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Unread 04-27-2013, 08:12 PM   #16
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My advice:

Get rid of it. Start off with a STOCK YJ. It's going to be a hell of a lot of work to un-do all of the rednecking that has been done to that poor Jeep. Let someone else who knows the ins and outs of Jeeps take care of it.

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Unread 04-27-2013, 08:14 PM   #17
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i was into the audi about 4 grand. i got way over excited looking at this lifted truck and the blinders went on lol. i am willing to put money and time into this truck, we all know its going to take it quick!
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Unread 04-27-2013, 08:27 PM   #18
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I agree with Joe. Go back to spring under axle, take off the body lift and get your rig back down to were you can enjoy it as a DD and trail rig. Then as you get use to it and use to taking it off road then you can start doing more of the advanced upgrades to your jeep.
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Unread 04-27-2013, 09:20 PM   #19
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I agree with those who suggest you convert to spring under axle. With a 4 cylinder, 31" tires will provide better overall performance. You can run 31" tires with a stock suspension and either a 1" or 2" body lift. That will give you a decent stance for the type of use you've described.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 04:41 AM   #20
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I kind of agree too. Although I would convert to good 4" spring lift while doing the work. Dump the body lift or no more than 1 or 2 inches.

It looks to me that you have a pretty solid Yj. Body and frame wise so as far as being out dollars. I think you did Okay. Yes you got taken but who hasn't. You should of seen the Yj I almost bought about a year ago. What a POS is was when I got home. The seller rigged the rear end to blow on me by placing metal in there so I would not know that he had blown it before.

I got lucky in that I could stop the check before he cashed it. I bought it an a Saturday and had him pick it up Sunday. Long story but like you I saw something different. Oh and one more thing. I found sand in the rear end plus the metal and the PO tried to tell me that sand was normal for a mudding vehicle. LOL
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Unread 04-28-2013, 06:37 AM   #21
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Ideally you should have started with a stock one, but right now you've got what you've got, and it might be pretty hard getting your money out of it.

Like others have said, however, it should be fixable, first get your tire swap deal. Get the springs back under the axle (hopefully they did not destroy the original pads).

The 4 cyl has an electric fuel pump (unlike the mechanical pump on the i6) so the likelihood that a lot of gas has gotten into the oil is pretty low, but change all your fluids

You're gonna have to put some good money after bad, but it seems to have a good body and on a Jeep that means a lot.

BTW I understand your decision, I came out of an Acura into my YJ 6 years ago. It's now my daily driver, off road toy and road trip vehicle.
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Unread 05-03-2013, 08:57 PM   #22
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SOO Champ where you at curious how things are going ?
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Unread 05-03-2013, 11:27 PM   #23
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I feel bad for this guy. He got screwed over, then got flamed for it. But now i'm wondering how it's getting along.
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