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dcocch 05-06-2013 04:23 PM

My "new" YJ...So much to do!
I've been searching for a YJ for a month or two and finding one misleading craigslist ad after another. I was about to take a break from my search when one popped up on my local Craigslist on Saturday morning. I went about looked at it and then drove away and thought about it for a little while and decided to make it mine.

Here is my "new" 1989 Jeep YJ 2.5L:

She is sitting at 130k miles with an engine rebuilt (professionally with receipt) 15k miles ago. I found an envelop full of receipts and pieced most of the work on it done in 2005-06. The guy I bought it from has had it for 2.5yrs and only put 10k miles on it since then. The paint looks pretty good for 24yrs old and I have yet to find any rust on it.

Yesterday I spent the day changing oil, diff fluid, spark plugs, and washing it inside and out. I also removed the overhead lights (that weren't hooked up) and soft top. I'm planning on running bikini top since this is more of a toy than a DD.

The only issues I've seen so far is:
1) No heat...or anything for that matter. I still need to check fuses...
2) Horn doesn't work, need to check fuses there too.
3) It has TJ seats in it...which is cool except they sit so high I can almost see over the windshield and my legs and right up against the steering wheel.

4) Tires are dry-rotting. I was hoping to save some money for a lift kit and new tires but I'm not sure how much life these have left in them...

Other than that I think it's in pretty good shape. I haven't gotten to drive it much because it's been rainy and I haven't gotten around to go to the DMV and get a license yet. I'm seriously considering the Rough Country 2.5" lift and 31" tires. My stock springs are flat and if I'm buying new tires I'm not getting 28" tires. I think the 2.5" will probably give me closer to 5" from where I'm sitting now. I know it gets a lot of mixed reviews but this isn't a DD, it's a summer asphalt convertible and maybe some dirt but not rocks. I have also read that removing the rear track bar helps with the roughness of the RC lift. I would just get stock springs and do a 1" BL but stock springs would set me back just as much as a lift!

More pics to come...

Smerdons 05-06-2013 06:52 PM

Looks great!

dcocch 05-06-2013 08:34 PM

I bought new tires and a lift tonight. I decided to go with the RC 2.5" lift. The wife wasn't thrilled with a new Jeep...much less $800 on a lift. I'm gonna see how the RC works out and if I have to get something different next year when the wife is happy so be it. I got the kit with hydros for $490 shipped. I also got some Nexan Roadian MTs 31"x10.5" shipped for $540. I'll post my reviews when they are installed!

kgb_m3 05-07-2013 12:30 AM

Great setup man, clean little jeep to start with and have fun. Wife will come around, just give her some time. Mine took a year to get into the whole jeep thing, now she's looking up mods and goes rock crawling with me...

Dake 05-07-2013 01:12 AM

Nice looking YJ. Love the color:thumbsup:

dcocch 05-07-2013 05:30 AM


Originally Posted by Dake (Post 15399394)
Nice looking YJ. Love the color:thumbsup:

I like the color of your's better! :cheers2:

The wife isn't exactly mad...she is excited to take the Jeep to Florida on Memorial Day weekend and enjoy it all summer. I'm kind of curious to see what all the fuss is about with the RC lift. I bought a lift because it's rough...but maybe I'll eat my words (and spine) once I test it out. :laugh:

Rproject 05-07-2013 06:56 AM

Nice platform.

It took my wife almost a year to admit that I picked the right YJ. LOL

I've always been a little partial to the earlier YJ's myself. I like the sport bar.

It looks like one of the PO's did some creative wiring at some point in time. Hopefully it's just undressed splices and nothing more than that.

Enjoy and have blast with it!

dcocch 05-07-2013 09:06 AM

Any YJ owners around GA/AL want to trade their YJ seats for some TJ seats? They are too tall for me...

dcocch 05-12-2013 05:56 PM

Added a RC 2.5" lift and some 31s this weekend. Also used a torch on the fenders and tinted the amber turn signals up front. Oh and plastidipped the wheels.

Kdeome 05-12-2013 06:25 PM

I'd trade seats with ya but I'm in MA!

bowtech 05-12-2013 09:43 PM

Looks like a nice score there. Take the wife wheeling and let her see how much fun it is. My wife wasn't thrilled at first, but now she likes going out and riding the back roads, trail riding and rock crawling. It's always a work in progress, you just have to plan to progress.

zte87 05-12-2013 10:59 PM


Originally Posted by Dake
Nice looking YJ. Love the color:thumbsup:


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Renegade88 05-13-2013 10:36 AM

Looks great! I'm on the hunt for another YJ myself.

lar308 05-15-2013 07:05 PM

It's a great jeep, a friend has a 2.5 in a YJ. "Mabel's" a serious goat on the trails, she climbs everything. You'll have alot of fun with it. Ron

dcocch 05-15-2013 08:47 PM

So far it hasn't been much fun... Got the lift on and needed to drop the t case. Went and got some 1" square tubing and got it all drilled and pretty and took it for a test spin. All the vibrations are gone but I stopped to get gas and noticed I was spewing coolant. I rushed home and grabbed a catch pan and it wasn't leaking anymore. I couldn't tell if its the water pump or lower hose. Looks like I have another weekend project!

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