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07-15-2010 07:52 AM
King of Beers
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Originally Posted by Image Group View Post
HELLO??? It's Wednesday already, where's the pics!!!!
It will be this weekend before I will be able to post up any pics. Stay tuned.
07-14-2010 10:31 PM
Image Group HELLO??? It's Wednesday already, where's the pics!!!!
07-14-2010 10:05 PM
cavediverjc
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Originally Posted by King of Beers View Post
Mine.
Congrats man!!! Enjoy that beast and get some wheeling under your belt!!!
07-14-2010 09:52 PM
King of Beers Mine.
07-12-2010 07:01 PM
Kate Hot damn!
That's good news!
07-12-2010 03:24 PM
RSC17 great buy.
07-12-2010 03:10 PM
InfernoGirl Yay!
07-12-2010 03:05 PM
King of Beers I'll be picking her up on Wednesday.
07-12-2010 11:05 AM
cavediverjc Congrats man. Welcome to the madness......
07-12-2010 10:24 AM
King of Beers All right now. Lets calm it down now. I did not demand anything of him. He offerd before I even drove it. Same as he offerd to replace the cracked windshield. If he offers to fix somthing Im not going to tell him no. I'm just asking questions. Thanks for all of the great answers BTW.

I will be purchasing this Jeep. XD I am just waiting on the bank.
07-12-2010 10:13 AM
cavediverjc ^^^^Amen. I'll be up there in less than a day to secure that Jeep if he doesn't jump on it.
07-12-2010 10:06 AM
Kate Here's my thought on this, again.

It's an 04 RUBICON, with 94k on the clock for only $9k.

I wouldn't "tell" the previous owner anything but thank you very much sir, I will take good care of it.

Cances are strong that the vibes you're feeling are tire related from what you said about the existing tires. If the seller is willing to do something about the tires, then by all means let him. Don't be a snot and demand he restore the thing before you'll buy it because someone else will snatch it out from under you if you're not careful.

Remember
It's a 6 year old JEEP with 94,000 miles on it.
It's probable that you WILL need to make a few repairs. Accept that and plan for it by stuffing some money in a sock for a rainy day.

In the meantime, if you don't want it, tell me where it is. I'll call my credit union and come and get it. OBM would love to have a rig of his own.
07-12-2010 09:57 AM
King of Beers
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Originally Posted by flint View Post
It seems like the 6 speed in the Rubicon's has its little... corks. Mine has a hesitation from 1 to second. Nothing major. Others on here have express the issue with different gear changes. I only have 20,000 on mine. If i were you i would tell the seller to have the trans fluid changed to the original specs and go form there. All in all I think you are ok
The 04' has a 5 spd.
07-12-2010 09:17 AM
Wench check the engine for leaks around the valve cover, PCV valves and cylinder head. (at the oil filter)......crawl up under the thing and make sure the diff caps havent been tampered with...possible re-gearing...check for new looking bolts and nuts on the drag link...etc......maybe been lifted and wasnt dropped back properly...check the zerks for blown boots....get some death wobble goin on maybe...test drive it a few times as different speeds. let it set cranked for 15 minutes and watch the gauges....IE oil and heat...check the air filter too....its always a good sign to tell if the previous owners took care of it or not... a good jeeper will keep a clean one in there....a maller will expect jiffy-lube to change it...or in their case...air blow it out :P

ABOVE ANYTHING ELSE : test the 4 wheel drive...4H and 4L...BE SURE to test the axle locking in 4L. one push will lock the rear....two pushes will lock front and rear....push up to unlock front and again to unlock rear.....TEST THOSE TEST THOSE TEST THOSE!!!!!
07-12-2010 08:44 AM
flint It seems like the 6 speed in the Rubicon's has its little... corks. Mine has a hesitation from 1 to second. Nothing major. Others on here have express the issue with different gear changes. I only have 20,000 on mine. If i were you i would tell the seller to have the trans fluid changed to the original specs and go form there. All in all I think you are ok
07-12-2010 08:38 AM
alstjruby03 every transmission shifts a bit different. if its not real hard wouldn't be too concerned.besides at that price it still a great deal.and yes the half doors were an option.
07-12-2010 06:42 AM
King of Beers
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Originally Posted by GoldTJ View Post
@King of Beers-I will gladly trade you the stock air filter box in it's entirety for the K&N cold air intake!Just give me a holler!I am jealous of the deal-can't touch a Rubicon around here for any less than $15k!
I may end up fabricating a custom snorkel that incorperates the K&N. But I will keep your offer in mind.
07-12-2010 06:39 AM
King of Beers Anyone have an Idea about why there would be resistance when shifting out of third?
07-11-2010 07:07 PM
GoldTJ @King of Beers-I will gladly trade you the stock air filter box in it's entirety for the K&N cold air intake!Just give me a holler!I am jealous of the deal-can't touch a Rubicon around here for any less than $15k!
07-11-2010 05:29 PM
Jerry Bransford Shimmy like that is generally always nothing more than a tire problem... worn unevenly or just plain out of balance. It's not an alignment problem unless a bad toe-in has screwed up one or both of the front tires.

