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09-26-2012 02:37 PM
5spdftw Looks great but I have a super slow oil leak that will be a real treat to get fixed. My guy said not to worry about it but keep an eye on it since the whole trans would have to be yanked to get at it. On the plus side, what I thought was some cosmetic rust was just some old red dirt that had gotten into some of the scratches on the skids and diffs. I'd would like to rewire everything that is spliced into the battery (winch, cb, air compressor) since its sort of a rat's nets now. However, there isn't any corrosion and I wouldn't trust myself to do it so I might leave it for a while. My last Jeep had a converter that the PO had installed strangely and it was constantly sucking the battery dry. This Jeep's wiring seems much more competently done, even if it is unorganized. Any pics of your engine bays (specifically your batteries) so that I can see what some of you have done to splice things in without just tapping straight into the terminals?
09-26-2012 10:19 AM
Randens Rubi Best of luck!!
09-26-2012 10:16 AM
5spdftw Picked it up yesterday and I'm about to leave to have my mechanic go over it with a fine toothed comb. I'll get pics up after but wish me luck guys. On a side note, without even placing an ad for my YJ I already have two people interested in it. Woo!
09-19-2012 04:53 PM
2JeepsThatRun
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Originally Posted by 5spdftw
Am I right in assuming that the funky seats were part of the Apex package? Other than the typical bumps and scrapes in the typical places (front diff, rear bumper, skid plates) it felt super solid and mechanically sound. It has no death wobble and makes no weird noises so I'm super happy with it. Looks used but not abused. He also has a massive folder with every receipt that goes with his mods. I'm going to sort through it thoroughly when I go to pick it up next week.
Reading everything it sounds good but go through everything that was modified and check all the bolts and torcs to make sure nothing is loose missing or broken even the best of us forget to tighten a bolt now and again its just not normally an important one
09-19-2012 04:31 PM
5spdftw Am I right in assuming that the funky seats were part of the Apex package? Other than the typical bumps and scrapes in the typical places (front diff, rear bumper, skid plates) it felt super solid and mechanically sound. It has no death wobble and makes no weird noises so I'm super happy with it. Looks used but not abused. He also has a massive folder with every receipt that goes with his mods. I'm going to sort through it thoroughly when I go to pick it up next week.
09-19-2012 04:19 PM
Rubicondon53
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Originally Posted by 2JeepsThatRun

I always stay away from already lifted Jeeps it just freaks me out a little, but that's just me. Although I don't mind axle and gear upgrades since there normally done by a pro. It's also a double standard since I did my lift myself and would have no problem selling it to someone if I did.
X2,, I've been around jeeps and yotas for decades and trust only one persons work. A newbie buying a highly modified and lifted jeep, is a nightmare waiting to happen..
09-19-2012 04:13 PM
alice the cat I wonder how much this guy invested into it? The parts add up so quick not to mention labor if you're having it done.


2002 Jeep Wrangler-currently daily driven. Title in hand. Less than 45,000 miles and its a beast. One of a kind. 4.0L, 5 speed Manual, 4.88 Genuine Gears, Dana 30 Front Axle with OX-Locker, Dana 44 Rear Axle with OX-locker, ATLAS 2 Transfer case 4:1 gear ratio, Smittybilt Rock sliders, HD front Bumper w/8K Warn winch, Rear swing bumper with new spare tire, 5 37x12.50-17 BFG Mud Terrain T/A on American racing black rims, Two gas can holders, On board air compressor, Optima red top battery, K&N air filter, Cobra C B radio, Rockhard engine skid plate, Rockhard gas tank skid plate, Smittybilt front fenders, Body armor rear fenders, Rockhard roll bar, JKS Sway bar disconnects, Hi lift jack, Bikini top and back cover and Currie 4 inch lift kit. Smogged and ready to roll.


09-19-2012 04:01 PM
alice the cat
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Originally Posted by 2JeepsThatRun View Post
I always stay away from already lifted Jeeps it just freaks me out a little, but that's just me. Although I don't mind axle and gear upgrades since there normally done by a pro. It's also a double standard since I did my lift myself and would have no problem selling it to someone if I did.
Normally I would agree with you and my TJ is a perfect example as it came with a poor quality lift (procomp, TC drop and vibes) but... in this jeeps description it listed a Currie lift kit. I'm assuming since he went with an Atlas TC (and senior owned) that this thing was done with all the right parts and installed professionally.

