1989 Wrangler VS 1992 Wrangler HELP - JeepForum.com

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 24 Old 11-16-2005, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
Danbo56
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Chesterfield, Virginia
Posts: 24
1989 Wrangler VS 1992 Wrangler HELP

HI:

I am drying to decide between two Jeep Wranglers. Both are 4cyl, manual trans, and 4 wheel drive. Both have good bodies/paint and both soft tops are in good condition.
My delima - the 1989 Wrangler has 122,700 miles. The 1992 while three years younger has 162,700 miles. Should I be worried about the one with 162,700 miles. Both run good and seem to compare mechanically.

Which one would you choose and why?????

I am not mechanically minded at all and have never owned a jeep. Want one to drive around farm, hunt, fish, etc.


Thanks in advance



Danbo56 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 24 Old 11-16-2005, 09:05 PM
jeffy
Registered User
 
jeffy's Avatar
1992 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Northern California
Posts: 748
'92's MPFI vs. '89's TBI

I'd go MPFI with the '92. You'll have 12 more HP and better throttle response because of it.

*** www.4BangerJP.com ***
jeffy is offline  
post #3 of 24 Old 11-16-2005, 09:09 PM
sentinal02
H2 Recovery Team Member
 
sentinal02's Avatar
1992 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: New York
Posts: 6,681
Quote:
Originally Posted by Danbo56
HI:

I am drying to decide between two Jeep Wranglers. Both are 4cyl, manual trans, and 4 wheel drive. Both have good bodies/paint and both soft tops are in good condition.
My delima - the 1989 Wrangler has 122,700 miles. The 1992 while three years younger has 162,700 miles. Should I be worried about the one with 162,700 miles. Both run good and seem to compare mechanically.

Which one would you choose and why?????

I am not mechanically minded at all and have never owned a jeep. Want one to drive around farm, hunt, fish, etc.


Thanks in advance


i'd say the 92 simply because it has a slightly better engine. it's not much, but it does have a few more ponies than the TBI model in the 89. other than that, there's really no difference between the two. tranny, t-case, axles, etc will all be the same. if you can test drive them and like one over the other, go for that one. as far as milage goes, all three of the YJ engines are known to be pretty reliable when they're maintained. there's more than a few of us with over 200K on the clock without a rebuild. however, the engine isn't the only component with the miles on it. sure, lots of people change their oil regularly, but how about the rest of the drive train. I'd pick the one with the better maintenance record for those parts even if it has higher milage.

RIP: '88 YJ 2.5L Ax-5 NP231
Posi-Loked. Herculined. Optima yellow top. 1" Shackle, 2" BDS. Cragar 397's Aussie front.

92 YJ 4.0L Ax-15 231
5" springs, 1" shackle 31's or 35's depending on my mood
sentinal02 is offline  
post #4 of 24 Old 11-16-2005, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
Danbo56
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Chesterfield, Virginia
Posts: 24
Thanks guys for the input. Will use it in my decision.

Thanks again.
Danbo56 is offline  
post #5 of 24 Old 11-16-2005, 10:02 PM
Jayeep
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Powell River B.C.
Posts: 60
89 Or 92

The 92 also has the improved roll-bar, and a much better dash display. The seats could possibly be the better style as well. [ Though not that it matters ].
With the 89 you have the First style AMC 2.5L with TBi injection as mentioned and the old style roll-bar and steering colum that i think was made by GM. Though with the chrysler design you will have to depressure the fuel system to change the fuel filter . What ever one you like more.

I Love Tire's
Jayeep is offline  
post #6 of 24 Old 11-16-2005, 10:04 PM
paultyler
Uncle Paul has spoken...
 
paultyler's Avatar
1992 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: California
Posts: 2,544
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeffy
'92's MPFI vs. '89's TBI

I'd go MPFI with the '92. You'll have 12 more HP and better throttle response because of it.
Period. No question about it. Forget the 89.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


92 YJ, 35' MTR Kevlars, Klune/Dana 20, 4.88s, SYE, Rubicon D44s w/Rubicon lockers, front and rear Alloy USA chromoly shafts with 30 spline outers,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
, custom cv driveshafts,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
, M.O.R.E. 5/8'' boomerang shackles + 2' BL, 15lb Powertank, 4.0L TB & TB spacer, ARB Snorkel, K&N filter, rear bumper and tire rack, Rancho 9000s,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
, Teraflex Bellyup,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
, rock lights, RE hand throttle, M.O.R.E. roll cage,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
, 9000lb winch with synthetic cable
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
(12voltguy.com), Dual Blue Top Optimas with
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
dual battery controller, a/c (ackits.com)

Quote:
Originally Posted by joshrad View Post
This Uncle Paul guy seems to know what he's talking about.
paultyler is offline  
post #7 of 24 Old 01-18-2006, 01:29 AM
Prospect62
Junior Member
 
Prospect62's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Upstate, NY
Posts: 83
Ok I am having similar problem myself, thought I'd add on to this thread rather than start a new one. I have a choice:

-1989 YJ with 4.2 (unknown if BA10/5 or AX-15) w/ decent body & solid frame

-1992 YJ with 2.5 and AX-5 also w/ decent body and frame

Both Jeeps have hard tops and doors and are basically equal in terms of overall condition. Based solely on the engines, which would you choose? I know the 1992 has the better roll bar, better guages and MPI. But the 1989 has a 4.2 as opposed to a 2.5. Is having 2 more cylinders worth the aggravation of dealing with a carb and not having cool interior appointments?

I'd be using the rig as a trail vehicle only, with occasional short road trips during the summer. I plan a 4-5" lift and 33-34" tires as my modifications down the line.

