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post #1 of 31 Old 05-02-2014, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Build 11 year old vs. buy newer

Current setup is '03 X, 4.0L, 42RLE, 31" tires on Zone BB w/shocks. 155k, engine runs great, tranny is fine around town, it's only issue is 60 mph 'pulsing'. So everything pretty much works as it should, ride is fine. I'd really like to go up to 32s with 4.56 gears, or 33s with 4.88, OME suspension with adj. control arms, bl, mml, sye, cv drive shaft, & truetracs front & rear...Jeep's long paid off. I figure the above is around 5k to complete. Is this worth doing on an 11 year old TJ with 155k on the clock, & who's book value is around 8.5-9.5k?


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post #2 of 31 Old 05-02-2014, 11:14 PM
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Is this your DD? If you're concerned about miles can always start over with less miles

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post #3 of 31 Old 05-02-2014, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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I pretty much split driving time between my TJ & a Tacoma 4x4, so it isn't necessarily a dd.

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I pretty much split driving time between my TJ & a Tacoma 4x4, so it isn't necessarily a dd.
Well the money spent ($5,000) some of it wont be recoverable, but it wouldn't matter if you put that $5,000 into a brand new Jeep, same thing right.

I see nothing wrong with putting money into a vehicle with 150,000 miles if that's what makes you happy.

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Well the money spent ($5,000) some of it wont be recoverable, but it wouldn't matter if you put that $5,000 into a brand new Jeep, same thing right.

I see nothing wrong with putting money into a vehicle with 150,000 miles if that's what makes you happy.

No matter what breaks it's always fixable and it's easy to fix a TJ.
That's the thing. I could easily put the $5k into a newer TJ (JKs are pretty much out of reach for that price right now), but then I would be starting over with a stock Jeep, albeit with lesser miles, but with all the upgrades yet to go...

I had a JK I bought new back in 2006, did a lot of stuff to that one. It was nice, but I have always had a fondness for the TJ. They also are a lot simpler without all the electronic nannies now on the JK.

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post #6 of 31 Old 05-03-2014, 08:28 AM
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You're in TJ tech asking if its worth it to build up a TJ. Just saying...

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You're in TJ tech asking if its worth it to build up a TJ. Just saying...
I'm not asking if it's worth 'building up a TJ', but if it's worth building up an 11 year old TJ with 155k. If I had a newer TJ with say 65k, I wouldn't even be asking, I would be buying parts...

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post #8 of 31 Old 05-03-2014, 08:35 AM
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Even the newest TJ is still going to be 8 years old... at least you know what you're working with. Depending on how it has treated you so far i would make my decision based on that. Personally, I wouldn't trade mine for an 06 with less than 20K on the clock just because i know what im already driving...

Good luck.

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I'm not asking if it's worth 'building up a TJ', but if it's worth building up an 11 year old TJ with 155k. If I had a newer TJ with say 65k, I wouldn't even be asking, I would be buying parts...
But you said everything is solid. Why would there be a problem? I have a 98 with damn near 100k miles. Age and miles honestly don't mean anything with these. It's all about how it's taken care of. I say go for it.

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But you said everything is solid. Why would there be a problem? I have a 98 with damn near 100k miles. Age and miles honestly don't mean anything with these. It's all about how it's taken care of. I say go for it.
I appreciate the encouragement. I will more than likely go forward with my plans to upgrade. Worst scenario, if the engine or tranny need major work down the road, they can be fixed also. I feel the $5k will get me the Jeep I really want.

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I'm not asking if it's worth 'building up a TJ', but if it's worth building up an 11 year old TJ with 155k. If I had a newer TJ with say 65k, I wouldn't even be asking, I would be buying parts...
I built my 98 in 2010 when it had 140,000 miles. Never regretted it.
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My 98 had 190k on it when I started modifying in 2008. I wouldn't trade it for a newer tj.
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If you finance a newer jeep, add mods, and wreck it then the insurance company will take your jeep, all your mods, and give you nothing for them.

If you wreck a jeep you own/paid off then you still get to keep it, and all your mods. If it breaks, then fix it! Respect the title in hand!

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If you finance a newer jeep, add mods, and wreck it then the insurance company will take your jeep, all your mods, and give you nothing for them.

If you wreck a jeep you own/paid off then you still get to keep it, and all your mods. If it breaks, then fix it! Respect the title in hand!
What?!?

This was not the case when my modded TJ with a lien on the title was involved in an accident.

I've been able to remove add ons when a vehicle was wrecked.

I've been able to buy back wrecked vehicles.

I've been able to get paid for add ons when a modded vehicle was involved in an insurance claim.

Maybe you are misinformed. Or maybe your insurance company or your agent is difficult to deal with. Or some strange state laws.
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