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12grand824 06-26-2013 04:34 AM

Going to look at a ZJ today!! advice?
Like the title i'm going to look at a 1997 ZJ tomorrow. Jeep came from florida so theres almost no rust (i live in upstate ny). It has 87k on it and has had the np242 transfer case swap. Anything i should pay attention too when im looking it over other than the basics? I'm a Ford tech so i'm not all that familiar with these. Thanks!

98ZJOKC 06-26-2013 05:44 AM

1) Steering and suspension!! With only 87K that may not be a huge problem, but 15 years in the salt air and the bushings could all be cracked and at the end of their life. These cars don't use a rack and pinion steering system, so any play in the steering could indicate a problem with the steering box.
3) Death wobble. Read up about death wobble before you drive it and feel for early signs of it.
4) Make sure you're able to test drive it all the way up to highway speed and listen for any sound that would indicate the rear end is needing work.
5) Overheating - watch for overheating in stop/start traffic
Do not do a short test drive. Get this car all the way up to operating temperatures.

AnotherRedZj 06-26-2013 06:00 AM

Ignore the VIC beeping at you,

12grand824 06-26-2013 06:34 AM

Thanks for the advice guys. This is the jeep I'm checking out. Would like to hear your thoughts.

riot1987 06-26-2013 07:00 AM

Looks pretty good not bad for 4k. Its prolly been used pretty well so take that into consideration.

12grand824 06-26-2013 07:20 AM

The guy told me he's only been in the local traiks 4 times...figured I'd offer him $3500. Looking for a daily driver with ability to have some fun since I sold my built mustang:'(

WhiteOut 06-26-2013 07:34 AM

Ofer him $3500, but buy it for $4000 if he won't budge. You'll need ~$500 to fix the steering and rim situation.

98ZJOKC 06-26-2013 07:39 AM


Originally Posted by WhiteOut (Post 15608946)
Ofer him $3500, but buy it for $4000 if he won't budge. You'll need ~$500 to fix the steering and rim situation.

Agreed. Also try to find out if the steering box has been upgraded.

WhiteOut 06-26-2013 07:41 AM

The steering box isn't really an issue. It's the fact he has a drop pitman arm on it that has to be removed, this leads me to think he is also probably running stock steering so he'll need to drop a few hunred on a Currie system or equivalent. Rims need to be swapped for 8" wide ones so you can actually air down.

OldManTan 06-26-2013 07:56 AM

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i'd gladly pay $4k haha
looks like a fun toy.
I am over 4 deep in mine...and me no has lawwwng arms hahah

good luck, hope it's a keeper!

12grand824 06-26-2013 08:20 AM

Ouch on Currie. ..but I guess if it makes it right. So the currie system will eliminate the drop pitman arm?

WhiteOut 06-26-2013 08:33 AM

You don't need the DPA on a ZJ, they actually sell the ZJ version as a drop fro other models.

It is a bolt in replacement for the stock stuff. I bent my steering with 33s and my buddy did too. No issues with CUrrie yet, well worth the price IMO. If you do buy the Jeep, post some pictures of the front steering setup and we can help better.

12grand824 06-26-2013 08:46 AM

Thanks for the advice I really appreciate it!

dnuccio 06-26-2013 09:19 AM

personally i would run from that one. i will NEVER buy any vehicle thats been lifted by the PO. you dont know if they did it right. and since its lifted, its probably been driven to hell and back offroad. try to find a stocker being sold by some old retirees.

ill probably get flamed for saying that.

12grand824 06-26-2013 09:56 AM

I definitely know what you mean...being a ford mechanic when I bought my 1989 mustang gt it was almost bone stock. I'm always paranoid of hack jobs

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