YJ vs TJ Cost & Availability of Parts - JeepForum.com

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 Old 06-22-2013, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
chief2001
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 1
YJ vs TJ Cost & Availability of Parts

I am looking to he into my first Wrangler, and have been going back and forth between the YJ and the TJ. The goal and purpose is to get in cheap (around $5k) with something I can use to learn some mechanics, while building a fun ride along the way. It's pretty damn flat in Kansas, so I won't be building a monster crawler or anything. Will probably start out as my weekend driver.

Sure I know all the differences (square vs round, leaf vs coil, etc.), what I don't know is if the YJs are too old that it's harder/more expensive to find parts.

Any thoughts from the YJ / TJ community?

Thanks, Tim

chief2001 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 Old 06-22-2013, 01:09 PM
Mobile_Homie
Desert Rat
 
Mobile_Homie's Avatar
1994 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Winnemucca, NV
Posts: 1,412
There is plenty of support for the YJ out there. I would look toward one that some little old man pulled behind the RV or a little garage queen. I cannot stress too much the importance of an unmolested rig! Rust should not be an issue in Kansas? Would definitely get one with fuel injection, much more dependable.

Mark



Smoke em if you got em!

Click here
Mobile_Homie is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 06-22-2013, 01:37 PM
biffgnar
Moderator
 
biffgnar's Avatar
2006 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Westchester, NY
Posts: 19,602
For 5k I bet you could get a YJ in nice condition. At that price a TJ likely to have issues.

#feelthejohnson
biffgnar is offline  
post #4 of 12 Old 06-23-2013, 11:31 AM
wendell
Registered User
1987 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: grafton ohio
Posts: 3,286
YJ's are cheaper and the parts are free....YEAH, YJ wins!!!!

1987 wrangler, 258 I-6, 5-speed.
2007 liberty sport 4X4, automatic
2009 ford ranger 4x4 FX4 OFF/ROAD, 5-speed
wendell is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 06-23-2013, 11:35 AM
yamaguy01
Registered User
1989 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Bonaire
Posts: 378
Where are these illusive "FREE" YJ parts?

NRA Life member
Square Headlights group member #222
Armed Forces Jeeps group member #65
United States Air Force group member #12
Guns and Jeeps group member #10
Ron Paul Jeepers group member #7
yamaguy01 is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 06-23-2013, 11:40 AM
wendell
Registered User
1987 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: grafton ohio
Posts: 3,286
Seriously, tj's are newer and should cost more. There's good parts availability for either, or even willys still for that matter. YJ's are a simple jeep with there leaf springs and sparse interior. Basically a cj with square head lights. Both very good jeeps.

1987 wrangler, 258 I-6, 5-speed.
2007 liberty sport 4X4, automatic
2009 ford ranger 4x4 FX4 OFF/ROAD, 5-speed
wendell is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 06-23-2013, 11:46 AM
yamaguy01
Registered User
1989 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Bonaire
Posts: 378
You never really intend to go out and build a radical Jeep when you buy one... They talk you into it after a while. It starts with a little bit here and then there, then your transmission craps out and you upgrade etc. Then you want more power, it never ends! Get ready!
Both are great Jeeps, the problem is even old rusty Jeeps tend to hold their value. People just don't give them up so easily. Good luck on your search!

NRA Life member
Square Headlights group member #222
Armed Forces Jeeps group member #65
United States Air Force group member #12
Guns and Jeeps group member #10
Ron Paul Jeepers group member #7
yamaguy01 is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 06-23-2013, 07:11 PM
Xpress
Registered User
1996 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: The Great Big Box
Posts: 5,927
Garage
I vote YJ. A TJ is unheard of for that price without major issues, whereas a YJ will practically be new for that price.

All about that unibody life.
Xpress is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 06-25-2013, 08:18 PM
Rproject
Registered User
1987 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Sandwich, IL
Posts: 2,759
I have a YJ and am looking for another rig and have the same budget you do. $5k will get you a nice YJ or a near crap TJ. YJ's are cheaper to build because of the leaf springs and every bit as reliable. The TJ does have some more amenities, but personally I like the simplicity of interior of the YJ.

1996 White ZJ
1987 Maroon YJ (sideways build)
1996 Forest Green XJ

The "sideways" build thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/r...hread-2164793/
Rproject is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 06-26-2013, 10:21 AM
Zombi
Registered User
1999 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: MA
Posts: 1,464
Quote:
Originally Posted by yamaguy01 View Post
Where are these illusive "FREE" YJ parts?
On the sides of the road after previous YJ's come through

Not serious of course.
If I could find one with a pristine frame, I'd be all over it. Helloooo big axles made easy.

Call me Z
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrbates View Post
Zombi's are in fact very unpleasant to be around, they smell, and bite--also, they eat babies.
Zombi is offline  
post #11 of 12 Old 06-26-2013, 05:31 PM
auburnhunter
Registered User
2006 LJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 266
Its hard to find an unmolested Jeep these days. Seems like I am always fixing something that someone else fixed incorrectly and made worse. A stock jeep in cherry condition will cost you.

Any older Jeep seems to hold its value very well. I always say its because they don't make them any more. Look at what people pay for those kawisaki mules/John Deere Gators! Ridiculous! Its because you can't buy a simple, basic, weatherproof utility vehicle anymore. A gator/mule is the same size as an old Willys! Heck, even Samuri's sell for more than they did new!

"The problem with quotes on the internet is that you never know if they are real or not" - Abraham Lincoln
auburnhunter is offline  
post #12 of 12 Old 06-26-2013, 07:43 PM
Tom95YJ
[] Eye'd Jeep Connoisseur
 
Tom95YJ's Avatar
1999 XJ Cherokee 
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Salt Lake City
Posts: 9,465
Garage
I've owned a TJ and a YJ and I now have another YJ.

My TJ was bought back by chrysler THANK YOU LEMON LAW ! I replaced it with a 95 YJ. My YJ had zero issues over the 8 years I owned it before I sold it. I recently picked up a Stock 89 YJ for Free (Traded a car I got for free for it )

I perfer the YJ interior it has more legroom, Lifts are cheaper, plenty of support for parts .

'89 YJ The Smurf Build Thread
'99 XJ Black Betty Build Thread
Tom95YJ is offline  
Reply

Tags
cost , parts , tj , wrangler , YJ

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



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

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

Password:


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



Email Address:
OR

Log-in









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



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