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Old 11-21-2011, 08:11 PM   #1676
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I bought an '01 XJ with 140k miles and had it for 2.5yrs. I had a few heat soak issues due to unshielded spark plugs but there was a service bulletin on it that my particular example never saw the dealer for. Other than that....no motor issues. I think that motor is good for 250-300k easy. The cylinder head on the '00-01's cracked but newer ones fixed that.
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:14 PM   #1677
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Good to know. Thanks for the input, Dan.
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:19 PM   #1678
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I regret selling it. put it on eBay and only got $2600 for it.....timing was bad on that sale I think....the same still goes for $4k three years later.



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Old 11-21-2011, 11:13 PM   #1679
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I woulda bought that for $2600 lol...
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Old 11-22-2011, 09:01 PM   #1680
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I have a question for my mother who is going to be getting a 2012 Sahara Unlimited Soon.

(So jealous)

Anyway, she wants black wheels and something that looks like these:

http://www.blackrockwheels.com/produ...ositiveOffset\

Is that what she should go with or is there a better option out there? They need to be 18's.

Also, can she keep her stock tires on those or should I convince her to get some BFG AT's?

Thanks, guys.
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Old 11-22-2011, 09:31 PM   #1681
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I have a question for my mother who is going to be getting a 2012 Sahara Unlimited Soon.

(So jealous)

Anyway, she wants black wheels and something that looks like these:

http://www.blackrockwheels.com/produ...ositiveOffset\

Is that what she should go with or is there a better option out there? They need to be 18's.

Also, can she keep her stock tires on those or should I convince her to get some BFG AT's?

Thanks, guys.
18x7.5 is the stock Sahara wheel size. It's not hard to find that size to replace it. The hard part is finding a wheel in that size that comes in the same backspace which is (if memory serves me correctly) a whopping 6.25". Of course, I am assuming she wants to retain the exact stock specifications. Another issue is that the 18" wheel market (for Jeeps) is about as brodawg as the 20" market.

Black Rock makes nice wheels... but I do not believe they make anything in an 18". An option for her is to have the local Jeep dealership swap in a set of Arctic wheels (which I believe are 17") or order a set of the MW3 Edition wheels. Another option... find a decent powder coater and have them shoot the stock Sahara wheels in a matte black.

As for the tire selection... if you can get her to upgrade, that's a solid tire choice.
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Old 11-23-2011, 04:05 AM   #1682
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Thanks for the great input, Joey.
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Old 11-23-2011, 05:56 AM   #1683
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I have a question for my mother who is going to be getting a 2012 Sahara Unlimited Soon.

(So jealous)

Anyway, she wants black wheels and something that looks like these:

http://www.blackrockwheels.com/produ...ositiveOffset\

Is that what she should go with or is there a better option out there? They need to be 18's.

Also, can she keep her stock tires on those or should I convince her to get some BFG AT's?

Thanks, guys.
These are sexy and stock:

http://www.autoblog.com/2011/11/17/2...ition-la-2011/

Any reason why they need to be 18"?
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:40 AM   #1684
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These are sexy and stock:

http://www.autoblog.com/2011/11/17/2...ition-la-2011/

Any reason why they need to be 18"?
18" are stock, thus the desire to stick with stock. It eliminates any chance of voiding the warranty on related parts, which is a safe move although most likely unnecessary.

The Arctic wheels are nice. They would look good on a Sahara.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:49 AM   #1685
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How much life can I expect to see out of the I6 in the LJ? Should I be wary about jumping into a car with 80k?


The 4.0L is the main reason I searched out a Jeep. Powerless yes. Reliable? Super duper with regular maintenance and care.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:40 AM   #1686
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How much life can I expect to see out of the I6 in the LJ? Should I be wary about jumping into a car with 80k?
I have my original motor in mine. 18 years old now. 160k or so on motor, only repair I have ever done is a rear main.

The 4.0 I6 is well known for going 300k+ miles with regular maintenance.

The older ones that used a distributor really benefit from a MSD (or equivalent) ignition, high power coil/wires and increasing the plug gap, and you can see +3mpg gains. Add in a high flow cat for even more.

But leave the internals stock.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:40 AM   #1687
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The 4.0L is the main reason I searched out a Jeep. Powerless yes. Reliable? Super duper with regular maintenance and care.
Powerless.. maybe but a A**load of torque at really low rpms...
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:43 AM   #1688
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I have a question for my mother who is going to be getting a 2012 Sahara Unlimited Soon.

