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Old 04-22-2008, 08:26 PM   #1
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Talking Past Present Future

Ok my dad and brother Think I got ripped of when I bought my jeep in jan 08. I bought for $3000 and it is a 1988 jeep wrangler 4.2 5spd heres the past present future. Tell me if you think I got ripped off or not I dont think so.

Pros of purchase day (past)
1. Rebuilt 4.2 with 12000 miles
2. Rebuilt 5spd ax-15 tranny
3. cv style rear driveshaft
4. rear pinion yoke angled the right way
5. soa lift
6. 2.5" lift leafs
7. 33" wild cat ext tires 85% tread in rear 50% in front
8. modern black powder coat rims
9. new paint
10. Besttop softtop
11. bestop seats
12. Hercule liner tub
13. New webber carb
14. Rancho shocks
15. cobra cb
16. Had reciepts for everything
17. Heat works

Cons

1. No 4wd lever
2. No passenger side mirror
3. The kid painted the car and did the body work himself so the paint has runs in the rear and the bondo is noticable on driver side rocker and door.
4. Moldy dash and door panles
5. No bumpers
6. No track bars
7. No extended pitman
8. Softtop windows have scratches
9. half the vacuum isn't hooked up
10. Had 182000 miles on body
11. No cd player

since then I have done the following (I know what your thinking, another list! I cant help im having fun.)
Present
1. New procomp bumpers rear and front $200
2. Tared frame and underbody $350
3. New mirrors $100
4. Cleaned mold off dash with purple power $5
5. Changed tie rods $180
6. Bought new front turn signal sockets $85
7. Installed cd player $0
8. installed 4 new speakers 0$

Guess what I have another list future mods within a year
Future 1yr
1. Front and rear track bars
2. extended dropped pitman
4. New Re super duty leafs
5. skyjacker 5th link traction bar
6. new steering wheel
7. speaker bar
8. Rancho rs9000x shocks 34" extended!
9. Dropped drag link
10. front sway bar
11. 4wd lever

Well that was fun yes I'am bored. Lets see you guys do past present future list from when you bought your jeep to now. thanx for reading

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Seems like a deal to me as long as the body isn't too bad. You havnt hit the $2000.00 mark yet and I don't think you will for some time. As for the vacum!?. Find a jeep like yours and see where it needs to go. Thats the easy way.

I have a 1994. I like the old roll bars better. They have the classic look!

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Bro you got a good deal!! As long as its not rusted out...
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Old 04-23-2008, 08:48 AM   #5
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The the jeep had no rust at all, the owner loved the car it was actually his first car and had it for 10 years and had invested $10,0000 over the years. When I got the car the frame already had undercoat and you could tell it wasn't spraid over rust becuase it was smooth and for the body you could see shiny like new metal. So that is the main reason why I bought such an old car is that it had no rust and a new tranny and engine was a plus. Thanx for the input and I'am happy with it inspite of what the know-it-alls say its a jeep and I love it.
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Old 04-23-2008, 08:49 AM   #6
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Seems like a deal to me as long as the body isn't too bad. You havnt hit the $2000.00 mark yet and I don't think you will for some time. As for the vacum!?. Find a jeep like yours and see where it needs to go. Thats the easy way.

I have a 1994. I like the old roll bars better. They have the classic look!

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Its funny you say that because I'm going to my bank today to apply for a $2000 personal load just for my girl.
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You have at least 2 of the 3k invested in the SOA, seats and top. Sound like a good deal to me.

Just thought you should know, the '88 YJ has the Puegot BA-10 trans, not the AX-15. Unless he swapped in the AX-15 himself.
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You have at least 2 of the 3k invested in the SOA, seats and top. Sound like a good deal to me.

Just thought you should know, the '88 YJ has the Puegot BA-10 trans, not the AX-15. Unless he swapped in the AX-15 himself.
I was thinkin the same thing! I am currently in the process of changing out the junky BA10 for the AX15.
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You have at least 2 of the 3k invested in the SOA, seats and top. Sound like a good deal to me.

