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Old 05-21-2007, 08:23 PM   #1
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Daughter trashes TJ upon careening off the concrete base of light stand in a shopping center lot traveling about 20-25 mph. Damage includes cut down LF tire, broken alloy wheel, broken steering box, broken tie rod, bent shock absorber, broken front diff, front end of drive shaft disconnected, split transfer case, some minor fender damage. Prolly other broken parts will be found upon tear down. The 2.5 engine and 5 speed seem okay. Good news is that my daughter wasn't seriously injured, just sore neck, and bruised arm. I had jeep towed to a private garage. Insurance company is computing repair costs. The shop says the frame is not bent, but cost may reach $5,000, so it may be a total loss. If not, where will my shop secure repair parts? I have heard because it is a '97, that used parts may be put on for repairs. Do you guys recommend any part sources that I may advise the shop, if it can be rebuilt? We live in Indianapolis, IN. Thanks for any advise.

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Old 05-21-2007, 08:33 PM   #2
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I would sell it to someone that is gunna replace all those and make it a crawler and buy another jeep.... i wouldent replace the stock stuff at all ....but thats just me

have any pics? lol

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Old 05-21-2007, 08:36 PM   #3
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Surely the body shop has a source for parts?!?!

Glad to hear your daughter is ok.
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:36 PM   #4
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WOW............. WOW ,This is the perfect opertunity for all the aftermarket goodies. I mean .........I'm sorry about your Jeep, but if can afford to replace all that you could have the start of one bad ass Jeep.
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:59 PM   #5
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it all depends on what you want to do with it
if you want to return it to stock, i dont know of any places that sell stock parts, only aftermarket
if not i agree it would be a sick crawler or off road jeep

or sell it and buy a "new" one
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Old 05-21-2007, 09:08 PM   #6
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Glad your kid is okay. As for replacement parts.. Crown automotive makes them.. tell your body shop to look into those.. One can still buy 1940's jeep repro jeep bodies so I think a 97 fender should not be an issue.. BTW.. if it has 5k in damage the insurance will most likey total it as that I am sure is over 50% of the value.. that's what happened to mine.. but it was hit by a semi truck... oh the fun...
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Old 05-21-2007, 11:25 PM   #7
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theres a jeep shop off of 26 headin east towards 69.. probably 20-25 miles outta kokomo.. ive never been there.. but i drove by it plenty.. they have alot of wranglers sittin there.. and im sure they do aftermarket installs.. might wanna check it out..


if u wait. i might make a trip up there next weekend.. ill be able to get the name and # of it for u
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Old 05-22-2007, 03:26 AM   #8
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glade your daughter is OK
as far as parts go it mostly depends on the insurance company they will try to find the cheapest parts they can if that means used then so be it the body shop will go by what the insurance will pay for could be after market or oem or used and might be a little of all depends on availability of used , and after market parts

as for replacing the parts with after market upgrades go you have to talk to the shop about that most wont considerate it cause they dont wont to get in trouble with the insurance company
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Old 05-22-2007, 06:55 AM   #9
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This may sound kind of simple but all the parts just unbolt and bolt on. We rebuilt my sons after he rolled it, went over 2x's, just had all the new parts prepainted to teal, put a lift kit and body lift, MML in while we had it apart. Made a good project.
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It's not that hard with tools, jackstands, floor jack.we did all our work in the back of the house on the lawn. Do the same with your daughter. My daughters TJ the both of us work on when she's home from college.

As for parts, check out the jeep sites, www.bmja.org, www.naxja.org, a D30 is a D30 for the front axle. alot of stuff is out there, consider it a bonding project..
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Old 05-22-2007, 07:07 AM   #10
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Glad your daughter is OK. Did someone cut her off? If so, then it might go on the other person's insurance. Got pics?
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Daughter trashes TJ upon careening off the concrete base of light stand in a shopping center lot traveling about 20-25 mph. Damage includes cut down LF tire, broken alloy wheel, broken steering box, broken tie rod, bent shock absorber, broken front diff, front end of drive shaft disconnected, split transfer case, some minor fender damage. Prolly other broken parts will be found upon tear down. The 2.5 engine and 5 speed seem okay. Good news is that my daughter wasn't seriously injured, just sore neck, and bruised arm. I had jeep towed to a private garage. Insurance company is computing repair costs. The shop says the frame is not bent, but cost may reach $5,000, so it may be a total loss. If not, where will my shop secure repair parts? I have heard because it is a '97, that used parts may be put on for repairs. Do you guys recommend any part sources that I may advise the shop, if it can be rebuilt? We live in Indianapolis, IN. Thanks for any advise.
Glad your daughter is okay. What caused the accident? Driver error? traffic? Mechanical failure?

As for parts:

- cut down LF tire - use the spare or get new, larger tires
- broken alloy wheel - black steelies?
- broken steering box - put in a Durango V8 Steering box, stronger
- broken tie rod - ZJ V8 tierod good alternative, other aftermarket options as well for around $100.00
- bent shock absorber - get a budget boost and get 4 new shocks and spacers for stock springs, or get a Rusty's 3" lift for an economical price
- broken front diff - D30's can be found pretty cheap, some with lockers in there, but save your 4.10's in your current one - you may need em.
- front end of drive shaft disconnected - front shafts easy to replace or fix the straps if shaft okay.
- split transfer case - find a replacement, even used isn't bad. Just check it out and replace the chain if needs be. Can also do a SYE/DS while it is out, and possibly the Tera 2Lo setup.
- some minor fender damage - purely cosmetic, but you can go with tube fenders for not much more than the replacement cost of a stock fender. Just address the side marker light issue.
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Old 05-22-2007, 08:21 AM   #12
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Glad to hear your daughter made it through ok. That's scarey when your kid calls and says "I wrecked the jeep"
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Ya, thank goodness shes ok. Ive flipped cars before, and had a TJ on 2 wheels sliding sideways (driver side down)... not a fun experience. hope everything goes ok.
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Old 05-22-2007, 09:31 PM   #14
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totalled or not

My daughter and I are still waiting to hear what the insurance company will do.......either fix or total. Accident occured in a shopping center parking lot, when my daughter was distracted by a car approaching her at an unusual angle. Unfortunately, the lamp post was right next to the driving lane, and so easy to run into.

Thanks to all who responded. I was wanting to get some ideas of what our options are. Chances are, it will be totaled. If so, I will let you guys know, in case anyone would want to buy it from the insurance company. It would be a good fixer upper. I do mechanical work on my own cars, but don't have the time or space to work on the jeep, or any buddies here in Indy that would help do a rebuild. I will keep you all posted. Thanks again for the advise. Larry (Rooster2)

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