Hello all. I'm thinking of trading my YJ for an 81 Bronco. Hauling my wife and two kids would be easier. Bronco has a 302 automatic. 6 inch lift and 35s. Its in pretty darn good shape. Just wondering your thoughts ans concerns. My 2 kids have no leg room in the back of the YJ.
Whats the after market like for a bronco? You can fix anythingon a jeep, but they replaced the bronco with the exploder and I don't think parts interchange. I say what ever floats your boat, but I'm also very fond of my anti ford hatred. Keeps me warm at night.
02 tj sold, 90 yj, 08 jku, 03 vf750.
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Is your YJ just a toy or a family vehicle because older broncos are generally not reliable sources of transportation. A 81 Bronco with 6 inches of lift and 35s is definitely a toy and not something I would trust as a reliable daily driver.
It doesn't matter if its in great shape or not, the last bronco rolled off the assembly line in 1996, so age has taken it's toll on all of them. I've dealt with friend's broncos including a similaly modded 83 and three pristine stock ones (91, 94, and 95). Constant fuel/ignition problems, electrical problems (window motorrs, especially the rear tailgate one fails often), RUST, brakes, ball joints, broken axles, transmission issues, broken shock mounts, etc. If it wasn't the maintenance, the gas mileage sucked (8-10mpg city stock) and the handling is poor compared to a Jeep.
Don't get me wrong though, I owned a 90s F150 that I loved and love the Eddie Bauer edition broncos, but wouldn't drive one daily.
If your looking for something that's good on and off-road but can still haul the family around, why not a cherokee? Either a grand cherokee or a regular old XJ would be something that is far more reliable, safe, easy to maintain and cheap to own compared to a bronco. You could probably sell your YJ outright and buy at least a decent XJ or maybe even find an XJ owner willing to trade for your YJ.
Pick up an XJ. I have my YJ as a toy and my XJ for DD/road trips/people hauling. Lessons you have learned whilst working on the YJ may be applicable to an XJ. If the V8 is a must have, get a Grand Cherokee.
I'm a ford guy and even I say no deal. The 66-76 bronco's were one of the best 4x4's ever made and one of those would for sure be a yes. The 78-79 bronco was built on the f-150 frame, they were big, tough as nails and had either the 351, or 400 v-8, for sure a yes. 81-86 bronco swapped to an IFS, had a very weak 302, and just sorta sucked, I'ld say no. 87-96 bronco had an improved IFS, more powerful 302 and 351 FI v-8's, that would be a yes if you need the room.
1987 wrangler, 258 I-6, 5-speed.
2007 liberty sport 4X4, automatic
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