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Old 08-22-2013, 06:06 AM   #1
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Quickie background: my grandfather brought back an MB from WW2 and drove it for over 20 years, my cousin had a CJ7 when I was in Jr High, and I've wanted a Wrangler since I was in HS.
I'm now 44, and finally picked up a clean 95 YJ as a secondary vehicle for weekend ghost town hunting (an odd hobby of mine) and taking on the job in places my Fiat can't go (I'm a photographer).
That said, I only had time to snap a few quick shots from my iPhone but I'll try to get some real pics taken of it when I can slow down to do so.







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Old 08-22-2013, 06:10 AM   #2
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Welcome! That thing is pretty clean!

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Old 08-22-2013, 06:19 AM   #3
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I love driving this thing! Although I've had a few teething problems, needed a new radiator, etc, nothing bad considering it's an old used vehicle bought off of CL. Fortunately I found a small shop near my house that works on CJs and Wranglers exclusively.
My first job after buying it was shooting a 380 acre horse ranch where I had to cross a small river, go into a ravine, and rumble over tall grass pastures with horses galloping along side thinking they were going to be fed.
A great first drive!

I do have a newbie question though: It has 31" tires on it and they rub when trying to maneuver in a tight space. I've thought about replacing those with stock size tires (215/75/15). I'm someone who likes keeping vehicles in their stock form anyway.
On the highway, it drives great, but struggles to maintain any speed on the slightest grade or head wind.
Being a 2.5 four, could changing to the smaller stock tires help it keep up at highway speeds?

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Old 08-22-2013, 06:21 AM   #4
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Welcome! That thing is pretty clean!
Thank you!
That's what drew me to it.
Mostly stock, clean, no rust at all.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:23 AM   #5
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I love driving this thing! Although I've had a few teething problems, needed a new radiator, etc, nothing bad considering it's an old used vehicle bought off of CL. Fortunately I found a small shop near my house that works on CJs and Wranglers exclusively.
My first job after buying it was shooting a 380 acre horse ranch where I had to cross a small river, go into a ravine, and rumble over tall grass pastures with horses galloping along side thinking they were going to be fed.
A great first drive!

I do have a newbie question though: It has 31" tires on it and they rub when trying to maneuver in a tight space. I've thought about replacing those with stock size tires (215/75/15). I'm someone who likes keeping vehicles in their stock form anyway.
On the highway, it drives great, but struggles to maintain any speed on the slightest grade or head wind.
Being a 2.5 four, could changing to the smaller stock tires help it keep up at highway speeds?

Thanks in advance.
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31s Will rub on tight turns, large bumps, etc on stock height so the stock tire size will definitely cure that issue. The speed issue is two fold. Yes the smaller tires WILL help as there will be less rolling mass to turn, HOWEVER the 2.5 isn't exactly powerful and will still bog down. So short answer for your needs dropping down in tire size will absolutely be beneficial.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:23 AM   #6
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:24 AM   #7
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Thank you!
That's what drew me to it.
Mostly stock, clean, no rust at all.
And its a Rio Grande. Throw some wax on there, that paint is looking dry
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:29 AM   #8
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Thanks SuperTJ!

I appreciate that Incizion, I already have someone wanting to buy the old tires, so I'll make the switch this weekend.
I have a detailer who is going to polish it and give a good wax.
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Thanks SuperTJ!

I appreciate that Incizion, I already have someone wanting to buy the old tires, so I'll make the switch this weekend.
I have a detailer who is going to polish it and give a good wax.
Excellent. Also if you are ever interested in learning how to do some of your own work and maintenance this forum is the bees knees when it comes to help and references. Welcome again!
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:31 AM   #10
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I was hoping to be able to gain from the experts here.
I did most of my own work on my air cooled VWs back in the day, so I just need to find my comfort zone with this Jeep.
Many thanks for your help!
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:34 AM   #11
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welcome, you can also check out the OK forums as well if you are interested in meeting up with other fellow jeepers or trail info

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Cool, thanks for the link!

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