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lnx32 02-27-2006 12:13 AM

What to avoid in a used Wrangler?
 
I want to buy a used Jeep Wrangler, Preferably 1999 or newer. A friend told me to make sure the one I find doesn't have leaf in the front but coils. What year did they start putting coils on?

Any other tips/suggestions would be helpful.

Thanks.

JeepCrawler98 02-27-2006 09:09 AM

Coils have been present since the 97 models (which were starting to get sold in 96.5 - even though there is no 96 wrangler). The main thing I'd stay away from is lifted Jeeps, Jeeps with obvious trail damage, jeeps with more than 1" body lift, and that's pretty much it.

Oh - look at the rear axle; go for one where the cover plate looks like a stop sign and not a lemon on it's side. The octagonal covers will be a Dana 44 rear axle, where as the oval covers will be a D35c (another way to tell is by the fill plug - if it's a rubber stopper, Dana 35, if it's a threaded metal plug, Dana 44).

amerijeep 02-27-2006 08:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lnx32
I want to buy a used Jeep Wrangler, Preferably 1999 or newer. A friend told me to make sure the one I find doesn't have leaf in the front but coils. What year did they start putting coils on?

Any other tips/suggestions would be helpful.

Thanks.


What Jeepcrawler98 said. Good luck Jeep shopping. Glad you are about to embark on the wonderful world of Jeeps. You'll have a blast.

Tell your friend that said to stay away from leafs in the front that he is a sissy.

drummerwookie 02-28-2006 01:38 AM

the only bad thing about leafs is they are bumpier on the road and, with out sway bar discos, they have terrible articulation...

also, from what your friend said to stay away from the ones with FRONT leafs, if it has rear leafs itll have front leafs...only the XJ had leafs one one end and coils on the other...

so yea, if your looking for a 99 or newer, you wont find any leaf suspensions...

SouthTJ 02-28-2006 10:59 AM

And depending on what part of the country you're in, check for rust. For that matter, no matter where you are, look for rust and or water damage.

blueJeeps 02-28-2006 12:18 PM

I'd for sure run a history check like Car Fax.
Alot of Jeeps were wasted in the 'canes that hit the gulf coast last year.
Some states will let them be sold as wrecked but rebuilt.

daddyjeep 03-01-2006 08:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by amerijeep
What Jeepcrawler98 said. Good luck Jeep shopping. Glad you are about to embark on the wonderful world of Jeeps. You'll have a blast.

Tell your friend that said to stay away from leafs in the front that he is a sissy.

Yea...what he said...sissy

centralmax 03-10-2006 01:58 AM

axles
 
Not sure of all the axle options on those. but go online and find an axle identifier website, and try to get a tj with Dana 44 axles. That way if you get bigger tires and decide to take it offroad you wont break things!!

4Jeepn 03-10-2006 08:31 AM

Well, if you can get a 00 or newer with 4.0L. Couple reasons. if your looking at a 5spd you get a much beefier NV3500 ,or 3550 can't recall which is correct, over the ax-15. The engine was also ugraded in 2000 to a rail style ignition, no more spark plug wire etc. Much nicer. Get a dana 44 rear axle as said. Run the VIN. Other than that just look for thing like any other used car or truck. Also I think in 2000 and up the exhaust manifold issue was solved, but early models did have a problem with it cracking.

bluvikng 03-10-2006 06:16 PM

Just buy a Rubicon, it has Dana 44's front and rear. Air lockers, front and rear. You will spend thousands trying to build one to match what Rubicon has from factory. Also has a 4.1 gear ratio in 4 low. And has 4.10 ring and pinion in front and rear axle. Any other wrangler only has 2.73 to 1 in 4 low. Anywhere from 3.07 to 3.73 axle gear ratio on standard wranglers. These are all details that will cost you money if you ever want to put on taller, bigger, tires. Or if you enjoy the thrill of building your own Jeep to handle these upgrades, make sure you get a great deal on one. FYI - Jeep stands for, " Just Empty Every Pocket."
But what fun you will have !!!!!!!!


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