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Unread 11-18-2013, 02:33 PM   #1
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98 wrangler advise on purchase

Hey guys im looking at getting a wrangler again. The jeep im looking at had the 4.0 rebuilt 40k ago. Now that dosent bother me but the rest of the jeep has 240000 miles on it. they want 6500 are they out of their mind or shoud i go for it. Also it has a 6 in skijacker lift and 35's thanks

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Unread 11-18-2013, 02:41 PM   #2
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anything else been rebuilt? My tj has 215000 on it, but everything has been rebuilt except the t-case. Has the tranny been rebuilt? What about the axles?
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Unread 11-18-2013, 02:47 PM   #3
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Hey guys im looking at getting a wrangler again. The jeep im looking at had the 4.0 rebuilt 40k ago. Now that dosent bother me but the rest of the jeep has 240000 miles on it. they want 6500 are they out of their mind or shoud i go for it. Also it has a 6 in skijacker lift and 35's thanks
The 6" skycrapper lift would discourage me more than the mileage. If they went 6" of lift I doubt anything else was done correctly for 35" tires.
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Unread 11-18-2013, 02:58 PM   #4
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i doubt anything else has been rebuilt. what should i look for to see if they done the lift correctly
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Unread 11-18-2013, 03:06 PM   #5
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i doubt anything else has been rebuilt. what should i look for to see if they done the lift correctly
The fact it has 6" of lift is already a flag. 4" suspension lift and a 1" body lift is the standard for fitting a 35" tire. Anything over 4" on short arms is ill advised. And basically all of the bolt on long arm kits are poorly designed crap.

Brake upgrades are a must for 35" tires.
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Unread 11-25-2013, 01:19 PM   #6
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I saw that one on CL. Black with a tan top right?

Aside from what is mentioned above, a few other things stand out in the pics to me. The pic of the underside of the front end - the bumper bolt is halfway in. That tells me that the bumper has been off for some reason. Did they rob some nice parts off it for themselves? Lots of undercoating has been aplied to make it look better - what is that covering up?

Notice the passenger rear window. Looks like it is ripped. Do you want to drive it like that or purchase a new top? No spare tire. If you plan to run one, you then have the cost of tire and wheel, plus a rear swingout to carry a 35' (tailgate wont do it).

Seats look nasty

In my opinion, unless they can prove the engine was rebuilt (and hopefully done right) I dont see that Jeep being anywhere near the asking price. I also think they are hoping the lift and tires draw people in.

One final thing to note: The tag on it looks like a South Carolina Dealer tag. If so, would it pass inspection here in NC? I'd ask. If it has spent it's life in SC who knows what could have been changed on it since they don't do inspections. Depending on your inspection station, I see at least two reasons it wouldn't pass. No 3rd brake light and no side markers since someone did the 4" round tailights.

All in all, yea you could fix all the issues mentioned above but I think you'd be much better off looking at something else
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Unread 11-25-2013, 01:44 PM   #7
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With a 6" lift I wouldn't touch it as a gift. Too many question marks here. Too many other jeeps with a lot fewer miles on them.
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