I'm getting really tired of my back hurting any time I drive my YJ anywhere out of town, and not having any power on the highway is getting old too. I may be getting a job that requires me to drive From Colorado to North Dakota and back every month. I would also have to bring enough gear to live up there for 2 weeks and a passenger with the same amount of gear.
Before this job opportunity came up I was serriously debating taking the motor out of an old suburban that my parents have and doing a carbed 350 swap, but before I do that I'm trying to be honest with myself and see if all of that trouble is worth it.
would be to replace my 4" RC lift with an OME setup and some 3/4" shackles and maybe a 1" BL to get a better ride and then do the 350 swap. That should give me more than enough power, and the OME springs should give it a better ride.
Just replacing my RC springs with OME would set me back $400, and close to that for better riding shocks. Then add in some shackles and maybe a BL and I'm already looking at a grand before I even get to the motor swap.
And even though I already have the 350 I'd need to find a tranny and T-case. So for that whole swap I'm still looking at at least close to another grand I'm sure. But I'd have one hell of an off road rig.
would be to sell the YJ and buy a small truck (S10, Tacoma, etc...) that I could still fit on the trails that I do and start a build with something that already has enough power to run on the highway all day and rides much better as well. The trucks that I'm looking at are fuel injected as well, and if I did that 350 swap it would be a carbed swap.
I know I'm asking the YJ croud here, but I'm really torn on this one since I never thoguht I'd sell this YJ. Should I drop $2000 on the YJ to get it riding better and give her some more power, or should I just sell the YJ and buy something that already has more power and build it up then buy another Jeep in the future once finances allow for 2 vehicles.
It looks like YJ's around here in similar condition to mine are going for $4500-$6000. The trucks that I'm looking at are in the $5000 range.
There is a 4X4 S10 extended cab with the 4.3 and only 85,000 miles that I could buy and still have enough money to lift it and do tires if I got blue book for my YJ, and around here I have yet to see a YJ go for less than the blue book value.
There is also a Tacoma TRD with the rear locker and small factory lift and bilstein shocks that I could get for $6000.
I would hate to sell the YJ, especially after all the work I've put into it, but I need something that I can take on a roadtrip 1/2 way across the country every 2 weeks. What do you guys think?
And just so you can see what we're talking about here's a shot of the YJ.