yeah, you have to have patience... It took 1 year to work out my doors as an example. You have to keep checking areas around you then jump on something when it comes out.
My Jeep is white, this is how it went down on craigslist to use it to my advantage.
Found full hard doors from 87' for $200 that were Red. Drove 3 hours each way to get them.
Rode w/them for almost 1 year, then I found a 1987 Red Jeep YJ for sale, 30 minutes from my house that had full white doors from a 1994. I called, visited and traded doors even up. Now we both have matching doors!
Then, I went back out and sold my original half doors for $200.00.
So, in the end, it is as if I traded my white half doors for white full doors. Just took some time to find the right deals. I would not have found someone had I posted "white half doors looking to trade for white full doors" but in the end, thats what happened.
Finding deals takes a very long time. Week ago i purchased a complete brake to brake HPD30 with Yukon 4.88 gearing, Aussie Locker, Alloy USA shafts, Tuff Stuff Custom Steering with a Tuff Stuff diff cover and bunch of custom skids welded under the lower control arms. Sounds expensive? All for $550.
The way I find deals is by searching craigslist every day using different key words related to jeeps and offroading, Good deals don't last very long so it helps to look everyday, you may never know you might find a gem among a pile of junk!
I hate dealing with craigslist 50% of the time you get the run around and the other 50% of the time the seller agrees to sell to you and sets a time for the exchange and then he never shows and when you call they ignore you or say sorry sold like wth?
I spent a month or more looking for a good soft top on CL. Just have to keep sifting through the crap till the right offer is there. Ended up getting a top in CT 3 hours away because the deal was right. Took a long weekend at the casino and paid for the top with the money I won playing poker.
I just found a great deal on craigslist denver that was for a used (but looks brand new) rock hard 4x4 rear bumper with rock rack and hi-lift, metal cloak rock sliders, and xenon flat fender flares for my jeep YJ. It's the exact bumper I wanted that retails for 1050 with the rack and another 75 for the hi-lift and 450 for the flares. then the sliders are 365. Thats 1940.00 dollars new without shipping costs that I paid a price of.... wait for it.... 800 bucks!!!!
1988 Jeep YJ "The Joop" Surf Blue Pearl paint, Ford 8.8 and D30 both stock and open with 4.88s, SOA on stock and saggy leafs, 4.2L with motorcraft 2150, stock Peukey Peugeot BA10/5 followed by NP231. Custom on board air with York compressor and kilby mounts. rockin' 35x12.50 General Grabber red letters on black mb razor 15x8s
It is hit or miss here. I once ran over the back seat of my TJ (don't ask). Thought I would never find one that matched. It took about 6 month but I found one for $75. When I got there they threw in a new cover and a set of new rims because they didn't have the Jeep anymore. Also found a TJ top with frame for $50. When I got there the guy threw in what he called a bikini top. It was a spiderweb shade! Got a set of sliders for $50 also. Those were the hits. Just turned down a JK hard top for $900 (wrong year, didn't like the smaller windows) and a YJ for $2500 that I am still kicking myself over. But you do have to check every day.