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Old 07-21-2016, 02:16 PM
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Central Oregon Jeep specialist needed

Hey everyone, this is my first post in the forums (other than the welcome noobie post)

I just got an 87 YJ. It runs and drives, but has some nick nack issues that I would like to have fixed. I am hoping to find a local specialist that can fix the piddly stuff (speedo, fuel gauge, wipers, heavy throttle pedal, etc.) as well as tell me a bit about what I have. I had a CJ7 in high school, but I would consider myself "new" to jeeps.

I am looking for a person that can tell me specifics about my vehicle - - like what transfer case it has, what kind of lift it has, what gear ratios are in the axles, etc. I am also looking for some guidance on stuff like tops, doors, and other upgrades.

The rig was bought as an off-road rig, but I have found myself driving it on the sunny days around town. So, I guess I need a comfy rig on the streets and a capable rig on the trails.

The jeep has the 4.2 with a 5 speed. It has (what appears to be) a shackle lift that allows for some 35 inch tall tires.

I plan on building this jeep over time. Eventually, I would like to upgrade the suspension from the leaf springs to something a bit more comfy.

TL/DR - is there a well known jeep specialist in Central Oregon?

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Old 07-21-2016, 05:39 PM   #2
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Not to be Rude, But, If you can't do a lot of the small stuff and are planing to change out the Leaf Springs for better ride and so fort, I'd think You would do well to Sell this 29 Year Old Car that is all ways going to need thing done to it, and buy something better suited for Yourself. At a Shop you will spend a Very Large Amount of Money to get some thing You can buy for a Lot Less, Even if it's a New Jeep, it still may be Cheaper. Just Me Saying!

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Old 07-22-2016, 11:57 AM
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Good point, but I really like the older jeeps. I have a 2014 Tundra for a reliable daily driver with little maintenance. This jeep is more for fun. I have the skills to do the work, just not the time (most of the time). I really don't mind spending some money to make this jeep perfect for my family. I just really wanted to know what I have prior to making my project build list.

I spoke with my Uncle and he said that the absolute first step is to determine what the jeep is to be used for. For me, I think this jeep will spend 60% of the time on the pavement and the other 40% off road. With that in mind, the safety issues (fuel gauge, speedo, brakes, cooling system, etc.) have to come first.

I was just thinking I could find a local shop that could not only fix these items; but more importantly tell me specifics about my jeep.

It doesn't look like there is a well known specialist around in my area, so I am going to get my Hayes and Chilton manuals out and get to it. This, to me, is the beauty of the 29 year old vehicle. Yes, it will need some work; but, it is all work that can be done by someone with a moderate set of tools. No computers, very few specialty tools.

Thanks for the reply Nubby55. In all likelihood, I will come back to this post and say -- "he was right, I was wrong -- screw old jeeps!" I hope not, but it won't be a huge surprise if it works out that way.

Keep on Jeeping.
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Old 07-24-2016, 12:35 AM   #4
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Hey best of every thing to Ya on this Job! Sorry from what I first read I misunderstood You, to me, It sounded like You where trying to end up with a New Z-71 and have, All the Work and Maintenance done at a Specialty Shop, and that my friend would Cost A LOT of Money! Ha Ha
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