ORP 033 - Purchasing a Used Wheeler

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Patrick

Hey looking to go from 33s to 35s with 3.73 gears on a tj would that be fine or would I need to regear (4.0 manual) thanks for reading.

Main Topic:  Purchasing a Used Wheeler

Wrangler keeping solid axles

The Jeep Wrangler, descendant of the legendary Army Jeeps and Willys/Kaiser/AMC CJ series, will keep its solid axles after all.

The next-generation Wrangler, due in 2017, will get some updates to its suspension to improve ride and fuel economy. However, the basic design that allows the axles to maintain traction at all four wheels while traversing the most difficult terrain will remain.

Wrangler’s “smaller” body

The body design choices are:

  • Body on frame. A separate body structure is built on a full-length frame; the visible body panels are “unstressed,” not needed for rigidity. This is how current Wranglers and full-size Ram pickups are made.
  • Full monocoque. A single structure relies completely on stressed body panels with no subframes at all.
  • Roll cage. A separate structure provides a stress path through round tubes passing through (and independent of) the body structure, and tied to the main frame—either separate or subframes. One example is Norm Layton’s custom-made “Jeep” used for off-road endurance racing, pictured below.
  • Spaceframe. A series of extrusions (metal formed by forcing it through a die) that form a full load-carrying stressed structure; it’s usually a basic box shape, with flanges (ridges to add strength or hold different things together) added.

One has to do aluminum bodies before one can move on to aluminum space frames, which is likely the optimum future for the Jeep Wrangler.

As for the body appearance, it will likely be made narrower to present a smaller “face” to the wind, and be more aerodynamic. They can do this by closing gaps and shortening the track to pull the wheels back into the wheelhouses; it would actually be cheaper to switch to an independent front suspension to do this, than to narrow the axles.

Found this pretty nice cj. Looking for a daily driver that I can do some light wheeling in. They want 6800 for this one. Very little rust nice body new tires. Is that a pretty good price? Not sure on the tranny I just know it's the stock one. Thoughts? Should I be looking for something newer?

1982 Renegade CJ7 Jeep

Original miles 89, 722

258 amc motor

5 speed

4x4

35 inch tires

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ORP 018 - What's New?

Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg Bakken and joining me is my co host Jeff Bakken...This is the podcast for all things offroad.  Whether you're looking for Sunday jaunts on some fire roads or hard core rock crawling, we will cover it all. Episode 18!!!

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I'm really enjoying the show! I've laughed to myself about half a dozen times during the week thinking about Greg having to get out of the truck to show the officer his license. Haha!

I'm not sure if you guys have actually purchased auto parts off of amazon. I have, a ton, and you can find some KILLER bargains. I've been inside my suburban engine for the last week and I keep finding things to replace. I just realized my distributors screw hole was split out and I need that on top of the cap and rotor. The cap, rotor alone were about $75 from Advance auto locally. The cheapest distributor they have is about $175. I just ordered the same distributor with cap and rotor off of Amazon for $75 total! I've seen this case many times. Another Pro tip is to look in the used section. You can find open box specials from "Amazon Warehouse" deals. Sometimes these are customer returns, sometimes warehouse damage ect. I've probably purchased about 2-3 dozen warehouse deals and only once had an issue. Same great return policy as new stuff, btw. I recently got 2 performance drilled and slotted rotors with ceramic pads for $100 total via Amazon Warehouse deals... Probably worth mentioning in the amazon spot on the show...

Thanks for all you do, keep up the great work!

Thank You,

Jake Challand

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Sema Nov. 4th-7th

NEW Dynatrac Brake System

JK HD Replacement Ball Joint

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Toyota Control Arm Package

BFG calls T/A KO2 'toughest ever' A/T tire

Dana 60 JK Rear Bolt In Axle Assembly (Full Float)

Dana 60 JK Front Bolt In Axle Assembly

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