Over my YJ after SOA lift was an idiot and sold it. Got a 97 Sport somewhat built but kid beat it so bad was pretty much junk never ending issues. Got out of jeeps sort of got tired of issues and ended it. Love my trucks diesels and all and ended with a sweet Excursion but just not worth the money I'm paying for wear and tear and .50 more in fuel. And all I wanna do is have a fun DD beater that I can hit some occasional trails with. The last jeep I just kept chasing the never ending list of BEST parts and thing never drove right anyway. So this time around I have a better idea. So help with suggestions and best options
Thinking Rubicon right off bat to save all headaches later of having axles and lockers needed. Later 2000 model. Basically spending all my money towards it but having a decent low mile solid built jeep and hopefully have a minor lift. 33's and be good to go. It's mainly a fun dd grocery getter and I'll for sure do trails. And with a nicer one like a rubicon and low miles and 6 speed I'll probably go little further.
Other route is just have a local beater. As fun as a TJ is its just nuts the price for parts and lifts to do it right. I wouldn't mind 35's but 33 is perfect. I'm sure Dana 35 is plenty but always nice to know there's never gonna be a Risk. And my damn old TJ was nothing but headaches w control arms and alignments and death wobble all that. But could pick up a decent TJ at good price and have some room to buy right parts to do it.
Last option I like. Just find a decent and clean 6 cyl YJ. I miss my SOA lifted YJ on 33's was solid and no control arms. Trac bars. Sway bars nothing just was great. Buddy has one too and well be SOA that soon which will be fun. YJ I had was fun I went all over the place and don't really plan to go far from town with it. But the safety of a TJ w airbags and all is nice.
The yj will be the cheapest and axle swaps are much easier. The Rubicon and a lift kit with quality control arms will get you far. Go to 33's and you won't have to regear. If you get the 6 speed your crawl ratio will be crazy! You could idle up a mountain. Tranny first 4.46, tcase 4.0, axle 4.10, crawl ratio 73.14 which is awesome.
__________________ '03 TJ Sport / D30/Ford9 / 35x12.5x15 KM2 / D window black steel 15x8 wheels / 3" custom long arm lift / SYE & 1350 DS / JKS BL / 1" MML / Smittybilt's front bumper, Tube fenders, Rocker guards, and rear bumper / High Rock Tire Carrier
I do like the YJ I can get my hands on but still think about getting a nicer rig. But the control arms all that crap just scares me away but they do look good and all the stuff works! YJ gauges r tuff haha. An if I get one already a little lifted and wheels tires helps justify budget and would probably not give me issues ever since all I do is drive roads haha.
That's what I'm starting to this. For the money I'll put into all this older stuff it will still be one of those vehicles I have that when and OF someone borrows it there's a long list of directions haha. And things that won't work. Where I can just buy a rubicon I see for few bucks more. Have nothing but a lift to do on it. Most I'm finding already have decent wheels and 33's so that helps and 6 speed sounds awesome for driving.
Torn between a well built up TJ I can pick up under 10k which found a couple I like. Regeared one has least better shafts in 35 rear. Both on 35's tires and look great w fatty fenders all the fun stuff. One is literally setup as I would do it.
Then the Rubicon idea. Spending over 15k and getting a lower mile jeep cleaner and much more stronger solid parts. One on jeep forum has some serious armor and 4.5 long arm lift which I like but also still says was use pretty hard. Not sure if what I wanna do.
Overall a fun DD grocery getting mild trail stuff. Worth it? Longevity of new rubicon would be great and a solid resale value. Instead of 100k+ were talking 50k or so