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Unread 06-01-2015, 01:16 PM   #1
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Bought an 89 YJ what should I do to it

So I bought this YJ yesterday that has lived it's whole life in Virginia. The tub is ridiculous clean on the thing.

It has a 3" lift (not sure what kind), trying to figure out what type of wheels would look good on it, and also a tire size that would fit with the lift that's on it.

What do you guys think.





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Unread 06-01-2015, 02:19 PM   #2
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beautiful jeep mate.
I would put a little beefier tire on there 33's would fit perfect.
Then change the gears to somewhere around 3.75 you can go 4.11's but it wont hardly do 70 MPH with 4.11's
is it the 4.2?
If so i would recommend at least a new carb if not finding a 4.0 head and going fuel injected. the swap is supposed to be pretty easy.
I recommend replacing all your fluids. Mine had mud water in the radiator when i first bought it.
For now id say just drive the sucker, things are gonna go wrong eventually and you have to worry about fixing them then for now have some fun with it
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Unread 06-01-2015, 02:36 PM   #3
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Start with Nutter Bypass, motorcraft 2100 carb swap, 33" would be good.
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Unread 06-01-2015, 03:39 PM   #4
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What I've written below assumes the OP isn't made of money.

Why are you all recommending replacing major expensive parts before you figure out if they aren't working yet? Telling someone to replace the carb, replace the distributor, and bypass the computer (Nutter bypass) before they change the oil, look at the spark plugs, and do a basic tune up, is just terrible advice.

How does it run now? What kind of mileage is it getting? If you are satisfied with the way it runs, do some maintenance and don't immediately screw with major components. If you aren't satisfied with how it runs, figure out what is wrong with it.

Make it more dependable. Fluids, hoses, belts and battery cables unless they look really good. Tuneup with better Ford parts (team rush). http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/i-...nitive-669495/

Get it running as good as you can, then decide whether you need to throw hundreds of dollars worth of parts at it to make it run better.
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Unread 06-01-2015, 03:44 PM   #5
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Looks to be a 2.5" spring. And 1" shackle.

33's will look good. As for wheels it's all personal preference I ran. Alloys off a tj. Then black steelies now I'm on black alloys with a polished ring on mine
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Unread 06-01-2015, 03:47 PM   #6
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FIRST OFF I for one am pretty sure hes not a noob and doing the regular basic maintenance is a given....

Second the nutter and carb upgrade does make it more reliable if you have read any post ever submitted.

Third dont think that little bit of money is going to be an issue ... Do you not know what 1A Auto is.


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What I've written below assumes the OP isn't made of money.

Why are you all recommending replacing major expensive parts before you figure out if they aren't working yet? Telling someone to replace the carb, replace the distributor, and bypass the computer (Nutter bypass) before they change the oil, look at the spark plugs, and do a basic tune up, is just terrible advice.

How does it run now? What kind of mileage is it getting? If you are satisfied with the way it runs, do some maintenance and don't immediately screw with major components. If you aren't satisfied with how it runs, figure out what is wrong with it.

Make it more dependable. Fluids, hoses, belts and battery cables unless they look really good. Tuneup with better Ford parts (team rush). http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/i-...nitive-669495/

Get it running as good as you can, then decide whether you need to throw hundreds of dollars worth of parts at it to make it run better.
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Unread 06-01-2015, 04:14 PM   #7
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Unread 06-01-2015, 04:30 PM   #8
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Good looking jeep! A couple ways to go as I see it. You have a really nice stock jeep, leave it somewhat stock with some larger tires though you'll probably have to adjust the stops or add spacers if you keep the gambler wheels.
Or use your sources to make a really trail worthy jeep from the ground up. Since you already have a jeep, I'd be tempted to keep this one somewhat stock.
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Unread 06-01-2015, 05:46 PM   #9
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Great looking jeep.....as far as what you should do to it, do what I do....use it as is for a month or two. Make sure you don't have to put any money into getting it to run the way it should, and if it does have some mechanical issue, fix it. Ask here, or if you have to, take it to a shop. Forget the tires, the wheels, the fog lights, fender flares, winch bumper, and all eye candy for now. Remember, if it sits in your driveway, looks better then any jeep ever made, but don't run, its nothing more then a very expensive birdbath or planter. What good is that? Use it, make sure its up to par, THEN and ONLY THEN, think about the wheels, tires fender flares, and other stuff.......Good luck with it.. .it really is nice......
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Unread 06-01-2015, 06:30 PM   #10
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That thing looks really clean! Enjoy it for now, take the top off and run the heck out of it. You'll figure out which way to go.
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Unread 06-01-2015, 08:32 PM   #11
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That thing looks really clean! Enjoy it for now, take the top off and run the heck out of it. You'll figure out which way to go.
This-- take the top off and enjoy summer. winter is a great time for mods. Welcome!
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Unread 06-02-2015, 05:48 AM   #12
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So I bought this YJ yesterday that has lived it's whole life in Virginia. The tub is ridiculous clean on the thing. It has a 3" lift (not sure what kind), trying to figure out what type of wheels would look good on it, and also a tire size that would fit with the lift that's on it. What do you guys think.
I think that's a nice jeep!
I also think that decent, clean YJs are above my purchase ceiling. Probably worth it but I would never drive that in the winter here in New England unless all you are viewing that as is a clean winter sacrificial vehicle; and that would be a shame!
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Unread 06-02-2015, 06:50 AM   #13
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I would what I call "baseline" it. Wash and wax (cos we have maybe the one vehicle that looks good dirty and clean!) Give it a thorough once over/servicing. Check... pretty much everything. Fluids, tune up, go over the vac lines (verify the vac switch on the front axle is working), check brake pads and fluids, any leaks, lube the suspension/steering (I'd pull the track bars and front sway bars but that's a personal choice. I found my rear track bar was ripping the bracket off the frame so I tossed it and the front was close behind it. I don't go fast in my jeep ever so the sway bar was next. I have disco's but don't use 'em anymore. Ride and flex is way better.) Clean any electrical connections, ground the engine to the frame to the body. I'm sure I'm missing lots but you get the idea. I'd then decide what exactly I'm going to use it for and draw up a list/budget/timetable (to keep things moving... nothing like a deadline to light a fire.) Check things off to show progress. I'd include in that list trails to hit places to go in it. Nothing like going places ordinary vehicles can't get to.

Bottom line is... enjoy it the way you see fit. And post up progress!

P.S. Pics are my son, two nieces and I in the Sierras. One niece is from Puerto Rico and when she got home the first thing she told her mom... "I'm getting a Wrangler!"
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Unread 06-02-2015, 07:00 AM   #14
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Well.... I live in NH I'm a huge Jeep guy always have been, built that ZJ that's in my sig, with a 3.5 RE lift. This Jeep's only going to be a summer vehicle, the frame and tub are almost perfect on the thing. I drove it home last and have an issue with it stalling when I get on the brakes.

It's an 89 with the 4.2. It idles nice and smooth at 1,000 RPMs in the driveway. The brakes are hard as a rock on it; when I go down the road and get on the brakes it kills the engine coming to a stop. I'm thinking that the brake booster might be bad in it.

What do you guys think.

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Unread 06-02-2015, 09:48 AM   #15
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Man, I love those blue Islanders. That one looks incredible. Enjoy it.
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