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Old March 15th, 2017, 07:40 AM   #1
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This jk seems to be bit of a whore here on the west side. Guess it's my turn for sloppy fourths? .

Well with the decision to give up on my Galaxie project (was gonna be my wife's car), I asked her if she wanted another old car or something different. With our intent to relocate to Colorado in 4.5yrs, she said she wanted her own jeep. So I went on the hunt. Watched the market for a minute, and when I sold her tahoe, decided it was time. I was gonna wait till the new platforms came out, but I get impatient .

We ended up with a high mileage 2007 jku. I feel I acquired it for a fair price.



It was in need of some light mechanical attention, I'll admit a bit more then I thought it did right away. But only so much one can tell from a parking lot inspection and short test drive. Very underpowered and under geared with the 35s on it.

Intent is a capable wheeler and driver. Initial plan is a v8 swap sooner then later. While the 3.8 runs decent and trans seems good, I plan to either LS or hemi this year or next. Then I'll probably eventually do a super duty axle swap and 4ds. Not a dedicated wheeler, but when wheeled I don't want to have to worry about driving back from the mountains in Colorado.

Bought it with the abs light on, and a hvac mode selection issue, and wanted to give it a good solid once over on the hoist before turning the keys over to the wife.

Longer drive into work showed it had a oil leak from the valve covers that I could smell burning. Big issue for my wife. Very sensitive to smells. Didn't really notice the leak at initial inspection as the engine bay was quite dirty. It was a wheeler and I knew that. Motor was pretty caked with dirt, grime, dried mud. Some time at the quarter car wash got some of it off.

Hoist inspection revealed

valve covers leaking heavy

cracked left exhaust manifold (of course two bolts broke while repairing it).

Abs light was on due to a extremely loose rf bearing

Found the front brake hoses to be scary bad condition.

Front brakes pretty low on material, and of course the pistons were stubborn to move. So new pads, rotors and calipers.

While repairing the manifold my dumb ass broke the clock spring. Disconnected the inter shaft and it spun to far.

New cruise switch, very Touchy to turn on.

Ambient temp sensor kept setting a check engine light.

Hvac issue appears to be some jeep blessing propaganda (circa 2015) came out of the glove box and got caught up in the door cam on the box. Bent the cable from trying to force the switch, and damaged the plastic gears at the back of the selector. The cam mechanism must have took some damage, it binds up. Gonna have to pull the dash and take a closer look at the cam and doors. Suspect something is broken.

Installed a new tailgate vent, old was loose and damaged. I don't recall but I think when I looked at it precut it had a tramp stamp on it covering the vent. Guess that was removed before purchase/wasnt included in the sale.

It rides decent minus being underpowered. She's happy with it and is excited. That's what really matters.
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Old March 15th, 2017, 07:42 AM   #2
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Signed the title, walked 20 ft to remove the sellers license plate and jeep bit me. Fitting, owned it 2 minutes and was already causing me pain. Not much just funny.



Stupid amazon and "deals of the day" led me to buy her a key chain for the jeep.

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Old March 15th, 2017, 07:47 AM   #3
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Don't own any flat bill hats, and really didn't care for the wheels. Tires were loud and she don't need a Mt type tire.

So I found some Rubicon take offs. Always liked the styling of those. Bought some wheel spacers to set them out due to the back spacing. Went with some 35-12.50-17 toyo at 2 extreme to replace the dick Cepek extreme 315-70-17s.







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I drove it to work that crazy windy day last week. Thought the damn hood was gonna lift off with how much the rubber latches stretched. So ordered some rugged Ridge latches.

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Next is a remote start, she's whining already . Ordered a preprogrammed basically plug and play unit off ebay that uses the factory key fob. Don't have high hopes. But I'll get it Friday and see how it does. Biggest complaint I've read is range on the remote.

Probably a new soft top is in order. Undecided what to get. Windows on the current top are hard to see through and top leaks a little and doesn't seal well.

Still need to pull diff covers and service fluids.

On the hunt for atleast a new driver's seat, recline mechanism seems stripped or broken.

I'll probably changed the bumpers up. Rear has a tire carrier I'm not impressed with. And wife wants rocker guards that have a step built in.
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Next is a remote start, she's whining already . Ordered a preprogrammed basically plug and play unit off ebay that uses the factory key fob. Don't have high hopes. But I'll get it Friday and see how it does. Biggest complaint I've read is range on the remote.

Probably a new soft top is in order. Undecided what to get. Windows on the current top are hard to see through and top leaks a little and doesn't seal well.

Still need to pull diff covers and service fluids.

On the hunt for atleast a new driver's seat, recline mechanism seems stripped or broken.

I'll probably changed the bumpers up. Rear has a tire carrier I'm not impressed with. And wife wants rocker guards that have a step built in.
are the xd wheels and tires for sale that you took off ?
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Looking forward to the progress on this one....sure it will be sweet!


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Next is a remote start, she's whining already . Ordered a preprogrammed basically plug and play unit off ebay that uses the factory key fob. Don't have high hopes. But I'll get it Friday and see how it does. Biggest complaint I've read is range on the remote.

Guy I work with just installed one of those on his Jeep...he has had it a week and just ordered the kit to add remotes to it as the range does suck.

Probably a new soft top is in order. Undecided what to get. Windows on the current top are hard to see through and top leaks a little and doesn't seal well.

Still need to pull diff covers and service fluids.

On the hunt for atleast a new driver's seat, recline mechanism seems stripped or broken.

I'll probably changed the bumpers up. Rear has a tire carrier I'm not impressed with. And wife wants rocker guards that have a step built in.
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Sale on those is pending later today.
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Yeah Adam, I guess they make a range extender or whatever to piggy back it. If she has a complaint I'll look into it.
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Sale on those is pending later today.
ok let me know a lady friend is looking for a pair of wheels for her 4 door silver jk like your wife's
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If she just wants wheels, I think the buyer was gonna dismount the tires and keep only those. If that's the case I can mention it to him.
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If she just wants wheels, I think the buyer was gonna dismount the tires and keep only those. If that's the case I can mention it to him.
possibly that might work also what size are they ?
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My fiances JKU has the same thing with the hood, I thought for sure it was coming up when we were going down the highway.

Looks good though! Way better with the new wheels and tires

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The wheels are 17x9 4" back spacing
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I love it, by the way
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It must b a jeep thing?? Congrats on the new ride Dirty Girl!! Have fun!
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The wheels are 17x9 4" back spacing
OK if available get me a price and i will relay the message
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Nice buy. Question for you about it.

Is there much body rust at all? I am thinking about looking for one of these to build and wondered how this body style resists rust?
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Little bit of scale around the rear by bumper. More staining in appearance then bubbles. And the door hinges all oxidize.

It's seems pretty clean otherwise. I looked at a dozen in the 2007-08 flavor and all were about the same regardless of miles. And knowing I was gonna transplant a v8 anyway is why I settled for this one. The mileage got the price down and the body was the same as all the other ones were that were 3-5k more $.
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