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Old 05-21-2012, 10:52 AM   #1
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As you can tell, I'm new here. I have been looking to purchase a jeep just for a toy. I would like to set it up nice with 35" or 37" tires. I know I will need to upgrade my axles and gearing. I will also add lockers front and rear. I like the idea of as little lift as I can get away with. I do not mind adding front flat fenders and cutting away some of the rear wheel well to gain room for the tires. Oh, and I'm only looking at 6 cyl.
I was only looking at TJ ('97 or newer) so I can get the coil suspension. But I was talking to a guy and he told me the coil suspension is not that great offroad. The coils in the rear somehow like to flip the front end back when climbing steep hills. He suggested I get a YJ ('93-'95). He told me the leaf spring is better offroad.
Can anyone tell me, is this correct? What is the best year jeep to get???

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Old 05-21-2012, 12:49 PM   #3
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LOL, ya thanks a lot...
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:16 PM   #4
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The guy who bashed coil suspension is a dumbass.. There is nothing wrong with leafs or coils offroad and manny consider coils to be much better.. My opinion 2004 LJ. Longer then the TJ but not long enough to hamper your ability to manuver tight trails. And you don't have to fix the two issues that come with the 05 and 06's.

If the 04-06 LJ is out of your price range the 97-99 TJ is ideal. 00-02 had a issue with there cylinder head that was fixed for the 03 model year. So in the end my opinon.. 97-99/03-06 TJ and 04-06 LJ..

I like the thought of a 3in sl/1.25in bl combo lift with flaties. 2 set ups from others here that come to my mind that might give you a little dirrection.. I'll go see if I can find them for ya
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:23 PM   #5
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Some inspiration..

- Jerry Bransford's Jeep Profile :: Geezer Jeep II
- contact http://www.wranglerforum.com/members/aor-33735.html pretty sure he was running or still is a LJ on 35's or 37's.
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For a toy, I think a late YJ or early TJ would be ideal.
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:30 PM   #7
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:43 PM   #8
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If you go for a YJ I would suggest a 92 or above. These would have fuel Injection. I have an 89 that is still carbureted and it sucks. Many YJs are modifed already and you would save a great deal of money getting on that has been lifed and had the axles upgraded. If you go in this direction make sure you know who did the work so you do not get any junk.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:48 AM   #9
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Looks like a 2004 LJ is my best bet if I want to spend that much cash. Or I can go with a 97-99 TJ or 03-06 TJ. Last I can go with a 93-95 YJ. The LJ has the longer wb and will be the best option. Other than that, the TJ have the better coil suspension, but the YJ leaf springs are still good. Did I get all that correct?
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pretty much.. only correction is 92-95 YJ and don't discount the 05/06 LJ as well even though the 04 does not have the issues the 05/06 TJ and LJ have. It's still only two very fixable problems
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Its actually 91 that started the mpi on the 4l yj... If I were to buy another yj it would be a 94/95.. The external slave cylinder on the ax15 would be nice
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What problems do the 05/06 TJ and LJ have? Oh, and thanks for the replies!
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He told me the leaf spring is better offroad.
Can anyone tell me, is this correct?
Here's a handy little primer on leaf vs. coil springs: Leaf Springs VS Multi-Link Suspension - Jp Magazine
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What problems do the 05/06 TJ and LJ have? Oh, and thanks for the replies!
I've owned my 06 TJ/LJ for 6 years now and it has had no problems. There was a recall on TJs that were produced between certain dates in 05 that had an issue with the opda. I would think that after 6 years you will be pretty safe in purchasing one without fear.

The LJ is actually a TJ Unlimited. Chrysler never officially produced an "LJ" model.
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I would buy a Rubicon tj and be done with it.

Leafs work offroad, but coils are so much nicer.
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:44 PM   #16
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The 05/06 TJ and LJ's had two issues.. As stated above the one issue is failure with the OPDA's but is while something to watch not a across the board issue.. There was a recall on a section of build dates for the 05's however the issue has been widely reported past those who had there TJ/LJ built in those date periods.. The 2nd issue is very common with the 05/06 TJ's and LJ's and that is a gas overflow issue when putting gas in at the pump. There is a fairly cheap fix for this. The issue actually stemed over through I think 09 but there is a recall on it for the JK's while TJ/LJ owners are left in the dust
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Would like to know how to fix that gas pump over flow disaster I find myself in every time I fill up. Other than that, I've had my '06 LJ for 6 years straight of the dealership lot and I can't complain one bit. LJ is the way to go
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would like to know how to fix that gas pump over flow disaster i find myself in every time i fill up. Other than that, i've had my '06 lj for 6 years straight of the dealership lot and i can't complain one bit. Lj is the way to go
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Would like to know how to fix that gas pump over flow disaster I find myself in every time I fill up. Other than that, I've had my '06 LJ for 6 years straight of the dealership lot and I can't complain one bit. LJ is the way to go
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