Congrats to the OP!!!! Hope all goes well with the purchase.
09-19-2012 03:52 PM
Ebxgsxr
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Originally Posted by vballspen View Post
...Add up all the parts. To build that jeep would cost a lot......
+1

that was why i purchased my jeep too. i was looking at a cheaper TJ, but after factoring in the long arm kit i wanted, i was only spending $1000 more than i wanted to & i had flat fenders, roll cage, ARB lockers, teraflex low kit, soft doors, & a bunch of other little things. this thing is built way more than i'll probably ever really need. but it's nice to know that it can handle the terrain if needed.



definitely post pictures after you get it.
09-19-2012 03:11 PM
2JeepsThatRun
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Originally Posted by alice the cat

I wish I would have done what you are doing. Finding a Jeep like that with all those great parts all ready done is a smart move. Add up what that guy has into his TJ... in my opinion thats a killer deal. Good luck in your search.

There is a TJ down here in SD that I want more than any other but Mrs. Alice said no...

Brute for sale - American Expedition Vehicles - Product Forums
I always stay away from already lifted Jeeps it just freaks me out a little, but that's just me. Although I don't mind axle and gear upgrades since there normally done by a pro. It's also a double standard since I did my lift myself and would have no problem selling it to someone if I did.
09-19-2012 11:55 AM
Randens Rubi Congrats!!
09-19-2012 11:50 AM
Jacqui Be sure to post some pics as soon as you have it! Congrats!
09-18-2012 10:08 PM
5spdftw I'm getting it! I'll be out of town until next tuesday but he's gonna hold it for me with a 10% deposit.
09-16-2012 11:11 PM
vballspen The lockers in that jeep alone is about 2400. Plus gears and labor. Chaching. Like the previous post said. Add up all the parts. To build that jeep would cost a lot. If your really worried about the front end as to pull off diff cover and check to see how gears are holding up. Any ,metal shaving or chipped teeth.
09-16-2012 10:20 PM
alice the cat
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Originally Posted by 5spdftw View Post
Back to square 1, the very first TJ I posted on here is back up for sale with 35" tires and chromoly axle shafts on a D30 front axle instead of the 37s. I'll link it again: JEEP WRANGLER FULLY LOADED - ROCK & TRAIL READY
What would you guys offer? 16? 16.5? It looks pretty solid.
I wish I would have done what you are doing. Finding a Jeep like that with all those great parts all ready done is a smart move. Add up what that guy has into his TJ... in my opinion thats a killer deal. Good luck in your search.

There is a TJ down here in SD that I want more than any other but Mrs. Alice said no...

Brute for sale - American Expedition Vehicles - Product Forums
09-16-2012 01:10 PM
Ebxgsxr that basically looks like my twin, but cleaner, lol. the previous owner of my jeep was running a D30 front, D44 rear, both with chromoly shafts & an ABR locker. should be fine. he owned it since new, so i'm the second owner. i have not had any problems yet....knocking on wood......
09-16-2012 10:28 AM
5spdftw Do you guys think that his front D30 will still be okay with 35's and chromoly shafts even though he used to run 37's? Could he have weakened the D30 or the shafts when he was using the bigger tires? I don't know much about how that works but I gather that 35's are a much more appropriate size.
09-15-2012 04:38 PM
5spdftw Back to square 1, the very first TJ I posted on here is back up for sale with 35" tires and chromoly axle shafts on a D30 front axle instead of the 37s. I'll link it again: JEEP WRANGLER FULLY LOADED - ROCK & TRAIL READY
What would you guys offer? 16? 16.5? It looks pretty solid.
09-15-2012 04:19 AM
Rubicondon53 Yes a nice looking Rubi, but think this over.. In March of 2004 I bought mine brand new. After haggling for over a month we settled on a price, then I whipped out my manufacturers discount on them and the haggling began all over again. I walked out.. The 31st of March they called me up and said they could meet my price .... I drove out of the dealership with my brand new 04 rubicon for 21,780... and they still made money.... Until Rubicons become a rare and collectible automobile 10 or 15 years from now, they just aren't worth 90% of their original retail value..
09-15-2012 03:14 AM
Jeffreybomb Out of curiosity, have you considered Carmax? That's where I picked up my '04 TJ.

