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Unread 08-19-2011, 04:27 AM   #1
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XJ or YJ???

I am looking for somthing i can buy for under 800 dollars. I can find them both under that price pretty easy. So I am not sure what i should get for a cheap build. I really like the coil springs on the XJ, but its easier to change axles in a YJ. The YJ is smaller, but the XJ is easier/cheaper to get parts for. YJ can go SOA for a cheap lift, but the XJ can go coil spacers and blocks.

So im torn. i can find non running YJs for 500 all day, and can find running XJs for 400 and 500. So im not sure which to get.

Thanks in advance!!!

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Unread 08-19-2011, 07:21 AM   #2
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they are both trash so get what you think looks best
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Unread 08-19-2011, 04:35 PM   #3
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I own both yj and xj. If this is a stricly offroad rig either will be fine but if you planning on any driving get a xj.
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Unread 08-20-2011, 12:24 AM   #4
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It will be offroad and will only see pavement about 1ce a month if that. I found a XJ that runs and drives a hour and a half away, i really like it. but i really like the fact you can remove the doors and top in a yj and fold down the windsheild.

Whatever it is it is going to be Low Center Gravity
On the xj i would compleatly cut out the rear fenders and make new ones outta steel so i could fit 33's that i have sitting around.

On the yj i would go SOA, Remove the fenders, make tube or make rock crawler hood for fenders and cut the rear to fit 35's or it i can, 37's
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Unread 08-20-2011, 08:03 AM   #5
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Early Morning Bump!!!!! I want more opinions!
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Unread 08-20-2011, 09:33 AM   #6
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My 2 cents..
With a ladder frame on the YJ there are so many more options than the XJ unibody. YJ is also easier to build it into a crawler beast if it evolves into that.
Suspension mods and so on are way easier on the YJ.
And, if having a convertable top is desirable, its easy on the YJ.
How many passengers do you plan on having? Obviously the XJ has more room.
Bottom line is, a YJ is easier to mod and take seriously offroad. You can mod an XJ with a external cage, chop off the top, slap on 33's; and it will still never get the respect it deserves offroad.
I have seen some very cool XJ's and many Jeep people still refer to them as grocery getters!
The XJ people I have personally have wheeled with have small children strapped into the back seats.
That being said. I LOVE the classic 70's look of the XJ, and would love to have a bone stock 2000 model just to use around town as a daily driver.
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Unread 08-20-2011, 09:36 AM   #7
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No doors or roof on a YJ makes it a better toy.
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Unread 08-20-2011, 10:02 AM   #8
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Thanks for the opinions! keep em coming! is nobody going to stand up for the xj???

I would be only carrying 2 passangers if i am not by myself. i think i may just go for the yj if i can find one that has the 4.0 for cheap. i am not a fan of the 2.5. If i cant find a cheap YJ with the 4.0 soon (as the local trails are closing in a few months for winter), then ill just wait until spring, unless i find a nice XJ.

I just want some more opinions to make sure i get the one right for my needs, so far i am leaning very far torwards the YJ.

Thank you all for your opinions and hope to get more! especially you EasyE!!!
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Unread 08-20-2011, 06:35 PM   #9
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Evenving Bump
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Unread 08-21-2011, 12:06 AM   #10
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Back again haha i would say this arguably now some jeepers say when modded the xj can either hang with a modded wrangler or sometimes outwheel them cause a slight longer wheel base. Ive seen some bad*** xjs do some tough stuff on trails. Although the fact of taking doors and top off a wrangler puts it over the xj in the cool factor.
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Unread 08-21-2011, 01:26 AM   #11
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After I had sold my TJ I had an XJ for about 6 months. I just didn't like it so I had sold it and Bought my YJ.

If its going to be a wheeler I'd go with a YJ for the fact that it has a frame and it will be easier to modify, Yes the XJ has a wheelbase advantage, but you if your going soa on a YJ run XJ springs in the rear and wagoneer springs in the front that will give you roughly a 8" wheelbase stretch . I've wheeled with both they both have their pros and cons But I rather wheel in something with a frame and rollbar even though the factory rollbar in the YJ isnt the best its still better than a tin roof
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