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post #1 of 9 Old 07-03-2006, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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I might buy a YJ need feed back

hey guys i am considering buying alittle project this summer. there is a guy on craigslist that is selling a yj with 150k and 5 speed and its an 87 for 2100 and he says the starter is bad and needs to be replaced so im thinking alittle work into it which i want to do. Would this be a good deal for like 1200 or something. How much work should i expect on a yj this year. I really want to put a lift on it ect but it would be low budget. What could i do for cheep. i saw rough country lifts on ebay for like 400? are there better for cheeper or would this be fine if im not going to do extreem wheeling. Also i own a gc so im not new to this yj's just look so fun


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post #2 of 9 Old 07-03-2006, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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is the 4 banger really much worse than the 6 my ideal rig would be 4.0 5 speed but less engine is just less power? here are the pics...
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/car/176882254.html

heres just the listing

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If I were you, I would look for a 4.0 yj. No one really likes the lack of power with the 2.5L .

Look for a 1991 and above. They have fuel injection rather than a carb.
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First, there is very little that is "low budget" about a jeep, other than the owners pocket.

Second. If you really think about it....why would this person sink 1500 into the jeep in "accessories" as he calls it, only to try and sell it because of a $50 starter.

Third. You want a project to "put a lift on, etc...etc." You said nothing about engine problems/maintainence. If you want a project for your reasons stated, you need to look at a little more dependable jeep drivetrain wise. As mentioned before, 91 and up with the fuel injection is your best bet.

Keep lookin bud, the deals are out there.

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thanks for the info...i know how much i have to sink into a jeep blend door problem electrical problems ect. im thinkin of just looking too but is a deal like that good?

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so is this what i should look for
1991+
4.0l i6
Hard top
good condition ect

any thoughts on the 5 speed vrs the automatic?
there are some that meet the req for pretty cheap that are automatics

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What you stated would be "ideal," however not a requirement for a "fun project." My rig, when it was a 4banger, had plenty of go juice for offroad. It just didn't have the guts to make it up highway hills. I drive 25 miles each way.....highway. And it had 35's. A fourbanger is fine for a trail/city rig. Yes, 91+ is what you would want for fuel injected models. A fourbanger with 33's and 4.88 gears would get you in enough fun to satisfy most weekend warriors. Hard top/soft top makes no difference. Hard top is nice for winter, but more a pain for summer. The only downfall to soft tops is rain and wind. By nature, soft tops don't leak while driving....only when sitting in the rain. And if properly aligned, can be avoided. Your biggest enemy on a jeep.......rust. I would take a poorly running jeep with no rust over an overhauled jeep with the floorboards weakening from rust. Usually what you can see, is only half your problems when it comes to rust.

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also id hate to say it but its basically just a summer project and i wont have it when i move away to school so i thought it would be a good fixer upper but maybe i should look for the 91+

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87-89 is by far the least desirable years as far as YJ's are concerned. Unless you really want to go for it, I'd walk away. These have the very breakable pugeot tranny, and both the 2.5 and 4.2L are carborated, which are plagued with idleing problems, and issues on steep inclines.

I'd steer clear of this one, unless you get a smoking deal on it.
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