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Old 01-18-2013, 07:44 PM   #151
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:01 PM   #152
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I think your in luck man, sell the jeep with everything on it and just get out of it, if your parents will let you, I'd try and find one at daveys jeeps. Buy its super cheap, he has a 98 Over there now I've had my eyes on he's asking 2,800 for. After about $3,000 - $7,000 in mods or even more, depending on what your plans are with it you could have a bad ace jeep. Way more capable than the one you have now.
I bought mime 3 years ago, woke up one day and pulled the motor and trans. Pulled all the interior components and stripped this baby naked, now a year later I just accomplished pulling the tub and started on an ultimate frame upgrade to reinforce all major sections. Then it's gotta be sitting on some dana 60's sorry to brag I'm just super siked. But I'm a nut and in a year when it's finished I'll roughly have $35k in this thing. Some people like to buy and some like to build. If you are once a keeper your always a jeeper. Just sold my stock h1 hummer which would go anywhere my built tj will go and further dragging 5 tj's out behind it at the same time. But there was no fun in that anymore. Build or buy. Decide and then make the leap either way you can't go wrong with a jeep. Oh yeah.. And the whole frame ordeal, you don't have to do a complete swap - they sell sections. Welding shop would prob charge you $300 bucks to fix your frame. Taking the tub off took us 40mintes. Good luck

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Old 01-18-2013, 08:52 PM   #153
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I think your in luck man, sell the jeep with everything on it and just get out of it, if your parents will let you, I'd try and find one at daveys jeeps. Buy its super cheap, he has a 98 Over there now I've had my eyes on he's asking 2,800 for. After about $3,000 - $7,000 in mods or even more, depending on what your plans are with it you could have a bad ace jeep. Way more capable than the one you have now.
I bought mime 3 years ago, woke up one day and pulled the motor and trans. Pulled all the interior components and stripped this baby naked, now a year later I just accomplished pulling the tub and started on an ultimate frame upgrade to reinforce all major sections. Then it's gotta be sitting on some dana 60's sorry to brag I'm just super siked. But I'm a nut and in a year when it's finished I'll roughly have $35k in this thing. Some people like to buy and some like to build. If you are once a keeper your always a jeeper. Just sold my stock h1 hummer which would go anywhere my built tj will go and further dragging 5 tj's out behind it at the same time. But there was no fun in that anymore. Build or buy. Decide and then make the leap either way you can't go wrong with a jeep. Oh yeah.. And the whole frame ordeal, you don't have to do a complete swap - they sell sections. Welding shop would prob charge you $300 bucks to fix your frame. Taking the tub off took us 40mintes. Good luck
Not sure exactly which Jeep you're referring to from Davey's but I can't seem to find it. Also, Almost all of the Jeeps they sell are Salvage title Jeeps. If I get another Jeep, it will have to have a clean title to get more out of it if I'm ever forced to sell it. Maybe you haven't read most of the thread but I'm planning on keeping the Jeep and swapping parts over to a new Jeep when funds allow me to buy a new one. If I sell the current Jeep, I take a loss, lose all the parts and I have to start from square one (finding a D44 Rear Axle on a Wrangler around here is hard especially with my budget).

I never thought of having a weld shop split up the frame and weld back in sections. If the frame ever becomes a huge problem I MAY consider that but until then, I'll drive it like it is. As long as I can put tube fenders, bumpers and a top on it, I'll live...
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:41 PM   #154
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Keep it and drive it. fix what needs to be fixed. It is safe and does not seem like it will fall apart.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:30 PM   #155
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Hopefully the last update on the Jeep.
Took it over to our mechanic to have him give us quotes for the seals and everything because I don't have a lot of time right now to do it all myself. He looked everything over and to replace the right axle seal, rear transfer case seal (we thought it was the transmission but it's the transfer case), water pump (which decided to go out all of a sudden) as well as reshim the hood and fix the gas gauge (ended up being the sending unit in the tank) it was going to come out to $1,400.

One thing I didn't include in all of that is the air bags. We thought that the passenger air bag was missing when it was actually missing both air bags. He's pretty much going to fix everything on the Jeep that was messed up (minus the frame and tub). He tested the hard top and said the defrost and wiper were working.

He did notice one thing that really stood out to him, there's no inspection sticker. He couldn't find an inspection sticker anywhere on the car. Parents called the state and they are getting a full history of the vehicle and we're going to go from there to get back to the owner that rebuilt it and find out if it was even inspected to begin with. It's going to be a long process but at least we can get some of the money back...
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Sadly, I'm updating this thread once more.
Called my mechanic today to ask him if he could work with putting in air bags out of a Jeep that was being parted out. He said that would be fine but he went on to tell me that when he checked all of the fluids like I asked, he found shavings in the front differential and basically said that the front axle is toast. He said that one of the gears is pretty much shredded.

I guess most of you can finally say it now, "I told ya so!"
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:37 PM   #158
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Sadly, I'm updating this thread once more.
Called my mechanic today to ask him if he could work with putting in air bags out of a Jeep that was being parted out. He said that would be fine but he went on to tell me that when he checked all of the fluids like I asked, he found shavings in the front differential and basically said that the front axle is toast. He said that one of the gears is pretty much shredded.

