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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-08-2003, 06:07 PM
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What do I need to look for in a jeep?

I'm hooked on mudding, I have three grand cash, what do I need to know before I go out and buy a jeep? I need advice on how to get into jeep-n' [img]images/graemlins/givemebeer.gif[/img]
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Re: What do I need to look for in a jeep?

I will assume your looking for a CJ with 3k. First off CJ's are notorious for rusting. Make sure the windshield frame, floorboards, and frame are not rusted too badly. Espically check the frame from the rear tires back. Also, in 1977 (I think thats the right year) they started putting disc brakes on the front. I would recommend trying to find one with disc brakes espically if you plan to be mudding a lot. Make sure the 4wd works. A 304 V8 is better, but a straight 6 will be fine just for playing. Power steering is always nice. Also, I prefer a CJ7 over a CJ5 because they have more room and they are more stable, bt many people like CJ5's. Its just personal preference.

When you find one, make a new post about the specs and pictures if at all possible and we will help you out the best we can.
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Re: What do I need to look for in a jeep?

You'll get more for your money if you buy a Full-Size Jeep or a Mid-Size Jeep. The short-wheel-base (SWB) rigs are a high-demand vehichle and carry a higher price. They are also more likely to be beat to death by the time you get one. Check out what sort of J-10 or pre-84 Cherokee you can get for $3k. I bet you it will have a 360 V8, a durable trans, and 1/2-ton axles. The mid-size Jeeps (87-01) will have the same (or better) drivetrain as the SWB but be thousands less, and are less likely to be beat on (don't even consider an '84-86. For that matter, you shouldn't bother with anything less than a '91 in the mid-size or Wrangler areas).

For a little info... my first Jeep was/is an '89 YJ Wrangler. 2nd worst Jeep ever built ('87 Wrangler is #1). Crappy Peugot transmission, crappy carb system, crappy rear axle, odd spline count for the x-case, crappy gearing in the axles, crappt/tacky plastic dash...I could probably go on.
It's a great platform to build from though, and I'm swapping in almost everything from ::drumroll please:: a full-size Jeep. 360 v8, HD auto-tranny, HD x-case, D44 axles (1/2 ton where stock SWB axles are 1/4 ton). It would have been wiser of me to buy a FSJ to start with and slap a Wrangler body on it [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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It would have been wiser of me to buy a FSJ to start with and slap a Wrangler body on it

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Funny you should say that cause that is what I am planning to do. I have a 76 cherokee stripped to the frame that I am going to build with, I hope, a scrambler body on it.
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Re: What do I need to look for in a jeep?

I think a Commando body would be even cooler. A little FYI: Comanche rear springs should be good for a 4" lift on the rear of Full-Size Jeeps. They're only 1" longer and the centering pin may be about 1" more to the rear. You can also turn the front springs around to gain a little more wheelbase and a better approach angle.
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