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post #16 of 39 Old 06-30-2013, 04:13 PM
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So it it actually a 4 cylinder? It does make a difference when it comes time to put 35's on it.
What difference does it make? ( i am going to increase hp with engine mods.)

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post #17 of 39 Old 06-30-2013, 04:21 PM
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Thanks Everyone! The only problem is that i have to drive about a hour and 1/2 to get to the dealership, so its more of a one and done thing. if it drives well and i get under the vehicle and there is minimal rust ill offer around 7000. What will rust do to the vehicle overtime, and is there anything i can do about it?
Most likely based on the low mileage, it sat alot at one point. TJ's are notorious for water leaks, especially with soft tops, and it seems like that one has had water fill up the floors a few times, which is why the floor rusted in the corners. I would only be concerned if it was a "beach Jeep", meaning it's been driven on the beach. Salt water and Jeeps do not mix.

However, it looks like the last PO attempted to repair the neglect of the first by bedlining the floors, replacing the soft top, and doing some upgrades. If that is just surface rust in the corners, it'll be easy to fix with some sanding and some paint. Overall, with that low of mileage for the year, the body should be in good overall condition with minimal surface rust unless it was a "beach jeep".

One thing you can do is literally poke the floors and the frame to check for soft spots with a screw driver. Frame rust is actually more of a problem with TJ's as they tend to rust from the inside/out from winter driving in particular.
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post #18 of 39 Old 06-30-2013, 04:41 PM
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Look at that frame in the last picture. It looks brand new.

OP ask the dealership to send you undercarriage pics. $7,000 is still high but it only has 57,000 miles. That's amazing for a '99, hence the price. If you could get it for $7,000 out the door with tax, title, doc, license...etc then it would be a great deal.

edit: I mean look at these prices for later SE's...

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-s...gIndex=1&Log=0

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-s...gIndex=3&Log=0

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post #19 of 39 Old 06-30-2013, 04:52 PM
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What difference does it make? ( i am going to increase hp with engine mods.)
Do some research before actually buying anything for hp. Most find a few hundred dollars put into the 2.5L does very little compared to regearing your axles.

Maintain, wheel, upgrade, repeat.

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post #20 of 39 Old 06-30-2013, 05:06 PM
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In your picture of the front of the vehicle why is it leaning so far over? Or is it just the picture? Might wanna check for frame damage and suspension components
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post #21 of 39 Old 06-30-2013, 05:22 PM
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Do some research before actually buying anything for hp. Most find a few hundred dollars put into the 2.5L does very little compared to regearing your axles.
Sorry just went to check on the jeep, but it is a 2.5. But are those engine blocks strong or is it worth to put some more power in?
I will not use it for heavy offroad
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post #22 of 39 Old 06-30-2013, 05:34 PM
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Sorry just went to check on the jeep, but it is a 2.5. But are those engine blocks strong or is it worth to put some more power in?
I will not use it for heavy offroad
Nothing short of cams, boring it..etc will give it any power.

Besides that, the 2.5 is an execellent engine in terms of reliability.

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post #23 of 39 Old 06-30-2013, 05:57 PM
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What difference does it make? ( i am going to increase hp with engine mods.)
Big difference. In terms of reliability, yes the 2.5 is reliable, but so is the 4.0. If you ask anyone with a 4 banger they will tell you to save the headache and get a 4.0. My buddy just bought an 05 with the 4 banger and he already wishes he got the 4.0. I'm not saying you made a mistake, just understand you're not going to eat the 4.0 power short of turbocharging the motor. All I'm trying to get at is there's a reason the 4 bangers are cheaper.

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post #24 of 39 Old 06-30-2013, 06:02 PM
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Big difference. In terms of reliability, yes the 2.5 is reliable, but so is the 4.0. If you ask anyone with a 4 banger they will tell you to save the headache and get a 4.0. My buddy just bought an 05 with the 4 banger and he already wishes he got the 4.0. I'm not saying you made a mistake, just understand you're not going to eat the 4.0 power short of turbocharging the motor

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So what do you recommend doing with the engine?
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post #25 of 39 Old 06-30-2013, 06:07 PM
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Drop a 4.0 in it or a v8 stroker. I work with a guy who has a 350 in his and loves it

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post #26 of 39 Old 06-30-2013, 06:44 PM
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Drop a 4.0 in it or a v8 stroker. I work with a guy who has a 350 in his and loves it

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Any idea what the cost is? I just want some more power in it to get trough mud and snow
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Or you could just gear it right...

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post #28 of 39 Old 06-30-2013, 06:56 PM
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Any idea what the cost is? I just want some more power in it to get trough mud and snow
Try it stock first and see how you like it. You might end up loving it!

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post #29 of 39 Old 06-30-2013, 07:07 PM
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Try it stock first and see how you like it. You might end up loving it!

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Allright, thanks for the info. As my first car i am proud of it and in a couple months i am just goig to try to put some hp in it
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post #30 of 39 Old 06-30-2013, 07:16 PM
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You guys stomped all over the OP's thread

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