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Old 04-10-2014, 05:30 PM
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Wrangler, why must you tempt me so

I am looking to buy a Wrangler to replace my Patriot as an off road vehicle.
I bought my Patriot as a beginner 4x4 and I feel it is time to upgrade.

I am coming to this endless well of information to be enlightened on what I should be looking for/ looking out for when it comes to buying a second hand Wrangler.

I am buying used because I can not stomach spending that much money on a new Wrangler then taking it off road. So up here in Canada I am looking at a budget of around $25000. With that I seem to be able to find a 2012 with under 100,000km. Now obviously it would be better for my bank account if I got one for cheaper and there are some out there.

What I want to ask you all is what do you think I should be looking for when searching for a used Wrangler. What would be the best advice in model/engine/transmission etc.?

I hope, with your help, I will be joining this community full time!

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FDII with a RRO lift and 225/70R17 tires. Also I have RRO supersliders which I apparently don't have a recent picture of.

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First, you've come to the right spot to learn about Wranglers. Some things to consider are what you'll mostly be doing with it. if you plan to offroad, do you plan to put larger tires on it? If so, then the first thing i would recommend researching is what gear ratio you'll want in your axles. Wranglers come with a few different front ends (3.21 gears, 3.73 gears, 4.10 gears...) the larger the number, the larger the tire you can run (efficiently). Next, if you do intend to offroad with it, you may need to look at the front axle as well. Sport and Sport S packages come with a Dana 30 front axle, while the RUbicon comes with a Dana 44. Again, larger is better (stronger). I am no expert on this, just things i learned because i didnt think much about the front end when i bought mine, and now it will cost me thousands to upgrade.

If i were in your boat, i'd look for a gently used Rubicon. It takes care of axle and gear issues off the bat, plus, it's set up for offroad use.

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Old 04-10-2014, 09:32 PM
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First, you've come to the right spot to learn about Wranglers. Some things to consider are what you'll mostly be doing with it. if you plan to offroad, do you plan to put larger tires on it? If so, then the first thing i would recommend researching is what gear ratio you'll want in your axles. Wranglers come with a few different front ends (3.21 gears, 3.73 gears, 4.10 gears...) the larger the number, the larger the tire you can run (efficiently). Next, if you do intend to offroad with it, you may need to look at the front axle as well. Sport and Sport S packages come with a Dana 30 front axle, while the RUbicon comes with a Dana 44. Again, larger is better (stronger). I am no expert on this, just things i learned because i didnt think much about the front end when i bought mine, and now it will cost me thousands to upgrade.

If i were in your boat, i'd look for a gently used Rubicon. It takes care of axle and gear issues off the bat, plus, it's set up for offroad use.
Anything wrong with say a '07 or the 3.8L in general?
I don't know much about Wranglers but Patriots in 2007 were pretty awful.
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