Originally Posted by ball0616
I am in the middle of purchasing an 2004 Rubicon for my son. The Jeep comes with all the tops, safari rack and doors, 6 kc lights, PTO winch, heat exchanger, 4" RC lift, 35" BFG tires. I know I am leaving some things out as it is loaded with options. The Jeep has 77k miles on it and is a 5spd.
What would you say is a good deal?
That's a pretty decent looking jeep, a lot of it depends upon the cost. Im on the mobile app and cant see your profile so apologies in advance if this is all redundant information. A few things to check:
1. Is it really a rubi? Does it have Dana 44 axles with factory air lockers front and rear? Do the lockers work? I ask if its a rubi because those are aftermarket steel rims instead of the stock aluminum rims...maybe he just liked those rims though or got them in a trade with the tires or something.
2. What gear ratio are in the axles? Factory 4.10s are good with factory 31" tires but you would want 4.56 or higher for 35 inch tires.
3. The previous owner seems to have drilled the body a lot, any body panel rust?
4. How big of a body lift is installed? It looks to be 2" or more. A lot of people on here will tell you to minimize this, preferably 1" body lift or none at all. How big of a spring lift and what are the conditions of the control arm bushings, steering TREs and etc....was it maintained?
Just food for thought, things I would look at. All in all it looks like a pretty nice jeep if its the real deal.