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blainejr 01-17-2010 12:03 AM

got some questions????? new to jeeps, need some answers.
had this posted under the new member thread and i was gettin any help, so i thought id throw it up over here.

hey everyone, just got the itch to get a jeep, and being a diesel nut that i am im toying with the idea of swaping in a 4bt in the future, i read a lot on the topic and it seems pretty doable.

now off to the questions!!!

what can you suggest as for years that would be the easiest to start with for this profect? im leaning towards a tj 97-06.

i know some had different axles and drive train from other years, what years should i avoid or look for? ive figured out some of this myself already, i know i need to get a 4.0 with the 5spd to get the ax15 trans, but what determined what jeep got which axels at the factory? i know they had dana 35s and 44s, now do they all have the 44 in the rear and the 44 or the 35 in the front, or can they have the 35 in the front and rear, and how do i determine which is which, when looking at them.

im going this weekend to look at a couple, a 97 with 76000, soft top, half doors, asking $6000, and a 98 sport, 78000, hard top, full doors, ac, $9500.

hopefully ill pick one up, for my pickups are going to kill me, either finacially or physically!!!!

thanks a bunch guys!!!!


CapeCodET 01-17-2010 09:46 AM

One small thing I can add is to look under the front floor mats. My 1997 and another 2006 I know of have extensive rot there. You cannot see it from underneath, you have to pull back the carpet.

blainejr 01-17-2010 09:52 AM

thanks for the heads up!!! much app!!!

Ray - San Jose 01-17-2010 12:26 PM

This should help with the identification of the axels

HyperBuzzin 01-17-2010 12:26 PM

The D35's are only for rears. D30's are fronts.
'04- '06 Unlimiteds came with D44 rears stock. Not sure what SWB ones came with stock 44's, but it was an option for any Wrangler. So... only way to be sure would be to check the diff tag.

Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.

01wrangler 01-17-2010 12:46 PM

the only other wrangler besides the rubicon that had 44 rear was the 60th anniversery edition

Ray - San Jose 01-17-2010 01:01 PM


Originally Posted by 01wrangler (Post 525164)
the only other wrangler besides the rubicon that had 44 rear was the 60th anniversery edition

My '02 TJ Sport came from the factory with a D44 rear. It was an option.

01wrangler 01-17-2010 02:22 PM

if it came with the canyon tire and wheel package ya i forgot about that

blainejr 01-17-2010 02:37 PM

01wrangler, what was the canyon package???

Ray - San Jose 01-17-2010 03:17 PM

Tire and wheel group (Canyon) 30"
Wheels - 15 x 8.0 "Canyon" Aluminum
Tires - 30x9.5R15 Wrangler OWL A/T
Axel - Rear HD Dana 44/226MM
Axel Ratio - 3.73
Shocks - High Pressure Gas Charged

$850 optional package

Helps to have the original build sheet :D

blainejr 01-17-2010 05:38 PM

Thanks ray, I'm going tmw hopefully to look at a 98 sport so ill get under an check it out.

4Jeepn 01-17-2010 06:20 PM

Rocky Mtn edition, can't recall if the apex did, I think the Willys edition did all had the 44 rear, and thesahara rubicon edition of course had f/r.

blainejr 01-19-2010 01:08 AM

well i got a jeep, pick up this one Jeep : Wrangler : eBay Motors (item 110481524049 end time Jan-18-10 21:47:03 PST) its go the 35 in it, prooly be just fine for what im looking to do.

usmc_yang 01-19-2010 11:23 AM

cant see it. throw some info out to us.

blainejr 01-19-2010 11:57 AM

huh? they deleted the add already, 98 sport, 4.0, 5spd, full doors, hard top, 79,000mi, id like to find a soft top for the warmer times of ohio. ill prolly be adding wheels and a slight lift here in the future but i mainly bought for a daily driver, i wanted to stay with a 4x4 but little trucks arent my thing so i got this, can still pull a lil trailer for quads and mowers and such, and still get some fuel economy. and its not a car, im no way a car dude.

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