I don't mean to sound like a shill, but there's some bonuses to buying from them. You can buy an extended warranty. They'll cover any repairs you need for the first thirty days you have the vehicle, so it pays to pay very close attention to your Jeep for the first month you've got it.

You can also shop online and have Jeeps "shipped" to your location. There's a cost and it varies according to distance, but it really helps when you finally find the one you want. I think mine was about $250 to ship from North Carolina to Chicagoland.

That said, I also wanted to customize my TJ and make it my own, so I didn't mind starting with a stock model and working my way up with it.
09-15-2012 02:54 AM
5spdftw Some guy had put a deposit on it in the hour between the two times I called. Mega bummed...
09-14-2012 11:21 PM
Ebxgsxr really nice. you have cash to pay? if so, i'd start at $18k.
09-14-2012 10:26 PM
5spdftw Here we go guys, I'm driving 6 hours away to check this one out. It looks and sounds pristine and he says it has hardly been offroaded at all. Wish me luck, I'm going to start at 19k and hopefully settle on 20.
Cars for Sale: 2006 Jeep Wrangler 4x4 Rubicon in Peoria, AZ 85382: Sport Utility Details - 329782727 - AutoTrader.com
09-14-2012 06:18 PM
Ebxgsxr just keep your eye open. the right one will come along. for me, i also opened my search to surrounding areas. i ended up driving 2 hours to get my TJ. but definitely worth it for me.
09-14-2012 05:46 PM
5spdftw Looks like that white Sport already sold, back to hunting...any particular places I should look besides autotrader, craigslist, and forums?
09-14-2012 10:55 AM
Ebxgsxr 17 is a little high i think. i got my 99 with a lot of options like that one & it had 41k miles on it for $9500.
09-14-2012 09:06 AM
Jacqui
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Originally Posted by 5spdftw View Post
That't what I figured, they're pretty rare. I love that I can have D44 axles front and back without having to rely on someone having put them on aftermarket. I think I'm gonna just lowball the bejesus out of it first. Kelly blue book has them valued at around 18-18.5k for a private seller. How sought after are these LJ's? Hopefully the dealer doesn't really know what he has...
Haha, we were eyeing that particular LJ Rubi earlier this week, but we had the feeling the dealer wouldn't budge on the price, so we kept hunting. We ended up trading my Soul for a stock 2006 LJ Rubi with hardtop for $16k before taxes. Also had 62k miles. The LJ Rubi is quite rare. LJ's were only produced from '04-'06 and are rare enough as it is before you start adding Rubi to the list. Rubicon is the top tier, so there aren't many around, and the few that are, most people are hanging onto! We love the LJ. Having the longer wheelbase gives a foot of room in the back that the TJ's just don't have. If you can get your hands on a Rubi, that's even better since it comes stock with both Dana 44's and lockers. (we really liked that idea, too)

This is an example of a LJ with mild mods at a great price:
2005 LJ, lifted on 33's for $14k

You can typically get more for your money if you go for a TJ as opposed to a LJ. So, if you want a completed Jeep with a ton of mods, just look for a nice TJ with the right axles and such. You'll end up spending a lot less for it.

The '02 you posted has a Dana 44 rear and both lockers. I like the full cage and that it comes with a hardtop and full doors. It's basically a completed Jeep. Like buying a turn-key home that's already furnished and everything. Definitely worth taking a close-up inspection in person, if that's the sort of Jeep you want.
09-13-2012 04:50 PM
5spdftw Well I went to look at it this morning and unfortunately it was super scraped up underneath and the guy seemed to think he had a gem and refused to budge from 24k. My next target: Cars for Sale: 2002 Jeep Wrangler 4x4 Sport in San Clemente, CA 92673: Sport Utility Details - 324709042 - AutoTrader.com
Thoughts?
09-12-2012 04:42 PM
pcwolf Got to agree with the $19k offer, found my 2006 TJ Rubicon lock-stock from private seller with 32,000 miles for 16k this year. This was in Virginia.

Since this is LJ and mileage is pretty low @ 62,000 I'd say worth it if everything checks out.
09-12-2012 04:08 PM
5spdftw Anyone else have any input regarding that LJ before I go to look at it?
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