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Old 02-27-2008, 03:41 PM   #1
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What year TJ should I buy, I'm buying one very soon!

Hey, guys, I'm new to the jeep forum so I thought I'd join and ask some questions concerning the wranglers. I'm in the market to buy a sport or sahara jeep from 2001 and up. I'm going to put a 4in lift on it with Micky thompson tires 325/50r20 and helo chrome wheels.

This vehicle will just be for the weekends and mostly highway use. Anything I should be looking out for on these jeeps and what year should I be looking to buy if any one year makes a big difference. I know I want a sport of sahara.

Thanks for any input to helping me find my jeep.

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Old 02-27-2008, 03:47 PM   #2
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If your going to be off roading at all a 20" will no help. The sidewall on the tire will be way too small. And if your looking for fuel economy, your going to be look at ~16mpg at best. Other than that, just be sure that there is no real rust issues.

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Thanks, this jeep will just be for highway use. Any suggestions for a lift kit, a place where I live said 1,399.00 for a 4in lift kit, but I didn't ask what kind of kit it was....
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20" rims look very ugly on a TJ IMO.

if you want to run big tires try to find a TJ with a stronger D44 rear axle.
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Here is a quick pick of what I want mine to look like, are you suggesting that these are 20in wheels in this picture??? If I need a strong back axle, will a 2001 sport wrangler have this or do I need a rubicon........... Thanks again guys!!
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make sure it has the D44 rear and an I-6
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OH HERE IS THE LINK:


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make sure it has the D44 rear and an I-6
what is an I-6, sorry I'm just very new to jeeps.

My main thing for this jeep is to be high off the ground and big Mickey's on it for lot's of attention, maybe I'm going the wrong route with these tires and rims.........
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The sport or the sahara can come with either the Dana 44 rear or Dana 35. You will have to check yourself underneath the vehicle. If it is for just highway use, dont bother with the rubicon. Also some others guys on the forum are gonna have to help me out but the six speed manual might be better on the highway than the five speed. I am not sure though.
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The wrangler in your picture is the new body style wrangler though. It does not have the I-6, just the new 3.8L v-6. The I-6 is the inline 6 cyl motor 4.0L in the older wranglers.
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what is an I-6, sorry I'm just very new to jeeps.
sorry dpayne

an I-6 means inline 6, or simply, the 6 cylinder engine. it's pretty highly regarded.
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The wrangler in your picture is the new body style wrangler though. It does not have the I-6, just the new 3.8L v-6. The I-6 is the inline 6 cyl motor 4.0L in the older wranglers.
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the jeep in the picture is not a TJ but is a JK yes they are both wranglers but complety different body and drivetrain. TJ are from 97 to 2006
Tj have less tire clearance than the newer JK and you will need more lift to fit the 36inch tire on a tj than the JK. and if you plan on running a 36inch tire I suggest a hair-more than a 4inch lift on a TJ
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before you buy a jeep think about what you want to do with the jep and how it should look like. then ask us what we would do.
thatīs better than buying a 20" bling-bling jeep...
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:29 PM   #18
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before you buy a jeep think about what you want to do with the jep and how it should look like. then ask us what we would do.
thatīs better than buying a 20" bling-bling jeep...
He is just being honest and it's the truth.

Saying you just want it for highway use? Stay stock and don't worry about bigger tires and a big lift.

If you want it to be decked out and just look good take it to the local jeep store and give them your credit card and tell them to deck you out. They will be more then happy to help you out.

You may just want it for highway use but join up with a local club and get involved and maybe ride on a trail or two. You then will really start to get the most out of your money because there are way better vehicles you could be using for a highway good looker.


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Old 02-27-2008, 11:21 PM   #19
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will someone please buy this poor jeep and give it its dignity back?


to op: i havnt seen a car that i like big chrome wheels on yet, especially a jeep. but, to each his own. do as you like.
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Why are you getting a wrangler if you want a highway cruiser with 20" rims? A wrangler is an off road machine, no ifs, ands, or buts and it is NOT the kinda vehicle you want to chrome out and put oversized rims on. They look horrible with flashy street rims on them cause they're just not designed for that kind of use and they dont look right like that.

If you're looking for a vehicle stricly for on road use and a vehicle you can put chrome rims on look at an H2 or a range rover or something like that. Wranglers are probably the worst vehicle for that kind of stuff and what you want to use it for.

That being said its your money and obviously you can do what you want with it, wranglers are awesome vehicles and tons of fun, but if you're gonna get one please dont put 20" rims on it and please take it on a few trail rides once in a while and you'll see what we're talking about
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will someone please buy this poor jeep and give it its dignity back?


to op: i havnt seen a car that i like big chrome wheels on yet, especially a jeep. but, to each his own. do as you like.
I dont know.... I saw this kick ass Rat rod with big chrome wheels the other day, they looked great on it
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dude just get 22''s instead, go all out..

I plan on buying a porsche and downgrade the brakes so I can put 15x8 wheels and 37'' tires with a 6'' lift. it's going to be mainly for rock crawling.

Should I get the 911, gt3, or carrera. what year should I get and what should I look for?
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Hey. This community has never been the kind of place to rag a guy because he has plans for his rig. If he wants to do 20's on his wrangler, it is his business. Leave the guy alone.

As for the pricing on the lift kit, did that include labor to install? If so, the pricing might not be too far out of line. Just remember if you go too big you are going to need an SYE (slip yoke eliminator) and a new drive shaft. That could get really pricey. My suggestion would be to find one that is already lifted and then get whatever wheel and tire combo you want. I also suggest getting one with a 6speed tranny and a Dana 44 rear differential.

Although Chrome 20's is not my cup of tea, I hope you get exactly what makes you happy in a Wrangler. Good luck on your search, and i hope my information has helped you.
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Hey. This community has never been the kind of place to rag a guy because he has plans for his rig. If he wants to do 20's on his wrangler, it is his business. Leave the guy alone.

As for the pricing on the lift kit, did that include labor to install? If so, the pricing might not be too far out of line. Just remember if you go too big you are going to need an SYE (slip yoke eliminator) and a new drive shaft. That could get really pricey. My suggestion would be to find one that is already lifted and then get whatever wheel and tire combo you want. I also suggest getting one with a 6speed tranny and a Dana 44 rear differential.

Although Chrome 20's is not my cup of tea, I hope you get exactly what makes you happy in a Wrangler. Good luck on your search, and i hope my information has helped you.
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DUDE! 20" wheels? On a freakin JEEP?

I hope you don't live in North Jersey, because I'd probably run you off the road.

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DUDE! 20" wheels? On a freakin JEEP?

I hope you don't live in North Jersey, because I'd probably run you off the road.

No bullshit. ARE YOU FREAKIN SERIOUS?
Stop raggin on him. You drove a YJ once lol, thats not any better
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Hey. This community has never been the kind of place to rag a guy because he has plans for his rig. If he wants to do 20's on his wrangler, it is his business. Leave the guy alone.
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I disagree, this forum can bee mean when people atempt to install 20"s or BL higher than 2".
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I disagree, this forum can bee mean when people atempt to install 20"s or BL higher than 2".
Or if you don't rock crawl.

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