Thanks for your input.
Prospect62 is offline  
post #8 of 24 Old 01-18-2006, 01:40 AM
paultyler
Uncle Paul has spoken...
 
paultyler's Avatar
1992 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: California
Posts: 2,544
I would still take the 4 banger. Depending on your tire size power may not be an issue. I run 33s and have the stock 4.10 gears. My max speed is 75, but I can get there easily and do not need to go faster than that. If you have stock tires I bet you will not complain too much about power.

On the trial I believe the 4 banger will be far better for you, as long as you are geared properly, A 4 banger with the a good mecahnical advantge (gears) is the best because it is light and because it has less HP. Too much power break things. I have a 4:1 which works great.

As for fuel injection, I think it is sort of dumb to run a carbed vehicle. They never run well at altitude and spit an splutter at off camber obstacles.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


92 YJ, 35' MTR Kevlars, Klune/Dana 20, 4.88s, SYE, Rubicon D44s w/Rubicon lockers, front and rear Alloy USA chromoly shafts with 30 spline outers,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
, custom cv driveshafts,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
, M.O.R.E. 5/8'' boomerang shackles + 2' BL, 15lb Powertank, 4.0L TB & TB spacer, ARB Snorkel, K&N filter, rear bumper and tire rack, Rancho 9000s,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
, Teraflex Bellyup,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
, rock lights, RE hand throttle, M.O.R.E. roll cage,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
, 9000lb winch with synthetic cable
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
(12voltguy.com), Dual Blue Top Optimas with
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
dual battery controller, a/c (ackits.com)

Quote:
Originally Posted by joshrad View Post
This Uncle Paul guy seems to know what he's talking about.

Last edited by paultyler; 01-18-2006 at 01:43 PM.
paultyler is offline  
post #9 of 24 Old 01-18-2006, 05:33 AM
89_Sahara
Registered User
2011 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Baltimore
Posts: 294
You guys are silly. A carb doesn't mean the jeep is going to suck. I went to Rausch Creek with jeeps that had each type of motor. No one was limited in any way by the motor in their jeep. Tires make more of a differance on the trail then a few horse power. Why buy something with a bunch more miles cause it has a few more horses? And besides, thats the power it makes new, I'm sure those 12 extra hp are not that significant on old worn motors.
89_Sahara is offline  
post #10 of 24 Old 01-18-2006, 01:12 PM
Prospect62
Junior Member
 
Prospect62's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Upstate, NY
Posts: 83
Thanks for the responses - anyone else have an opinion?
Prospect62 is offline  
post #11 of 24 Old 01-18-2006, 01:21 PM
pushead
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: FL
Posts: 1,266
Go with the 6. I have a carb on mine and never have a problem. Personly I think the roll bar is way better looking than the newer gay family style. The new ones only purpose is to have some where for seat belts. Doesnt add extra protection. Besides who has room for passangers in the back. Not to mention the dash is better in my opinion too. Not a bunch of plastic crap to break all over it. Sure it has some but no much. Plus the 4.2 has more torque and you can rip out all the emsisions crap and run a nice clean motor. No stupid sensors to break. Slap a 4.0 head on there and you are in.

Its not a jeep if it dont have 4wd.
pushead is offline  
post #12 of 24 Old 01-18-2006, 01:32 PM
89islanderchaz
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 41
I agree the newer roll bars are gay.

89 YJ Islander 4.2 L
89islanderchaz is offline  
post #13 of 24 Old 01-18-2006, 04:47 PM
bgredjeep
Registered User
1987 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Augusta, GA
Posts: 2,446
Whats the price difference in the 2? If you can save a few grand on 1 vs. the other that would play into the decision.
bgredjeep is offline  
post #14 of 24 Old 01-18-2006, 04:52 PM
LandRover
Registered User
 
LandRover's Avatar
1998 XJ Cherokee 
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Your Head
Posts: 2,233
odd... I've had two jeeps. An 89 Wrangler and a '92 Wrangler.

I would take the 92 hands down regardless of mileage. You don't want to mess with the carb for one thing. Other than that, from my experience, the 92 has been more solid (could have to do with previous owner, yes). I have abused it more than my 89 and it's held up better. less repairs, better mileage, smoother engine, etc. If you like the old rollbar that much you can find someone on this forum who will trade you...the newer ones are better for making custom cages out of.

RHD '98 XJ
RE 3.5", Bushwaker Flat Flares,
OR-Fab bumpers, PowerTrax locker,
Sliders, Goodyear Duratrac 33's
LandRover is offline  
post #15 of 24 Old 01-18-2006, 04:57 PM
bgredjeep
Registered User
1987 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Augusta, GA
Posts: 2,446
Quote:
Originally Posted by LandRover
You don't want to mess with the carb for one thing.
4cyl YJs never came w/ carbs
bgredjeep is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.



Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Jeep Forums Replies Last Post
1992 wrangler 4x4 stuck supernailman YJ Wrangler Technical Forum 3 10-09-2008 11:13 AM
1992 wrangler yj 4196 YJ Wrangler Technical Forum 2 08-30-2008 08:16 AM
1992 wrangler opinion! To buy or not? acat YJ Wrangler Technical Forum 12 11-22-2007 10:30 PM
1992 4.0l wrangler question Thephantomkaw YJ Wrangler Technical Forum 7 11-22-2007 07:35 AM
Will a 1989 Wrangler Full steel door/hard top fit on a 1995 Wrangler alandchris YJ Wrangler Technical Forum 2 03-13-2007 04:51 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome