Jeep shopping. Cherokee vs TJ/YJ -
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 11-16-2011, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
1998 XJ Cherokee 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: tyler
Posts: 239
Jeep shopping. Cherokee vs TJ/YJ

Hey Jeepers! Howdy from East Texas.

Got the jeep bug looking for a capable ATV for the deer lease. Down in Texas, ATVs hold their value pretty welll. And they get REALLY abused. Not uncommon to see a snorkel and radiator mods on them cuz they bury the thing and mud will cake the radiator. But, they don't have heaters, passenger seats or any other creature comforts that a jeep provides. Plus getting wet and muddy is fun but I'd much rather wheel around in something with doors and have room for the girl or a few friends. Particularly if I can get a decent jeep for the same (or less) than a capable beat-to-**** ATV.

So! I'm looking to spend about 3-5000 and there are tons of great jeeps for sale locally, some even have mild lifts and tires already on them. A few even have steel bumpers and skid plates.

Cherokee vs TJ/YJ? I'm thinking cherokee because it will be warmer than a TJ type for Nov/Dec/Jan hunting. Most also have 4 seats which would be good for riding around the lease.

What gets around in the mud and hill climbs fairly well? I think long wheel base is better for this? No rocks to speak of or any real rock terain around here, so having 4' of articulation isn't ever gonna be in the plans. But I'd like it to be capable around the mud/ATV park and obviously be more than capable around the deer lease. I now realize this is an addiction like anything else, but current target plans are for max 4" of lift and bigger mud grips. Locking diff. other than that, I'm wet behind the ears. I'd consider myself mechanically inclined having rebuilt the top end of a 351W for my boat so I'll be doing all mods myself.

Got a blank slate here, so point me in the right direction!

thx in advance

denverd1 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 11-16-2011, 02:27 PM
Registered User
1991 YJ Wrangler 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Tulsa
Posts: 1,247
My Choice would be a 4.0 YJ. '91-95

If you can afford a TJ sure go for it.

Dont get a 4cyl unless you just want to complain about it later.

Used to have a good sig but Mod threated to ban me...

Errrrrrr, Will complain else where - &y
Andywear is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 11-16-2011, 05:14 PM
Web Wheeler
2002 TJ Wrangler 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Denton County, TX
Posts: 8,006
It sounds like you have already answered your own question. If you need room for 4, and want a weather tight cabin with creature comforts, the a Wrangler is not for you, XJ Cherokee it is.

Both can be made to handle off-road.

denton county, tx
2jhanna is offline  
post #4 of 4 Old 11-17-2011, 01:34 PM
Registered User
1998 XJ Cherokee 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Suffolk
Posts: 60
i love my xj cherokee, and it has done everything asked of it for 13 years, with abundant enthusiasm. although i have lots of extra goodies for mine (it's for sale), you won't have too much problem finding a lifted xj for sale in your price range, if you don't mind a little wear and tear and aren't looking for too many extras.

have fun!
Poop3000 is offline  

cherokee , mud , newbie , tj , YJ

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Jeep Forums Replies Last Post
Jeep Shopping, need some advice Philly Jeep Buying Forum 11 09-05-2011 03:27 PM
Shopping for Grand Cherokee in $8000 range johnbres2 Jeep Buying Forum 0 12-29-2010 05:34 PM
Questions shopping for new Jeep... Paratrewpr Jeep Buying Forum 4 03-12-2010 05:32 PM
I'll share my Jeep shopping experience Bill C Jeep Buying Forum 1 02-18-2008 10:58 AM
I'm shopping for my 1st jeep! Can you help? jeep-newbie Jeep Buying Forum 11 01-07-2008 09:23 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome