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post #1 of 27 Old 07-11-2019, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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manageable level of rust

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Was just hoping someone with more knowledge than me could step in with the semi limited view of pics I was sent for an out of state purchase. Is this level of rust to the frame manageable or try to look elsewhere? Seems hard to pass up for the price at the moment.

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pics wont show enough to really give any type of good idea( what you see looks fair, but its what you DONT see). These frames tend to rust from inside out. by the time its seen on the outer its well gone. Me i would say rust is a deal breaker on a used vehicle that you plan to keep. its better to spend 2x on the jeep to get one that is nearly rust-less. then to get one that may need frame off resto , that will cost 5x more then its worth.

someone painted the under side not to long ago to make it LOOK better. as well they painted over rust, makes it worse.

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pics wont show enough to really give any type of good idea( what you see looks fair, but its what you DONT see). These frames tend to rust from inside out. by the time its seen on the outer its well gone. Me i would say rust is a deal breaker on a used vehicle that you plan to keep. its better to spend 2x on the jeep to get one that is nearly rust-less. then to get one that may need frame off resto , that will cost 5x more then its worth.

someone painted the under side not to long ago to make it LOOK better. as well they painted over rust, makes it worse.
Thank you! I'm always worried about what people or dealers gave done in order to cover the rust up. The value of these unlimited rubicons blows my mind so trying to find one with limited rust within a reasonable price range has become quite an ordeal!
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Holy crap you Southwest guys crack me up. That rust is NOTHING to worry about.
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Holy crap you Southwest guys crack me up. That rust is NOTHING to worry about.


Yeah, that thing would be advertised “rust free” around here.


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Holy crap you Southwest guys crack me up. That rust is NOTHING to worry about.
I guess price is whats really getting me. She only wants 14k for an 06 unlimited rubicon with 105k miles. clear title, cant find anything wrong in the pics besides that rusting. Everything else I'm seeing just from dealers are at least 20k.
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Rust doesn't look too bad to me, but Do some searching. 05 and 06 pcm problems, especially with auto trans

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Rust doesn't look too bad to me, but Do some searching. 05 and 06 pcm problems, especially with auto trans
I have thanks to a previous post of mine! Thank you for checking! We actually have another 06 same make and model in the family as well. Nothing yet pcm wise on this one or the one we own but definitely prepared for that nightmare haha.
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Just a little crusty around a couple of the holes, but doesn't look too bad to me. The only spot that would have me mildly concerned is center bottom halfway between the rear control arm mount and the belly skid; it looks bubbled and without checking in person you can't tell for certain if it's just on the outside or has come through from inside. It's fairly safe to say you should expect the bottom inside of the frame to look like the rusty areas around the side frame holes.

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Just a little crusty around a couple of the holes, but doesn't look too bad to me. The only spot that would have me mildly concerned is center bottom halfway between the rear control arm mount and the belly skid; it looks bubbled and without checking in person you can't tell for certain if it's just on the outside or has come through from inside. It's fairly safe to say you should expect the bottom inside of the frame to look like the rusty areas around the side frame holes.
If I receive this is there a solid way to put a hold to the spread? Just through coverups?
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Clean the inside of the frame the best you can to remove salts and loose scale/debris, then use your choice of rust converter, encapsulator, or frame saver product and topcoat. Lots of threads on the subject, I solved my rust issues by moving south where it's dry (mostly).

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Clean the inside of the frame the best you can to remove salts and loose scale/debris, then use your choice of rust converter, encapsulator, or frame saver product and topcoat. Lots of threads on the subject, I solved my rust issues by moving south where it's dry (mostly).
Thank you! I’ll research. Reaching 110 this week for a couple days here in Cali so I was figuring it would help a bit hahah
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I guess price is whats really getting me. She only wants 14k for an 06 unlimited rubicon with 105k miles. clear title, cant find anything wrong in the pics besides that rusting. Everything else I'm seeing just from dealers are at least 20k.
That's not rust, that's good. I would be more concerned about the 14K price tag. To much IMO, you could buy a very nice sport for about 7K and put another 3K into the sport and now you know what you have and most likely way beefier then the Rubicon while built to your specs....although starting of with a Rubicon would be nice in a perfect world but, not for 14K on a 06. imo
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That's not rust, that's good. I would be more concerned about the 14K price tag. To much IMO, you could buy a very nice sport for about 7K and put another 3K into the sport and now you know what you have and most likely way beefier then the Rubicon while built to your specs....although starting of with a Rubicon would be nice in a perfect world but, not for 14K on a 06. imo
I dont know where you are seeing $7k Unlimiteds....most unlimiteds in decent shape are $10k minimum. If they are clean with lift and tires etc I regularly see them in the $12-14k range with many asking up to $17k. They are getting more rare by the day.
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