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Unread 01-10-2002, 07:10 PM   #1
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Want to buy a YJ. Any years I should stay away from?

Here is the deal. I just bought a new 2002 Sport with all the bells and whistles but like most of us guys and our toy...one is never enough. I need another one but I'll have to go used this time. The truth is that I am a teacher in one of the toughest school districts in the northeast. I have always had an extra, less attractive to disgruntled students with keys , car. so I think I'll get YJ. any suggestions on the year? Thanks

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Unread 01-10-2002, 07:25 PM   #2
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anything '93 or newer.. you prolly want the hard top also with all the rain and to prevent theft or tearing up of your top.
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Unread 01-10-2002, 07:25 PM   #3
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er.. i meant you should LOOK for a YJ that's 93 or newer.
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'93 YJ, 4.0, K&N filter, Borla Header, Borla Cat-Back, Hi-Flo Cat, 3 Core Radiator, D-Rings, TruckNuts, MSD 6A, LockRite Locker in D30, Magnecors, Kickass Stereo, 1" daystar, 31" BFG AT's, Homemade Rocker Guards and Front/Rear air-tank bumpers with tire carrier, 15x8 AR-767 4"BS, BDS 3.5 HD lift, AMA A/C Kit, York OBA, GoFerIt 1" MML, 8,000lb HF/MM Winch, Magellan MAP 330 GPS, PRO-2067 500ch. Scanner, oh, and a CB capable of talking to SATURN!

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Unread 01-10-2002, 07:29 PM   #4
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My 92 has never had a problem, (don't think it's any different than a 93) I have soft top and leave it unlocked to try and avoid cuts. However it sounds like you should go for the hard top as much as it pains me to say.
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Unread 01-10-2002, 07:37 PM   #5
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Somebody got a beef with 92s??
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Unread 01-10-2002, 08:05 PM   #6
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Unread 01-10-2002, 08:44 PM   #7
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All YJs are/were not the same, '94s & '95s got the anti-lock brake axles whether they came with anti-lock or not. '95s got 297x u-joints (same as a D44) in the front axle as opposed to the 260 and '95.5s got TJ windshield tie-downs/rear gate hinges, subtle differences, but the u-joint issue is worthy of note.
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Unread 01-11-2002, 05:31 AM   #8
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I have a 91 and I have the 4.0 H.O, with fuel injection. So it started before 92. I have had no beefs with my Yj.
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Unread 01-11-2002, 11:29 AM   #9
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I bought an 87' and I've had no problems with it. But had I done my homework like you are, I would've gotten a fuel injected model. Plus the 87' has the Peugot tranny which I heard is a piece of sh*t. (But I haven't had problems, yet).
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Unread 01-11-2002, 12:21 PM   #10
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I agree with my esteemed collegues. You preferably want anything 91-95 with a hard top and the 4.0L. The hard top is not a necessity as you can buy a better aftermarket one. The only dif in the fuel injected 91's was that the intake manifold was less efficiently designed than the 92-95's. Also the rear ABS was an option starting in 93. Yes the 91's have the old style roll bar as was already mentioned. Aside from these things there were factory options on these models you may want to consider. First, is the larger gas tank that was offered. Second, intermitent wipers. And third, AC. Fourth, the trac-loc dif. And fifth, a towing package. 91-95's also have either the AX-5 or AX-15 manual trannys, the AX-15 being the prefered. And as was mentioned the 95's have the much improved U joints. Oh yeah, one last thing...if you are into lifts and modifications buy a Jeep that someone else sunk the money into already. Just make sure if it has a suspension lift that it was done right, i.e. transfer case lowered, propper gearing for tire size, dropped pitman arm, extended brake lines, stuff like that. If it has a body lift check the mounts for shifting and body tub damage.
I repeat, whatever you do, go for the 4.0L if possible. Ok this is the last, I promise. Go to autotrader.com and do an exhaustive search over the distance you are willing to travel using all the criteria you are looking for in this vehicle. This works great for me, I've found several Wranglers this way going through private sellers.
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Unread 01-11-2002, 01:24 PM   #11
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I have a 91 Yj but replace the rear diff with a 95 Dana 35, does this mean I would have the 297 u-joints, I am not sure which joints your talking about.
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Oh nevermind I guess this is for the front diff??? I am still kinda
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Unread 01-11-2002, 01:38 PM   #12
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I have a 91 Yj but replace the rear diff with a 95 Dana 35, does this mean I would have the 297 u-joints, I am not sure which joints your talking about.
Thanks.
Oh nevermind I guess this is for the front diff??? I am still kinda
No, it's the u-joints in the front D30 axle, that hold the inner axle and stub together. 260X in pre '95, 297X in '95 and later.
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Unread 01-11-2002, 10:30 PM   #13
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All knowledge aside, pure experience tells me to point you toward EFI... with carburators its russian roulette with venturi leaks and stalling problems... and a 1990 258 could get ALOT more beat up than one might suspect in 12 years...

my core advice would be to look under the jeep, look around, check for grass/mud clottings around the suspension, dont buy anything thats been offroad for a daily driver... especially if its got mud deposits and its a carburated motor!
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Unread 01-20-2002, 06:42 PM   #14
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Mine's a '91 and I'm very happy with it.
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Unread 01-21-2002, 11:27 AM   #15
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I have a 92 and I love it, except for the internal slave cylinder. For a $50 part, it costs near $400 to get it fixed. If it were me, Id try for a 94 or 95 because in these years they changed to an external slave cylinder. If you dont know what a slave cylinder is, basically when it goes out, you can't shift gears. Or just get an automatic.
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