I guess most of you can finally say it now, "I told ya so!"
Hey man it's not too bad, you probably have a 30 front or is it a 44?
Either way a 30 will hold up and you can find them for about 150-200 ready to bolt in.
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Hey man it's not too bad, you probably have a 30 front or is it a 44?
Either way a 30 will hold up and you can find them for about 150-200 ready to bolt in.
Correct, I have a Dana 44 rear, 30 Front.
Where can I get a 30 for $150-$200? That'll save me a crap ton of money. I was thinking I was out a good grand...
The mechanic said one of the gears is pretty much shredded (can't remember what gear exactly he said) and there were a few problems in the axles itself because of this. He said he wanted to look at it some more first but he's thinking the axle is shot.
If I can pick one up for $200, that would REALLY save me!
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:44 PM   #160
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Correct, I have a Dana 44 rear, 30 Front.
Where can I get a 30 for $150-$200? That'll save me a crap ton of money. I was thinking I was out a good grand...
The mechanic said one of the gears is pretty much shredded (can't remember what gear exactly he said) and there were a few problems in the axles itself because of this. He said he wanted to look at it some more first but he's thinking the axle is shot.
If I can pick one up for $200, that would REALLY save me!
Check Craigslist, I've seen them around my area a lot and almost for free in decent condition, any year TJ or certain xjs will work, specially good are xjs since they're hp D30s

Example:http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/pts/3576602700.html
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Correct, I have a Dana 44 rear, 30 Front.
Where can I get a 30 for $150-$200? That'll save me a crap ton of money. I was thinking I was out a good grand...
The mechanic said one of the gears is pretty much shredded (can't remember what gear exactly he said) and there were a few problems in the axles itself because of this. He said he wanted to look at it some more first but he's thinking the axle is shot.
If I can pick one up for $200, that would REALLY save me!
I'd ask him details and physically have him show you the damage. Differentials are a big money maker for shops and some shops aren't as honest as they should be.
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Yeah, I know about some of the shady shops and the things they will pull. This guy is a good friend and a very reputable mechanic around here. I'll double check though. He said he was going to inspect it some more and see what the extent of the damage is before putting a quote on it. If it's a lot, I'll start searching for another Axle...
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:36 PM   #163
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I read the whole thing. My opinion is sell the soft top an hard top. You will like the rampage a lot better can be turned into bikini top. And frees up some cash for repairs. Most jeeps are like Legos. That's why I had 6 so far and I'm only 24. I love them. And best not to part things out takes while but I you find a cheap good d30 you can scrap your old one or sell it to someone needs the parts off it.
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Just checked local and surrounding cities on Craigslist and I'm not finding anything. Closest I found was one with leaf springs that needed a ring and pinion for $250.
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Another route is rebuilding your axle, if its the innards it shouldn't be too expensive as long as the housing is ok.
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I destroyed mine where it was cut the gears bad. It was slow get to speed but once it got rolling was good. I got a kit front and rear off eBay from a specialist in Las Vegas for 300 and were superior gears an then 300 to install them front and rear. Look online that will save you so much money then getting them to get the part and then install it. They will charge Msrp instead what they got it for. It could be your spider gears or what ever they are the smaller ones. You might as well open it up yourself look at them and see how bad it is. I got away with mine being like that for 6 months and was in rear. It might be shavings from gear change while back that never go all flushed out.
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Talked to my mechanic today. Here were the problems with the axle:
Bearing are shot
Needs a new front carrier and the right side of the axle is done for. He said the gears are fine though. He's talking to someone to get parts from before he gives us a quote. I found someone parting out a Jeep and got most of the parts for all the other stuff I was needing for almost half what the shop was going to charge me. Now the whole axle thing won't hurt as much...
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Talked to my mechanic today. Here were the problems with the axle:
Bearing are shot
Needs a new front carrier and the right side of the axle is done for. He said the gears are fine though. He's talking to someone to get parts from before he gives us a quote. I found someone parting out a Jeep and got most of the parts for all the other stuff I was needing for almost half what the shop was going to charge me. Now the whole axle thing won't hurt as much...
It's rebuilding your front, not too bad, if your right shaft is bad, you can just upgrade them from the oem.
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That's good
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Should that be everything I need?

Also, since I'm having to replace the right shaft, I might as well ask. How much more would it be to upgrade to the chrome shafts everyone refers to?
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Should that be everything I need?

Also, since I'm having to replace the right shaft, I might as well ask. How much more would it be to upgrade to the chrome shafts everyone refers to?
I'm not 100% that its all you'll need, but it's a start and if it is all the parts, it's under 200 for them, have your mechanic give you a written estimate with exact parts and labor and then research will be easier.
Chrome-Molly shafts are pretty pricey, I think like 600+ for the pair, but they are nice, it's on my list.
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Keep it and drive it. fix what needs to be fixed. It is safe and does not seem like it will fall apart.
This is the only posting that should have been on this thread. He's young, he's learned. Keep it. When/if you get a new one; swap over parts and sell whatever's left over.

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