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Old 12-13-2012, 12:08 AM   #1
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Need Help In the Rochester Area!!!

Ok, I just got a 97 Tj. The thing is a trashbucket. Need someone that knows a little about jeeps that could maybe come check it out and tell me how bad it is. Or if you know how to weld and can help teach me to weld and maybe do a little fabricating. I was really excited when i got this thing because I have wanted a wrngler for years and now im starting to question these things. Please help. email me if you want bradman70@hotmail.com
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:59 PM   #2
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Hi, are you in Rochester. Look for the Fingerlakes Off road club, there in Rochester. Great bunch of guys. Good luck.

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Old 12-16-2012, 03:12 PM   #3
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Hi, are you in Rochester. Look for the Fingerlakes Off road club, there in Rochester. Great bunch of guys. Good luck.
I met with mike, the president, today. I'm looking forward to doing some wheelin with them.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:11 AM   #4
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Did ya get any answers yet? I may not be THAT knowledgable but I am pretty good at wrenching and fixing things. NOT a Welder though but know a few that I trust.

Looking at the second picture it looks like this Jeep has been wheeled off-road. If I were you I'd take the time to go through the diffs, drain them and look at the color of the diff fluid. Take the covers off and clean them up well and then re-install. I'd probably also look over the transfer case and drain and refill that also.

If you haven't do it yet, get a creeper and get underneath it and look at the brake lines and hoses, the condition of the frame, knock off any mud and see what is underneath that. Could be areas of rust there.

I'm over on the West side in Chili
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:25 AM   #5
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Did ya get any answers yet? I may not be THAT knowledgable but I am pretty good at wrenching and fixing things. NOT a Welder though but know a few that I trust.

Looking at the second picture it looks like this Jeep has been wheeled off-road. If I were you I'd take the time to go through the diffs, drain them and look at the color of the diff fluid. Take the covers off and clean them up well and then re-install. I'd probably also look over the transfer case and drain and refill that also.

If you haven't do it yet, get a creeper and get underneath it and look at the brake lines and hoses, the condition of the frame, knock off any mud and see what is underneath that. Could be areas of rust there.

I'm over on the West side in Chili
I checked out the frame, its pretty good. The lines and hoses are newer. There isn't much mud under it at all. It doesn't look like it was in much mud. He was from east Rochester and didn't play off road much. I'm gonna do the diffs, transfer case and tranny. Im gonna do a new front diff cover and an oil pan too. I think for $600 its worth sticking some money in her. I see all these fields and I just want to veer off the road and see what she will do.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:22 AM   #6
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If this is your first Jeep, get used to it while on the road first. Make sure everything works like the transfer case shifter. Get used to the feel of that as it engages and dis-engages. Get used to the feel of the Jeep while in 4WD. Shift into 4wd while going straight forward and let off the pedal a little as you pull it into 4WD. Same goes when you take it out.

Try NOT to use 4WD on dry pavement. That will cause driveline wear and tear on it that you don't need. I try and put it into 4WD at least once a month to make sure everything is working.

Did you say you got this Jeep for $600? That's a steal!
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:42 PM   #7
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Yeah, I bought a 98 blazer for $600 and traded it for the wrangler. I do know you shouldn't use 4wd on dry pavement. I have an 88 K-5 Blazer, a 99 tahoe 4x4 and I just sold a K1500. The thing has death wobble from hell. The rear end is kind of off on its own. The bolt for the track bar at the frame is worn and has play.
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:18 PM   #8
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Know of any trails to hit?
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:25 PM   #9
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sorry to resurrect an old thread but i'm here in rochester specifically charlotte, check out ling road by lakeshore hockey arena in greece next to the train tracks there's a nice little trail i take my girl down in the summer gets pretty muddy in the summer, don't know about the winter haven't been back there yet
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:50 PM   #10
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It's probably really muddy now
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:56 PM   #11
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Drove by yesterday and there was a huge puddle at the entrance
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:25 PM   #12
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Sounds like a good start to a fun ride
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Ooo sounds like a good idea used to walk that trail!
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Sounds like a good start to a fun ride
What town do you live in? If your close I could do a quick weld or two.
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Hit the trail on ling, not bad all stock went with my buddy has mostly stick Cherokee

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