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Old 06-02-2006, 12:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Buying a Jeep - What to look for???

Hello. I currently have a '90 Toyota pickup I will be trying to sell. I am then going to buy a Jeep Wrangler. My question is, what should I look for when buying a Wrangler? I know to look for rust and all that, but I mean is there any certain parts or areas I should look at? I will be 4 wheeling in mud and water, but I want to go to a park and do a little rock crawling, but nothing major. I want to run some 37's eventually. So, is there anything I should stay away from or lean towards when buying a Wrangler? Thanks!!!
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92 or newer YJ or TJ, 6 or 4 cyl its up to you, PERSONALLY If you find a 4cyl in good shape buy it over a 6cyl in not so good shape.

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Stay fuel injected. 1992 and up 6 cylinders 4.0 or all 4 cylinders. Checks for rust behind both seats where the cage meets the floor (seabelt anchor) and especially the rear frame around the tires-get underneath and poke at frame with a screwdriver. Check steering gerabox play and if its maual-stall it all FWD gears and make sure it does not pop out. Make sure the front 4WD vacuum engages. Lift the cowl rubber on the windshield to check for rust. Try to buy a stock unmodified Jeep-that has not seen larger tire and offroad abuse. Check both seatbacks and maks ure the metal support has not rusted through. Check that both seatbelts retract and operate as they should.

1992 and up have a full family style cage
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Thanks for the help. Now its just convincing my mom to let me do this. Ill update on the situation later. Thanks again for helping!
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Thanks for the help. Now its just convincing my mom to let me do this. Ill update on the situation later. Thanks again for helping!
Check the skidplate under the transmission, if its beat, its been wheeled. Also check the frame at the back of the front fender openings, at the top corners there should be a series of 3-4 holes drilled in the corners of the rectangular frame rail. These holes creat a weak point or crumple zone for front end collisions. If they are not round holes, or have been patched over, then the jeep has been in a wreck and repairs have been made.
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