(So jealous)

Anyway, she wants black wheels and something that looks like these:

http://www.blackrockwheels.com/produ...ositiveOffset\

Is that what she should go with or is there a better option out there? They need to be 18's.

Also, can she keep her stock tires on those or should I convince her to get some BFG AT's?

Thanks, guys.
BFG AT's are ok tires.. not the greatest.

Honestly I would drop to a 17" or 15" wheel. Really opens up a LOT more options for tires.

These ones have been getting GLOWING reviews lately as a good all terrain all weather option.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....ngler+DuraTrac
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:45 AM   #1689
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Phenx, do you know how to multi-quote? It's much easier to replying to each post individually.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:46 AM   #1690
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Phenx, do you know how to multi-quote? It's much easier to replying to each post individually.
Nah dude. Dude, nah.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:51 AM   #1691
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Phenx, do you know how to multi-quote? It's much easier to replying to each post individually.
LOL Yeah... if I'm a lil goofy the last couple weeks just blame it on the drugs. All hopped up on Hydrocodone, got back surgery in two days.

I swear I have the attention span of a chipmunk.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:50 PM   #1692
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These are sexy and stock:

http://www.autoblog.com/2011/11/17/2...ition-la-2011/

Any reason why they need to be 18"?
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18" are stock, thus the desire to stick with stock. It eliminates any chance of voiding the warranty on related parts, which is a safe move although most likely unnecessary.

The Arctic wheels are nice. They would look good on a Sahara.
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I have my original motor in mine. 18 years old now. 160k or so on motor, only repair I have ever done is a rear main.

The 4.0 I6 is well known for going 300k+ miles with regular maintenance.

The older ones that used a distributor really benefit from a MSD (or equivalent) ignition, high power coil/wires and increasing the plug gap, and you can see +3mpg gains. Add in a high flow cat for even more.

But leave the internals stock.
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Powerless.. maybe but a A**load of torque at really low rpms...
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BFG AT's are ok tires.. not the greatest.

Honestly I would drop to a 17" or 15" wheel. Really opens up a LOT more options for tires.

These ones have been getting GLOWING reviews lately as a good all terrain all weather option.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....ngler+DuraTrac
Thanks, guys.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:07 PM   #1693
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I drove down towards San Diego today to look at, drive and have that LJ inspected by a mechanic.

Overall, it's in really good shape and drives really well. It is in desperate need of front brakes and new shock bushings but other than that it has been taken care of very well. The only thing that gives me pause is some of the rust as the car has spent its life living at the beach.

What do you guys think of the rust? Too much? Ok?

Oh and after the pics, I'll tell you why I'm a little pissed off right now.

















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Old 11-23-2011, 11:08 PM   #1694
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:13 PM   #1695
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The owner was great - very accommodating and friendly and willing to let me have my way with the car. I drove it on road and off (even the highway) and the thing ran great. The only obvious issue was some bushings noises which a mechanic later confirmed.

After tooling around for an hour or so we brought it to a local specialist which I found for a full inspection. The mechanic turned out to be great (wish I had one like this guy locally) and gave us a run down of everything that was wrong with the Jeep.

All it really needs at this point is new front brakes and shocks, neither of which are a big deal. All the core components are in excellent shape and the mechanic didn't comment on the rust so I figured it wasn't a big deal.

So after we finished up we took the Jeep back to his place. He knew I wasn't going to buy it today as I still have to sell my car to Carmax but when I was saying goodbye and thanks and breaking down the next week or so he became hesitant. Throughout the day I could tell he was extremely attached to this car and is seemingly the only highlight in his life right now as he has been without a job for 12 months. He also mentioned at one point he had promised the car to his 20 year old son.



So he says at the end of everything that he wants a day to think about it and will let me know. I drove 130 miles, paid $90 and spent my day with this guy for him to tell me that he's not sure about selling the car that he put up for sale.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:26 PM   #1696
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I like it except for the white wheels, they're just turrible!
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I love those wheels.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:29 PM   #1698
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well then its perfect for you, what do I know?
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It has teeny tires. It's a man that doesn't need natural male enhancement.
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well then its perfect for you, what do I know?
It'll be prefect for me when the owner decides he can actually TAKE MY DAMN MONEY.

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It has teeny tires. It's a man that doesn't need natural male enhancement.
I will be replacing those with 33's, methinks. The rears he has on there at the moment are beyond done.
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