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Old 04-05-2012, 10:08 PM   #1
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Buying a YJ. Need some Help.

1988 Jeep Wrangler Rock Crawler

The above link is a 88 YJ that i test drove Today. The price is high but the seller has agreed to a trade that i think will benefit me. Taking price out of the equation does this seem to be a pretty well built rig or just a chopped together piece of junk, It has plenty of power and runs down the road better than any jeep i have owned. I just want someone else opinion other than my own. This will be my daily driver but my commute to work is only 10 minutes and i usually only drive it once a week (company vehicle). Would ove to hear feed back either way.Thanks in Advance!

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Old 04-05-2012, 10:35 PM   #2
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Any help at all would be greatly appreciated... I may be doing this as early as 2moro.

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Old 04-06-2012, 06:48 AM   #3
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It looks good minus the price of course but he has some $ in the axles for sure.

Just make sure there is no rust and I think your golden.
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:41 AM   #4
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Even considering the upgraded axles and lockers, he's probably $2k overpriced. Looks like a solid rig, though. It depends on how much you really want it.
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:19 AM   #5
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I've learned in the Jeep world, you can buy a Jeep at a reasonable price but put a crap load of more money in it. You have a turn key Jeep there so it's worth whatever anyone is willing to pay... Either way only you know what your expendable income is and what it's worth to you.

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Old 04-06-2012, 10:22 AM   #6

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From the spec's it seems good. Looks like a spring under, that's a lot of lift for a SUA to clear 37s, might not flex that great off road.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:49 AM   #7
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I agree with the others, nice looking rig...but it may not be the greatest DD! Take it out on the road for a test and see if it rides smooth, rough, or bouncy. Are the tires wearing evenly, does it pull or drift to one side? For DD you have to keep that front end perfectly aligned, or you are going to wear off some expensive tires. And gas mileage probably really sucks with the 37's...can you afford the gas every day?
As for price-you can never recover what upgrades you have put into the jeep-never. I sold a 94 YJ last year that I had complete frame off rebuild-tub swap, everything. Lift kit, winch, skids end to end, custom front and rear bumpers, SYE, all the hoses and lines...and still the highest offer we got, with brand new tires, was $4500.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:53 PM   #8
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I'd drive it.

But seriously, looks like a really nice rig. The only thing I'd be concerned about is rust. As far as the price goes, it is a little high, but it's still WAY cheaper than starting stock and building that same rig yourself, so if you were planning on adding all that anyway then I'd say go for it.

EDIT: that Detroit in the rear will make it harder to use as a DD, but if you can get used to it its not impossible.
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:51 PM   #9
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Check for frame rust especially around rear shackle mounts !

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