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Old 11-22-2012, 02:58 PM   #1
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May have found one....

So I've been hunting for a 4.0L TJ and I may have found one. It looks like it was bought off an auction. I know its gonna need some work.

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Old 11-22-2012, 04:08 PM   #2
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Just got back from checking it out. Rust isn't too bad. Better than the 2000 I was checking out. Just a few quick observations: gas cap missing, hood latch broken. Drivers seat ripped. Looks like the ignition part is off. I took pics and will post them up later. I plan on taking a friend who drives a stick to test drive it for me since I don't drive manuals.

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Old 11-22-2012, 06:42 PM   #3
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It looks better in the picture than what you describe. That is a pretty good price if the rust isn't too bad I think it would be a good deal. If it has a new clutch then it should drive well.

Most likely you would just have a lot of the normal things to do, oxygen sensors, flushing all fluids, oil pressure sending unit and perhaps new plugs. Good luck!
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:49 PM   #4
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I say go for that, I don't know about st Louis but that's a steal around here.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:55 PM   #5
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ok. Sucks I don't drive a manual though. I ride a 1998 Yamaha FZR so I'm sure I could learn to drive a stick.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:00 PM   #6
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If you can ride an FZR... you can drive a stick.... same basic principles apply.

feel for the friction point of clutch.... apply what you know to the rest.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:03 PM   #7
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If you can ride an FZR... you can drive a stick.... same basic principles apply.

feel for the friction point of clutch.... apply what you know to the rest.
That's what everyone says. If you can ride a crotch rocket you can drive a stick.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:25 PM   #8
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Snapped some pics of the underside and a rust spot on the hood.


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Old 11-22-2012, 10:36 PM   #9
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Not bad IMO, new shocks, some sanding and painting on the frame, and some new fenders are in your future. But for 5k you couldnt buy that around here. I wonder how bad the rust is on the frame under that transfer case drop.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:39 PM   #10
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How can I check that? And exactly is it?
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:43 PM   #11
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In the last pic of the transfer case skid plate, the metal bars that are between the skid and your frame are the transfer case drop. That portion of the frame where the skid bolts into the frame rusts on almost every TJ, even on mine which has never been out of Florida and hasnt seen a snow, ice, or salt covered road... ever.

It just looks like it may need to be touched up a bit. not a big deal unless you try and turn one of those bolts and it just spins. Then you have some serious rust
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:50 PM   #12
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OK thanks. Going tomorrow and start it up. Maybe negotiate.

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