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Unread 03-13-2011, 11:34 PM   #31
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I think if you buy a 4 banger, you will be wishing u got the 6 down the road. My friend had a 4 and he couldnt stand it, so he sold it and got a 6. His soon to be wife also has a 4, and is selling hers for a 6.

I had a list of musts when i got my jeep. My advice is to put it together, keep looking (they are everywhere and arent going to go away any time soon) and stick to it. If something doesnt fit my list, i wouldnt even look at it.

Mine was:
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In retrospect, i should have added a D44 in the rear (i didnt know better at the time)... cuz now im paying for it, when i get home, ill be upgrading my axles for 35's

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Unread 03-14-2011, 12:41 AM   #32
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I think if you buy a 4 banger, you will be wishing u got the 6 down the road. My friend had a 4 and he couldnt stand it, so he sold it and got a 6. His soon to be wife also has a 4, and is selling hers for a 6.

I had a list of musts when i got my jeep. My advice is to put it together, keep looking (they are everywhere and arent going to go away any time soon) and stick to it. If something doesnt fit my list, i wouldnt even look at it.

Mine was:
Color: Blue
Full Doors
6 cylinder
Manual Tranny

In retrospect, i should have added a D44 in the rear (i didnt know better at the time)... cuz now im paying for it, when i get home, ill be upgrading my axles for 35's
Yea the general consensus seems to be that if i dont get the 6cyl i'll be kicking my own a$$ somewhere down the road. The only drawback is that the rear D44 is a lot of money that I'm not sure I want to invest in something with 100k miles ya know?
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Unread 03-14-2011, 12:52 AM   #33
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6cyl all day long bro. the gas mileage is not much better with the 4banger and you will be glad you have that extra horsepower and torque with the 6cyl. and to the poster above me 100,000 is nothing. thats what i had on my jeep when i bought it and that was 3 years ago... since then ive spent over $15000 on it. 100,000 is not a lot for a jeep. i plan on having mine for a very very long time if it doesnt die with me
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Unread 03-14-2011, 01:44 AM   #34
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i have the 4cyl and on the highway i wont come out of 4th gear now i do have 4.11 gears with 35s thou its a stought little engine when just tooling around in the mud or offroad in general. regearging is very important!! when i can im getting 4.88s and a lockrite in the front axle i wish i looked for a D44 when i was shoping for my jeep but im good where im at no problems so far just wish the previous owner took better care of the jeep. just be sure when you do find a jeep you want to buy look over EVERYTHING underneath take it to a shop and have them look at it for a day
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Unread 03-14-2011, 01:49 AM   #35
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Get the 6. My first post on this forum was to ask whether or not I wanted to buy a fully built 4 cylinder Jeep, or wait for a nice 6 to come along. I did the latter. It's an absolute world of difference from the 4 cylinder I owned prior to this one, and I've had no (big) regrets from purchasing it.

Now, here's where I might deviate from what others on here will say: if I had really thought my purchase through before throwing down the cash on my Sahara, I'd have just bought one someone had already put some love into. Trail gear/lift kits/etc. don't really add value for the average buyer, and rather than dropping $X dollars on the setup I'm working with right now, I probably could've paid the same price I paid for a TJ that already had a bit more 'personality.'

So I'll third, fourth, whatever the number is, whoever said to take your time in your search. I wish I would've taken a bit more time, but I also am quite pleased with where I ended up. Good luck!
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Unread 03-14-2011, 02:03 AM   #36
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100k on a Jeep isnt bad at all. I got mine with 75, has 110 now. I know some guys on the forum are over 250.

I think the engine would be one of the last things to kick the bucket, and if it ever does, ill drop in a nice stroker!
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Unread 03-14-2011, 03:43 AM   #37
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I've also had both the 6 and 4, plus an 8 in my '75 back in the day. I currently have the 4 and it is my dd + fun rig. I searched for about 5 months before getting this one and although I thought I wanted a 6 this 4 banger runs great on 31's with 4.1 gears. What I'm saying is take your time and if it is the jeep you are looking for (you'll know when) the engine won't matter if jeep is set up right for it.
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Unread 03-14-2011, 06:47 AM   #38
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the six i had destroyed the d35, both driveshafts, tranny, d30 axle shaft, u joints, spider gears....im sure im missing something.btw these were not broke on the "rocks".
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Unread 03-14-2011, 11:22 AM   #39
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Okay since I figure I'm buying a 6cyl manual with around 100k on it, if my budget is 10,000 and I'm gonna spend 6,500 - 7,000 on the truck, would you guys spend the money buying a D44 with 4.56 gears (which would make me broke basically) or spend the money on a lift and 33" tires?

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...standard=false


^^^ thats what I'm looking at btw
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Unread 03-14-2011, 11:24 AM   #40
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Okay since I figure I'm buying a 6cyl manual with around 100k on it, if my budget is 10,000 and I'm gonna spend 6,500 - 7,000 on the truck, would you guys spend the money buying a D44 with 4.56 gears (which would make me broke basically) or spend the money on a lift and 33" tires?

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...standard=false


^^^ thats what I'm looking at btw
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Unread 03-14-2011, 01:58 PM   #41
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DONT GET THE 4!!! It sucks...
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Unread 03-14-2011, 02:17 PM   #42
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DONT GET THE 4!!! It sucks...
what? i wouldn't say sucks. Its just misunderstood! lol.... I love my 4banger, i even passed up a few 6 cylinder before I bought it! of corse, the chilli pepper red helped make that decision! IMO, to each is own.
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Unread 03-14-2011, 03:18 PM   #43
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lift and tires



find a nice used lift on this site's classifieds. great deals show up all the time.
wheels and tires do too, if you find some close enough to you.
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Unread 03-14-2011, 03:25 PM   #44
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Okay since I figure I'm buying a 6cyl manual with around 100k on it, if my budget is 10,000 and I'm gonna spend 6,500 - 7,000 on the truck, would you guys spend the money buying a D44 with 4.56 gears (which would make me broke basically) or spend the money on a lift and 33" tires?

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...standard=false


^^^ thats what I'm looking at btw
That doesn't look bad, but have you checked out craigslist at all. I just did a cursory search in your area and looks like there are a number of nice Jeeps on there for less than that.
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Unread 03-14-2011, 03:31 PM   #45
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That doesn't look bad, but have you checked out craigslist at all. I just did a cursory search in your area and looks like there are a number of nice Jeeps on there for less than that.
I've browsed a bit on Clist and you're right there are a few good ones, I was just using autotrader cause I can narrow my search a lot easier. I'll give it another look, but should I really be worried about miles? I was thinking around 100k is enough where I wont be done using it after a few years and where I'll be comfortable putting all of these parts on without feeling like its a waste
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