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How Much Rust Is Too Much On A Jeep

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Daniel Brown
• Friday, 25 December, 2020
• 9 min read

I'm looking to buy my first Jeep Wrangler, but I have been noticing a lot of rust on the cheaper ones I go to visit. Maybe this is to be expected.but I thought I would post a few pictures to see what this community of people would think.

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Personally if mine needed a frame replacement id part or junk it. Cosmetic and structural are two different things. Shocks, control arms etc can be replaced easily.

I had a former forest service 59 F100 4×4 the floor was rusted around the edges of the cab. I was run off the road and hit a supersized utility pole with it that truck.

The impact left the floor less attached to the frame, the rest of the cab looked like a tilt up body of sorts. Just things to consider when you plan its use as a family carrying highway flyer, or a low buck trail only beater you can duct tape back and bailing wire back together.

Welcome to the Forum Darkstormdenz,Here in Colorado it's fairly easy to find a rust free Yo. Actually for a ten-year-old Jeep, that's toomuchrust unless the price is so attractive that you're willing to put up with the hassle of working on a rusty vehicle.

When you see one that looks good and is in your price range, be ready to jump. In the meantime, remember, you may have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince/princess.

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Mud buildup in hard-to-clean places like skid-plate seams will cause long term corrosion, too. My brother just finished cleaning up a lot of that on his 2008. We bought my wife's 2017 last year, it still looks absolutely brand-new underneath even though it came from Daytona, FL.

We bought my 2017 this past January, it had a rust along all the skid plate seams and other little patches here and there along the entire under body. The previous owner either lived right on the beach or was very lazy about cleanup.

I'm looking to buy my first Jeep Wrangler, but I have been noticing a lot of rust on the cheaper ones I go to visit. Maybe this is to be expected.but I thought I would post a few pictures to see what this community of people would think.

You can do better, and likely cheaper than that rust bucket even in the short term (initial purchase). Almost every stock Jeep I've seen in the N/E has as much rust as those pictures....the modified ones are much cleaner.

I wound up taking calls advice and waited and continued searching. Nice looking Jeep, it sounds like a great deal...congrats.

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I wound up taking calls advice and waited and continued searching. On first inspection there looked like a pristine 98 that I want to buy for my kids.

62k, zero body rust, engine, tranny, trans case, diffs, suspension all in good order. My mechanic wants to replace two u joints, but they aren't necessary, just a nice thing to do if we can work it into the deal.

My wife and kids love the car (and so do I) but I don't want to do something stupid on it. Tapping on the frame with a hammer or screwdriver can sometimes identify thin spots.

If the area in front of the control arm is the only problem, it can be replaced using frame repair sections from Safe-T-Cap. Ask the seller if you can drill a few inspection holes (say about 3/8”) on the bottom of the frame (which is what the next owner will want to do anyways in order to treat the inside of this frame), on each side, by each control arm mounting area.

Get under and put your fingers in these areas, and in all the factory frame holes, and feel for loose pieces of corrosion.if you find corrosion at all most of these areas I would either not buy this jeep or I'd want the price a maybe a grand lower. I disregarded 3 inch gashes where the rear control arm attaches to the frame due to rust when I purchased my Jeep.

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IMO any rust is toomuchrust because once you can see its ugly head there is usually a whole mess you can't see. Check every piece of the frame you can touch, if it feels soft anywhere tell the dealer to try and get the price way lower.

IMO that's insanely high for a vehicle with that sort of rot. The seller/dealer had all the problem spots welded with plates.really nice job.

The skid plate still needs some work, but I only paid $6000 with a hardtop and a/c. I have been slowly fixing up small problems like the blower sensor, am I changing all the fluids this weekend, am I having the gas tank skid plate replaced, and I did a throttle body cleaning and changed the plugs which really smoothed out the engine.

I just recently bought a 2000 i6 5 speed with hard and soft top, 102k motor 185k body with a frame that looked pretty dam good, rust spot on each fender and a dent in one fender for 4000 cash. All these things were easily fixed and just as easily ignored. Jeeps are all over the place. I walked away from a few during my shopping time and even bought one I changed my mind on 3 days later. I ended up selling it for what I paid to a nice man who just wanted an off-road toy. Needless to say this was the first vehicle I ever bought without NEEDING a car at the time.

And remember your always going to have to do some work at some point. Good luck with your hunt. I just recently bought a 2000 i6 5 speed with hard and soft top, 102k motor 185k body with a frame that looked pretty dam good, rust spot on each fender and a dent in one fender for 4000 cash. All these things were easily fixed and just as easily ignored. Jeeps are all over the place. I walked away from a few during my shopping time and even bought one I changed my mind on 3 days later.

