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Old 12-24-2007, 09:00 PM   #1
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Ok guys, help me out.

I am new to the jeep world and want some advice on what jeep to get.
I have done a little automotive work before, but not a ton. I am not a grease under the nails homegrown auto mechanic, but want to learn.

I will be using a jeep mainly for camping, hunting, and joy riding. I am in N.
Central Texas, so not a lot of mountain climbing, but a lot of potential deep mud.

The mods/features that I'd eventually want to have would be:
1) wench
2) step rails
3) overhead light bar
4) moderate lift for pasture driving
5) overhead rack for hauling gear??
6) be able to pull an ATV plow for food plots
7) trailer hitch
8) prefer automatic; I can drive a stick, but prefer not to
9) would like to keep initial purchase under $5000; can spend more as I go along, but have a criticizing wife, so need to keep things under the radar
10) easy to work on as I'd also like this to be a learning project for me; don't mind doing the work myself, just gotta figure it out first

Ok, if you had your dream jeep with the above mods, what model would you buy?

I plan to put in the spray/paint in bed liner in leiu of vinyl/carpet for easy maintenance.

What mods would you do in what order? Any suggestions on good pages for jeep repair/modification with photos?

Thanks for your help. Hopefully some of you will have fun with this "dream" thread as well as it being helpful for me.

David

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Ok guys, help me out.
9) would like to keep initial purchase under $5000; can spend more as I go along, but have a criticizing wife, so need to keep things under the radar
10) easy to work on as I'd also like this to be a learning project for me; don't mind doing the work myself, just gotta figure it out first

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Due to these two lines I would recommend a YJ---Texas should have descent ones without rust. Look for a 4.0 FI motor and throw on a 4" lift with a dropped pitman arm and transfer case drop included in the kit. Buy a descent brand NOT the cheapest to avoid a rough ride. You shouldn't go out alone but if you're hunting and will be alone pick up a winch.

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Old 12-24-2007, 11:43 PM   #3
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Thanks. These are the suggestions I need. Any other ideas?
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Old 12-25-2007, 08:43 AM   #4
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Ok guys, help me out.

I am new to the jeep world and want some advice on what jeep to get.
I have done a little automotive work before, but not a ton. I am not a grease under the nails homegrown auto mechanic, but want to learn.

I will be using a jeep mainly for camping, hunting, and joy riding. I am in N.
Central Texas, so not a lot of mountain climbing, but a lot of potential deep mud.

The mods/features that I'd eventually want to have would be:
1) WINCH
2) step rails
3) overhead light bar
4) moderate lift for pasture driving
5) overhead rack for hauling gear??
6) be able to pull an ATV plow for food plots
7) trailer hitch
8) prefer automatic; I can drive a stick, but prefer not to
9) would like to keep initial purchase under $5000; can spend more as I go along, but have a criticizing wife, so need to keep things under the radar
10) easy to work on as I'd also like this to be a learning project for me; don't mind doing the work myself, just gotta figure it out first

Ok, if you had your dream jeep with the above mods, what model would you buy?

I plan to put in the spray/paint in bed liner in leiu of vinyl/carpet for easy maintenance.

What mods would you do in what order? Any suggestions on good pages for jeep repair/modification with photos?

Thanks for your help. Hopefully some of you will have fun with this "dream" thread as well as it being helpful for me.

David
fixed it for ya david.

First welcome to the forum there is a ton of great advice on here and I'm sure you'll be very happy with this site.

I think that you'll hear this alot until you spill the beans, what do you want to do with this rig? is it gonna be for wheelin or a daily driver or a farm rig?

if it were me I like having the security of a winch on my rigs, that way if I get into a sticky situation I can get myself out. the Rocker guards with the side steps are very nice, I'm going with something like what Shrockworks and Posion Spyder Customs has.
Jeeps are very easy to work on so I don't think you'll have a lot of problems figuring things out to do with the new toy.

I really like the spray in bed liner in the tub of the rig (one of my up coming projects) much easier to clean out.

As far as Mod pages with photos...THIS site has a ton of threads with photos of mods done to different rigs and we're always willing to spend your money and give our advice. so welcome and hope this has helped a little.
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Old 12-25-2007, 08:59 AM   #5
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>>we're always willing to spend your money and give our advice. so welcome and hope this has helped a little.

