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Old 03-20-2014, 01:45 PM   #1
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guys help me decide on this v8 yj

I been lookin for a while now for a wrangler, tj's nd yj's were my target, been messed around on a coupke of deals, looked at a junk tj yesterday that needed tons of work. Im lookin for a daily driver, i dont mind it being lifted nd having big tires as i drive 2 miles to work, i also would like something that will go down the highway good if needed...so i found this 89 yj, 350 engine, edelbrock four barrel carb, rebuilt 350 turbo, np 231, has a narrowed ford 9" rear and i believe it has a locker, it has digital gauges, 4" lift, newer 35's...has a slight exhaust leak at the flange, drives good, runs good...so if everything checks out good do u guys think this is a good buy or keep lookin?
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Old 03-20-2014, 03:28 PM   #2
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This has digital gauges, all gauges work, disc brakes all the way around, ppower steering, great heat, sounds like someone has poured money in this thing nd done it up right..

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Old 03-21-2014, 08:00 AM   #3
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What you need to look at on this are how the swap was done. Look at how the engine motor mounts are welded to the frame. Look at their position to see if they are even. Look at the bushings for the mounts to see if they are torqued one side or the other.
Crawl underneath, and check out how the transfer case and transmission are bolted up.
Also, Not sure why they'd put a 9" under it when an 8.8 would fit right in and not have to narrow it.

Just judging from that one picture of the engine, looks like its old and rusty and probably came out of a junk yard or something.

Headers look old and rusted and pitted as well.

Ask for receipts and who did the swap.

Ive been down that road with a v8 swap and ended up figuring out too late that it was too botched together for me to continue with trying to fix someone elses screw ups because they were an idiot.
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With all the other upgrades, I'm a little surprised that they left the 231 transfer case in it. That's going to be a weak point in your drivetrain. It's a good t-case, but if you are putting in bigger axles, and upgrading the power plant to a 350, the 231 starts to lose favor. If you aren't doing any hard off roading though, it should work fine for you. Besides that, everything indirocz28 said.
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:14 PM   #5
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Ive got a stock engine, stock 3.07 gears, locked front, and chromoly axles, aftermarket front driveshaft, and 35's. First time out I snapped the front output shaft off inside the NP231....
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:49 PM   #6
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I passed on this guys, i ended up getting a clean 93...
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:10 PM   #7
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What was the reason for passing on it?

Let's see the 93!
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I found a cleaner yj with good miles, with a hardtop...heres the 93
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:35 AM   #9
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I think you made the correct decision there.
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The 93 was the right choice
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Old 03-22-2014, 01:43 PM   #11
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Thanks guys, i love it, the frame and the whole underside are the cleanest i have seen...
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Old 03-22-2014, 01:51 PM   #12
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Too many hands on a Jeep over the years is cause for concern. You have no clue who did what, and if they did it right. I would start your own project.

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