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Old 08-14-2011, 06:50 AM   #1
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Yj questions and opinions(im a TJ owner)

Im looking at a yj and I need to know what to look for before going view this rig,Heres what I know about it

1989,owner says its a sahara or serria?
304 v8 5 speed
rock crawler axles and lift
9" lift
37' TSL swampers
warn 8000lb winch.
front and rear air lockers with compressor
hard top and soft top full doors and half doors.
axles,tires only have 1000 miles on them.

owner doesnt know anything about Jeeps or this one,He bought it from a friend whole lost his job.The said freind is a jeep nut that built the Jeep for rock crawling.The roll bar is a custom

all ive seen is pictures and it looks mint.
I will find out sometime this week what gears,axles and lockers.
from the pics Ive seen its got dana 44's
the price is $8000

questions?
what gears should she have for the 37" tires to be close to stock performance?
can this set up be a daily driver on the highway safely?
with 9" of lift if its like a TJ it should have a SYE,i'll ask

Ive been wanting a YJ for a long time but when I went Jeep shopping I couldnt pass the deal on my 98 Sport,My 98 sport is my daily driver so the YJ would take its place as there are a mile long line of people wanting my Jeep for as cheap as i'll let it go.
what should I look for with this set up?
should something this tall have traction bars to stop axle wrap?

my Tj has a 2" lift,31" dick cepek mud countrys,open diffs.I have the cash to build my TJ....or buy something built already.My TJ plans are 8.8 axle,detroit rear locker and aussie front,I like the air lockers on the yj.

lay your opinions on me
How much rougher will this YJ ride compared to a stock TJ.....not that it matters I just dont want to piss blood to have a badass Jeep.I'll get pics soon

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Old 08-14-2011, 09:00 PM   #2
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I have owned TJs, JKs and now I own a YJ. Out of all the models, I still prefer the TJ because of it's coil suspension. I have built my 95 YJ to be a secondary play toy but it rides rougher than I prefer.....or maybe I should say that it rides different. There are alot of opinions on here. This is just my two cents. If you can get a built Jeep and it's the look you are after, I say go for it. I, myself, am actually looking to either sell or trade my YJ for a TJ. I've already spent too much money on my YJ. In the end, it comes down to what YOU want.

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Old 08-15-2011, 07:44 AM   #3
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Did the YJ come with a v8 in 89?
Im reading that in 89 Jeep used a peugeot transmission that was crap,was it used with the 304 v8?

I cant get pics or anymore Info until next week but looking at the pics I seen it has a very high clerance skid plate
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:54 AM   #4
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I think the TJ is a far superior product. Besides, building a Jeep is fun...and if you build it yourself, you know what's been done, what needs to be done, when it was done, and what's been maintained.

If you own a TJ and have the money to build it, I would go that route versus buying a YJ already built...

What conversation would you rather have with another Jeeper in the Home Depot parking lot...1) "Yeah, I built it. It has blah, blah, blah, and I changed this and that..." or 2) "Um, I'm not sure. I bought it like this..." ????
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:19 PM   #5
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No yj came from the factory with a v8. The peugeot tranny was used in '87 and half of '88.
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Old 08-15-2011, 02:46 PM   #6
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There's so much different about this rig that the typical YJ vs TJ argument is kind of moot. Hell even asking what gearset you'd need for "stock performance" doesn't make any sense since it isn't even remotely close to stock any more. Sounds to me like the only parts that are the same would be the tub and frame, and as far as those go as long as they're not rusted out you should be fine. Everything else is custom so asking us what the pros/cons are won't do you much good. :/
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Old 08-15-2011, 05:37 PM   #7
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So it's important for me to know what's gear ratio is required for the 37" tires.if it needs agearset straight up I'm not even gonna buy it.
I read an add on eBay there was a Yj with a 304,35" tires and it only had 3:73's it was listed as a crawler.3:73 in my TJ is good for 31" tires
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Talking more too the seller the Builder built it as a crawler with soft leafs that flex alot,he states that the Jeep bounces alot,either improperly aired tires are soft shocks?

If i bought something leafed built for crawling/offroading and I wanted to install 35's and drive it daily on the highway.
what would have to be done?
should I avoid this YJ if it has special leafs for crawling?
There are other yj's for this price but I want a YJ on dana 44's or better,id perfer a fuel injected v8.But I want a daily driver on 35's unless the 37's will behave on the highway but I wouldnt think so

post some yj's for sale if you know of any
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:27 AM   #9
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your going to get terrible mpg with either tire choice so i would stick with the 37's.
just make sure it has the right gear set.
it has a ax-15 BA-10s were only used in the first half of 88 and 87.
the springs built for crawling will be fine for driving in the road, it will just be a little bouncy.
you can always add fuel injection to the V8 witch will give you more power and mpg.
and its a sahara, there was no seirra version of the yj
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:52 AM   #10
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mpg's......if I can get 15 im happy,the 37's are tsl's so ill be getting diffrent tires anyway

I recently came across that 350 chevy fuel injected intake for carb'd engines,is there a version for the acm 304?

what gears should the YJ with a 304 have for the 35-37" tires?

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your going to get terrible mpg with either tire choice so i would stick with the 37's.
just make sure it has the right gear set.
it has a ax-15 BA-10s were only used in the first half of 88 and 87.
the springs built for crawling will be fine for driving in the road, it will just be a little bouncy.
you can always add fuel injection to the V8 witch will give you more power and mpg.
and its a sahara, there was no seirra version of the yj

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