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Old 07-07-2013, 09:27 PM   #1
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Is this modified TJ a good purchase?

First timer here, I recently bought a 2013 JKU Rubicon and now my wife wants a two door for herself. We are thinking of a modified TJ for sale locally but this is our first experience with Jeeps and off roading and the whole modification bug. Can anyone comment on the very last Jeep for sale at this web page? Are the products used to modify it on the eye candy end of things or more towards the high end or somewhere in between? In other words, would this make a modest off roader? We are thinking of doing some trails here and there, nothing major, maybe a rating of 5 or 6 at the most. No MOAB type ten trails (at least not yet, who knows how much the bug will bite us in the future!) for the time being anyway. At least until our skills progress from Newbie to beginner and up from there... Here is the link:

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It's the very last Jeep for sale on the lower right, the 2005 Rubi with 45394 miles. I'm hoping this set up is correct with quality components for the middle of the road type trails. Thanks for any information. It's going to be a big learning curve for the both of us but we are looking forward to jumping into "Jeeping" and having some fun off road!

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Old 07-07-2013, 10:19 PM   #2
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First of all, you'll be just fine in something like that. Work your way up from the very easiest trails though. Need to figure out how that TJ handles compared to your JKU. You'll notice some differences haha. Just make sure you bring a mechanic, get it on the highway for a bit and blah blah blah. (Just not over 75-80, you'll shake around like in my TJ haha) good luck to you. Wait for other opinions obviously, because someone who knows more could see this and go wow this guy is dead wrong, but I personally think you're good for those intermediate trails

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Old 07-08-2013, 12:22 AM   #3
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After looking at it I like the metallic kaki rubicon .l it's got less miles but it has flat fenders and a long arm lft ..... I'd buy it a heart beat and mines the same color
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:30 AM   #4
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Has she been in a TJ before? If she thinks it'll ride like your new JKU she's sadly mistaken.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:32 AM   #5
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All of the parts on the thing are of quality it's built right there's a good chunk of change of parts there onlY thng it needs is gears to gain some power back ... But as I said before its a nice jeep... Couldn't build a jeep from stock with everything that's there .. Break out the checkbook and spend some money
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:58 AM   #6
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Other than the color -- I can rag on it because my Rubi is the same color, and year, and similar miles when I got it -- it's a good buy.

For reference, I got my '05 rubi stock w/ 42k for 15k. The lift, while not what I'd get, is not cheap. The winch, bumper, armor, etc., are also not cheap. That shop also goes over everything with paint, makes it really nice. So take a jeep that's in better condition than mine (there's a reason it was only 15k) that's been completely gone over/refurbished AND has tastefully done mods (I'd look into replacing the RE joints though) for only 4k more? Buy it. Gears are fine with the 6 spd.

If you're worried about it, buy it and trade me lol.
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:02 AM   #7
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I own the black one next to it. Mine has the currie 4" Johnny joint lift along with many other great add ons. Randy the owner of jeep west is a stand up guy. I was actually going to by the khaki one but my heart was set on black!

Already have 35's on mine. Buy it but as one post already said, make sure your wife understands TJ's are not JKU's and ride very very different on the hwy.
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:18 AM   #8
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What, no soft top? The blue book is in the range of $11,800 (trade in) to $14,300 (retail) with those options and mileage. Throw in the add-ons and upgrades and it looks like a good deal. Get a tranny/engine skid and wheel it.
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What, no soft top? The blue book is in the range of $11,800 (trade in) to $14,300 (retail) with those options and mileage. Throw in the add-ons and upgrades and it looks like a good deal. Get a tranny/engine skid and wheel it.

It's Oregon. You want a hardtop. And those prices aren't even close for a stock rubicon with 45k miles, let alone one that's been completely gone over and has upgrades.
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:44 AM   #10
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A stock 06 rubicon around here (portlandOR) with that low of miles goes for around $20k!

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