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Old 09-02-2017, 09:17 PM
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Found a nice TJ, but it's lifted.....what to look for?

I admit, I know nothing about lifted jeeps, so I'm lost when it comes to what to look for when checking it out. Please give me your advice, etc.

Here's the one I'd like to check out:

https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/...290920028.html

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If you are looking for a daily driver, I would pass. That lift looks dangerous and unstable. I would never purchase a lifted Jeep unless I knew exactly what it had and what was needed to make it completely stable. I've heard horror stories from people purchasing lifted Jeeps even from dealerships. Therefore, I would never purchase a lifted Jeep from a private person. There is so much more to lifting a Jeep properly than just a lift kit. There are Gears, Drivetrain alignment and other things to make the Jeep safe and stable. Unless, you are an expert, I would never purchase a lifted Jeep. I can't imagine driving that thing down the highway at 70MPH. Pass, unless you are prepared to put your life in the hands of that Jeep on the highway. I wouldn't.

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This is exactly why I asked.....thank you!

No, my jeep will not be a daily driver, it's gonna sit at our cabin and be used to play in the mountains. But, even with that use, I'm not experienced enough to know what to look for with a lifted jeep, so I'll start looking for unaltered ones. Thanks again
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Looks decent to me. Not sure why the lift would be so scary.. (not overly high) just have a mechanic inspect. Lots of additional items added which is cool.
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Looks like a nice Tj from the pictures.
Problem's will usually show up on a extended test drive.
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Owner has put a lot of money into this Jeep relatively recently and then wants to sell it? If there is nothing major wrong, then it looks like a lot of goodies and a good deal. Try to find out why he's really selling it after all of that time and money investment.
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Please give me your advice, etc.

It doesn't look bad at all. 3" is about as tall as I'd go to keep it drivable and stable. Or it is? As someone else mentioned, give it a thorough test drive. Take it to highway speeds without being shy. Make sure you do plenty of city driving as well so that you feel how it handles. Be sure to check for rust on the tub, inside and out, as well as the frame. Best bet is to have it up on a lift and get a good mechanic to inspect it, along with you.

My only personal dislike is the half doors. I prefer to have full doors due to the weather here, in the NE. But again, that's preference.

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Owner has put a lot of money into this Jeep relatively recently and then wants to sell it? If there is nothing major wrong, then it looks like a lot of goodies and a good deal. Try to find out why he's really selling it after all of that time and money investment.
That's a very good point. There is a lot added goodies to be selling.
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It doesn't look bad at all. 3" is about as tall as I'd go to keep it drivable and stable. Or it is? As someone else mentioned, give it a thorough test drive. Take it to highway speeds without being shy. Make sure you do plenty of city driving as well so that you feel how it handles. Be sure to check for rust on the tub, inside and out, as well as the frame. Best bet is to have it up on a lift and get a good mechanic to inspect it, along with you.

My only personal dislike is the half doors. I prefer to have full doors due to the weather here, in the NE. But again, that's preference.

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It's going to spend most of its time with the doors off. I will definitely check for rust but it's not a big problem out here....luckily. Thanks
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Looks decent to me. Not sure why the lift would be so scary.. (not overly high) just have a mechanic inspect. Lots of additional items added which is cool.
I'm not sure where I'd get a mechanic as it's a long ways from me. There's a lot of jeeps for sale closer so I may just pass and find something closer where I can get someone to look at it.
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If you are looking for a daily driver, I would pass. That lift looks dangerous and unstable. I would never purchase a lifted Jeep unless I knew exactly what it had and what was needed to make it completely stable. I've heard horror stories from people purchasing lifted Jeeps even from dealerships. Therefore, I would never purchase a lifted Jeep from a private person. There is so much more to lifting a Jeep properly than just a lift kit. There are Gears, Drivetrain alignment and other things to make the Jeep safe and stable. Unless, you are an expert, I would never purchase a lifted Jeep. I can't imagine driving that thing down the highway at 70MPH. Pass, unless you are prepared to put your life in the hands of that Jeep on the highway. I wouldn't.
What, really????? This is a joke right???

