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Jeep JK's, TJ's, YJ's and CJ's from newer to older. Axles could be 44 front/44rear, 30 front/44 rear, 30 front/35 rear, 30 front/35 rear, 30 front/ 20 rear and the list goes on. 44's are generally stronger. Even if you wheel it 30's in front work for a LOT of people with 33" tires. Probably should avoid the Dana 35 and amc 20 rear axles. Having different axles front and rear isn't a problem. Vacuum disconnect front dana 30's (found in YJ's) kinda suck, as do the peugot transmissions.Somebody else already covered spring overs and reverse shackles. You shouldn't have to worry about a SYE unless you pick up a new Jeep with a np231 transfer case., even then, a lot of people just run them stock. No SYE then no need for a CV drive line. I have never needed to winch myself backwards. Throw a winch on the front and be done with it. I don't know much about the 4.2, I have a 4.0 with no complaints. You will like at least, the rear axle locked up.Part of it comes down to how new do you want, how much do you want to spend and do you want to deal with smog. Plenty of low $, pre-smog Jeeps for sale out there though hard tops might be an issue.
I'm thinkin about buyin a jeep wrangler, or a willy's for a dedicated hunting vehicle.I'm not into rock crawling, I don't plan on taking it up the hill & breaking trail in 3' of snow either, so I'm not interested in Lockers, or any of the extreme upgrades.Over the past few month's I've been looking on Craigs List at jeeps & I've seen several real nice jeeps come & go, but theres been several rigs that I passed up on mainly because I wasn't sure about the upgrades that had been done to them.What I'm real vague on is, all the different axles & differentials. I see a lot of adds for rigs with Dana axles front & rear, sometimes they are a different # axle in the front.Also I see a few adds with Dana Transfer cases, whats the advantage to this?? Is the Dana better than the stock?? is it lower geared for crawling??Lift Kits are another puzzle, I know you can buy a lift kit, but then I see adds with lifted jeeps that are also Sprung Over, a swell as Reverse Shackled???????? Sprung over, just means that leaf springs are on top of the axle, instead of under it like it is when stock right????Heres what I want, 3 1/2" - 4" lift, 33" A/T Tires, SYE Kit, CV Rear Drive Line, 8,000lbs Winch that fits in a 2" reciever so I can move it from the front to the rear if nesecary. A Hard Top is preferable for some added security when I park it to go off on a stand.I've been warned to avoid the 4.2L engines unless I like working on them alot.Any Help would be appreciated. Thanks Lee
Posted 28 March 2010 - 07:55 PM
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Posted 29 March 2010 - 07:40 AM
fakawee, the 4.2 is also the old 258 CID CJ engine straight six config. Just putting that out there so people wont get confused if they see 4.2 in the ad but it ends up having a straight six.
The newer 07+ Jeeps have the 4.2 liter V-6 engines. Not anywhere near as dependable as the "straight six" nor does it have the low end torque (required by most jeepers) to navigate tough terrains.
Posted 29 March 2010 - 07:56 AM
Posted 29 March 2010 - 05:54 PM
Buyin a stock rig is deffinentally the smarter way to go, for me.Lots of good advice & deffinentally more clarification Thanks guys.
Here's my advice to a new jeeper. Don't buy a jeep that was someone elses project. You won't know what they changed, modified or installed. A seller does not have the time to go over all the things they may have done to the vehicle and will quickly find out that you know nothing about jeeps once they start mentioning things like disconnecting sway bars, 3 or 4 link geometry suspensions, etc.... so since you're new to the jeep craze, buy something completely stock. This way, it will be your project and you'll know everything about it.
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Stan, I think you'd cry if you had to follow me into some of the areas I hunt in with my TJ. Guys with new toys don't like scratches or dents. You should just get it over with and take a sage bush and run it up and down the sides of your JK. Then you won't mind taking it out hunting. Wheel on!
Or you could do like I did purchase the 4 door Rubicon Jeep and be done the only thing I need to do is lift it 2 inches so chains will clear the rock sliders and find a front bumper that has storage for things like chains and other stuff you don't want to have in the jeep and a place to bolt my high lift jack And my v6 has plenty of power for me but then I don't Rock crawl
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