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Old 03-22-2014, 09:37 AM   #1
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1990 V8 - Worth it or Keep Looking?

Hey Guys - I need some opinions since I've been out of the Wrangler game for some time now. I just found a Jeep I like and was curious what everyone thought it was worth (or if its even worth making an offer. It looks pretty clean and like it didn't see much abuse at all. Here are the specs:

1990 Wrangler with Chevy 350, appx. 12k miles on engine (professionally built), New tune-up just done on engine, Rebuilt Transmission just installed,
5" lift (4" Skyjacker lift + boomerang shackles), 33" tires in good shape, Bestop in terrific condition, New front seats, no rips/tears in any seats...
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Old 03-22-2014, 09:48 AM   #2
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Oh and I should mention there is no hard top or full doors and 150K miles on the body.

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well what are they wanting for it if you don't mind me asking? Looks to be in great shape
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Price.. what trans, what axles?
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Great question - looks like I left that out!! Its listed for $8200 which seems really really high. I see it more in the $6,800 - $7,000 range but I'm no expert.
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8k.. is not far from a 2003 rubi with high miles for 4-5k more... thus if it stock axles, no winch no, no locker, no gear change..etc...4-5 max... if even that..
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The trans is a rebuilt/beefed up AX15 that was built by a local off-road. The axle is the original D30/D35 set-up which hasnt given him any problems so far. I know I would be switching that out down the road for an 8.8 and until that time be gentle with the gas and keep it out of the woods.
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Wow 4Jeepin, I'm glad I asked. Here in the northern VA market, it seems like prices are a bit higher but this is actually located out closer to you. Thats great to know.
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I wouldn't pay anymore than 5,000 that's about what it would be worth here where I'm at, alot of people put the time and money into these and expect to get there money back which never happens they think its made of gold
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Hey bro check on columbus craigslist, 89 yj, 350 engine, fresh 350 turbo, narrowed 9" rear, traction bars in the rear, 4" lift, 35's, i believe there is a locker in the rear, digital gauges, its in shelby ohio, he wants 7000 for it but he said 6000 takes it, i almost jumped on this. It seems set up right and its a solid jeep....
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Thanks- I'll take a look at that. This is going to be a daily driver for my 5 mile round trip commute to work so I like the idea of there being a newish powerplant in there.

Appreciate all the help! Pumped to be getting back into the YJ world.
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I wouldn't buy any Jeep with a V8 transplant without a thorough inspection by a mechanic who knows modded Jeeps. The problems that might be inherited from a DIYer can be serious. Add up the cost of what it'll really take to make it the way you want before you get the fever. They're almost always more $$ than you think. For example, a hardtop and doors off a beater may cost a grand plus rehabbing. Swapping out the now marginal axles is another expensive job. Don't forget that the TC becomes a weak link with the 8 too. And my personal opinion is that the 32s and 5" lift will get old fast if its going to be your commuter, but ymmv.
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Old 03-22-2014, 04:45 PM   #13
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Another good point. The engine was installed by a shop that remanufactures them and the transmission upgrades were done by a professional 4x4 shop as well so thats not a huge concern since both the engine shop and the 4x4 shop have a great reputation. What does concern me is the axle and then needing a hard top and full doors which realistically will be another $2,500 investment.

I used to have a '91 with 30s and 2" of lift which I drove every day - that never really bothered me but thats something I need to really think hard about.
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my moms friend actually went up north and bought a 89 yj with the 350 with about 6 inches of lift and came with 8 tires a soft top and doors he paid 4500 for it and there isn't a thing wrong with it
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Wow - I would love to come across something like that. I have a feeling I'm in for a tense conversation after I make an offer haha
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I love my v8 Jeep but it does suck down gas. It is not my d.d. That is a nice looking Jeep and I wouldn't be concerned about the 35 unless you go off road and hammer down.
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Wow - I would love to come across something like that. I have a feeling I'm in for a tense conversation after I make an offer haha
yeah he did good on it but the v8 does suck the gas
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How will the V8 run on stock gears? I'd have to drive all of the ones that I've found at least 150 miles back on highways. I know my last 4 banger was a challenge to get over 45 with the hammer down...
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How will the V8 run on stock gears? I'd have to drive all of the ones that I've found at least 150 miles back on highways. I know my last 4 banger was a challenge to get over 45 with the hammer down...
I'm not sure how it will do I've not ever drove one only jeep I have ever driven is my 4 cylinder which I don't have any issues on highway I can do about 65, normally the people I talk to that have v8 swap the gears out
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I used to have a '91 with 30s and 2" of lift which I drove every day - that never really bothered me but thats something I need to really think hard about.
Did you get to take it for an extended test drive to see how it drives? I'd expect a big difference going to 5" of lift on 32s.

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