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Unread 09-02-2004, 04:27 PM   #1
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Wow, my first "official" post...

Ok, I'm probably the guy with the weirdest "before-Jeep" vehicle...

My name is Derek, and I work for Saturn as a Product Specialist. No, that's not the weird part... the weird part is that while I'm keeping my Saturn SL2 in my driveway, the Jeep YJ that I just bought is replacing a Mazda Miata. In fact, I can't think of any vehicle more "opposite" the Miata than the YJ!

So, here's the thing... I've always been a big fan of Jeeps since I was a kid. Maybe it was that whole "MacGuyver drives one" thing, who knows... but something in my childhood got me hooked. So, since I enjoy walking through the provincial parks up here in the dead of winter, and go to a family's cottage in the country side, the idea of driving a car like the Miata through snow banks taller than the windsheild weren't too appetizing. And the Saturn? Well it's being replaced with a vehicle on the upcoming Kappa platform from GM, so there's another RWD convertable. I clearly needed something that had just a "wee" bit of capability!

I came across a great condition black 1988 YJ with only 82,000 kms (yes, kms, not miles!) on it. The Jeep looked to be in great shape, with no dents or signs of abuse. One thing that shopping for a Jeep has taught me, is that finding one that hasn't been absolutely abused is tough. Many that appear on used lots around here are just in horrid shape.

Not that it didn't need any work mind you, but some really good people at "Just Jeeps" in Ontario here were able to hook me up with some good accessories and rims to get this thing in to this century.

In fact, I took off the old rusty steel rims and replaced them with brand new rims that came off of the first TJ Unlimited to be lifted in Canada! I guess that makes it a little more special...

I have a few questions, and a few pictures to upload, and will do so in the next few minutes. My usual server for hosting images is acting up, so I'm gong to try find something out there to host and link my pics.

In the meantime, I just wanted to drop a little "hey there" to the Jeep community... I can't tell you how happy I am to have this vehicle!

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Unread 09-02-2004, 04:50 PM   #2
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Alrighty then... here is the "Before" pic from the past weekend:





And now, after some hard work, here's the "After" pic, thus far:

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Unread 09-02-2004, 06:05 PM   #3
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Very nice looking Jeep, it is so clean for an 88. The wheels look great but I think it looks better without the grille overlay.
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Unread 09-02-2004, 06:57 PM   #4
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Unless your jeep is jacked up on a jack or jack stand, you have something wrong with your suspension.
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Unread 09-02-2004, 09:17 PM   #5
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Unless your jeep is jacked up on a jack or jack stand, you have something wrong with your suspension.
Dude. You drop a crap bomb on the guy like that and then dont even elaborate on what you mean?

(where is the 'thumbs down' smilie?, Where are ANY smilies!)
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Unread 09-02-2004, 09:44 PM   #6
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Unless your jeep is jacked up on a jack or jack stand, you have something wrong with your suspension.
yeah, i dont really see anything wrong?
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Unread 09-02-2004, 09:57 PM   #7
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i happen to like the overlay on black Jeeps.

also i think that it looks funky cause he has his wheels turned. i know taht mine does that when i turn my wheels all the way to one way or the other.
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Unread 09-02-2004, 11:02 PM   #8
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Wow! Such great responses! Thanks for all the quick replies, as I mentioned though, it's a work in progress. You have to understand that I had a limited budget until my next paycheque (I'm sure many a Jeeper have said that), so I did the best I could. As to the looks, like with anything, it's all subjective. As for the shocks, the leafsprings in the back are sagging just slightly, but then again, the thing is 16 years old, so I can't complain too much. Another optical illusion is caused by a) having the car on my driveway that is inclined b) the wheels turned and c) I had tonnes of stuff loaded in the back that I had brought home. Stuff like the old wheels for instance, I have new seats in the garage to go in, some running boards so the co-pilot can get in, and more.

Really though, for the age, it was in such good shape, I figured it was better for me to get something a little older and with the money left over mod it up to the way I like, than to get a newer Jeep at the edge of my budget, and do nothing with it. In the end, I'm still very pleased with my decision. The Slave Cylinder has acted up, and looks like some air has got into the system. I've bled the system out, and the bubbles keep leaking in. So, a quick replacement tomorrow and all should be well. Other than that, with only 82,000kms on the clock, everything is still in great shape!

I've always been a Chrome with black kinda guy... my cars have been either black, or Chrome... although, I have admired my cousin's DeLorean... which I guess is imbetween (-;
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Unread 09-02-2004, 11:38 PM   #9
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So, a quick replacement tomorrow and all should be well.
hmmm, i've never seen a quick slave cyl replacement. lol. nice jeep. 82K is baby milage compared to my 88. even if it was miles. got over 223K on my clock. engine was replaced at some point though as I'm just coming to find out. gotta love the black though. goes with any color top/interior and looks good shined up.
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Unread 09-03-2004, 02:55 PM   #10
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Unless your jeep is jacked up on a jack or jack stand, you have something wrong with your suspension.
It's always fun when Jeep Man makes his bi-monthly appearance out of that swamp in the woods isn't it! I wouldn't say there's anything wrong with your suspension other than sagging springs with 30" tires.

Anyway, my black '87 has a factory chrome overlay that's definitely not as shiney as that one, but in general I also like them on black Jeeps. Only black ones though.

That thing looks really good for an 88 so congrats!
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Unread 09-03-2004, 07:48 PM   #11
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I like the chrome look on a Jeep - it really adds the right amount of bling to it!



My Jeep is also an '88. Its nice to see other pretty Jeeps - even the old ones!!!
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Unread 09-03-2004, 10:39 PM   #12
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Maybe if you took the time to LOOK you would see the pass side shackle is swung way out more than the drivers side. But thats normal right?
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Unread 09-03-2004, 11:25 PM   #13
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Maybe if you took the time to LOOK you would see the pass side shackle is swung way out more than the drivers side. But thats normal right?
it is when you take into consideration that the license plate is playing tricks on you. i saw that too at first and then realized it's the plate. hold a straight edge up to the screen and you can see that they're parallel
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Unread 09-04-2004, 10:22 AM   #14
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Another vote for parallel to me as well... even without the straight edge.

Nice looking Jeep FireMate! Congrats on finally getting one, and hope you enjoy it for a long time.
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Unread 09-04-2004, 11:29 AM   #15
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Maybe if you took the time to LOOK you would see the pass side shackle is swung way out more than the drivers side. But thats normal right?
Perhaps your head is on crooked?

The shackles are definitely on there straight.



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