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Old 10-01-2004, 06:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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what to check for on rolled yj

I may be buying a Yj that has been tossed once, it rolled twice, and is completely stock. Besides the usual frame and body stuff, is there anything specific to look for that would be a sign not to buy, like things that usually crack or bend?


eventually it will be built, but still an on road vehicle as well.
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Old 10-01-2004, 06:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What year is it? Stay away from the year that has the Peugot tranny and 207 case. This is how I got my jeep, rolled in the junkyard.
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Old 10-01-2004, 06:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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it's a 90 6cyl, does that have the shitty tranny? (5spd)
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you should post a pic of yours for me, you sig looks like it would be huge.
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Old 10-01-2004, 06:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a '90 also. It had the AX-15 tranny and 231. The only thing that I wish it had stock was fuel injection. That was the main reason for going to the 350, and the 465 was all about gearing. Anyways, I am at work and all my pictures are at home. I will try to see if I can find any on the internet.
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If you go to midwestcrawler.com then pics, page two, album is called Jake. It is the blue YJ with the black hardtop. That was before I extended the wheelbase and the engine swap.
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That is how I got my YJ. Some kid rolled it down an embankment and ripped the winsheild and rear shock mounts off. He thought it was totaled and was about 5 sec from calling the junk yard. I did not even know him but I just overheard the conversation between him and someone I worked with. I told the kid I'd take it. He drove it over to my house the next day on 3 flat tires. I have been wheeling it since then. I had an offer of $2500 for it a couple weks after I got it. The only major problem is the windsheild cowel is pushed forward about 1" so it does not fit a hard top and soft tops don't work real well either. I'd say check the windsheild cowel for alignment if you are going to want any type of top other than a bkini.
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yeah the top doesn't fit real good, so it may be just that,


I thought that it would be just the windshield frame bent back about an 1", will have to take a closer look.
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crawlthis, it looks like you have stock steering, if it is how much lift is okay with stock steering? I have no idea about jeeps. Also if i spring over the front would it need steering mods?
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Well I have recently redone the steering to high-steer. In the picture I was running the tierod and draglink off of a '97 ZJ. If you just get rid of the front panhard bar and get a dropped pitman arm (stock ZJ pitman arm is what I used) you should be okay.
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I have close to 7" of lift in those pictures and never had a problem with steering with the panhard bar removed. It is sping over with 1.5" rubicon SOA springs.
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Old 10-01-2004, 02:15 PM   #13 (permalink)
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yeah, it runs and drive great, it was a high speed roll, flipped twice and barely touched the ground, landed on it's wheels. It sort rotated on the front clip.
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Old 10-01-2004, 02:31 PM   #14 (permalink)
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check the transfer-case for cracks or obvious fluid leaks. they seem to be the first to break.

the frame and body can be straightened fairly reasonably on a frame rack.

fix it good enough to wheel it...and don't worry about it!
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I went over four times at least (Can't remember, head was beating against the cage). It starting tearing the spring shackles out of the frame. I'd look closely at these. Also, I now know why people bolt the cage to the frame. I bent one axle aswell. Look close at the suspension cuz it pounds as it comes around. Good luck
Oh yeah, couldn't you just buy a used frame cheaper than you could straighten that one if it's bent?
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