Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Southeastern Indiana
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I would be really supprised to find out that a 99 tj had a streached chain. Last one I fixed was a beat to death 88. It was the first time the case was opened. Not saying it couldn't be, but I expect that it is not the chain. Go through and check all the fluids, Heck replace it if it is time and look for shavings as suggested and discolored oil. While changing the chain is not difficult it requires a few special tools and While I could do it in about 3 hours (I like to do it on a bench) I wouldn't want to do it unless absolutely necessary.
Berings going out tend to tick as described. I would make sure what was wrong before I threw parts at it.
Ya only go around once, best to enjoy it the first trip.