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Old 06-14-2010, 11:22 AM   #1
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Newbie to add a TJ to the family. What to look for???

So I just finished my latest build of a 600RWHP Z06 and now I think it is time to build a TJ with my son T.J. HAHA (Teddy Jr. ) So I have been looking the past few weeks and think I can find something for around $3K stock or $4K lightly modded. I am not looking for a rock crawler, but more importantly something dependable and cool looking. I think a 4" lift with 2"-3" on the body and a set of 33"s would be perfect. I also considered a Auto 4cyl for my sons first car. What should I consider when shopping. Pro's/Con's ??? Years considered best. I am just starting here so I dont know the first thing about Jeeps other then they are badass.

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Old 06-14-2010, 11:29 AM   #2
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Well, for starters I doubt that you will find a TJ in that price range. Especially not anything reliable. 6-7" of lift is too much. 3.5" for 33's is recommended. Body lifts larger than 1.5" are kind of frowned upon around here. They contribute to body sway and aren't very aesthetically pleasing. A 4.0L is going to be a better investment than the 4 cyl. the difference in mpgs is minor. You might look for a salvage title TJ in that price range if you and your insurance are up to that.

Good luck on your search. Spend some time reading here and you will learn what to do, what not to do, and how much you can expect to spend for all those things. And remind him to wave!

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4K, may be rough. A family member just bought a 97 with 150K, 5 speed for 4500. As far as the lift, IG is right, nothing over 2" on the BB, 32's perfect with that. Gotta go a little higher for 33's i think. You'll find plenty of opinions and pics here! The other problem with 33's is power, 4 or 6 will be lugging without the right gearing. Lot's of options, that's the cool thing.
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Thanks allot for the feedback I appreciate it. Well here in NorCal there seems to be plenty around. I will spend a bit more for the right rig I just dont want to go to deep into this. I might just keep the lift at around 3" and the body 1.5" I just want the 33's to clear. The wife drives a 05 2500HD Quad cab with 9"s of lift and 37"s so I tend to go overboard. In the end this is going to be my sons first car so as important as looking cool for him Saftey is the primary factor.
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:42 PM   #5
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These are the deals I like. Most are scams though. Jeep Wrangler 4X4
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My advice to anyone looking to buy a used jeep is to try to buy one as close to stock as you can. When you buy pre-modified you can never really be sure what has been done to it and if it was done correctly. Start with stock and build it the way you want it. JMO

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