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Old 06-23-2014, 08:36 PM
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what to look for in a used wrangler...Please Help!

Hi guys my name is Kyle. I'm 21 and I'm looking for a used tj. I have a spending limit of about 14k, and I'd prefer something under 100k mi. I found what I think is an awesome jeep on craigslist and I've already talked to the seller about alot of it. I was hoping someone here could help me since my old wrangler did not have a lift or any of the mods on it like this one.

He told me that he and his buddy who is a mechanic installed the 3" RC lift and tires. Does anyone have any advice on buying a wrangler with a lift and tires?
Here is a link to the jeep. Its an 06 Sport with 82k.

2006 jeep wrangler sport

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Well, if I had a dollar for every thread I see like this on here since I first joined, I think I could afford that Dana 44 I want. Hahahahahaha!!!!

It looks like a nice old TJ!!! Some people don't care for rough Country stuff and those flares, but others do.

Of course things you should look for in buying a used jeep are very numerous. Frame and underbody inspection for rust and rot, crazy wiring not done right, how bad it was abused of road when being wheeled, but I have a better question for you....

Why not buy one that is stock and build it to how you want it? Learn about it and work on it yourself? You might find a nicer stock one for less and spend the money left over in putting the lift you want on it.

The reason I ask, is that owning Wranglers, for me and a lot of people, are a love of the heart. I have not worked on cars since I was younger than you, and I am now 45. I am not a mechanic, but I used to enjoy working on "hotrods" with my friends when I was a teen. Of course my enjoyment of this was taken over by life and I never got back into it until I bought my second Wrangler. My first wrangler left me in my divorce so it was a short lived love affair and I never had the opportunity to play with it.

This being said, I looked for a long time and found an old TJ, 97 to be exact, and it only had 80K miles on it. Not perfect, but nice, and it had not been built, off road or really molested in anyway. So, now it is up to me on how I want to build it, and because of this, I have spent a lot of time on this and other forums REALLY learning about my TJ. Really getting to "know" it and such. I have also learned what not to do to it.

I also get to accumulate some other toys such as tools that can be used for many other projects every man and woman will contend with in their lives. Sockets, wrenches, drills and such.

To me it is a real rewarding experience to do something to my TJ and when I am done I get to say I did that.

Because I am not a mechanic, I also understand how scary it might be to take this on. Cars of today can be confusing and tough to work on. It isn't a car though, it is a Jeep. For the most part, older Wranglers are easier to work on, and there are many threads on every subject to work on it and videos on youtube too.

Many of the lessons you learn by working on your Wrangler will be carried over to other vehicles you buy in your future and the tools you accumulate will too.

Well, I will quit bugging you with all this, but consider my thoughts. Good luck in finding the right Jeep for you.

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I dunno, seems like its in nice shape but seems a little high for an 06 Sport. Look for cracked exhaust manifold, the laughing Monkee , and death wobble.

Good luck with this.
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thedawgshow, thank you for your reply. Actually, I do want a stock wrangler. I had an 02 sahara but unfortunately I was in an accident a few months ago. That one was stock and I was really afraid to buy a lift kit and stuff to do it myself. Plus my dad didn't want me "junking it up". I understand the "I built that" frame of mind, I really do.

I search on here and I like to read about jeeps and get other people's advice. Its not that I want to buy a wrangler thats already done, its that this one satisfies alot of the things that I wanted to do to my previous wrangler. It just scares me that this jeep could be fine the day I buy it and then in a week I get the death wobble and the thing falls apart.
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Main things to make sure ok

Rust check very carefully

Emissions a big issue on05 06 so me I would pay for a current emissions before I would buy as Chrysler has had so real emissions probs ongoing on these years. Check codes easy for seller to reset but if recently reset the emissions test gives a not ready

The 6 speed is both problem prone and high priced to fix
Personally I would not buy one but if you do see how all gears shift both cold and when hot
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thedawgshow, thank you for your reply. Actually, I do want a stock wrangler. I had an 02 sahara but unfortunately I was in an accident a few months ago. That one was stock and I was really afraid to buy a lift kit and stuff to do it myself. Plus my dad didn't want me "junking it up". I understand the "I built that" frame of mind, I really do.

I search on here and I like to read about jeeps and get other people's advice. Its not that I want to buy a wrangler thats already done, its that this one satisfies alot of the things that I wanted to do to my previous wrangler. It just scares me that this jeep could be fine the day I buy it and then in a week I get the death wobble and the thing falls apart.
That is what you should be worried about. A lot of people build their Jeeps and have just this problem, and I would hate to see you spend that kind of money and buy their problem. In a way you might be buying what your dad was afraid you would do to your Jeep.

The hard part about buying a stock Wrangler is taking the time to build it right. So many things out there to do to it and buy for it. I pass other Wranglers out there on the road that are already built and here I am all stock and not worthy, but then I go home and do another modification and learn something new and forget all about that other Wrangler.

Of course I have 5 sons and 2 jobs, so I do not have a lot of money to spend on it all the time too. Time is short for that matter too, but this gives me time to really read a lot and study a lot about what I really want to do.

What ever you decide, I wish you the best!!!

Make sure before you buy anything, look it over REALLY hard. Get underneath it. Get under the hood. Get it out on the highway and get it up to speed. Get a mechanic to look it over for you too.

Oh... and take as much time looking for the right one as possible. Go look and drive as many of them as possible.
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Main things to make sure ok

Rust check very carefully

Emissions a big issue on05 06 so me I would pay for a current emissions before I would buy as Chrysler has had so real emissions probs ongoing on these years. Check codes easy for seller to reset but if recently reset the emissions test gives a not ready

The 6 speed is both problem prone and high priced to fix
Personally I would not buy one but if you do see how all gears shift both cold and when hot
Good info to know!!!
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Just found this thread. I thought it might help.

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f218/th...l#post11519265
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I just bought a similar lifted 06 Black wrangler with a few less miles (75k), Hard top and soft top, AC, no cruise control. 4.0 with 6 speed stick for 11,900. It has 33" BFG's that will need replaced this fall. No rust. Well taken care of and was seldom taken off road.

Mine has a 3 or 4" lift with no body lift. It also has the quick-disconnect sway bar links for rock climbing.

I like the fact that all the hard work (lift kit and suspension) was done at someone elses expense!

My advice is to get under it, and really examine it. Then test ride it. Put it in 4 wheel drive high and low as well. Test it out.

Then get out on the highway and get up to speed. let loose of the steering wheel and take your foot off the gas pedal, and coast back down to 40mph or so and see how it handles. This is a easy way to tell if any problems exist with the suspension and tires. It should effortlessly de-accelerate from 60mph to 40 mph with no shake in the steering wheel.
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[QUOTE=06t;11574786]I just bought a similar lifted 06 Black wrangler with a few less miles (75k), Hard top and soft top, AC, no cruise control. 4.0 with 6 speed stick for 11,900. It has 33" BFG's that will need replaced this fall. No rust. Well taken care of and was seldom taken off road.

06t, thats great advice. I think I will try and work this guy down some. Did you buy from a dealership or private? this guy said he was only off road a couple times on a friend's farm. I've been talking to him and he seems very accommodating, but the last thing I need is to get roped into a bad deal.

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