Just thought you should know, the '88 YJ has the Puegot BA-10 trans, not the AX-15. Unless he swapped in the AX-15 himself.
yah he did swap guess i didn't mention thanx for the input
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do any of you guys know if you need a longer track bar for a lifted jeep sorry for the dumb question but im desperate.
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I think you need to change the mount not the bar. But I'm not sure.
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Old 04-23-2008, 08:49 PM   #12
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this should be in the pro's section

6. No track bars
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I cant find anything for an extended rear tb thats why I asked I guess I'll look for the brackets and get a stock tb
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you do not need trac bars on a leaf sprung vehicle... unless your racing road course..
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you do not need trac bars on a leaf sprung vehicle... unless your racing road course..
well I do live in the mountains so there is alot of windy,bumpy roads here.
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Doesn't sound too bad

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well I do live in the mountains so there is alot of windy,bumpy roads here.
more power to ya... just remember its a jeep, not a Miata

but just ask the CJ guy's in your area about there trac bars... (CJ= leaf spring+ never had any)
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I know its a jeep and not a miate also dont expect the jeep to handle like a porsche but I want the track bars just for the experience and the extra stability and protection. Thanx for the input though.
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sounds like a good deal i actually spent 3k on my 90 2.5 low output piece. no rust or anything. lifted and bigger tires and a winch. i just spent about 2500 on an 4.0l swap with tranny and all. but anyway. if you could get rid of the carb and swap in an aftermarket fuel injection (throttle body) that would be ideal. anyway just my 2cents worth awsome deal and welcome to the money trap.
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Did it come with no trac bars and no sway bars? If you got the sway bars then just run those on the road and forget about the trac bars.
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i think you got a great deal.



people that dont drive jeeps just dont understand. when it comes to my jeep, having it look pretty is the last concern i have.
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I'll have pics in about 2 weeks. I'm just waiting for my new stuff for the girl to come in.
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I'll give it a go:

95 YJ with a hard top in great shape. No rust except for a very small spot of rust on wheel well near flare on rear of drivers side. 100K miles immaculately kept...only 17K miles put on it since October of 2005.

Past: since feb 2005 (all done before i bought it for $4800)
New exhaust including cat. converter
New brake lines
rebuilt clutch and tranny (done by a professional shop, have the reciept)
5 new sneakers (30")
annual tune up

Present:
All stock

Future:
Chrome front and rear tube bumpers
new 2" OEM springs (rather this than an all out lift)
Besttop soft top
soundbar
chrome accesories (mirrors, door hinges, etc.)
chrome nerf bars
light bar w/ 4 hex lights

I welcome all suggestions
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I'll give it a go:

95 YJ with a hard top in great shape. No rust except for a very small spot of rust on wheel well near flare on rear of drivers side. 100K miles immaculately kept...only 17K miles put on it since October of 2005.

Past: since feb 2005 (all done before i bought it for $4800)
New exhaust including cat. converter
New brake lines
rebuilt clutch and tranny (done by a professional shop, have the reciept)
5 new sneakers (30")
annual tune up

Present:
All stock

Future:
Chrome front and rear tube bumpers
new 2" OEM springs (rather this than an all out lift)
Besttop soft top
soundbar
chrome accesories (mirrors, door hinges, etc.)
chrome nerf bars
light bar w/ 4 hex lights

I welcome all suggestions

you'll need some sunglasses for all that chrome j/k.

as far as the trac bar discussion, you are better off without the rear. it is overkill. it rides so much nicer without it, and you won't notice any difference accept your kidneys will thank you.
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you'll need some sunglasses for all that chrome j/k.

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kind of off topic but related, I read earlier that '88 yj's have the peugot tranny in it then mid year they switched to the ax... how can I identify that tranny by looking at it? Im looking at a couple yj's and one of them is a 4cyl 90 and one is a 6cyl '88.. want to get the best for my dollar... the '88 is about $500 more.
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kind of off topic but related, I read earlier that '88 yj's have the peugot tranny in it then mid year they switched to the ax... how can I identify that tranny by looking at it? Im looking at a couple yj's and one of them is a 4cyl 90 and one is a 6cyl '88.. want to get the best for my dollar... the '88 is about $500 more.
The '88 has the peugot tranny...it changed midyear '89. The '90 model as the weak ax5. Both of them need to be switched if you buy. Look at around a grand total including new clutch kit to change out the tranny.

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