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Old 10-27-2010, 04:10 PM
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I need your helpful advice!

I am a college student in Houston, Texas. I just bought a Wrangler. Its a 92 and its got a 6 inch lift with 35s and 12.5. I feel quite stupid though because while checking the other threads it seems like I am a rookie and I made a stupid mistake. I bought this vehicle based on the looks. I did not check for rust, handling, and much more. The Wrangler has 114k, and while the engine is in good condition, it struggles in other aspects. Right now I am taking it to the shop to fix a leak in my rear left tire/brake. The Brake cylinders. I am glad I found this kind of site, and that way I can get advice from real Wrangler experts. What should I do, and where do I start. I do really love this vehicle, and I will do whats neccessary to keep it in the best shape possible. Do I start with the rust and body work, or do I start with engine upgrades. Even the suspensuion and lift kit kit has rust! I really use this thing as an everyday driver too. Guys I know my decisions were really stupidd but just dont rub it in! Advice is what I need.....

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Old 10-27-2010, 04:20 PM   #2

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tend to the safety items first, brakes etc. Make sure that your frame is solid...then tackle the engine needs as you can.
There are a bunch of jeepers from texas and i'm sure you can find a club or something and get some assistance.


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Old 10-27-2010, 10:39 PM   #3
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You stated that the engine is strong and only has 114k on it. That is not bad at all. Jeep engines run for an amazing amount of time if given proper care. What engine do you have? the 4 or 6 Cyl? I agree with VolForce. Focus on the safety of the Jeep. Take care of the frame rust and brakes. I understand that while being a college student can be hard for time and money, but I would look into a decent set of tools to do the repairs you can yourself. Grab a Chiltons or Haynes manuel. They cover the basics and are a great rescourse for info.

And don't worry about getting flamed for your purchase. Pretty much everyone on this forum is very friendly and we have all made our impulse purchases at one time or another. Feel free to ask questions and you will more than likely get a freindly response.

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Old 10-27-2010, 11:43 PM   #4
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good choice on the jeep, now you want to do the things every new owner of a YJ should be doing.

Change all the fluids this includes Transfer Case Fluid (use ATF+4), Front and Rear Differential fluids (I use 75w90 GL4 fluid), Transmission Fluid (again 75w90 GL4 fluid), engine oil (probably 10w30 for your jeep), flush your radiator fluid and replace it, check your clutch fluid levels, check your battery posts and cables for corrosion (you'll know if there is corrosion if you remove the cables from the battery *remember neutral first then positive and when you replace the wires positive first then neutral* and instead of shiny silver you see a dull grey or greenish crud in the exposed part of the battery cable), check all your tires for nails/screws/anything suspicious, check the condition of the 02 sensor probably change it for good measure if it looks old, replace the distributor cap/rotor/spark plug cables/spark plugs, check the exhaust pipe from the header all the way back to the muffler for leaks/rust holes/impact damage, sand off excess rust with grit paper on the leaf springs and frame and spray with flat black or primer rustoleum (will make jeep look 1000X better), im sure theres more stuff but like what was mentioned before by turd grab a chiltons or haynes manual at Napa or similar store and look through the regular maintenance section, it will become your bible and if you follow it your jeep will run for at least another 100k granted the PO didnt fuxor it up somehow
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Old 10-28-2010, 11:44 AM
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Thanks guys

Guys that advice was really helpful, and I will begin with those things mentioned first. Now for tires, what do you guys recommend. I think they are near their end. I want the same size tires which are 35s by 12.5. My engine is a four cyl, and I definitely feel the lack of power on the freeway hehe. What do you guys recommend for quick engine installs. Air filter etc? You guys have been helpful, and ur info is very helpful..thanks again..
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Old 10-28-2010, 01:10 PM   #6
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35's are really pushing it for a 4 banger. Especially if you are running the stock axles and tranny. You may want to downsize to 31's for awhile until you save up for a bigger motor and some drive train mods. It won't look as impressive but it will be safer and you'll be able to merge on the freeway with it.
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:14 PM   #7
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yeah 35's dang lol but i got a spectra intake on ebay for mine but mine is a i-6 but it maid like a whole gear difference the third gear is like second gear now. Also mybe find a h.o coil and wires and good spark plugs but you cant do much other then that to a little 4 popper
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:49 PM   #8
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From your description, everyone in Texas is going to know who you are. There can't be too many broke, college guys sitting in their Jeep in the driveway making vroom vroom noises.
LOL just kidding JAD92, I couldn't help myself.
In my opinion the best initial investment you'll make is get a set of shop manuals. Not a Chiltons, or Haynes but a Chrysler/Jeep manual. Look on ebay, they go for about $100-125 somewhere around there. But it will pay for it self the first time you don't have to take it to a mechanic.
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Old 11-03-2010, 01:38 PM   #9
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I love my Jeep it's a 1995 four stroker too. My son drives it every day and loves it too. Liek they said the first thing I did was change everything I know how to. Keep reading this forum these guys are GREAT for help. Good luck and HAVE FUN ! ! !
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Old 11-03-2010, 02:27 PM
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Hey no joke, these wranglers are attractive.... I have a Ural motorcycle with a side car from WW2 look, and the wrangler gets just as much attention. The advice has been great guys... Now I have to take it to the shop for the brakes. Another thing I worry about is a popping noise I hear everytime I accelerate or when my right wheel is elevated on a ramp turning left. I hear it, and it sounds like it come from under the steering wheel. I have no time to work on the wrangler myself, so thats why I have to take it to the shop. I just know that they will always try to rip me off. Does anyone know a good mechanic or shop that deals with Wranglers in Houston?
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:26 PM   #11
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Sorry is I am posting on the wrong thread but I am not sure where I should post this. Does anyone knows if the 279 M.R. Service manual covers the 1994 YJ?
Thank for your help and my apologies for posting in the wrong thread if I did.

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