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Old 01-03-2014, 08:28 PM   #1
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Hi guys, I'm 17 and officially looking for my first car. Keeping in mind that I'm still a student and on a strict budget, I'm looking for a stock yj or stock xj. Whatever I can find that is in good shape and is no more than 4k is what I'm gonna consider. The xj would be fantastic for a speaker system because of the way it's shaped and the cargo room, and would be nice to have 4 doors. The yj seems to have a more capable offroad platform, and I just love the looks of them. Considering this, I am looking for either one. I am getting a stock jeep for sure, and will be most likely lifting it 3 inches with either 33s or 31s depending on the information I get. My last question is with the xj and yj, lifting them 3 inches and slapping on 33s, will I have to do any other mods to make them fit or work with the rest of it being bone dry stock? Keep in mind I am trying to conserve as much money as possible while still having a reliable daily driver with some offroad capabilities. Lift, and tire suggestions would be greatly appreciated, along with other mods that would be worth while and not break the bank. I am new to all this so bear with me, I can't wait to finally have a jeep of my own, the community is great and the vehicles even better.

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Old 01-03-2014, 09:50 PM   #2
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Why not hunt for a TJ. I bet you could find one for $4000 if you were patient.

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Old 01-03-2014, 09:58 PM   #3
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To be honest, I like yjs better. Haha
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Your never gonna find a decent TJ in my area for 4k. Not even with 300000 miles! An XJ will probably be your best bet. If you could, find an XJ that has already been lifted; you'll save Moėt that way. Just make sure it all checks out and is mechanically sound.
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Old 01-04-2014, 01:29 AM   #5
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I was in the exact situation last year.

If you are patient enough you can find a 4k wrangler in its good shape, but they are mostly 2.5L, 6cyl of that price range are rare but not impossible. You got an extra leg living in Florida.

But really for starters, I find XJ on top of my list, YJ become a distant second. Because:

1- money, I got my stock XJ for $1000, and it's not uncommon.. think about it, would you buy one wrangler for the price of 4 Cherokees?

2-longer wheelbase, ever seen a wrangler flip over? If you are new to 4x4, it helps when you are on trail.

3-got camping stuff? I need that extra cargo space, Esp. With someone sitting at the back seat.

My suggestion is go get an XJ, get yourself familiar with all the mods before you had the money and knowledge for the convertible fun.

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Old 01-04-2014, 01:34 AM   #6
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As far as mod wise, keep in mind you'll probably need to regear if you are getting 3" on 33...

Invest in a good high lift jack, and a complete socket set.. Have fun with you rig!!
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Hi guys, I'm 17 and officially looking for my first car. Keeping in mind that I'm still a student and on a strict budget, I'm looking for a stock yj or stock xj. Whatever I can find that is in good shape and is no more than 4k is what I'm gonna consider. The xj would be fantastic for a speaker system because of the way it's shaped and the cargo room, and would be nice to have 4 doors. The yj seems to have a more capable offroad platform, and I just love the looks of them. Considering this, I am looking for either one. I am getting a stock jeep for sure, and will be most likely lifting it 3 inches with either 33s or 31s depending on the information I get. My last question is with the xj and yj, lifting them 3 inches and slapping on 33s, will I have to do any other mods to make them fit or work with the rest of it being bone dry stock? Keep in mind I am trying to conserve as much money as possible while still having a reliable daily driver with some offroad capabilities. Lift, and tire suggestions would be greatly appreciated, along with other mods that would be worth while and not break the bank. I am new to all this so bear with me, I can't wait to finally have a jeep of my own, the community is great and the vehicles even better.
You can pick up a somewhat decent YJ for 4K. As far as the XJ, sorry, you can probably get one cheaper, but this is Wranglerforum.com, Cherokees are not Wranglers, so you will be hard pressed to fins too much Cherokee sympathy.

You could also think about an older CJ5, that Jeep was around for a LOOONG time, so there are plenty out there, but with ANY Jeep, check thoroughly for RUST!

Check your local Craigslist, and I have had luck checking http://www.jeep.sellerz.com/

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For your price range I'd go for the XJ, it will last a long time if you take care of it. Plus save you money for the mods you want. If you go that route make sure to get one between 93 and 97. 99 to 01 the motors were a lil sketchy. Oh BTW if you put a 3" lift on an XJ you wont fit 33's unless you do some serious fender trimming, stick with the 31's. Get a good summer job, save your money and get a Wrangler for college.
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For your price range I'd go for the XJ, it will last a long time if you take care of it. Plus save you money for the mods you want. If you go that route make sure to get one between 93 and 97. 99 to 01 the motors were a lil sketchy. Oh BTW if you put a 3" lift on an XJ you wont fit 33's unless you do some serious fender trimming, stick with the 31's. Get a good summer job, save your money and get a Wrangler for college.
Actually I'm stock on 30" and it fits fine, although I think it's the largest you can put on. Do the math 33 will go on 3" lift.. But ya, I won't get much room flex wise.
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Actually I'm stock on 30" and it fits fine, although I think it's the largest you can put on. Do the math 33 will go on 3" lift.. But ya, I won't get much room flex wise.
Doing the math wont cut it, you have to take into account wheel opening width, and wheel offset...

33's might squeeze in height wise, but if the wheel well isint deep enough or wide enough, it will scrape every time you even think about turning the wheel.
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:30 PM   #12
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So I have found these two options. I love both, and believe I may contact the guy about the yj, I just really want that wrangler feel in a vehicle and to get that, obviously, you'd have to get a wrangler. Lol. I rode in my friends yj and fell in love with the top off and no doors concept.
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So I have found these two options. I love both, and believe I may contact the guy about the yj, I just really want that wrangler feel in a vehicle and to get that, obviously, you'd have to get a wrangler. Lol. I rode in my friends yj and fell in love with the top off and no doors concept.
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Awesome, both of them..
Assume you checked everything and nothing fishy, if I can get the YJ <= $3000 I'd go with the YJ regardless how cheap or strong the XJ is, coz even for a 2.5 that's an incredible price for a YJ of that mileage, ( possibly rebuilt?)

You are right about the convertible fun, I'd totally switch to wrangler once I get the dough..

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