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I ended up selling it for what I paid to a nice man who just wanted an off-road toy. Needless to say this was the first vehicle I ever bought without NEEDING a car at the time. And remember your always going to have to do some work at some point. Good luck with your hunt.

Looked at 8 TJ's which all were rotting from the inside of the frame before I found the one I bought. Patched it and the passenger side with one of those safe-t-cap kits for about 400(had a welder in the family to help me).

A few months later I had to drop the skid for a tranny cooler like job, and the complete underside of my frame was rotted out. Cleaned it up and welded steel over it, but I guarantee my front control arm mounts are almost gone too.

If I bought kits for above the skid and had paid for the welding, I would be looking at well over 2 grand by now. The responses have helped me detach from the emotional side of getting a Jeep for the next generation of Keepers in the family.

Howdy all! I'm looking to buy my first Wrangler (to go along with our pair o' Cherokee's, Cher and Way). Since this will be strictly for playing’ in the rocks and the dot, and occasional trailer hauling’ duty, I don't want to spend a bucket load o' cash right up front.

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As you are all aware, even beater Wranglers can fetch a pretty penny and being new to this kind of vehicle, I don't want to unknowingly spend my particular pretty penny on a proverbial pit, apiece? I've got a line on a white 2002 Sahara with the 5-speed, a Dana 44 3.73 rear end, low mileage (76K), and a few other positives (and some negatives) for an asking price of right at $9000.

From my research, it looks like it spent its formative years, till around Jan 2005 and about 14K miles, in North Carolina and Maryland. Since then, it's been in decidedly warmer climes but I fear its time in the snow belt may have left a mark on its soul.

Please give me your honest opinion in general and especially on the rust on the under bits (last two pix). Oh yeah, any suggestions on rust removal and mitigation would also be appreciated.

EDIT: Forgot to mention, I'm about 3.5 hours from this puppy, so I can't just run out and look it over I started with that thread (bunches of great advice) but wanted to put may specific case before the jury.

It does have the matching 5 packs of new tires too, that a nice touch in my book. I would definitely get underneath and inspect the frame rails for rust. Especially where the (Transfer Case Skid Plate touches the frame) in the front near the first bolt and from under and the inside of both sides.

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I ain't from the north, so I wouldn't know what to look for specifically on the TJ in question! Chris, I was kinda afraid of that...was just really jazzed at the low miles and what looked like a wonderful interior on a white Sahara.

When it comes to caring for your Jeep, when you go to the coast how long do you wait to spray it down afterward? OK, seriously, anytime I go to the Texas coast (in whatever vehicle), I find the first car wash with an underside sprayer that's physically far enough from the coast that you're away from the “transferred from the beach” salt on the roads.

After getting home the same day or next day, I hit the underside with a plain old hose-end sprayer; not so much trying to get major blasting but more about a lot of water, especially in areas where sand (salt's partner in crime) may have settled or collected. Come to think of it, if you know of a good creek crossing on the way home or near home, that'd Polly be the best since there is no better way to get rid of salt than with a good flood rinse.

:brush: If the water's high enough and running, then you could just sit and enjoy the scenery or listen to a couple of good old Journey tunes while the creeks does the rinsing for you. OK, seriously, anytime I go to the Texas coast (in whatever vehicle), I find the first car wash with an underside sprayer that's physically far enough from the coast that you're away from the “transferred from the beach” salt on the roads.

After getting home the same day or next day, I hit the underside with a plain old hose-end sprayer; not so much trying to get major blasting but more about a lot of water, especially in areas where sand (salt's partner in crime) may have settled or collected. Come to think of it, if you know of a good creek crossing on the way home or near home, that'd Polly be the best since there is no better way to get rid of salt than with a good flood rinse.

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:brush: If the water's high enough and running, then you could just sit and enjoy the scenery or listen to a couple of good old Journey tunes while the creeks does the rinsing for you. When I got home I drove up on my car blocks and sprayed underneath real well.

I noticed some bolts I had just installed for tow hooks (grade 8) were rusted before I got to the car wash in Corpus. They look fine for now... Oh well, gotta stay on top of it...

Now that I talk about it, I don't know what the hell I was thinking when I was looking at that Sahara...love is blind I guess. As for the bolts, any naked (or blacked/blued) hardware will rust at the first sign of moisture.

I have a couple of ATVs and whatever hardware I put on is either well painted or stainless. And, yeah, it's a constant struggle; especially for the folks up North where it's you against Mother Nature AND the Highway Department.

If you could find an under garage like that in NY you would be a very lucky man. Ask for a picture of the bottom from the side focusing on where the control arms connect. You really need to get the seller to send some pics of the Frame where the LCA mounts are and where the skid plate it.

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My jeep has its fair share of rust, these pictures make me feel much better about my situation. The frame will rot from the inside out, so I would be weary if that is how the outside looks.

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