1987 Wrangler (What can I do with what I have?)
Hi all, and I want to start by saying it's great to be back to owning a Jeep. Also, thanks for allowing me to join the site.
This is my fourth Jeep purchase. Previously I've owned a '79 CJ-7 Quadratrac, an '83 CJ-7 I6, and a 2004 Wrangler Sport.
My recent purchase is a 1987 YJ with 12K original miles. You may have seen it, it was recently listed on Ebay through Collins Brothers Jeeps in Texas. Although I've had a few CJ-7's, I actually fell in love with YJ's and they've been my favorite Jeep ever since. I actually do not have the Jeep in my possession yet, it is being shipped to me this week. But the purchase is complete.
This Jeep just seemed too clean to pass up. So, away with my questions/concerns...
I want to build this (at least for now) as a daily driver, occasional light trail toy. Will probably pull my jet-skis & trailer & cruise the beach more than anything. However, ideally I'd like to run something along the lines of a 4" suspension lift, 1" body lift (I don't mind a small body lift, and it will give me the ability to remove the rubber mounts with poly ones), and 33" tires.
What I know...
*The I6 is a good motor. Other than try and keep it in great shape I'll prob only add the fuel-injection kit. After all it will be my daily driver, I'll love the extra power and mileage, and I hate fooling with Carbs (did that on my '83 ALL THE TIME.)
*The peugeot tranny can ROYALLY SUCK (my first main concern & question.)
Q1 - Will this tranny hold up (at least for a while) to 33's fine for my type of driving (I know I have to factor in my gearing and I'm not sure what these are yet... I will update when I know). Remember, it's pretty much
* The axles are standard D-30/35's. I think they will have no problem with what I want to use them for, but it seems there may be a few small mods that make them much more dependable (yes in the future I'd prob consider the ford 8.8 swap).
Q2 - Are there any improvements to the axles that I really need to consider?
*I'm not sure yes if the transfer case is a NP-207 or NP-231. I kow the 231 is preferred, but along with the tranny I'm wondering if it can handle the setup I desire.
Thanks in advance for the assistance. I figure there are plenty on here with experience with this equioment (I've read some horror stories.) I'm just hoping someone can help me with some insight as to the setup I'm trying to accomplish and if it's feasible.