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Unread 02-16-2015, 11:30 AM   #1
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eBay Purchase - surprises

Rolled the dice on a 1989 Wrangler described vaguely on eBay. They were asking $900 with very little description other than saying it was a 4 cyl, rusty, and had no brakes due to a cracked rubber line. No pictures posted, so I assumed the worst and offered $650, they accepted.

After a 350 mile drive north, I found this Jeep idling nicely in the seller's driveway, ready to drive onto the trailer. Body looks very salvagable to me, and the frame is actually quite solid. Don't get me wrong, there is rust underneath that will need repaired, but overall I'm happy.

I never even popped the hood since I planned on replacing the 4 cyl with a V8. Get the Jeep home, and realize it needs a jump to start, no biggy, I must have left the ignition on. Pop the hood and notice an Optima batter that looks like new, very happy! Then my dad who was helping me unload it pointed out another bonus - 6 plug wires and a LONG engine under the hood! SCORE!

Super stoked to start this project now, solid base, 6 cyl 5 speed Jeep, has all of the options I can think of for 1989 including tilt wheel!

Onward to my technical qustion. I plan on running the stock axles for a while on this Jeep and want to do 100% new brakes (lines, calipers, rotors, drums, etc). Since they seem to be the most neglected item on the Jeep. Are there any brands or sources to avoid or go straight to in this area? Currently, my plan is to get the lines from one of the Jeep mags and use autozone for rotors, pads, etc. I'll be running 33's, so if it is worth stepping up to EBC or other components, I'm certainly not opposed to that. Safety and quality are first in my book, value a close second.

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Unread 02-16-2015, 11:50 AM   #2
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Best advice I can give, get the 304 stainless steel prebent brake tube from classic tube. I think it was around $250 shipped. It can be a bear to get the stainless steel to seal at the connectors, but once you do, it'll probably never rust.

Other than that, I have extended teflon brake hoses with stainless steel braiding which allows you to add a lift if that is your intent.

For drums, calipers, rotors, pads, shoes, I'd say just get the mid-ranged autozone stuff (its not a race car), but add high temperature paint in the non contact areas to keep rust at bay.

You plan to do the master cylinder and/or brake booster upgrade?

Get a pressure or vac bleeder if you are going to be doing the brakes yourself. It's a huge time saver.

Great find! Jeep certainly looks good!
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Unread 02-16-2015, 11:57 AM   #3
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See if you got real lucky and got the AX15 and not the puke trans...
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Unread 02-16-2015, 12:04 PM   #4
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What's my best method for determining that?
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Unread 02-16-2015, 12:08 PM   #5
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Take a pic of the trans and post it, let us FEED off it.... We really like pics of other peoples junk....
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Unread 02-16-2015, 12:10 PM   #6
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See if you got real lucky and got the AX15 and not the puke trans...
or really lucky, with an external slave pre-installed :P

Check for lockers too!
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Unread 02-16-2015, 12:14 PM   #7
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The dreaded Peugeot BA10/5 transmission is easy to ID in that the case halves bolt together side-to-side longitudinally kinda like a suitcase, rather than bolting together front-to-back axially. Will look around the forum and steal a photo from someone.
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They upgraded the transmission about halfway through the 1989 production line as they were changing from AMC Canada to Chrysler Toledo.

Look at the ribbings, Left AX-15, right Puergot:

Photo from fourwheeler magazine
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Wait, no fair, I'm STILL trying to find pictures..............

Thanks for posting that one up.
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Wait, no fair, I'm STILL trying to find pictures..............

Thanks for posting that one up.
Hah, I had it book marked from when I was purchasing my 89 wrangler!
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Hmm, according to my quick VIN research, mine was built in Canada, I'll have to look under the Jeep to confirm, but it would seem that would be a mark against it. Thanks for the info!
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Unread 02-16-2015, 12:47 PM   #12
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Hmm, according to my quick VIN research, mine was built in Canada, I'll have to look under the Jeep to confirm, but it would seem that would be a mark against it. Thanks for the info!
I think mine may have been Canada as well. It had the AX-15. They must have ran out of BA/10's earlier than expected. An interesting note, Chrysler also cut off the Renault fuel injection contract as soon as they could switching from TBI to Mopar's MPFI on the 2.5L and 4.0L (mostly developed by GM, especially the computer). Renault had been developing TBI on the 4.2L and 4.0L at the time. It's very likely the source where the Howell TBI kit came from.
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Unread 02-16-2015, 12:51 PM   #13
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Check your water temperature gauge, if it is a 100deg instead of 200 then it is a Canadien model. I looked a that gauge a number of times before I realized it was in Celsius instead of Fahrenheit.
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the top an doors are worth what you paid!
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Unread 02-16-2015, 07:24 PM   #15
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Mine is Canadian built and came with the ax15.... I kind of like the fact it is Canadian made as so am I.... Nice price on a reasonably solid looking Jeep. Good luck with it.. This should keep you busy, broke and happy for a long time to come.....
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