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Unread 08-13-2009, 11:46 AM   #1
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New Member from Indiana. New to me 93 Sahara

New member. Recently bought a 93 Wrangler Sahara.

I've been wanting a YJ and got pretty much the model I've been looking for. A 95 would have been preferable though. As you know, you dont see many manual 6 cylinders for sale.

Here is a picture for when you are allowed to see it:

Bought it as mostly trail truck but will drive it around town a little. I live about 1.5 hours from the Badlands in Indiana so I hope to be making a trip in the next couple weeks.

- Sahara - love the looks and color, gauge package, nice rollbar pads, power steering, larger gas tank
- 4" lift (looks like 4" , maybe 3.5")
- Pretty new 33" BFG MT's on steelies, low miles on the lift and tires.
- 4.0, Manual Trans
- 128k miles
- Hard top, full doors
- Stereo and speakers that dont impress me but maybe I can sell them. It has the upper sound bar and additional 6x9s mounted in boxes on the rear wheel wells.
- Fog lights
- Mirrors relocated to windshield frame
- Body is in good shape and mostly rust-free
- K&N intake assembly - I will probably try to find a stock one and get rid of the K&N
- GM 88-98 tow hooks - the same ones on my daily driver 98 K1500 ftw!
- Solid exhaust, Flowmaster muffler
- Got a good deal on it
- Everything works great except as noted below

- The guy I bought it from traded a work truck for it, only owned it for a couple months and didnt know much about it.
- Titles says odometer is "Not Accurate" which could effect resale values.
- Transfer Case is lowered instead of a SYE
- Rust hole in floor and on one fender
- Rust bubbling around windsheild
- No spare tire or carrier
- Looks like leaky power steering, guy said he replaced some lines.
- Speedometer/odometer doesnt work. He said just recently this started, and the title confirms that about 1000 miles has passed in the three months he's owned it.
- Temp gauge doesnt work, I checked the radiator, hose, and head temps with a laser thermometer and they were all around 190.
- Broken Center console
- Lift is Fabtech - did a search and it doesnt seem to be the best. Ride sure is stiff and bouncy.
- No winch, open diffs
- DIRTY engine bay and interior. Carpet is gross and probably not salvagable.
- little bumper loop things removed from rear
- small crack in transfercase tailhousing - it appears I can just unbolt it and replace it

Still Unsure about
- Gear ratios
- Engine power and sound - I dont have experience with Jeeps so I dont know how to gauge engine feel, engine seems noisy, but no knocking or anything, I think the K&N thing is loud.
- Do hard top jeeps not have dome lights??
- I thought a/c was standard on Saharas?
- Has black fender flares, I thought Saharas were body colored?
- Three steering stabilizers seem excessive.

I know my way around 4x4 trucks OK, but Jeeps are new to me. I have been a subscriber to FOUR WHEELER since before I had a drivers license LOL.

I can post more pics using a real camera after I get it properly cleaned up. I'll be looking around on the forum to see if I can get some answers, but I may still have some questions. Im new to this forum, but I've been on many before, so I know to search first.


- I already removed stickers
- Clean clean clean
- Fix speedo and temperature gauge
- Remove chrome
- Herculine interior
- Get a spare tire and wheel
- Fix floorboard hole
- Wire brush and undercoat frame and underbody
- Get alignment checked

- Rear bumper with spare tire mount
- Winch and front bumper
- Bikini Top
- Explorer rear axle, locked up and geared
- Manual Hubs
- Lockable center console
- CB
- Trailer to pull the Jeep with my truck

Thanks guys. Suggestions and comments welcome.

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Unread 08-13-2009, 01:05 PM   #2
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Sounds like you got an awesome project on your hands. If you ever get towards Michigan give me a yell, I'm just over the border.
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Unread 08-13-2009, 05:55 PM   #3
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I'm in NW Indiana as well. I'll give a wave if I see you!
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Unread 08-14-2009, 04:29 AM   #4
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Unread 08-15-2009, 08:39 PM   #5
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Thanks for the welcomes. Im in Lowell for those in the area.

Jeep clean up is going well. I found out its actually a 94, someone registered it as a 93 at some point because it was built in 93. Still trying to figure out how to get the registration changed.
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Unread 08-15-2009, 09:39 PM   #6
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