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Old 07-24-2013, 09:28 AM   #1
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New Guy, need advice

Hey everyone, new to the forum, looking to pick up a TJ here in the near future cant wait!

Anyway, is there anything in particular I should look out for? I'm not going to be doing any real off roading, will be a cruise around town/hunting vehicle/dog hauler. I have heard the straight six is the motor of choice for most people and lifted TJ's sometimes have trouble with the "death wobble" when at speed, but any other advice the pros could give would be great!

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Pretty much like buying any other vehicle. I'd look for a 6cyl, low miles and little to no mods. Check frame for signs of rust. Get it on the HWY and get it up to 70mph and hit some bumps in the road at different speeds. Have any lifts or other mods checked by a local Jeep mechanic.
Read the stickies and get to know the TJ.

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Hey everyone, new to the forum, looking to pick up a TJ here in the near future cant wait!

and lifted TJ's sometimes have trouble with the "death wobble" when at speed
All TJ's sometimes have trouble with death wobble if they have loose or worn out parts, or are not aligned properly. A lifted Jeep that is set up properly is not any more prone to dw than a stock height Jeep.

Agree with speedyrev, get it out on the highway and drive it. Look for obvious leaks, transmission and/or clutch noises, check fluids, etc. Good luck.
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:12 PM   #4
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thanks for the input guys, I may have found a decent one here at a local GM dealer. All stock which is nice, Ill put some different wheels and tires on it, but thats probably all I'll mess with for now.
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Answer to your next question...

The best size tire for stock (no lift) is 31x10.5x15. Many people here like Duratracs or old school BFG T/A KO's.
No advantage to going to a larger rim.
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CSWERNER: I was in your position last year. My best advise, added to the great advise above, is take your time, be patient, educate yourself on the options and features of the various TJ models (SE, Sport, X, Sahara, Rubicon) and by all means look at, and drive, lots of TJ's before purchasing.

For a first-time TJ buyer, the closer to bone stock your first TJ is the better off you will be. Good luck and have fun in your shopping.
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If you ever plan on wheeling it, search for a Jeep with a Dana 44.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:26 PM   #8
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I recently purchased my first tj. Like said above, take your time. It took my wife and I about a year to find our jeep. Bone stock with a 4.0 were my main requirements. I like to be able to build something right the first time, not spend a ton of money fixing somebody else's cheap ways of modifying.
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If you ever plan on wheeling it, search for a Jeep with a Dana 44.
Yes. It is much cheaper and easier to shop for the 44 equipped Jeep than to upgrade down the road.
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awesome, thanks for the help everybody!

What I'd prefer is a stock 4.0, I'll change out the wheels and tires, but probably keep stock height, at least for now.
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Just watch out for the 0331 head.
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Next question.....dogs in a TJ? Pull out the back seat and I assume there is plenty of room? We have 2, 1 100lb and 1 50 lb. Also my wife wont let me get one if car seats are an issue, no baby yet, but will have in the near future. Any thoughts??
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Answer to your next question...

The best size tire for stock (no lift) is 31x10.5x15. Many people here like Duratracs or old school BFG T/A KO's.
No advantage to going to a larger rim.
X2 No lift here and running 31X10.5R15 on Goodyear Territory's (almost the same as Duratracs but like the Canadian Tire version.)
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Next question.....dogs in a TJ? Pull out the back seat and I assume there is plenty of room? We have 2, 1 100lb and 1 50 lb. Also my wife wont let me get one if car seats are an issue, no baby yet, but will have in the near future. Any thoughts??
You should be good with both in the back but get a decent harness for them. Hell I use a harness for my cat lol Can't answer the car seat question tho.
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get the unlimited!! the extra space would be a godsend
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I use a car seat with my 3 year old. I would only use it for this purpose sparingly. The rear seat is elevated and the Jeep is so narrow that it makes me nervous. I try to only use it locally at lower speeds. But maybe that is just me.
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Next question.....dogs in a TJ? Pull out the back seat and I assume there is plenty of room? We have 2, 1 100lb and 1 50 lb. Also my wife wont let me get one if car seats are an issue, no baby yet, but will have in the near future. Any thoughts??

Yes just take that rear seat out and your dogs will love riding in the back, plenty of room for two large dogs. I'd also remove the rear shoulder belts otherwise they flap in the breeze and can bother the dogs.

Harnesses that attach to the floor or roll cage are great for dog containment but with two dogs that could get tricky. There are lots of good cargo area netting products that also work great to contain dogs. Depending on how strong of a flight complex your dogs have, you should consider good cargo area netting. I have a 90 pound Lab and use the Raingler netting due to its very high strength and ease of installation. No way he is getting past this netting. I also put down a large moving pad (furniture pad) that I got for $15 from McMaster-Carr to protect the carpeting and give him extra cushioning.
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awesome! thanks!

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