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Unread 10-02-2013, 02:28 PM   #1
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Could use your suggestions!

Hi all, I am currently looking into joining the jeep family with my next purchase. I found a stock red 1997 Jeep wrangler for sale. Its a one owner since new and has been garage kept. Its virtually in mint condition and I believe I've found it for a good price.

Since its such a deal I would like to immediately invest some money into it to make it look more and function more appealing. Ill probably start with the headers, only because Im going to have to replace the Exhaust manifold so that is first. Then I was thinking lift and tires. What are the usual lift hights and companies you guys trust. Same goes with tires and rims with sizes. Also, Any other suggestions or warnings I should head? I cant wait to get out and have some fun. Thanks ahead of time for your posts.

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Unread 10-02-2013, 02:56 PM   #2
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1997 is going to be a TJ. If it has round headlights, you may be in the wrong section... However, i'll throw some advice out there from my early year TJ buddies.

Doublecheck the frame and body for rust...
Frame: around the rear shackle mounts, around the power stearing box.
Body: everywhere... specifically on the rocker pannels near the "jeep" logo, near the seat mounts, floor boards, near the roll bar mounting areas, and the body mounts.

Aside from rust, the only well to really get an idea in terms of how the motor is doing is a leakdown test and compression check... If the transfercase shifts, it works.

As for lifts, well......... there are a LOT of opinions out there on that. If you indeed have a TJ (coil springs) then I recommend the TJ section for additional advice.
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Unread 10-02-2013, 03:00 PM   #3
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He said its a '97 that would be a TJ.
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Unread 10-02-2013, 09:23 PM   #4
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Thank you guys and sorry if Im in the wrong place. I have never used threads before so I will take this one down soon. As for rust we did find a small spot when we had it looked at. And we know a body shop that said they could fix it. Or replace it. Now, For you guys, would that be a deal breaker? Does it interfere too much with the frame work or will it be okay if handled by a professional. Thanks for all your help guys!
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Unread 10-03-2013, 06:15 AM   #5
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You do not say where you are from in your profile, but if you are in the salt filled northeast or northern US rust would be the main concern. I personally would not buy a Jeep with ANY rust ANYWHERE. There are just too many of those little dudes out there to buy one with any rust. Look in the southern or southwestern US for a local unit if you cannot find one where you live. Headers, Lifts, etc., etc. all come after you have the Jeep operating perfectly. Look for a completely rust-free, completely stock unit. After sorting that out, then you can begin your own interpretation of what a Jeep should be like. Understand that you will never get your money back from modifications. In fact the jeep may lose value by modifying it.
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You do not say where you are from in your profile, but if you are in the salt filled northeast or northern US rust would be the main concern. I personally would not buy a Jeep with ANY rust ANYWHERE. There are just too many of those little dudes out there to buy one with any rust. Look in the southern or southwestern US for a local unit if you cannot find one where you live. Headers, Lifts, etc., etc. all come after you have the Jeep operating perfectly. Look for a completely rust-free, completely stock unit. After sorting that out, then you can begin your own interpretation of what a Jeep should be like. Understand that you will never get your money back from modifications. In fact the jeep may lose value by modifying it.

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I had no idea what a perfect little gem I bought. Got it off a car lot and paid too much, but for an un molested Jeep it was worth twice that to me now. Look for one that has been towed behind an RV. You will know it has not seen any abuse and been meticulously maintained by a fussy old man.
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Unread 10-04-2013, 02:39 PM   #7
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I had no idea what a perfect little gem I bought. Got it off a car lot and paid too much, but for an un molested Jeep it was worth twice that to me now. Look for one that has been towed behind an RV. You will know it has not seen any abuse and been meticulously maintained by a fussy old man.
I paid too much for mine too, according to a lot of experts, but it was worth it. It is Canadian made but sold new in Georgia and has never left the south. Needed a timing chain and a crankshaft position sensor to get it running perfectly, the worn-out carpet ripped out and thrown away, all the old coins, gum wrappers and hair pins swept out and two new seats. Remaining projects are brake pads, new springs, new top and a paint job.
But it was all original, had no rust anywhere and had a potload of new parts.
As you said, perfect gem.http://www.jeepforum.com/ubb/cheers2...1_MduZLw30.gif
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Unread 10-10-2013, 06:56 AM   #8
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when it comes to a tj, the most common lift/tires you will see are 4in suspension lifts on 33's. why? because it looks great, performs great off road, but still maintains its on road handling. pro comp makes good tire and wheel packages. i personally have 31x10.5 pro comp all terrains on pro comp lockers. it is a beast. the options are unlimited so you can really make it your own. good luck!
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