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edved37 09-14-2012 06:56 AM

Thinking of Picking this up
 
What do you guys think about this JKU I found about 25 minutes away.

2007 JEEP RUBICON LIFTED

any things to look for and opinions are appreciated.

kjeeper10 09-14-2012 07:31 AM

Good price just make sure it has the mods to support 5" of lift. That's a lot.

Control arms?
Drive shafts ?
High steer ?
Axle reinforcement ?

bbtj 09-14-2012 07:56 AM

Looks decent enough. Check to see what used ones are going for in your area, some people think/believe that they should get what they paid for of out the modifications they added to a vehicle. Find out who did the mods and make sure you have a mechanic that know jeeps check it out.

edved37 09-14-2012 08:15 AM

when i talked to the guy last night he said it had 5.11 gears in it also

JeeperJake 09-14-2012 08:41 AM

Do you have specific need/desire for 5" lift and all that goes with it???

Daniel_M 09-14-2012 10:04 AM

Honestly, I would run away from it. It looks like a street queen so the lift probably isn't done right to support 5". However, it doesn't hurt to check it out. You may be surprised and find is done the correct way. For 5" it needs nearly everything you can get for a lift: Adjustable control arms, adjustable trackbars, extended brake lines, new driveshafts front and rear etc..Everything Kjeeper said. Also find out what brand of lift is on it.

-Dan

edved37 09-14-2012 04:16 PM

When I talked to him on the phone, he said it was a Rubicon lift. So I'm guessing its the Rubicon Express lift.

kbwwolf 09-14-2012 06:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Daniel_M (Post 2791713)
Honestly, I would run away from it. It looks like a street queen so the lift probably isn't done right to support 5". However, it doesn't hurt to check it out. You may be surprised and find is done the correct way. For 5" it needs nearly everything you can get for a lift: Adjustable control arms, adjustable trackbars, extended brake lines, new driveshafts front and rear etc..Everything Kjeeper said. Also find out what brand of lift is on it.

-Dan

^^ This. Unless you're gonna crawl BIG rocks in your Jeep, there's no reason to install a 5" lift. The fact that the PO did just that tells me:

* He didn't know what he was doing.
* He got the lift on and suddenly realized he'd f***ed his rig up, and didn't wanna drop the major coin to bring the rest of it to par with the lift.
* He put the lift on and banged it around off-road, and you're gonna buy his problems.

Yes, that's a pessimistic viewpoint, but if I'm gonna buy a used Jeep, I wanna be as certain as possible it hasn't been mistreated. Just putting a lift like that on a JK UNLESS it's accompanied by all the necessary mods to do it properly is irresponsible.

JMO.

WatchThis! 09-14-2012 06:26 PM

I would also find how many miles the lift has on it. If it has several miles on it and everything is still tight under the jeep then odds are it is still in good shape. If it is a new lift and things are already looking loose then odds are it won't be worth buying.

Just my 2cents.

the Kolector 09-14-2012 06:39 PM

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Originally Posted by WatchThis! (Post 2793288)
I would also find how many miles the lift has on it. If it has several miles on it and everything is still tight under the jeep then odds are it is still in good shape. If it is a new lift and things are already looking loose then odds are it won't be worth buying.

Just my 2cents.

Plus, if it is a recent lift, why all of a sudden would he want to get rid of it after spending the coin on the lift. I'd be afraid of having to dump more into it to finish it or to replace it cause theres issues from it being done wrong.

chim-chim7 09-14-2012 06:46 PM

I wonder if it has stock bolts, makes me shutter thinking about it. Drive it over some potholes and check DW.

chim-chim7 09-14-2012 06:48 PM

He has a copy of Grand Theft Auto in the center console. Walk away fast.

whetstone 09-14-2012 07:01 PM

It's worth checking out if you know what you're looking at, especially if it's a street-crawler. Here's why:
I have a buddy who has to have the best of everything. His last truck, a Silverado, was lifted with 35's. I know he paid top dollar for the best work available. He had lockers front and rear, etc, etc. The truck NEVER went off road except to drive into his front yard so he could wash/wax it. When he sold that truck someone got a sweet deal, not a problem. Why did he sell it? The '13s came out and someone at his work bought one, so he had to get one better. His need to have the biggest/best trumps common sense. I'm not saying this is or isn't the case with the jeep you're looking at, but it's worth finding out. I suspect there are alot of trucks out there that are like this..

sinepome 09-14-2012 07:24 PM

I bought my yj with 4" lift and 33's. I would not normally recommend something like this bit I knew the guy who had built it and knew the parts were quality. Make sure you or someone with you knows what to look for and don't be afraid to walk away if something doesn't feel right. GL

chim-chim7 09-14-2012 07:35 PM

Dana 44 front axle c's can tweak with a street driven vehicle on 35"s. Not to mention stock ball joints. Make sure those issues are addressed. Same with stronger axles or at least axle sleeves. Some folks lift for looks, but with a Jeep you cant just throw on a 5" lift and 35"s and call it a day. Doesn't matter if its never been off-road damage will still occur.

edved37 09-15-2012 06:46 AM

Gonna go check it out this afternoon, if someone didn't pick it up last night. The guy said it was installed before he bought it over a year ago, so the lift has been on awhile, that was one of my first questions.

WatchThis! 09-15-2012 02:16 PM

Good luck, and let us know how it turns out.

the Kolector 09-15-2012 08:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by edved37 (Post 2794510)
Gonna go check it out this afternoon, if someone didn't pick it up last night. The guy said it was installed before he bought it over a year ago, so the lift has been on awhile, that was one of my first questions.

Curious as to the outcome.:popcorn:

Baby Huey 09-15-2012 10:47 PM

See if it uses OIL.......seriously. "BH"

edved37 09-18-2012 07:05 AM

Went and checked it out on sat...was a treat. Total hillbilly selling something he didn't know anything about. Lift was all done well, but needed new tires bad. Had cig burns in the seats, dog hair everywhere in the back seat. The rocker panels had seen some serious off-roading as they were rusting bad and had chunks missing.
I noticed a license plate holder from a local dealer that is known to be very shady in dealings,(selling salvage title vehicles as normal title), asked if he had bought there and he said he bought it private.
Girlfriend and I still took it for a drive for fun, and wasn't impressed either. Wasn't too hard to walk away from this one.

thanks for all the tips though

chim-chim7 09-18-2012 07:18 AM

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Originally Posted by edved37 (Post 2803768)
Went and checked it out on sat...was a treat. Total hillbilly selling something he didn't know anything about. Lift was all done well, but needed new tires bad. Had cig burns in the seats, dog hair everywhere in the back seat. The rocker panels had seen some serious off-roading as they were rusting bad and had chunks missing.
I noticed a license plate holder from a local dealer that is known to be very shady in dealings,(selling salvage title vehicles as normal title), asked if he had bought there and he said he bought it private.
Girlfriend and I still took it for a drive for fun, and wasn't impressed either. Wasn't too hard to walk away from this one.

thanks for all the tips though



Good for you, keep shopping for the diamond in the rough. It will come soon. I bet you will find one ten times better for a much less price.

WatchThis! 09-18-2012 01:34 PM

Sounds like you made the right choise


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