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Old 09-22-2006, 08:57 PM   #1
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Hi everyone I am new here. I currently own a 2005 toyota tacoma x-runner with 16,000 miles. The other day i was out and about and saw an 04 TJ with a 4" and new 33" tires only 18,000 miles. They are offering me 19,800 on my truck for trade and are asking 18,900 for the TJ. Does this sound like a good deal? I am a sucker for jeeps I own a 51 and a 52 willys pickup and have wanted a TJ for years now. any input would be great. Are there any down sides to owning a lifted TJ? MPG? Wear an tear? Thanks in advance.

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Old 09-22-2006, 10:27 PM   #2
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well the engine is known to last pretty long...im guessing your mileage with the jeep would be around 11-15 and maybe a little more on the highway...give or take a few...best thing to do is kelly blue book the jeep and see what its worth...dont pay quite as much as what its worth though

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okay thanks. I did the blue book and it came out at just above 20,000 so i figured 18,900 is a fair price. what kind of upgrades should i plan on getting for it if i do purchase it?
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what motor does it have and is the rear axle a dana 35 or a dana 44??
and what type of lift does it have?
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Hi everyone I am new here. I currently own a 2005 toyota tacoma x-runner with 16,000 miles. The other day i was out and about and saw an 04 TJ with a 4" and new 33" tires only 18,000 miles. They are offering me 19,800 on my truck for trade and are asking 18,900 for the TJ. Does this sound like a good deal? I am a sucker for jeeps I own a 51 and a 52 willys pickup and have wanted a TJ for years now. any input would be great. Are there any down sides to owning a lifted TJ? MPG? Wear an tear? Thanks in advance.
$ 19,800 is all the money on your truck. NADA on it is $ 19,250. I would say they are making you a very fair offer on your Toyota.
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okay thanks. I did the blue book and it came out at just above 20,000 so i figured 18,900 is a fair price. what kind of upgrades should i plan on getting for it if i do purchase it?
well you've already got a lift and tires on it so you've already got a big thing right there...just depends on what your gonna use it for and what YOU want.
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what motor does it have and is the rear axle a dana 35 or a dana 44??
and what type of lift does it have?
Its a 4.0L with a 5-speed but i have no idea what axle it is. Its a wrangler X so im guessing a 35.
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Old 09-23-2006, 12:04 PM   #8
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yep its probably the 35 but you can check the rear diff and see if it has a rubber drain plug (circle) or a metal drain plug (square)
rubber=35
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good thing ya got the 4.0
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yep its probably the 35 but you can check the rear diff and see if it has a rubber drain plug (circle) or a metal drain plug (square)
rubber=35
metal= 44

good thing ya got the 4.0
Thanks for the tip. My dad had an 86 XJ and it had the 4.0 in it and it was a great engine.
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Just cause it has a metal drain plug doesnt make it a 44 none c-clip 35's will have a metal plug too.
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Its a 4.0L with a 5-speed but i have no idea what axle it is. Its a wrangler X so im guessing a 35.
If you do a lot of wheeling and if you end up wanting to go bigger later on you might regret(sp?) getting one with a 35.
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If you do a lot of wheeling and if you end up wanting to go bigger later on you might regret(sp?) getting one with a 35.
Why is this? It will do a little wheeling but it is going to be an everyday drive too. I could always throw a 44 under it though couldnt I?
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yeah you could always find an 8.8 or a 44 to throw under there...it is because the axleshafts are too weak (27 spline) to hold up to much abuse...although if you don't have a heavy foot you can be fine...as long as your not doin rocks
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yeah i guess you could either swap the axle out for something else or get a super 35 kit which upgrades the axles to 30 spline later on
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i think 04moneypit on here had that upgrade but still broke an axleshaft...or somethin happened to his axle
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Dana 35's are OK even on rocks just don't lock them, and also stay off the stupid peddle. Don't get me wrong I would rather have a Dana 60 but a lot of guys in our club are running the stock 35s I can't think of anyone running open diffs that have broken axles. One of the guys in the club put a detroit locker in and the first day he wheeled it he broke an axle. He took it out and put in a super 35 kit in. Never had a problem after that.


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Well guys thanks for the advice and just to let you know I should be bring home my "new" 2004 TJ on monday. (I hope) I cant wait!!! Im gonna get her dirty before she even gets to my garage. I'll try to post some pics when i get it.
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Congrats...sounds good, we'd love to see the pics
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I did have problems with my 35, but that's with a detroit locker and I sheared a bolt off the ring gear. No axle problems though.
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Well guys thanks for the advice and just to let you know I should be bring home my "new" 2004 TJ on monday. (I hope) I cant wait!!! Im gonna get her dirty before she even gets to my garage. I'll try to post some pics when i get it.
Congrats bro. You should be getting a fine rig with no miles and probably not much offroading done in it "YET". Like you said yourself I believe. Everything can be upgraded.

Looks like you got a good deal on the Wrangler and a good deal on your truck so no losses all around.

Let us know when you get it home.

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