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Old 09-17-2007, 01:47 AM   #1
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Decisions....

Hello to all! I want to get some opinions on which way to go on my next Jeep purchase. I sold my '01 TJ last year (4.0, A/C, auto, hard/soft Tops, full doors, 4" Superlift, 33x10.5 TSL Radials, etc.) because I was starting a business. Now, I want another (and my daughter told me I have to buy one...) and I'm just trying to decide whether to get another TJ or YJ. I wanted a YJ originally but couldn't pass up the deal on the TJ. Looking at price and mods. I loved my TJ and I really did appreciate the AC when I had my daughter with me during Louisiana summers, however I can live without it. I do want a good heater though. Do the 4 cyl. YJ's have decent heat in winter? If I get a YJ, it will be a project (engine swap, SOA, axles, etc.). If I get a TJ, the mods will be slower to come due to purchase price, parts prices, etc. Anyway, sorry about the book. Opinions, please.......

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Old 09-17-2007, 09:48 AM   #2
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Bubba,
Welcome to WF, I am new as well and have found great info here along with nice people giving decent advice.
I have a YJ and never had a TJ, so I can't give advice there. There are plenty of aftermarket parts available for both, but there seems to be a catering to the TJ or the new JK market. My YJ is a 1990 4.2 with a 5 speed manual. No A/C, Gobs and gobs of heat. Your in Louisiana, you can live without AC but you need heat? whats it get down to 50 degrees? Try-10 below 0 for 3-4 weeks. Any way, If I was to search again I would look for a anything with a fuel injection or throttle body. The newer jeeps have the roll bar that goes along the back. That looks safer for rear seated passengers, I wouold look for that. Not sure if that was a TJ thing or a late YJ. I have a carb, but it was a pain in the a$$. I have seen plenty of chat on the 2.5 liter but most seem to want to upgrade the transmission AX5 I think or want more power from the engine. Actually it seems since I am a new Jeep owner everyone wants to Mod just about all of the parts from axles to roll cage. I stilol have not figured out if I want a mostly stock daily driver that sees a dirt road occasionaly or a trail rig really getty dirty. It will remain stock for now, this can be an expensive hobby.
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Old 09-17-2007, 08:19 PM   #3
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about the temperature....

Yes, I will agree that our winters don't have jack @*%# on yours, but I am used to the heat. I work in a paper mill (avg. temp 115-120 degrees, not heat index, & 100% humidity and that's with air circulation) and have a lawn care business on the side (typical 95-100 degree days, again not heat index). This will not be my only means of transportation. I have a truck that I use to haul my equipment. Anyways, I talked to a guy that I work with today and he told me he is selling his YJ. I'm not sure of the year model, but here are the details: 4 cyl., 5 spd (says it's not the peugot tranny), hard top, bikini, 8000lb winch, good tires, stock everything, new fuel pump, full doors, high mileage, claims 20 mpg, wants $4000.00. I'm gonna drive it sometime this week when I'm off and find out the year for sure. I think it's a pre-92 model because it has the old CJ style roll bar. What do you guys think????
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Old 09-17-2007, 08:55 PM   #4
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Old 09-17-2007, 09:36 PM   #5
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Id spend the extra dosh and get the TJ.......not that the YJ is a bad Jeep.......But workin on em for a livin I think the TJ is a better all round unit.........g
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Old 09-18-2007, 11:23 AM   #6
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If you are planning on this as a project vehicle and a toy, then overall reliability up fron isn't really relavant. You said earlier that you were looking into a motor swap and other mods. They YJ is a great platform becuase of its simplicity with the leaf springs. This all depends on how you plan on using it too. It is easier to get a lot of flex out of a TJ, but if you don't need all that flex the YJ should do you good. Good luck with your decision and welcome to the forum.
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Old 09-18-2007, 11:31 AM   #7
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Square headlights sounds like the better choice for you.

I love my YJ, I really dislike all my buddies TJ's and JK's

YJ's, I find to be the easiest to work on by yourself, Their Plain simple and to the point.
If you plan on doing a engine swap, buy a high milage one for cheap.
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Old 09-18-2007, 11:48 AM   #8
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TJ's don't rip belt loops off like YJ's do I prefer the TJ myself, having had both, the 2.5L 4 cylinder will give you 20mpg local and hiway no problem, both mine do, Fuel injection is a good thing, MUCH better then the Carter BBL's. However if you find a good YJ with a 6 cylinder you can do a GM conversion to a throttle body injection system for under $400 using junkyard parts and some harness modes. The problem with YJ's is rust, YJ's are getting old and rust is getting to those nearing 18 year old ones now. If you can find one with a good frame and you want to build it yourself then go for it.
I have two 97TJ's and a 98XJ now but plan on a 08 4door wrangler in the next few months.
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Old 09-22-2007, 08:56 PM   #9
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Thanks for the opinions, guys. It's all definitely food for thought. I think I'll just look for a little longer and see what happens....plus it will give me time to save up some extra cash for whatever mods I want to make to whatever Jeep I decide to buy.
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Old 09-22-2007, 09:03 PM   #10
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Tj rubicon, wiht 4" lift and 33's youll be SET!

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