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Old 12-23-2010, 08:50 PM
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HELP? 98 jeep wrangler

This is a 98' jeep wrangler tj. I am probably getting this Jeep in the next couple of weeks. Its manual. I was wondering if you guys can help me identify what has been done to it aftermarket wise. e.g lift, tires, etc. I am 17 by the way


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Old 12-24-2010, 01:08 AM   #2
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I'll give it a shot...

Possibly lifted two inches, but can't tell if it is a suspension lift (coil or spacer) or a body lift (my guess). It is a very poor picture to try and guess off of. Wheels and tires are aftermarket (nice looking rims - tires look fairly worn). Obviously I can't tell if you have a matching spare from the picture you provided. Front bumper is missing the plastic ends. Cheap plastic rubber guards mounted on the hood and front of the fenders. Some sort of rocker guards are on it; can't tell if they are metal or the same type of plastic/rubber material. Some sort of rear corner guards attached (again, don't know if they are steel or a continuation of the junk [oops] they put on the hood and fenders). Possibly some aftermarket rear taillight guards are attached. Aftermarket windshield mounted light brackets with aftermarket lights mounted. Aftermarket door sill protectors.

Other than the rims, it looks like a bunch of "low budget modifications" (I'm trying not to say "crap") have been done to the Jeep. I hope the owner isn't trying to make you think this Jeep is worth a premium price because of these. Can you contact the owner and see what if anything has been done to the Jeep suspension-wise or gearing-wise? If they can't tell you, pretty much any 4WD shop can tell you a lot about it just by looking at it, as can someone with some Jeeping experience.

If-and-when you get it, give it a thorough cleaning (to include the underneath as much as possible) and drive it as-is for a month or so to make sure it is solid before you start making additional modifications to it. Early on get all the fluids changed, and maybe a simple tune-up. And those side steps have to go before you tear them off when four-wheeling.

Good luck. I'm assuming this will be your first Jeep. This Jeep looks like it could be a decent starting point if done right and if it hasn't been "rode hard and put away wet" too many times.

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Yeah all what he said and I can barely see it but I believe there are rear light covers which are after market and yes once you get that jeep power wash the heck out of it underneath but very nice looking jeep
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From the looks in the picture. It looks to be in pretty good shape. But most importantly, take it for a drive. Be sure it drives straight. Turn sharp to be sure there is no clunking. Make sure 4wd works in low and high. pop the hood and look for leaking oil. Listen to engine. (no knocking). Look underneath at axles to see if there is any leaking fluid. Look to see if rear main seal leaks between oil pan and tranny. Look for oil coming from power steering box. Other than that, make a decision. I got mine knowing it had some issues and then I found other issues after I bought it. Some things are hard to see without tearing the wheels and stuff off. Good luck with it!
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Old 12-24-2010, 02:34 PM   #5
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It looks like a 4 banger unless a decal was removed
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Looks as it has one of those "Ricer" gas cap covers. Depending on the size of those tires it might have up to a 4" lift, by the looks of the front spring there doesn't seem to be a budget coil spacer.
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Best thing you could do is ask the seller what all he or she has done to it then post it . Then you can get a idea on the price and the good and bad on parts .
It has a lift, wheels ,lights on it for sure .
Things I would ask :
What style lift and how big ?
If a 3 or 4 inch lift dose it have a sye and drive shaft ?
What differentials and gears ?
What trans. and motor how many miles ?
Has anything else been replaced ball joints , tierods , u joints , cv joints ,brakes ,brake lines ,etc..
Look at the frame for rust or holes .See how it drives any noises .
post some more pics if you can .

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