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Old 01-25-2014, 09:51 PM
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Hey guys, so I came across a 1994 4x4 yj 2.5l 5 speed with only 120k miles. he's got 33 dick cepek fc II on them with okay tread. Soft top and bikini top. New AEM cold air intake, new radio, new leather backseat and runs great. no problems. he has a 1.5 block lift up front and 2 inches in the back. In the future I am going to get a 4.5 rough country lift so I will be removing those. He's asking 4500 I already got him down to 4000. I might be able to wiggle him to 3800. He also said it has NO RUST. he has tittle and tags. Do y'all think this is a good deal? I might be going to check it out TOMORROW so hopefully y'all could help me out. I really really appreciate it.









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Looks to be okay cosmetically, take it for a test drive and MAKE SURE you test 4hi and 4low listen to it's idle crawl under and look at the frame all the mounts and hookups check the arm that goes from the bottom of the tranny to the axle, knock on the floor pans on the drivers side and passenger side check the oil and the stiffness of the clutch if it's a manual check the brakes the body knock on the body especially around wheel wells and the doors maybe it has been bonded or fibre glasses

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Old 01-25-2014, 10:03 PM   #3
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Price is not bad. I have not seen a Jeep of any age around here under 5k.
It looks like a good starting point to build on.
Just check it for rust and make sure it drives and 4x4 works.
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Old 01-25-2014, 10:19 PM
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Looks to be okay cosmetically, take it for a test drive and MAKE SURE you test 4hi and 4low listen to it's idle crawl under and look at the frame all the mounts and hookups check the arm that goes from the bottom of the tranny to the axle, knock on the floor pans on the drivers side and passenger side check the oil and the stiffness of the clutch if it's a manual check the brakes the body knock on the body especially around wheel wells and the doors maybe it has been bonded or fibre glasses
Thanks for that. Should the clutch be stiff or loose?
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Price is not bad. I have not seen a Jeep of any age around here under 5k.
It looks like a good starting point to build on.
Just check it for rust and make sure it drives and 4x4 works.
yeah Im with you on that. All the jeeps down here in texas are either 5k on up.
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The clutch pedal should be stiff not to the point where you can't engage it but if it goes to the floor with ease then there could be serious problems if he lets you take it out on your own beat on it meaning quick accelerations and hard braking make sure it all works
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It's Texas. Lol shouldn't be any rust. I'd investigate all the "new" stuff, who buys a bunch of new stuff for something they are going to sell. Sounds like a good deal if it runs good. Have him have the engine cold for you when you go check it out. Then you can see how bad it smokes if any when you start it. Many will warm it up before you show so it don't blow a cloud on start up. Miles are scary low. I'd doubt that too. My post sounds negative because that's what I'd be looking for. I think it sounds like a good deal. And I would consider it for sure if I was in the market.
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As others have stated, it's not a bad deal. Just look it over with a fine tooth comb. Spend time looking at EVERYTHING on it.

IF it has blocks on the front axle, they're not only illegal, they're dangerous as hell. Honestly I don't know how it's passing TX inspections with blocks on the front.
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Make sure it's a Texas Jeep. If it came from up here (michigan) there will probably be rust. Can't see anything in those pics.

Take $3800 with you and $200 more. Cash in hand should buy it.

After buying 2 vehicles from Texas I will never buy anything used from Michigan again.
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blocks on a sua vehicle lower it not raise it so find out what it really has. looks like a nice jeep, like others said check for rust.
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:28 PM
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Can anyone else chime in? I went and checked it out today. Grinded a little bit when I went into 3rd gear on high rpms. There was no rust at all. like absolutely no rust. the clutch pedal wasn't too soft or too stiff. it idled fine and its only got 113k miles! The only thing that didn't work was the e brake pedal on the far left. Seemed like an overall clean jeep. the 4x4 works. But he's got 33s and they rub so hard off road, I will defiantly put a RC 4" kit if I buy it. It seemed like a dog on the high way though I got up to 65 but that was 5th gear pedal to the metal. Should I pass on this jeep due to the fact its a dog on the high way? As soon as I leave my neighborhood the speed limit is about 65 where ever I go even to get into to town. I guess I could just run it at 60 in a 65 although people would pass me haha. I got my 2012 half ton hemi for speed Should I hold out for in i6? What's got my eye on this one is that I'm getting a good jeep for only 3800. all the i6 jeeps around here go for soo much more.
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It's probably a dog cuz of the 33s. Needs to be regeared.
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once it is re-geared to say maybe 4.88's would it make THAT much of a difference?
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Can anyone else chime in? I went and checked it out today. Grinded a little bit when I went into 3rd gear on high rpms. There was no rust at all. like absolutely no rust. the clutch pedal wasn't too soft or too stiff. it idled fine and its only got 113k miles! The only thing that didn't work was the e brake pedal on the far left. Seemed like an overall clean jeep. the 4x4 works. But he's got 33s and they rub so hard off road, I will defiantly put a RC 4" kit if I buy it. It seemed like a dog on the high way though I got up to 65 but that was 5th gear pedal to the metal. Should I pass on this jeep due to the fact its a dog on the high way? As soon as I leave my neighborhood the speed limit is about 65 where ever I go even to get into to town. I guess I could just run it at 60 in a 65 although people would pass me haha. I got my 2012 half ton hemi for speed Should I hold out for in i6? What's got my eye on this one is that I'm getting a good jeep for only 3800. all the i6 jeeps around here go for soo much more.
A broken e brake is nothing to worry about, I actually just got mine fixed for free on a old recall. Engine bay looks dry and dusty meaning no leaks. Regearing the 4 banger seems to give it the pickup and go. I have a 4.2l and a 4 banger the 4.2 has stock gears and the 4 cylinder has 4.88 and just climbs hills and gets up to speed much quicker.
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regearing can make all the difference in the world and about the e-brake that is an easy fix for someone with moderate skills and a decent set of tools I would buy that jeep in a heartbeat. oh and ask the seller if he still has the lid for the fusebox since if that gets wet there can be major problems. also you said there is a soft top, but does he have the hardware for it?

