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Old 07-15-2009, 12:56 PM   #1
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Buying a 2002 Wrangler X... Need some help

Hey guys Iím trying to get into my 1st wrangler and I am having a hard time because there is one issues that I am concerned with. I found a 2002 Wrangler X with 46,344 miles and it has 33" tires and 4" lift. Heís got it listed for 11k but I think I could get it for 10k or 10.5. Well my concern is that it has stock gears on 33" tires and it is a Dana 35 which from what I read is that there not very reliable. I donít plan on doing any major offroading anytime, do yall think it will be fine for road use for awhile?

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Yea, for awhile. They start grenading when people start adding bigger tires, lower gears, and lockers. Mine lasted about a year and a half when I started wheeling. Nothing hardcore though. And the aftermarket kits designed to beef them up are a waste of money in my opinion. I know people who have bought and installed the Super 35 kit only to still have it grenade when the wheeling got tough. Do what I did. Start saving your money for a decent rear axle to replace the 35.

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Sounds kinda high to me. Low miles, and a few mods, but I'd keep looking. I've seen some Rubi's for not much more than that and then you start out with better axles, lower gearing, 4:1 TC, etc.
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Thats the same set up I have. 02 X, 3.73 gears, 33" tires, 4" lift................
I worry about the D35 but I have used it with out any problems so far. I also think the price is a little high. I'm thinking $9500 would be a fair price, but sometimes its hard to find a deal depending on where you live.
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Yea, for awhile. They start grenading when people start adding bigger tires, lower gears, and lockers. Mine lasted about a year and a half when I started wheeling. Nothing hardcore though. And the aftermarket kits designed to beef them up are a waste of money in my opinion. I know people who have bought and installed the Super 35 kit only to still have it grenade when the wheeling got tough. Do what I did. Start saving your money for a decent rear axle to replace the 35.
Ok cool, well that good to hear because I wasnít sure if I was going to have to re gear it and now that your saying it make the axle more prone to grenading when re gearing Iím not going to waste my money. If everything checks out and I end up buying it Iíll start saving up for a Dana 44. Thanks for the advice!
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Sounds kinda high to me. Low miles, and a few mods, but I'd keep looking. I've seen some Rubi's for not much more than that and then you start out with better axles, lower gearing, 4:1 TC, etc.
I wish I could find a Rubi out here for that much, everyone I find is a re built salvage title for 12k. Iíve been searching on and off for the past 3 month trying to find a nice jeep with low miles and in really good condition and I havenít come across any jeeps like the one I found under 13500. I guess itís because I live in Az and everyone wants one for trail riding so they sale higher.
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Thats the same set up I have. 02 X, 3.73 gears, 33" tires, 4" lift................
I worry about the D35 but I have used it with out any problems so far. I also think the price is a little high. I'm thinking $9500 would be a fair price, but sometimes its hard to find a deal depending on where you live.
I thought the stock gears were 3.07 or was the 3.73 gears an option on the Wrangler X?
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The 3.73's were an option. My FIL has an 03 X that came with 3.07's. It just depends......
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The 3.73's were an option. My FIL has an 03 X that came with 3.07's. It just depends......
oh ok, is there anyway that I can look to figure out what gears it has?
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Check for a tag on the rear axle. If its still there it'll tell you.
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Check for a tag on the rear axle. If its still there it'll tell you.
ok will do, thanks for the help.
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Hey guys Iím trying to get into my 1st wrangler and I am having a hard time because there is one issues that I am concerned with. I found a 2002 Wrangler X with 46,344 miles and it has 33" tires and 4" lift. Heís got it listed for 11k but I think I could get it for 10k or 10.5. Well my concern is that it has stock gears on 33" tires and it is a Dana 35 which from what I read is that there not very reliable. I donít plan on doing any major offroading anytime, do yall think it will be fine for road use for awhile?
I got a '05 sport in stock trim with 60k last week for 10k. Not sure how much the tires, lift and lower mileage are worth on the one you are talking about. I'm still a jeep newbie myself just sharing how much I wasted to get my toy.
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My buddy has an "X" with 3.73.. real simple; just read the tag on the axle..
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Take it easy on the rear axle. Buy a front locker and it will lighten the load on the rear. It will last you a while, but spare shafts never hurt.
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ive been beating the piss out of mine, 02 X 3.73s 33s and RE 3.5 superflex.
its been great. currently building an 8.8 for the rear axle when the dana 35 blows. but mine has held up to alot of abuse over the last few years. one downfall, 3speed auto. if you fo alot of highway it gets annoying doing 70mph at 3k rpm
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ive been beating the piss out of mine, 02 X 3.73s 33s and RE 3.5 superflex.
its been great. currently building an 8.8 for the rear axle when the dana 35 blows. but mine has held up to alot of abuse over the last few years. one downfall, 3speed auto. if you fo alot of highway it gets annoying doing 70mph at 3k rpm
I love the 3 speed with 3.73s and 33s. Made it easier that the 8.8 had 3.73s too.
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oh i love the 3speed for rocks and flying through the desert. but on the highway IT SUCKS. why i bought this
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Old 07-16-2009, 12:48 PM   #18
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Sounds like a good deal to me. Contrary to what some think I believe that low mileage vehicles usually show less wear as they should. So you are starting your ownership and possible build up, with a big advantage when you by used with low miles.
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Sounds like a good deal to me. Contrary to what some think I believe that low mileage vehicles usually show less wear as they should. So you are starting your ownership and possible build up, with a big advantage when you by used with low miles.
Thanks, that’s my plan. I didn’t want anything that was all built up but I wanted something with the basic stuff like a lift and tires with low miles. Now I plan on getting the Dana 35 swapped with a Dana 44 and new gears and I’ll go from there. I bought it last night, I talked the guy down to 10k which I feel was a great deal compared to some of these other jeeps that have the same basic stuff and higher miles for 2 to 3k more. I’ll have to put some pictures of it later when I get a chance.
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Great look forward to the pictures.
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Well I finally found some time to take pictures, it needs a new top but its pretty clean other than that.





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That there's a good lookin Jeep. Congrats and welcome.

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