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Old 11-27-2013, 03:19 PM   #31
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My yj kind of fell into my hands. My brother in law bought it for his sons (from a dealer, way overpriced). They drove it for a few years. He wanted to sell it for close to what he paid, I balked. A year later he still had it. I drove if for a week, checked it out with a neighbor, and put together a list of work it needed (completely honest, nothing but safety and reliability items). Made him an offer, he countered, and I bought it. Got it for $2500 knowing it needed another $1800 or so of work. It's been really easy to work on, readily available and inexpensive parts. Only issues have been dealing with rusted fasteners, dicey wiring,etc. The only thing I wish it had was a six cylinder engine, has the 2.5 squirrel engine. It was a real diamond in the rough. I've had it for less than six months, but the obsession has me firmly in its grasp. I'm teaching my son while I work on it, since he'll be driving it sooner than later. It's been a good bonding experience for us. I like the fact that's is still a "real" jeep.
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I cross shopped TJs YJs and JKs. I almost bought a JK but then I test drove a YJ and it just fit. Went and drove a TJ after that and it felt similar, but I hated the interior and it was a bit soft. I love that the YJ was so cheap that I'm not too concerned with treating it like a rented mule. I like that when stuff breaks it's not a warranty fixing it, it is me. It's slow and uncomfortable and I love it. I replaced a 2013 WRX with my 1995 BASE YJ (no power steering) and I regret nothing.

A friend with a CJ and a JK advised the YJ would be too hard for daily driving...I've been doing just fine. Today we went to an off road park that was 50 minutes out of town...I kept up with his JK on the highway and in the park. Great purchase.

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They are rugged, simple, capable vehicles. Everthing a Jeep should be. Not a glitsy luxurious comfortable vehicle. Its bad A**!
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They are rugged, simple, capable vehicles. Everthing a Jeep should be. Not a glitsy luxurious comfortable vehicle. Its bad A**!
Well stated, I've owned quite a few Jeeps and I keep going back to the square headlighted rigs IMO YJs are the best when it comes to the SWB rigs and XJ's are great lwb rigs. Both are cheap dependable and simple.
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Old 12-17-2013, 11:23 PM   #35
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Its just so easy to work on and so much damn fun.
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:01 PM   #36
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It's rugged, like a Jeep should be. Nice enough to enjoy it, simple enough that the possibilities are endless. I'm so lucky to have one as a high schooler. Never planning on getting rid of it.
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:43 AM   #37
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because a FJ40 was way out of my price range , I owned a 1979 FJ40 , and kick my self for selling it , the YJ is the closest I will ever be to owning another one , no regrets on buying one , its a lot of fun
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:06 PM   #38
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Cause they are cool! Even the "square haters" think so deep down. 'nuff said.
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Old 03-01-2014, 06:12 PM   #39
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Originally, I wanted a TJ. After owning my YJ for a year, I'm so glad I went with it. Simple to work on, capable, fun, cheap, great looking interior (not the faux JCG interior of the TJ) and way more rugged looking with the square headlights!
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Old 03-01-2014, 09:42 PM   #40
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What the above jeeper said. Simple and looks rugged. Last of the "hard core" from the factory jeeps in my opinion. Rough riding, no air bags, very few with a/c. Very few comforts but for the true enthusiasts it is every bit a jeep. Even with square lights. Plus I like ignoring jeep waves from stock jk owners.
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:11 PM   #41
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Everyone pretty much nailed it on the head, but mostly I like it because it is the underdog in the jeep world. I have to admit, a lot of guys wheel their 4 door jks and they are perfectly capable I would love to have 4 doors for my kids, but my YJ is my dd, my trail runner, and my workhorse.

I plan on giving it to one of my boys..... but am not anxious for that day to come,
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:00 AM   #42
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I recently helped my buddy who was interested in a few TJs. I test drove them with him (he doesn't know how to drive stick) and I personally hated all of them. My YJ runs like a damn tank and I'm a proud YJ owner! BTW, my buddy ended up leasing a 2014 Focus
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:35 AM   #43
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They are simple yet versital. I didnt think id like the square headlights at first but as soon as i saw my current yj they instantly grew on me. Also, after 3 years it seems im the only yj'er in a 50 mile radius.
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What the above jeeper said. Simple and looks rugged. Last of the "hard core" from the factory jeeps in my opinion. Rough riding, no air bags, very few with a/c. Very few comforts but for the true enthusiasts it is every bit a jeep. Even with square lights. Plus I like ignoring jeep waves from stock jk owners.