about someone else's concern about the buying new stuff for a jeep they are going to sell, maybe he bought that stuff and suddenly needed 3 grand for a surgery or something. this is not a good reason to be afraid of this jeep.
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Thanks for the replies guys. What about the grinding in 3rd gear?? it only happens occasionally, not that often. Yeah he says he has a soft top and bikini top. I'm not sure if he's got the hardware or not. If he DOESNT have the fuse box lid could i get one somewhere else for cheap? I doubt he has the fuse box lid, he honestly didn't know too much about it. He bought it in november for 4g. He is only selling to get a polaris rzr. I guess if I were to re-gear I could keep up at about a steady 65mph?? without jamming the gas pedal? the only reason I am doubting is I have read of SO many people bashing the 4 banger as it is under powered which it might be. But like I said if i can roll at a steady 65 I would be fine.

Oh I forgot to mention when I was test driving it, I went to hit the turn signal to turn left and the whole lever just fell off and hit the floor lol. is that an expensive fix? when it fell he was like "what was that?" but I think he knew it would break as when i looked at the end it looked like it was superglued haha
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i have an auto so i cant help on the grinding other than that it is probably just wearing out since 2nd and 3rd are the most common gears. about the fuse box lid, just visit a junk yard. and as my signature says i have a stock 4banger, I can keep it steady at 80 on a relatively flat highway (never said it was fun to do lol only that i can). regearing should bring the power back into it
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:34 PM
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If you don't mind me asking how much did ya pay for your jeep? How many miles? So we can kinda compare. Since the one i am looking at is a 2.5' 94. Although I am in Texas and seems like you're in pittsburgh so I'm not sure what the jeep prices over there are but here its always high.
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I inherited my jeep lol my parents bought it in 1997 for somewhere around 10k with 10 or 20k miles so this is not going to help you at all haha

But, if I was going to sell my stock yj right now I would probably expect 4 or 5k for it.
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If you don't mind me asking how much did ya pay for your jeep? How many miles? So we can kinda compare. Since the one i am looking at is a 2.5' 94. Although I am in Texas and seems like you're in pittsburgh so I'm not sure what the jeep prices over there are but here its always high.
Pa jeeps seem to be a little bit cheaper since they tend to have a little more rust. My 95 Rio 2.5 was $2300 with 140k all stock with a little tub rot. My 87 4.2l was $3800 with 75,000 miles a lift 2 new full sets of 33s and 4 tops.
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As for the parking brake there is an open recall concerning that. Go to jeep.com find recalls and enter the VIN# and it will tell you if it applies.Dealer replaces the pedal assembly for free.
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Sweet that's awesome to hear. I see you have the 2.5l with 33s. How is it? Can you hold a steady 60mph? are you on 4.88?
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Sweet that's awesome to hear. I see you have the 2.5l with 33s. How is it? Can you hold a steady 60mph? are you on 4.88?
2.5l with 33's is horrible with stock gears ( I did it for a few years on my 98, and 99 wranglers, 33's and 4.88's were much better Especially on the hiway
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4:88s X2 best money spent and best power for a four banger.
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I have same motor how did you do the cold air intake I need to do one but I don't know how?
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And I just had a buddy put 4.88 in my jeep HUGE difference!!!!
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I'm running 35's on my 2.5L and put 4.88 in and I can hold 75 all day long down the interstate

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