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Re: Stock TJ or buy a built one already???
I wouldn't buy a built rig unless you know exactly what has been done to it, an example would be the jeep elusive is buying he know's it's been built right w/ d60's, nv4500, atlass 2, the works, though a medioker rig i wouldn't go for here's an example of a horror story my friend bought a nice looking '96 bronco w/ a 6" lift and 36's, it looked nice and drove well, but it came from a car dealer and he didn't know much about building trucks and what had been done to it. So he has put probably what he paid for the truck originally on the truck just in reapairs and it's turned out to be a pile of work. He's had the tranny rebuilt (probably 36's and stock gears, also old spedo gear), rear axle re-built (36's and an 8.8, not he best combo), think he's at 6 rear drive shafts (probably 6" blocks and a led foot wouldn't help), new break lines (guy didn't extend them w/ the lift), new 33" tires since the 36's were too wide and he got a ticket, lots of small stuff and he currentally hates the truck, it eats parts left and right and is in the shop more than on the road. I would vote for the stock tj and talk him down some, how long has it been on the market? wait for the price to go down a little bit, i personally would have liked to have a soft top instead of a hard top (easier to take off, no worry about storing the top for the summer, lighter). There's got to be a reason the guy is selling the built tj, most people don't let go of built rigs (too much into them, time and money, they fall in love w/ them) and when they do it's because they need more reliable transportation, can't afford to keep repairing their built rig, they have beaten the rig to a point where it's becoming a pile of trash and other not so good reasons, stay away from a built rig if at all posable.
Wheel it or drive a minny van