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Old 05-08-2010, 03:20 AM
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Frame differences 97-06

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I live in Norway and here we have som strange taxing when it comes to new and used cars making a lot of cars very expencive. This info just to make a sort of explanation for my question.
I want a TJ Rubicon. The far cheapest way to do so is to buy a beaten 96-97 TJ with a fourbanger here in Norway. Then buy a Tj Rubicon in the US, ship it home and move over all parts. The only things I will use from the original Jeep is the frame and tub for identification purposes.
So the question is, is the TJ frame identical over the years so I can just move all parts over?

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Old 05-08-2010, 07:25 AM   #2
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why dont you just purchase a Rubi from the States and drive it? You should be able to do that right?

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Old 05-09-2010, 02:18 AM
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why dont you just purchase a Rubi from the States and drive it? You should be able to do that right?
The first sentence from my post is;
"I live in Norway and here we have som strange taxing when it comes to new and used cars making a lot of cars very expencive."
I don't want to elaborate since it could lead this thread in the wrong direction.
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And we thought taxationin the US is bad..... I am far from the expert here, but given enough time I guess you can make anything work
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if your gonna swap, i'd say try and go with a donor TJ 2003-2006. The Rubicon came out in 2003 so sticking with a TJ from those years might make it easier with frame issues...just my guess.
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^^^ i agree with you
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By going that route, is it possible that in the end, it still would have been cheaper to just buy a Rubicon and pay the extra taxes on it? Seems like you'd be spending a lot of money doing the switch.
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Are you looking to have a Rubicon, or just something with Rubicon-like features? There are lots of Rubicon parts that are good, and others that are better, and if you're starting from scratch, it might make sense to just put together the best of the best, in terms of parts...

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