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post #1 of 16 Old 08-05-2020, 07:15 AM Thread Starter
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Help me settle a debate, 99 WJ for offroad use

So I been wanting to start doing trails again and I decided I have gotten as many badges of honor on my fwd 2008 compass as I could get an impressive 6 with a stock compass.

I found a 99 WJ Limited sub 1k that cosmetically blah but who cares about that when your dealing with trails.

I will tell you it is sienna perl coat with tan interior which was my first jeep and also my first automobile so I am very tempted to buy out of nostalgia reasons

But I will say this not sure this is a good buy or not or I just wasting good money on bad idea.

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post #2 of 16 Old 08-05-2020, 07:39 AM
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Easy debate to settle:
Definitely not a good buy with no engine, no transfer case, no wheels, no AC, radio, no doors, no lights, no axles, etc.
Now ...if it actually has any of that stuff, you've seen it operate and is in good condition, it may be a different story and perhaps you could tell us about it.
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post #3 of 16 Old 08-05-2020, 08:30 AM
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What do you want to do in it?

Florida mud bogging? Find something much easier to lift, and with beefier axles, to handle some serious mud tires.

Beach runs? It should be fine. Especially if it has QuadraDrive.

Backwoods trails? It should be fine.

No rock crawling that I'm aware of in Florida.
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What do you want to do in it?

Florida mud bogging? Find something much easier to lift, and with beefier axles, to handle some serious mud tires.
100%. Mine started out for overlanding/camping and it is great for that. But if you are riding with a group running 35-40" tires that like mud and freaking lakes, you will find your limitations (stock size duratracs on JK wheels). You will have to think about what lines to take. Also have good recovery points haha! I just upped my tire size to see if I can follow my group, but have no had the chance to try them out.

Now that same group will keep you around when you can haul grills and tents to the beach in comfort. Also pop that hatch to get out of the sun on the trails.
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What do you want to do in it?

Florida mud bogging? Find something much easier to lift, and with beefier axles, to handle some serious mud tires.
100%. Mine started out for overlanding/camping and it is great for that. But if you are riding with a group running 35-40" tires that like mud and freaking lakes, you will find your limitations (stock size duratracs on JK wheels). You will have to think about what lines to take. Also have good recovery points haha! I just upped my tire size to see if I can follow my group, but have not had the chance to try them out.

Now that same group will keep you around when you can haul grills and tents to the beach in comfort. Also pop that hatch to get out of the sun on the trails.
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These ^ 2 guys have a better response than my wise-azs note but details all around would be helpful.

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Not too wise-***, for sub 1k there is something wrong with it, or its body swiss cheese.
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One I am not a mudder. I am going to do ocala national forest again abut plane on traveling with it up the eastern sear board and getting up into the mountains with it. Hence why the creature comforts of even a 99 Limited WJ were preferable over an XJ.

My problem is or was I cant be always objective in these purchases. I got my 2018 WK2 Red Velet Altitude edition so has the black out package due to the fact that red velvet reminded me of my first Jeep my 99 WJ with Sienna Perl color code . So to see another one even with the clear coat seeing better days and the headline beat the crap by looks like a rabid bobcat for sub 1000 it may be worth the drive the two hours away to go look at it. but AC is supposed to work ( no mention on heat ... ha ha blend doors haha ) and that it runs and drives but from my experience that 4.7 v8 will take a lot of abuse and still drive just not sure how well.
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Like stated in another thread here on Jeepforum, I have purchased several of these Jeeps for less than 1K, and have done ok on all of them. None of them needed major drivetrain repairs. My latest is a limited w/quadradrive and the HO motor. I gave 500.00 bucks for it and drove it home. I have another 500 bucks into it to get it road worthy for my 15 year old daughter. It has its blemishes, and the sunroof drains are leaking, and the EVIC doesnt light up, but this machine would be perfect for a trail runner you can drive to any trail. (Or to bounce off of cars and poles in the high school parking lot). If your serious about a trail runner, and can fix things yourself, then buying cheap is a great way to go, and then you can make it into exactly what you want. FWIW

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Oh well destiny got in the way got half way there and got a call saying it was sold. Oh well
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Just keep looking, if that's what you want (or think you do). Took me 3 months - & then 3 turned up, all of which I'd probably prefer to the one I got. Remember, none of it's important, so just treat it as a game.
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I think a zj would make a better trail beater. They seem a lil but tougher and more aftermarket. They Also have a v8 engine that isn’t a ticking time bomb
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Never took to the ZJ somehow (but then, I don't think we got the V8) - however there's something in what you say & I suspect you're right.
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XJ FTW on a trail rig. I like the WJ for on road but doesn't compare to an XJ for trials. Aftermarket support is expensive, and dollar for dollar XJ is going to do more for less.

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XJ FTW on a trail rig. I like the WJ for on road but doesn't compare to an XJ for trials. Aftermarket support is expensive, and dollar for dollar XJ is going to do more for less.
Good luck finding an driveable xj for under $4-5k. $500-1000 zjs can be had all day long
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