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Unread 01-01-2013, 12:12 AM   #1
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First Jeep! 1999 Wrangler Sahara

Hey guys! First off I would like to introduce myself. Im Andy, I'm 15, and I'm from Schererville, Indiana. I am soon getting my license and am looking for a Jeep! I have always been into the outdoors and off roading. I race mountain bikes, used to race dirtbikes, and ride four wheelers all the time. My Dad's buddy is selling a 1999 Wrangler Sahara edition with 150,000 miles on it. 4.0 straight six, auto, 2 inch lift, and 33s. This Jeep is very clean! No rust anywhere on the body. The guy bought it for his wife to drive as a summer toy. He leaves the hard top off in the summer. It is only driven on sunny days and never in the winter. Never been off road. I can probably buy it for $6500. I have a few questions about the jeep since i plan to use it for some trail use. Nothing big because i want to drive to the trails and home (Badlands Off road Park, Attica, Indiana). It would be my daily driver. I know that the Dana 35 is pretty bad. I have heard it can't handle lockers or 35s. I wanna know how it would do on some trails. What are the chances of me snapping parts or an axle shaft? If i should swap it, what axle should i swap it with. Dana 44? If i do wheel with the Dana 35, what spare parts do I need to keep in the rig? What are some necessities I need for wheeling? Should I change the gear ratio for what I am doing? (spare parts, tools, etc.) What things would I need to do to make it tough enough to make it a dual purpose rig? Thanks guys!

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Unread 01-01-2013, 07:56 AM   #2
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1. Did you verify that the rig has a d35 not d44? D44 was an option in Saharas.
2. Do you plan to stay with 33s?
3. The possible upgrades you mention are costly. If you plan to run 35s then expect to spend at least 3k upgrading just your steering and drivetrain.
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Unread 01-01-2013, 09:31 AM   #3
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Duck Doctor, I am going to look at it today to see if it has the D44. I do plan to stay on 33s as the trails i will be doing are mild. The Badlands is about 2 hours away from my house. This rig will be my Daily Driver so I need to be able to drive it home. With the trails im doing, I don't know if I will need to swap it.
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Unread 01-01-2013, 10:23 AM   #4
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Take it to the Badlands and see how it performs as is. Typically, the d35's snap axle shafts due to excess throttle and the rig bouncing. Check out some videos on youtube and you will see what these guys are doing to break shafts. You may consider installing a front lunchbox locker (spartan, aussie) if the trails require additional traction.
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Unread 01-01-2013, 12:56 PM   #5
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If in good condition sounds like a good and fair price.

The wife most really like her toys to put 150k miles just riding it in the summer with the top off!!!

Good luck.
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Unread 01-01-2013, 05:06 PM   #6
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Ok guys, I looked at it again today. 31 inch BRAND NEW TIRES. 2 inch lift. Dana 35 out back and Dana 30 up front. Is it worth it to get better axle shafts for the 35?
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Unread 01-02-2013, 11:54 AM   #7
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Junk the d35, swap in a d44 or a 8.8. Ive broken a d35 twice.

My first mistake was lifting it and 33s, second was re-gearing it to 4.88s, third was rebuilding and not going 8.8. Sounds like a sweet Jeep good luck and always wave!

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Unread 01-02-2013, 12:05 PM   #8
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Can you keep the Dana 35 and 33 inch tires? Of course you can. Should you? Probably not. It never hurts to upgrade if you have the money.
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Unread 01-02-2013, 12:11 PM   #9
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Ok guys, I looked at it again today. 31 inch BRAND NEW TIRES. 2 inch lift. Dana 35 out back and Dana 30 up front. Is it worth it to get better axle shafts for the 35?
Probably not. I've seen people still snap them. You're better off wheeling it, see how it does, then figure out where to go from there. I'd suggest saving up to buy a 44 or 8.8.
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Unread 01-02-2013, 12:27 PM   #10
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...31 inch BRAND NEW TIRES...
New tires on a used vehicle worry me. My first thought is "What kind of uneven wear did the old tires have?" The tire wear can tell you a lot about things like how the vehicle was taken care of, alignment issues, bad shocks,...
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Unread 01-02-2013, 12:30 PM   #11
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New tires on a used vehicle worry me. My first thought is "What kind of uneven wear did the old tires have?" The tire wear can tell you a lot about things like how the vehicle was taken care of, alignment issues, bad shocks,...
My front left tire was a lot balder than the rest, what does that mean? Alignment?
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Unread 01-02-2013, 01:15 PM   #12
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Hello! I am also in the Schererville area, and am 15! Lol thanks for helping me fix my jeep today andy lol
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Unread 01-02-2013, 01:17 PM   #13
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You should just get an LJ like me hahaha
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All I can say if this is your first jeep, prepare your wallet for the beating of a lifetime
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