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post #1 of 73 Old 07-06-2020, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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2006 TJ Rubicon Unlimited 2 dr. 4 X 4 LWB

Hello Everyone,
I'm a New Member
I just bought my first Jeep, It's got a lot of miles (210,000)
What should be my first concerns as to it's Maintenance /Safty? ...(timing belt/chain, Suspension bushings/components) Please give me your thoughts......
I was told that it runs & drives great. I'm the 3rd owner, clean Car fax, Vehicle is stk. clean & straight.
I get/look at it in 2 weeks. I hear they are prone to frame rot in front of rear wheels. It was recently under coated....

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post #2 of 73 Old 07-06-2020, 10:02 AM
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Did you inspect the undercarriage to verify the frame is not rotten? Frame condition would be my primary concern given your location. Automatic or manual transmission?
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2006 was the last year of the tj. Assuming you got the 4l 6cyl, you should be in good shape. Because of the high miles i would take it to a trusted mechanic to check wverything over under the hood.
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6 sd.man. w/od. I'm doing the trans. online Its 2 hours away in L.I. N.Y. I'll check it out in person in 2 weeks, where do I look?
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I look @ it in 2 wks. I'm very mech. inclined I've had a lot old muscle cars (2 ) 71 camaros (still have the z28, Datsun 240z, 77 z28 81 buick electra estate Full size wagon & I'm on my 3rd boat ....I rebuiul the hull & jot new interior 18' Runabout 3.0L 200 hp. I have maintained them all my self I have a lot of tool & enjoy maintaining them.... But this it the newest year for me I like the old stuff that you con work on ...I also restored a 68 Triumph motor cycle, 800 big bore kit road race cams w/ big Amal carbs.
I'm in new territory w/this one.

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Well you should get aling fine with the tj. Last year where everything under the hood is very accessible. I changed my radiator out in 40 minutes total. Alternator was 30 minutes. I had never changed either before on any wlvehicle.

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NICE, Thank you for your reply. That's Good to hear.

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You need to crawl under the rig and probe the frame with a hammer and screwdriver. Quite common for sellers to hide rot with expanding foam and a fresh coat of paint.

I wouldn’t even bother with maintenance items until I verified that the frame is sound.
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The recent undercoating would be a red flag to me.

Why did the current owner wait 14 years, 200k miles to protect the frame.
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Is this a stamped sheet metal frame (uni body) or is it separate part? Where are they prone to rot ?
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I miss spoke earlier, I'll technically will be the 3rd owner...I'm buying it through a used jeep auto seller. Dealer. I'm Concerned about the frame rot & told them about it & the recent under coating job that they did. (i'd rather see a lightly rusted frame than a FRESH Under Coat job. <>< ' EEE

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A TJ has a separate frame, not uni-body. And is frame and other parts are very, very, very prone to rust and rot out, especially in salty areas near the coast, and wear salt is used on northern roads.

Pretty much every couple weeks is a new thread here where some one has a rotted out frame.
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Oh No, Is there any "hot spot " for that frame rot ??
Why wouldn't Jeep " FIX " this flaw in their design... If it is SO prevalent.

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Oh No, Is there any "hot spot " for that frame rot ??
Why wouldn't Jeep " FIX " this flaw in their design...
These rigs haven’t been built in 14 years so no reason for Chrysler to repair. Frames rot because owners neglect the undercarriage and fail to clean regularly during the winter. Play close attention to the area around the skid plate. Feel/look inside the frame for rot and heavy metal flakes.
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From what you said, If their so Prone to frame rot than other Vehicles.... That's why I said that It seems to be Jeep design prob. in general. Some times the matl. they source is more prone to rot. I'll have to look close at that for rot. Thanks for your Advice ! Much Appreciated !!

Where's the Skid Plate ??

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