23 PM   #4
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Great deal. I have the same vehicle. Check your vin number. Mine was built in late 06 so I think they had that problem taken care of by then. Mine had 103000 on it when I got it.....I now have almost 130000 with narry a problem. Well just a few because of wheelin, both drive shafts, ball joint etc etc

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I gotta say after reading up on the opda issue I'm not that excited about buying the jeep. If the owner hasn't already changed the gear at 100,000 km then there's a pretty good chance that the gear on the pump and the other gear it's riding it are both messed up. That's encouraging... I can't exactly check it until I have the jeep in my garage too.
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I gotta say after reading up on the opda issue I'm not that excited about buying the jeep. If the owner hasn't already changed the gear at 100,000 km then there's a pretty good chance that the gear on the pump and the other gear it's riding it are both messed up. That's encouraging... I can't exactly check it until I have the jeep in my garage too.
Lol, you're considering spending 16k on a vehicle and worried about a $150 part replacement? The new non-factory units have completely resolved the issue. If I was concerned I would have replaced on my '05, but I am not. Yes, it's a problem, but it's not like a $500 part $500 labor water pump replacement on a BMW that blows without fail at 60k.
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Well I'm not exactly a engine savy guy but if one gear is gone, good chance the other gear is too no? Is the other gear not the camshaft and would that not be a big job to change? I'm not trying to sound like a smart ass, I actually don't know haha. Spending money on the upgraded gear doesn't bother me but it's just going to get chewed up if the other gear is screwed up.
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I switched mine out in less that an hour the first time after watching the utube video a few times at work.. Piece of cake.. $180
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Well I'm not exactly a engine savy guy but if one gear is gone, good chance the other gear is too no? Is the other gear not the camshaft and would that not be a big job to change? I'm not trying to sound like a smart ass, I actually don't know haha. Spending money on the upgraded gear doesn't bother me but it's just going to get chewed up if the other gear is screwed up.

They may both have wear, but I'd be surprised if you couldn't get another 60K+ miles out of the cam with a new unit and monitoring the situation even if the cam gear wear was moderate.

Also, you're getting a solid deal on the jeep in the first place, so if you do have to replace the camshaft 50k miles down the road, I'd say you're doing pretty good if everything else stays tight.

I mean, you could get a whole new stroker engine for 4k.

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