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post #1 of 4 Old 07-22-2014, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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New wj?

So thinking it's time for a new to me wj. I currently have a 01 limited it's got a 4" rc lift, 242 swap dc2's with 265 treadwrights and the 4.0. Love the jeep, but rust is getting the best of it. Found this on craigslist.

Question is what to look for if I take a look and how do I determine what axels

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-22-2014, 09:51 PM
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Good looking Jeep, seems like a fair price. Look for rust of course, sounds like you're familiar with that already. Besides obvious Jeep stuff like checking leaks, everyone knows the 4.7 hates getting hot, so check for steam from the tailpipe and milky oil in the filler cap (pull the baffle out if you can for a good look), if you really want to be thorough you can check compression and get the loaner tool from autozone that checks for combustion gases in the coolant, not sure if you'd be able to do that successfully though without draining a little coolant. Drive train wise, I think it's going to have to be D30 front and D44a rear.
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-22-2014, 09:56 PM
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well, look for the obvious ... rust, signs of a wreck, etc. Drive some figure 8s to make sure that 247 is in proper working order, especially if its quadra-drive (likely is). Check the air vents for proper flow, I hear the blend doors arent fun to fix, itd be nice if that was already done.

that should have the 30/44a axles, seeing as how its claiming to be a 4.7HO. All wjs have the 30 front, and you can look at pics of the center of the 35 and 44a to see the difference, then crawl under and have a peak... if its clean, you can read off the tag on the differential. Should be 3.73 gear ratio with the 44a, assuming its stock. Kinda odd that the owner would only debadge the 4.7HO off the tailgate though, but it can happen
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-23-2014, 05:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input. Didn't realize the ho was a badge on the rear. I'll have to make sure it really is one. Just kinda afraid of the whole 4.7 head gasket issue. I know that can get spendy to fix. I also found this one. Let me know what you guys think.
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