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Old 03-22-2008, 03:36 PM   #1
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did i miss a good deal?

hi again to everyone, i just test drove a 92 straight 6 yesterday,110,000 miles it had a 2 and a haf lift with new off road bumpers(800) front and back. me and my buddy checked all the fluids and they were all fine. guys says it burns a little oil.Also the 4x4 doesnt work, he put a 93 rear axle in because the other one broke. a year old soft top. had it listed from 3700 to 3200, i told him i got a limited budget( and i do) i said 2500 then 2600 and he said the lowest he could go is 2800, now the part i want to know is i could get a rear axle for 400 to 500 dollars form the junkyard put it in and problem fixed. That was the only reason i didnt buy it for 2800. i think thats too much for the 4x4 to not work,im trying to figure out if i would save money now and buy it fix it or get another one with the 4x4 working but buying a lift and new rims and tires is gonna be more expensive. i figure if its still out there i might buy it

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Old 03-22-2008, 04:13 PM   #2
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usually when the 4x4 doesnt work its due to the vac stuff (plastic lines + age = broken lines) an easy cheap fix id get it if you can

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im just getting into jeeps so im still learning, the guy put in a 93 axle with a different gear ratio.
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different gear ratio is definately not ok. you have to get a used axle with right ratio, or change ring and pinion in that axle. this is a more difficult job to do RIGHT. special tools required, and precise measurements, and press work. cheaper to get axle with correct ratio. but hey, you can sell the one that is in it, and hopefully wash out the cost.
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how do i find the correct ratio my friend said get a 93 axle for the front or get a 92 for the rear, make sense or no? and the guy who owns it now says he didnt even find out the ratio that it has now.thanks again
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Old 03-23-2008, 01:04 PM   #6
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you gotta remove diff covers, count number of teeth on ring gear, and count number of teeth on pinion gear. then divide numbers. you'll get something like 4.10, 3.73, 3.07, or whatever, that's your ratio, make sure both axles are the same. simply finding the same year doesn't mean same ratio, different engines, transmissions and so on have different ratios
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Plus, even if your fairly certain that the year axle you're looking to replace with should have the right ratio in it, some previous owner might have cracked it open and changed out the gears and then they won't match up to what you're expecting to get according to the year or even the stamping on the housing.
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Old 03-23-2008, 06:10 PM   #8
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thnaks alot everyone, im gonna avoid this jeep and look for one with the 4x4 working, can anyone point me to and 2 and a half cheap lift and some bumbers"?
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are you stickin with yj? cheap ways to get lift are shackles, 1-2 inches, add a leafs also, but they require a lot of work, and a not so nice ride. shackles do change the geometry of the suspension. 2 1/2 suspension lift is really straight forward, new springs, and shocks basically. body lifts are cheap and easy, but i don't like how they look sometimes. the most "correct" way, whatever that means is suspension lift, but will run probably 600 bux. keep us posted.

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