Not sure why it is shifting hard out of 3rd.
07-11-2010 05:04 PM
King of Beers So Just got back from looking at it and driving it and...

It looks Great!

4WD worked Lockers worked. Everything looked good. It had a little wear and tear on the interior but nothing too bad. I wonder if a good cleaning may not take care of most of the issues.

Engine compartment look good. It had a K&N cold air intake on it that to me was a negative as I would like to have a snorkel on it and he does not have the stock airbox. I'm a little worried about sucking up a little water.

Undercarriage Looked good. I only saw one spot where it looked like the bottom scraped on anything and it was very minor.

She accelerated and stopped well.

Red Flags

-front end has a slight shimmy over 50mph. The steering wheel rocked back and forward (right and left) about 1/2" or so. The tires were pretty worn. It had 97,000 miles on the original tires (Front tread depth +1/8" and rear is ~3/32"). He says it just needs a tire rotation but somehow I doubt that will fix it.

He says if the rotation and balance does not fix it he will take it to a shop and have it fixed before I buy it.

-Shift from third takes more effort. It goes into and out of all of the gears with no trouble but there is a slight resistance to shift out of third. Anyone know what this is or if it is even a problem. Whenever I have heard of a tranny problem it is going into gear not coming out.



I'm hoping none of this stuff is a deal breaker because otherwise it is quite a nice vehicle. Let me know what you think.
07-10-2010 09:36 PM
King of Beers Thanks for all of the informative answers. WF really comes through when I'm in need.

I'll keep you guys informed.
07-10-2010 08:00 PM
Kate
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Originally Posted by cavediverjc View Post
Huh.......I didn't know they made Rubicons with half doors. Learn something new every day!! So far, so good. Looks good. How does she drive?
I have a good friend with an 04 Rubi, same color and half doors. Yup... I'm a little jealous.

Doggone kid, that looks like a cherry that's ripe for the picking!

The jeep looks like it's parked in the dirt where the pictures were taken.

Here's what you do.

Start 'er up
put 'er in neutral
pull the transfer case lever all the way to 4lo
drive it around a little, see how it feels.

Then, there is a button below the stereo that says AXLE LOCK

push it once and it engages the rear locker, twice and it engages the front locker.
There are lights on the dash that will tell you it is engaged.
To disengage, lift up on the switch once for the front, twice for both. The dash lights will flash. Sometimes you have to hit it a third time or move the Jeep a ways before they go out.

It might be a little hard to get it into 4LO, sometimes you have to hold your mouth right. It WILL be hard to turn and it WILL try to crawl out from under your brake pedal. They kind of hunker down and grunt.

It's gonna give you such a feeling of excitement that you may want to take a magazine with you to lay across your lap

Don't foreget to check out 4 HI while you're at it.
Unless the mod has been done to it, lockers will not engage in 4HI.

I'm excited for you!
07-10-2010 07:36 PM
King of Beers
Quote:
Originally Posted by cavediverjc View Post
Huh.......I didn't know they made Rubicons with half doors. Learn something new every day!! So far, so good. Looks good. How does she drive?
He said that it was special ordered and the guy who ordered it bought something else. So he bought someone else's custom order.
07-10-2010 07:31 PM
King of Beers I just looked at it in the parking lot at work. I'm so stoked! It's definitely a Rubicon!

I was not able to drive it as he was not there when I looked at it. I'm going to look at it and drive it tomorrow.

What is an easy way to test the 4WD and the locking Diffs without taking this guys Jeep through the mud?

I was thinking about maybe finding a dirt lot and turning circles With the jeep in 4WL with both diffs locked. I have never driven a vehicle with locking diffs but I have a couple r/c cars with them. I assume I will be able to tell by feel if they are working. What if I have no dirt lot? Is there an easier way to test them?

I cant wait to get this thing!!!!!
07-10-2010 07:24 PM
cavediverjc Huh.......I didn't know they made Rubicons with half doors. Learn something new every day!! So far, so good. Looks good. How does she drive?
07-10-2010 07:20 PM
King of Beers
Photos

Here are some pix of it taken with my phone.






07-09-2010 11:54 AM
Kate Oh m'gosh.
I couldn't wait that long.
07-09-2010 11:07 AM
King of Beers Im going to look at it on Sunday. I've got my fingers crossed. It will be next week before I can get it though. I'll post up pics for sure if I get it.
07-09-2010 11:01 AM
Kate I would love to see some pics of this here Jeep.
Sounds like you fell into a pile of stink and are about to come up smelling like a rose!
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