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Jeep Wrangler questions

Postby tknight006 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:41 pm

I'm looking to buy and older (mid-late 90's) jeep and I was wondering if there is anything I should look out for. I've been told to make sure I check out the underside. Is there any advice that any jeep owners can give? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Jeep Wrangler questions

Postby greasegetter » Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:47 pm

Speaking from a mechanics point of view,ive had older ones (90s) with rotted rear frame rails.But prob due to beach use not the norm.Good luck
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Re: Jeep Wrangler questions

Postby 2500hdon37s » Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:42 pm

look for rock/ off road rash on the underside and mud in/ on the frame, and any leaks, lots are prone to oil leaks.
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Re: Jeep Wrangler questions

Postby ajmorell » Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:20 pm

Get a 97 or newer (TJ). The coil spring suspension is a lot better than the leaf springs and as was mentioned, the YJs (up to 95) have frame rot issues. If you can afford to be picky don't waste time looking at anything other than the 4.0 straight 6. There were several variations of transmissions used in the Wranglers, if you want an auto look for one with a 4 speed, the 3 speeds get pretty poor mileage in comparison. I would check the fluids, check the u-joints on driveshafts and axle shafts, and check the unit bearings (wheel bearings) and ball joints.
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Re: Jeep Wrangler questions

Postby pifer » Sat Aug 04, 2012 4:25 pm

The Wrangler TJ's are awesome jeeps! My most recent one is a 82 CJ7 though, and I'm really liking it, best of luck with whatever you choose.
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Re: Jeep Wrangler questions

Postby whisperin' duck » Sun Aug 05, 2012 12:59 pm

The only thing I have to say is shop it hard. Jeeps hold there value really well but this is the wrong time of year to buy. Wait until winter when people aren't wanting them and buy a little cheaper. IF you want to make money buy around Christmas and sell in the spring when everyone gets the fever for a wrangler. If you're buying to keep I recommend one with a hard top and get a soft top for the summer so you can put it up real quick if a rain storm pops up. Best of luck to ya!
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Re: Jeep Wrangler questions

Postby darb79 » Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:20 pm

Find a TJ with a 4.0. It is a great starting point sitting stock and with upgrades here and there you can build a great rig. I ran a 98 TJ when I got married and even on a limited budget was able to end up with a great rig without breaking the bank (then the kids came and the jeep went). Find one with a hard top because its cheeper to put an aftermarket or used soft top on. Check springs and bars for damage. If you find one with a lift check for T-case drop or a slip yolk eliminator with a cv (seen lots of problems with this) Plus the only good square headlight jeep is a xj (cherokee). Other than that just fill with gas and enjoy.
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Re: Jeep Wrangler questions

Postby ctdeathfrombelow » Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:49 pm

Theyre all good! CJ,TJ,JK, Ill still wave! :hi:
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Re: Jeep Wrangler questions

Postby 2500hdon37s » Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:09 pm

ctdeathfrombelow wrote:Theyre all good! CJ,TJ,JK, Ill still wave! :hi:

what about the XJ, YJ, and WJ's :wink:
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Re: Jeep Wrangler questions

Postby vpadfsu » Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:28 pm

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Re: Jeep Wrangler questions

Postby 2500hdon37s » Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:51 am


thats crap. my buddy has an 08 2 door JK and he's lucky to 14.
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Re: Re: Jeep Wrangler questions

Postby ajmorell » Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:13 pm

2500hdon37s wrote:

thats crap. my buddy has an 08 2 door JK and he's lucky to 14.


I think there's a lot of variation based on driving style. I was seeing 21 or so stock and it's not rated for anywhere near that. Even now on 33s with 4.56s I can manage 16 cruising at 65


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Re: Jeep Wrangler questions

Postby dixieduckslayer » Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:13 pm

getting 20.3 avg. in my '10 JKU stock...once the leveling kit and 34.2's(lol) come we will see what it drops to
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Re: Jeep Wrangler questions

Postby waterfowlhunter » Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:24 am

look it over for RUST. they tend to ruso out on the front fenders but you can not see it until it is just about rotter thru as it usually starts under the plastic flares. the windshield frames are prone to rusting too but are easily replaced. the rear shackles tend to rust off as well as the rear frame rails here in MI with the salt on the roads. here that are mainly a summer car. They do not handle well on the icy roads and I know several guys that have them and park them for the winter. I have been shopping for another too and been finding that I can get a nice 01 (just what I am shopping for) for $8 to $10 grand the 90's are often in the $4000 or less range if you look for them. I had an CJ5 on 40's and it was a blast.

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