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Old 06-16-2006, 01:20 PM   #1
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what to buy? best jeep for modifying.

hey, i do not have a wrangler yet, but i do have an extreme intrest in buying one. i would just like to know if there is any one specific wrnagler that pops into your minds when i am explaining what i want. i have owned a few 4wd trucks before, but i just cant stop thinking about getting a jeep for my next winter car.

i would like it to be a manual trans, 6-cyl, able to be modifyed for cheap (lifted), have the biggest tires possible, im thinking almost 40" unless you can go bigger with a specific jeep. possibly a convertible, but that doesnt matter that much.

and i was also wondering what that jeep might cost to buy before i modify it, and how much it would cost to modify it. thanks guys

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Old 06-16-2006, 03:32 PM   #2
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If you are wanting something hardy, and build able, get a Rubicon. They already have heavier axles, D44's, lower gears(4.10's) and lower gear ratio in 4 low, 4:1. If you buy a regular wrangler, you will have to change axles, for those big tires, change gears in the diffs, and get a Tera low t-case assembly to get the 4:1 ratio. Change the rear out put of the t-case to a CV. Get all new drive shafts, etc....Hope you have lots of money either way, cause it does get expensive. It is a hopeless addiction. You will have a great time either way. I think it is the most addictive hobby I have had to date. You will love it!!!!!!!

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Old 06-16-2006, 11:07 PM   #3
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ditto on what he said...the rubicon already has a lot of stuff your gonna want...but i dont know about it being cheap to lift especially if your gonna go with 40's cuz if ya go with a long arm there pretty expensive
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Old 06-16-2006, 11:12 PM   #4
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He will have that expense either way he goes, that is a given. I bet we have scarred him by now.........lol.
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Old 06-16-2006, 11:31 PM   #5
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thats true...lol probably so
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Old 06-17-2006, 12:22 AM   #6
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hey, i do not have a wrangler yet, but i do have an extreme intrest in buying one. i would just like to know if there is any one specific wrnagler that pops into your minds when i am explaining what i want. i have owned a few 4wd trucks before, but i just cant stop thinking about getting a jeep for my next winter car.

i would like it to be a manual trans, 6-cyl, able to be modifyed for cheap (lifted), have the biggest tires possible, im thinking almost 40" unless you can go bigger with a specific jeep. possibly a convertible, but that doesnt matter that much.

and i was also wondering what that jeep might cost to buy before i modify it, and how much it would cost to modify it. thanks guys

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Old 06-17-2006, 01:27 PM   #7
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Ah, don't listen to those guys. Everyone always screams Rubicon. You can build any Jeep from any year. There are so many after-market companies, that you will never have a shortage of part resources or ideas of what you want to do to it. You're only limited by your financing.

If it were me, and I was going to start building, I'd go with a CJ-7.

Just remember, 40 inch tires on a SWB Jeep is ridiculous. A Jeep as tall as it is long just doesn't seem like a road worthy vehicle. I just say that because you said you wanted it for your winter driver. I hope you don't drive much.
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Old 06-18-2006, 11:12 PM   #8
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very good choice...i thinik a CJ-7 would be a good way to go but the reason i didnt recomend it is cuz he said he was lookin at a wrangler...but your right...you dont have to get a rubicon...i have an x model!
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Old 06-19-2006, 12:56 AM   #9
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Personally, I think the person that started this thread is sitting back laughing his ass off at all of our replies. He has not said a word since his first remark.

If the truth be known, the YJ is the best platform to build on.
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Old 06-19-2006, 11:34 AM   #10
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Personally, I think the person that started this thread is sitting back laughing his ass off at all of our replies. He has not said a word since his first remark.

If the truth be known, the YJ is the best platform to build on.

Actually, the person that started hasn't been back. I think all this thread says though is you can build any Jeep.
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Old 06-19-2006, 11:51 AM   #11
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lol yea pretty much...you can pick anything...YJ, TJ, CJ...whatever ya want
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hey, i do not have a wrangler yet, but i do have an extreme intrest in buying one. i would just like to know if there is any one specific wrnagler that pops into your minds when i am explaining what i want. i have owned a few 4wd trucks before, but i just cant stop thinking about getting a jeep for my next winter car.

i would like it to be a manual trans, 6-cyl, able to be modifyed for cheap (lifted), have the biggest tires possible, im thinking almost 40" unless you can go bigger with a specific jeep. possibly a convertible, but that doesnt matter that much.

and i was also wondering what that jeep might cost to buy before i modify it, and how much it would cost to modify it. thanks guys
i would say, from what you are describing, a YJ (87-95) bc that would be the cheapest way to do what you want with the 40 inch or bigger tires, which, for a jeep, in my opinion, are just way to big no matter what you plan on using it for..lol...but, with that size tires, not even a rubi would come with strong enough axles and gearing...it would just cost ya even more to replace all the stuff on that already pricey rubicon.

thats just my $.02
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Old 06-22-2006, 11:41 AM   #13
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Hard to say, but if I wanted a jeep with 40's or even say..37's and was gonna abuse the hell outta it, I'd look for an early TJ with a 4.0 and a 44 rear for cheap add 5.5 Long Arm, 44 front, new axle shafts, gears, flat fenders, and lots of armor. Then beat it like...well ya know... - Chris
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hi, i am sorry i have not been on the computer much, i am working very long weeks, and just dont have the energy to do anything after work, this is exacly what i was looking for... a couple differant opinions and why they think that way. i have definatloy learned alot about what to look for, and i will probably print this thread off and study it a little before i go looking for jeeps. ill take your word for it, and probably only put 37" or so tires on. thanks guys, and any other comments/opinions would be much appreciated. ill stop back in and read this again in a little while. thnaks again.
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Old 06-29-2006, 07:43 PM   #15
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no prob...another thing...a tj would be nice cuz coil springs are really nice...but then again a yj with leaf springs be a lot more simple! but if ur lookin for somethin really easy to modify for at least decently cheap then a yj or even cj is really nice...you might want to start from scratch on a stock jeep but if not then u could get a jeep thats already got some axles, gear, power, and big tires...and then just upgrade it a lil like bigger tires if there not already big enough..and if its already got other stuff like power and axles then all ya gotta do is get a lil more lift and bigger tires...lol...you can really go any route
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If I were going to buy, I'd go for another YJ.
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