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Old 03-26-2013, 07:35 PM   #1
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Buying a new YJ

Hi yj riders.
I'm 17 and i own a jeep jk, my parents bought it for me and i found out later on down the road im not allowed to offroad it because it is too nice. Not trying to sound spoiled but thats why i got a jeep. So my dad made a deal with me that we can buy a new jeep and he will meet me half way with the price. not a bad deal at all. So i am going to buy a YJ and just want to have all my homework done by this summer. So any help would be appreciated if you have any input on what i would need to do.

This is a predominately offroad rig if that helps and i will probably purchase the RC 4" and i want to put on 35" Swampers

Also is it necessary to re-gear like they stress so much on jk's.

and i live in florida so my options are mostly mud and some forests. not so much "crawling"

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With that size tire with stock axles your axles would be a ticking time bomb! Better off finding a jeep with all the stuff already done to it.

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Old 03-26-2013, 08:21 PM   #3
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crap, i was worried about that. would i be better off with 33s. its just a fun jeep to mess around in.
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No personal experience with RC lifts but I have seen very little positive reviews of them. rough ride and sagging springs are the common complaint....
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crap, i was worried about that. would i be better off with 33s. its just a fun jeep to mess around in.
With stock axles 33s is about the max tire size. Just take it easy off road and you won't have a problem
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1. what's the total budget?
2. RC YJ kit is good value for what you get. For a fun jeep its more than fine.
3. The YJ has a weak rear axle that does not like big tires and heavy use of the gas peddle.
4. 4cly are more common abut lack power 6cly cost more.

You can swap in a new rear axle and new gears front and rear.. all just depends on your budget.
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Hi yj riders.
I'm 17 and i own a jeep jk, my parents bought it for me and i found out later on down the road im not allowed to offroad it because it is too nice. Not trying to sound spoiled but thats why i got a jeep. So my dad made a deal with me that we can buy a new jeep and he will meet me half way with the price. not a bad deal at all. So i am going to buy a YJ and just want to have all my homework done by this summer. So any help would be appreciated if you have any input on what i would need to do.

This is a predominately offroad rig if that helps and i will probably purchase the RC 4" and i want to put on 35" Swampers

Also is it necessary to re-gear like they stress so much on jk's.

and i live in florida so my options are mostly mud and some forests. not so much "crawling"

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I have a RC 6 inch lift with 35 and 4.88 gears on stock axle with the 4 inch i would go 33 and u should be fine and the gears will be alright and if u do break anything then u can uprade the stuff u need
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we are gonna try to find one for 5k or less, only looking for a good deal because it's for fun. and for upgrades they will be throughout the years. The only reason i am getting a yj though is to get the 4.0 because it is so much cheaper than a tj.

how much do axle swaps run, and is the process to do them capable for your average jeeper?
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can i regear and be ok for 35's on stock axles?
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can i regear and be ok for 35's on stock axles?
The old yj have carbs and the newer ones r efi. Everything on ny jeep i have done myself and yes u can re gear to run 35 i would be more worried about rubbing with 4 inch lift
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:00 PM   #11
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The old yj have carbs and the newer ones r efi. Everything on ny jeep i have done myself and yes u can re gear to run 35 i would be more worried about rubbing with 4 inch lift
im not afraid to cut the jeep, like a comp cut on the fenders.
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we are gonna try to find one for 5k or less, only looking for a good deal because it's for fun. and for upgrades they will be throughout the years. The only reason i am getting a yj though is to get the 4.0 because it is so much cheaper than a tj.

how much do axle swaps run, and is the process to do them capable for your average jeeper?
For new axle and stuff they run 600 and then u have to buy rebuild kits which r 120 and then gears if u do all of it at once about 200 then lockers $$$ lol it can get exspensive but u can find good deals out there ive got most of my stuff from RC and no problems
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im not afraid to cut the jeep, like a comp cut on the fenders.
Im sure that would work alright why do u want 4 inch if u dont mind me askinh??
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can i regear and be ok for 35's on stock axles?
I wouldnt . Your axle shafts are very weak and would probley end up snapping if your spider gears dont explode first
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Im sure that would work alright why do u want 4 inch if u dont mind me askinh??
price, is there another option i should look into?
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:21 PM   #16
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price, is there another option i should look into?
Some guys do the SOA spring ovet axle thats pretty cheap i think i dont know much about but gives u about 5.5 inches of lift theres lots of option i would think u could find a good jeep for 3500 then spend the rest on other stuff my neigherbor has a 90 something model jeep for sale for 3500 bumbers winch 35s it has a dana 44 in the rear that would be a good buy
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Some guys do the SOA spring ovet axle thats pretty cheap i think i dont know much about but gives u about 5.5 inches of lift theres lots of option i would think u could find a good jeep for 3500 then spend the rest on other stuff my neigherbor has a 90 something model jeep for sale for 3500 bumbers winch 35s it has a dana 44 in the rear that would be a good buy
im not buying one until this summer probably mid way through it, im just doing all of my homework prior to this. but if it was the time to buy that would be a good buy definately.
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:33 AM   #18
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Where in Florida are you?

If I were you, I'd ride in/drive some other YJs before you decide where to go with this. You may find a 4" lift and 33s would be fine, or you may want to go SOA and 35s with a Ford 8.8. Depends on what your end goal is.

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Id say save and buy one with spring over conversion, ford 8.8 and 35s and 6cly with fullcage and what ever else you prefer, its ALOT of work building a jeep and a lot of money, but if you are a guy like me who likes to build it from ground up just buy all the parts and do it the way youw ant but if yoi buy a yj I would go with
6cly
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fullcage the list is endless lol just have fun with it especially if its not your daily driver
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I've got a different take on this. I can see you've read a lot about jeeps and you think a lot about jeeps. But the truth is until you own a YJ you have no idea how magical these old girls are. It's like when you thought you knew what getting laid was going to be like. You just can't know til you're there and thats the way it is with a 25 year old jeep. Go slow. Just go out and find a solid YJ with an inline 6 - 5 speed. In Florida you're going to get a good ride with little or no rust with a rebuilt engine and tranny for 5k. But you are still going to spend some more for tires, brakes, etc. to get it right. Then just go have fun and find your own jeep personality. I thought I was going to put on big wheels, high lift, big bumpers, mega winch ............... And today I'm driving a 100% stock military replica that makes me absolutely high. You just have no idea now.
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Id say save and buy one with spring over conversion, ford 8.8 and 35s ....
He can always buy mine for the right price. It already has all of those things.

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He can always buy mine for the right price. It already has all of those things.

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Haha! Very he much could, haha I'm in the process of building the exact same thing you got! I'm blown away of how many options and different ways to go with a jeep build! That list is what I've gotten down so far of what I want to do with my first jeep it's a 91 yj 2.5l and there's thousands of dollars to be spent haha! Crawler builds aren't as simple as people think!
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You would be surprised where you can get a STOCK YJ.... With limited offroad experience, I'd suggest starting stock, and working your way up.

No way in HELL I would put anything bigger than 31" on the stock rear end. Not robust enough for a 17 year old (you ain't foolin me, I was once there too youngster!! ).

4 cylinder, 6 cylinder, whatever you want, 4 cylinder is better on gas, though you may find yourself downshifting for the hills. I would personally avoid the 4.2L unless you have plans to go EFI.

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