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Old 08-14-2014, 01:56 AM   #1
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Is it worth it???

Hello everybody who may read this. Was hoping to trade for a 1995 wrangler has 113k miles I believe. the guy is asking 5500 I'm going to trade for it but is it worth that much? jeep wrangler lifted on 35's 4.0 5spd
This will be my first wrangler so any input is appreciated. Thanks

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It doesnt look like it has a 3" BL maybe a 1.5. If it still has the stock rear axle it could be going out. The dana 35 doesnt like big tires or a locker, and this guy has both. Other than that just look for rust. A rusty frame and body from that snow, salt and just age isnt a good thing.

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It doesnt look like it has a 3" BL maybe a 1.5. If it still has the stock rear axle it could be going out. The dana 35 doesnt like big tires or a locker, and this guy has both. Other than that just look for rust. A rusty frame and body from that snow, salt and just age isnt a good thing.
Front is locked rear is open. If he still has the stock rear end that will need replaced at some point. When, well that's the question. Could be the day after you buy it or the year after. The ford 8.8 swap isn't too hard and isn't too costly. If you have access to a welder and someone who can weld you are set.

If it has the stock axle I would offer much less for it. The d35 rear end will go out on 35s. If it has been upgraded then seems like a good deal.

Look at this and note the Dana 35, Dana 44 and ford 8.8. The 44 and 8.8 are the most likely swapped in axles if he says it has been swapped. If you have to drive a ways I would ask for a pic of the rear end for verification.

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Sorry read the post wrong on the axles.
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Some thoughts:

1) stock bumpers front/rear. In particular, there's no way to carry a 35" spare. Figure at least $500 for a good rear bumper with tire carrier.

2) good clearance for 35s on the front. Rear looks stock, which isn't great for 35s. At a minimum, you'll want TJ rear flares to open up the rear wheel wells. Rear tube fenders would be better.

3) Tires/wheels are expensive, so you're good there, if the tires have a lot of life left. Otherwise, budget $1000 for new tires.

4) 3" body lift...yuck. This alone would make me wonder about the quality of the work that the PO did on the Jeep.

5) Not many miles - good. 6cyl - very good. AX15 manual trans - very good.

6) As stated above, Dana 35 + 35" tires = death. Count on an $1000 axle upgrade.

7) 1995 model - excellent, as it had lots of improvements. Better rust protection, external clutch slave, better brake booster and MC, larger Dana 30 u-joints.

8) What 4" lift did he install? Hopefully, not Rough Country or one of the less expensive ones.

It doesn't seem like a bad price. I'd just be worried about the quality of the work that was done. Reduce the body lift to 1", and hope that you still have enough clearance for 35s. If not, you'll have more work to do.
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