Granted Skyjacker isn't one of this forums favorite lifts but, completely safe. It's not like it's a 6" suspension lift with a 3" body lift, it's a simple 3" suspension lift. What in the world could be so unsafe and life threatening in that?

OP, drive it like everyone else has suggested in the LA basin your not far from an interstate anywhere you go, get it up to highway speed do some around town.

If it drives well and you like it buy it.
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idk bout Chas's concerns, skyjacker isn't top of the line, but doubt its unsafe.
3" is not bad lift on TJ
the rig looks clean and kept well.
need to be sure it has proper driveline in there (no pics)
drive it , not just round the block, need to get it out and run it..... some vibes/shimmy's only show themselves at higher speeds
9500 seems fair but try to get him down, 8 cash could roll away with it
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Seems like a lot of money for a 97, but it does look like its in good shape and you guys in CA don't have to worry about rust like we do in OH. The lift wouldn't concern me at all as long as it drives well. I bought my 06TJ from a couple who had just moved here from CA. It was spotless and lifted with low miles and new tires. I've had it 5 years and have put approx 40,000 miles on it with no problems. Take it for a long test drive and see what you think. And, other than scraping ice in the winter, I do like the half doors much better than full doors. They give you a nice arm rest while providing a much more open feel than an open window in a full door and they're easy to take off when you want to.
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my guess is someone got a stock 97 jeep with 150k miles on it for cheap, threw a bunch of cheap upgrades on it and is flipping it. every upgrade that is on it is about the cheapest version made.
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Well, as seems to be the case with my search so far......looks like it has been sold, post deleted.

Thanks everyone for the advice though, helps me a lot going forward.......on with the search!
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Well, as seems to be the case with my search so far......looks like it has been sold, post deleted.



Thanks everyone for the advice though, helps me a lot going forward.......on with the search!


Yah man, it happens. Especially when a seemingly 'clean' Jeep pops up. Gotta get on it quick and see it in person. There'll be another. It took me well over a year to score mine. And even so, I had to dump some dough and elbow grease into it to get it to where I wanted it.


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Seems like a lot of money for a 97
Might be a lot of cash in the rust belt states where you live Mr Green. Down south and west coast that's about the average price for a decent TJ. It's not just about the year either I've seen lower mileage early TJ's sell for thousands more than higher mileage later TJ's. Good condition rust free '97 '98 '99 TJ's sell for as high as $12,000 in NC, SC and GA.
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Have you expanded your search to the Central Valley. Tons of rigs available a few hours north for cheaper prices than So Cal.
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Another option?

Hi,
Not trying to steal the thread, but I am in the same area and have my jeep for sale at similar price - but much nicer stuff (I think):

https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/...282454210.html

Reason for sale - I bought a 2006 Rubicon and am starting the process all over again. I'm an old fart that has been building and playing with jeeps for about 30 years.

Jeep is a 4cyl, but runs well and everything is sorted out.

Let me know if interested?
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This looks like a solid rig in pretty nice condition. Sahara model so it may have a rear Dana 44.

https://fresno.craigslist.org/cto/d/...283973424.html
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This looks like a solid rig in pretty nice condition. Sahara model so it may have a rear Dana 44.

https://fresno.craigslist.org/cto/d/...283973424.html
That looks pretty clean. Thanks for the heads up!
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What, really????? This is a joke right???

Granted Skyjacker isn't one of this forums favorite lifts but, completely safe. It's not like it's a 6" suspension lift with a 3" body lift, it's a simple 3" suspension lift. What in the world could be so unsafe and life threatening in that?

OP, drive it like everyone else has suggested in the LA basin your not far from an interstate anywhere you go, get it up to highway speed do some around town.

