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Unread 04-05-2014, 10:22 AM   #1
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About to buy a YJ and need advice!!

Whats going on guys, I'm new to this section of the forum so bear with me. I currently have a WJ and my dad and i were looking for something else to go wheeling with. Bottom line is that a friend of a friend is selling an 88 YJ 5 speed with 103,000 miles. He is asking $1,600 as the bottom line number.
There are a couple of things that are somewhat of an issue and wanted your advice on:
  • 4 wheel drive actuator is acting funny
  • e brake sometimes works
  • car starts to buck and jump in first gear (all others seem fine)
  • rear shock mounts neeed to be replaced
other than those "major" things and a couple of smaller things is seems to be running fine, no major frame rust. I'm just wondering if you guys think he's asking too much and if theres anything else I should look for/ how much you think its gunna be to do all the work
Thanks a ton... Stay jeepin and stay classy

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Unread 04-05-2014, 02:34 PM   #2
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BUY it and NEVER look back. Those "major" issues are actually minor in the grand scheme of things.

The 4wd actuator can be replaced with a posi lock. Basically a mechanical cable to engage it. I think there like $100 for a fancy one. Or if you research you could build one yourself for like $20.

I have no e brake on mine. Not really an issue. But my guess is that something is messed up with the drum brakes. No biggie weekend project. Probably under $100.

The bucking is probably a sign that the carb needs some tuning. It's likely due to the light engine load seen in 1st gear.

Find a welder and weld a new shock mount on.

Honestly there's thousands of guys on here that would no hesitate to pay under $2000 for a jeep with those problems. As long as the frame and body are good and the tranny shifts it'd be sold. And the tranny issue is debatable.
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Unread 04-05-2014, 02:42 PM   #3
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Grab it! For that price you can have a lot of wiggle room for upgrades.
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Unread 04-05-2014, 03:03 PM   #4
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welcome fellow lil rhody jeeper.
as stated above, minor issues. the biggest pain would probably be the shock mounts. auto rust technicians on niantic ave in cranston have the new mounts for $55. i replaced mine in the fall with them. worked great, but i did strengthen them up some more. pics of said jeep? and where in RI are you? good luck with the purchase.
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Unread 04-05-2014, 03:59 PM   #5
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no major frame rust.
Living in the rust belt area, its hard to understand what you mean by your statement.
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Unread 04-05-2014, 05:11 PM   #6
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Unread 04-06-2014, 05:46 PM   #7
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Living in the rust belt area, its hard to understand what you mean by your statement.
There was some surface rust but it wasnt rotted out
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Unread 04-06-2014, 05:46 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone for the advice, I think we're gunna go for it I just need to convince my dad a little more lol
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Unread 04-06-2014, 07:51 PM   #9
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There was some surface rust but it wasnt rotted out
Get some pics of that frame. Just as a reference...
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Unread 04-11-2014, 02:48 PM   #10
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I'd pick that up in a heart beat, just like Rambo3489 said, those problems are an easy and cheap fix. If those are the only issues you could have it running perfectly with no more than $400 into it.
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