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Old 12-13-2013, 09:39 PM   #1
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Is a 2005 Wrangler LJ, 87k Inline 6 auto a good find

Just purchased my first Jeep and wondering how this engine and transmission will hold up. I have heard good things, but thought I would ask you pros. Any advice in servicing and tips and things would be helpful. Thanks.
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Old 12-13-2013, 09:59 PM   #2
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Welcome to the addiction - since it is your first, let me tell you what Jeep stands for + Just Empty Every Pocket. Hope you have as much fun wheelin as most of us do! Be safe!

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Old 12-13-2013, 10:01 PM   #3
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PS: If you keep up with routine maintenance, that engine and tranny will serve you well into 300,000 plus miles.
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:08 PM   #4
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Congrats on finding the rare breed "LJ" looks good in the pics
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:21 PM   #5
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Great choice. Now mod it up, and get some character marks on it and you'll be set.
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:25 PM   #6
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You snatched a winner.

Now, are you a rock climber or a explorer?
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:40 PM   #7
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You snatched a winner. Now, are you a rock climber or a explorer?
I'm an explorer. I used to do ski patrol and climb, but this will be for trail stuff and camping with the kids etc.
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:48 PM   #8
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Don't believe this crap "just empty every pocket " ! You can spend alot of money if you go crazy with modifications but , not nessesary .You have a great Jeep with the best engine ever put in a Jeep . Change all the fluids , make sure everything is tight , or bring it to a good shop for an inspection . Keep up on maintenence and the Jeep will last you for a very long time . Just remember , any thing you build for high performance will require more repairs , upkeep , and maintenence . Good luck , nice Jeep
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Thanks everyone.
I'm thinking if a lift kit -4" ok? (not sure on brand - too many to choose from) and larger wheels.
Open to suggestions and comments. Thanks again.
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Wheels are the round metal things that are holding your tires .Tires are the round rubber things that are on the street . You probably are talking about buying bigger tires , right ? You don't really want taller wheels and if you do , you will have to buy tires anyway . If you buy taller wheels , tires are alot more expensive for taller wheels . When you go big with tires , sometimes , depending on what kind of axles you have and what kind of 4 wheeling you do , You can start breaking axle gears and possibly other parts . Do yourself a favor , go 4 wheeling just the way it is after changing all fluids and tightening all bolts . Don't change anything until you know your Jeep and understand how it works and are very experienced with it .Then consider skid plates , slightly taller tires , bumpers and a winch , not nessesarily in that order .You don't have to do what alot of other people do , huge tires wear out parts fast and alot of people are wrenching on their Jeeps instead of wheeling them .
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Thanks everyone.
I'm thinking if a lift kit -4" ok? (not sure on brand - too many to choose from) and larger wheels.
Open to suggestions and comments. Thanks again.
If this is your first jeep may I suggest you take it wheeling as is first.

Larger tires mean lift which means your gear ratio has changed so you might have to re gear and don't forget high speed wobbles because your lift and tires aren't right...

If you decide to mod. Know why you are modding and mod to get to the goal of the type of wheeling you do. Unless of course you just want a cool mall crawler.
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You snatched a winner. Now, are you a rock climber or a explorer?
Why can't he be both? I am. Lol.
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Old 12-13-2013, 11:53 PM   #13
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Call Stan at JPi in Yucaipa, he'll help you spend your money the right way. And nobody builds a better Jeep.
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Call Stan at JPi in Yucaipa, he'll help you spend your money the right way. And nobody builds a better Jeep.
cheers, thanks.
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Old 12-14-2013, 08:12 AM   #15
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Hey Scott !

Welcome to the forum!

You only have to do one thing- Enjoy it!

Maybe I'll see ya on a trail someday..runs are going all the time here; from mild to wild.

Congrats on your Jeep and Happy Holidays!!

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