If it drives well and you like it buy it.
If you've got personal issues, those are your issues not mine. So, attacking me instead of just giving your opinion shows that you have some personal issues. You must like gun violence, and I don't, so leave me alone. And, this goes for anyone making personal attacks on someones opinion because of personal issues.
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That looks pretty clean. Thanks for the heads up!
That is a nice Jeep, I must agree. It looks clean and stock. You won't have to worry about someone's lifted mess with that one. I would check the oil and water and check for rust though. Check it for body rust bubbling and rust underneath. If it has bubbling, I would offer $1000.00 less to repair it. Just my opinion, so I'll list a disclaimer, in case I'm attacked again. I guess this is what happens when you don't like guns and gun violence.
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If you've got personal issues, those are your issues not mine. So, attacking me instead of just giving your opinion shows that you have some personal issues. You must like gun violence, and I don't, so leave me alone. And, this goes for anyone making personal attacks on someones opinion because of personal issues.
Not going to start a urinating match with you but, when someone posts up that a simple 3" lift is dangerous and possibly life threatening, you gotta expect some raised eyebrows.

Quite honestly asking three questions is hardly a personal attack.

AS far as your gun violence statement....you'll be dog gone glad a highly trained marksman like myself is carrying. To protect his family and others when that gun wielding dirt bag walks into the convenience store to rob the place.

To the OP IIRC 2001 4.0's had issues with the head cracking someone else can confirm that.
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Ok, thanks for the heads up on the 2001s. How about '97, '98 yrs, any issues to look for? I have two '97s with 6cyl that I can look at. One is orig owner with only 98k miles. Thaniks
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Ok, thanks for the heads up on the 2001s. How about '97, '98 yrs, any issues to look for? I have two '97s with 6cyl that I can look at. One is orig owner with only 98k miles. Thanks
None that I know of just be sure to do a through inspection inside and out,

Check the frame and underside of the tub for rust or damage.

Take a friend with you and do a dry steering test to check for worn front end parts looking at control arms, tie rod ends, drag link ends, track bar ends while your friend is turning the wheel back and forth with the engine off.

Make sure every switch, knob, slide and dial work listen to the heater box while adjusting the defrost, dash vent, floor vent control can you hear the individual doors opening and closing.

Check to make sure all the lights work as they should

Take a look at the wiring in the engine bay and under the dash. Is it all hacked up or does it look in good shape.

Ask for maintenance records and what all's been done to it.

If they have bigger tires was it re-geared and what brand of gears, lockers, axle shafts it has, what suspension components are installed if lifted, any modifications to the steering. All this info should be stored away for future reference if you buy one that's been modified.

Test drive, get it up to highway speeds as said before some shakes, vibrations and wobbles don't show up until you're above 45 mph sometimes as high as 60 mph.

Not ragging on 4 cylinders ( I own one) but try to stay away from them. You won't be happy with the highway performance and even after re-gearing they don't really like to go up hills all that much.
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Great.....thanks a lot for all the info....very helpful.
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Hi,
Not trying to steal the thread, but I am in the same area and have my jeep for sale at similar price - but much nicer stuff (I think):

https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/...282454210.html

Reason for sale - I bought a 2006 Rubicon and am starting the process all over again. I'm an old fart that has been building and playing with jeeps for about 30 years.

Jeep is a 4cyl, but runs well and everything is sorted out.

Let me know if interested?
Thanks!
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Appreciate you jumping in. Yours looks like a real nice, clean jeep!! That's a little more than I would be willing to spend on the 4cyl, and I think I'm going to stick with a search for the 6 cyl though.
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Nothing ventured nothing gained. Jeep will cruise 70-75 no problem as geared and it does just fine Offroad. Yes the six has more torque and power but a 4 cyl can still be a good Jeep. I've had a blast with it... Hope you find the jeep you are looking for - that is an awesome feeling when you do...
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I remember my best friends 4cyl YJ from back in the day, circa 90'. That thing whipped around like crazy. Very peppy and I luv'd it. Having a manual trans made all the difference.




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