Haha, thanks. Always good to know others are willing to spend my money.

This will be a hunting/camping/joyride jeep. I would like to be able to pull a small plow with it for food plots. I have a daily driver, otherwise I would not be willing to learn on the mechanical repair part, thus stranding myself at home on multiple occasions!
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Old 12-25-2007, 07:22 PM   #6
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i think ether a YJ with fuel injection or a late CJ-7 would be good for you
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Old 12-26-2007, 12:32 AM   #7
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Old 12-26-2007, 08:27 AM   #8
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Ok, so we have 2 votes for a YJ, one for CJ7, and one for a TJ...

so looks like pretty much any of them would be okay
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:12 AM   #9
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Ok guys, help me out.

I am new to the jeep world and want some advice on what jeep to get.
I have done a little automotive work before, but not a ton. I am not a grease under the nails homegrown auto mechanic, but want to learn.

I will be using a jeep mainly for camping, hunting, and joy riding. I am in N.
Central Texas, so not a lot of mountain climbing, but a lot of potential deep mud.

The mods/features that I'd eventually want to have would be:
1) wench
9) ....but have a criticizing wife, so need to keep things under the radar

David
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fixed it for ya david.
Awe Fox you're no fun......I wanted to see how to keep a "wench" under the radar with the wife....................

David, Welcome to the forum!
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:23 AM   #10
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well it all depends on what you want, a CJ-7 will need a little more work most likely, but it is a classic and an attention getter, a YJ is a little more advanced an a little newer so less work but still has springs and not coils liek the TJ, but it is less expensive,a dn the TJ is the most comfortable adn the most expensive
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Awe Fox you're no fun......I wanted to see how to keep a "wench" under the radar with the wife....................

David, Welcome to the forum!
haha, thanks

may'be I need a winch and a wench!
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Old 12-26-2007, 12:13 PM   #12
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i am a TJ driver, and i vote that you get a YJ... CJ-7 is cool but people know they are becoming collectibles... so the prices on good condition survivors is climbing well outside of $5000. I personally paid $5000 for a 4.0l automatic with 80k miles on it but no options and it needed a new top. So to keep price down (especially buying a lift) i say go with the Fuel Injected 4.0 YJ.... There is a really nice one for sell here in Shepherdsville, KY but it is carbed... its in incredible shape and comes with a few different tops...
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Old 12-28-2007, 04:42 PM   #13
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For that price and what you are looking to add to it I would recommend a YJ, even though I drive a TJ. My younger brother has a 94 YJ with 4'' lift, tires, and new front bumper for less than 5000. You may have to get one with a few more miles on it but if you stick with the 4.0 you can't go wrong.


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Old 12-28-2007, 09:25 PM   #14
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my 98 cost me $4800, but its only a 4 banger. deff start out with a yj and make a monster with the cash u save.
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Old 12-28-2007, 09:38 PM   #15
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I've owned a CJ-7 CJ-5 YJ and now have a TJ. It sounds to me like you want a utility vehicle that will be reliable and if it sees a bit of wear and tear your heart won't be broken. That being said I would recommend that you get a 92-95 YJ. Personally, I think they were the best jeeps ever made.

If you can find a '96 though you'll be the coolest person on the forum.
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Old 12-29-2007, 02:21 PM   #16
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thanks all for the suggestions. looks like the winner is a yj. I'll keep my eyes out for one. my first project is cleaning out the garage this weekend to have a place to put it!
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well, I missed the chime in time. I would vote XJ cherokee for you. they are cheap. I like YJs better, but an XJ would afford you to buy it and do the mods you want all for 5000.

I know it's wrangler forum, sorry!!!
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Thanks for the input, but the cherokee is not for me. I don't mind spending more than $5000 in the long run, just initial purchase has to be less than that. Gotta keep it under the wife's radar
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I'll throw my hat into the ring and vote for a CJ5.

You can't beat 'em in the woods. They are short, narrow and many have a V8 in them, and if I'm not mistaken, I believe they can bit 33s without a lift. Buy don't quote me.

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