Just browsing the forums- I used to own a YJ that was handed down from my Dad and then my older brother...over 220k miles on it, and she's still kicken! I moved out to Cali from NY a few years ago and couldnt take her with me. I bought a 2013 JK and I love it...couldnt be happier. There is another thread I think about older Jeep owners ignoring waves from JK owners...Do you really do that?
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There is another thread I think about older Jeep owners ignoring waves from JK owners...Do you really do that?
I waved for a full year to the 4 door JK's welcoming them to the club but never got a wave back. It only took me a week when i first became a jeep owner of a TJ to catch on (not even realizing there apparently was a code to who waves first lol). These days i either i ignore them or take a peek to see if they wave first. There arent too many in my area but if you can spread the word that theres a wrangler club i can forgive and forget, they are still wranglers after all (technically
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I waved for a full year to the 4 door JK's welcoming them to the club but never got a wave back. It only took me a week when i first became a jeep owner of a TJ to catch on (not even realizing there apparently was a code to who waves first lol). These days i either i ignore them or take a peek to see if they wave first. There arent too many in my area but if you can spread the word that theres a wrangler club i can forgive and forget, they are still wranglers after all (technically
99% of JK owners have them as a status symbol. I don't bother waving to them anymore unless they wave first IMO they are just lifted caravans. In my Area there are tons of jeeps. ZJ,Wj,Xj,CJ,YJ,TJ owners all wave JK owners are too busy drinking a latte and texting
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Old 03-17-2014, 01:59 PM   #47
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my first jeep is a yj and I'm lovin it
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Old 03-23-2014, 11:25 PM   #49
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99% of JK owners have them as a status symbol. I don't bother waving to them anymore unless they wave first IMO they are just lifted caravans. In my Area there are tons of jeeps. ZJ,Wj,Xj,CJ,YJ,TJ owners all wave JK owners are too busy drinking a latte and texting
Damn, a lot of stereotyping going on here for sure.. I'm from a small country town in upstate NY and I live in LA now. Here more than ever (ironically) I see Jeeps of all types and everyone waves. Other than of course like you're saying..the soccor mom caravan types, but they are few and far between. The JK owners on the JK threads seem like completely different...and no offense, a little more open minded. I'll just...go back...over there now. . ..
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Old 03-25-2014, 02:07 PM   #50
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DrumBum I am not a JK fan at all (too complicated!) but I get sick of the JK trash talk on here as well. We should be picking on imports, not the people who are buying American stuff. Do most of the JK owners I see in my YJ notice me waving? Honestly no. But I still wave. It's a fun thing, not a rule. If it upsets someone that someone else doesn't wave back at them they need to pick their panties out of their butt and get a thicker skin.
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Old 04-10-2014, 08:27 PM   #51
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now wait I min lmao I own both my 90 and a 85 nissan 300z turbo so where do I fall in this lol
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DrumBum I am not a JK fan at all (too complicated!) but I get sick of the JK trash talk on here as well. We should be picking on imports, not the people who are buying American stuff. Do most of the JK owners I see in my YJ notice me waving? Honestly no. But I still wave. It's a fun thing, not a rule. If it upsets someone that someone else doesn't wave back at them they need to pick their panties out of their butt and get a thicker skin.
I totally agree with this except for the picking on imports.. I mean i dont have one but if you need to pick on someone thats pathetic. I mean do we really need something to pick on?
My fiance has one of those 4 door jks and yea im not a real fan of them and most are soccer moms that have no clue about the jeep club but as wombat ranger said its fun not a rule. Ill still wave from my 94 everytime and even if i dont get a wave im just hopeing one day that ill help them get caught up with the jeep wave. And i agree we shouldnt be fighting amongst fellow jeep owners.
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I totally agree with this except for the picking on imports.. I mean i dont have one but if you need to pick on someone thats pathetic. I mean do we really need something to pick on?
Jeez man take a joke. Yes, we do need someone to pick on. What's the fun in life if we can't pass the shit around? I helped my best friend build his .050 over 22re for his 86 4runner and we got it fired up today, does that make you feel any better?
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Simplicity, love the styling. Not to mention .. the last of the REAL Jeeps! Go simple leaf springs .. LOL

Really .. My dad and brother both have TJ's and I do like them both. But, I'd take my '91 YJ any day over the TJ's. The YJ just feels like a Jeep instead of a car.
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Jeez man take a joke. Yes, we do need someone to pick on. What's the fun in life if we can't pass the shit around? I helped my best friend build his .050 over 22re for his 86 4runner and we got it fired up today, does that make you feel any better?
Hey man i wasnt getting that hipt up about. I was trying to agree with you for the most part.
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well, for starters, i have found out that other YJ owners let you keep your jeep and store parts at their place for free when you go away for a while!

I must say, I researched jeeps for well over a year (lots done right here on this site). When i first got the "Jeep fever", i was hooked on TJs and was 90% sure that that was what I was gonna get once I had the money and had made my move cross country to WA... I never cared much for JKs (unless they are set up perfectly, i think they are ugly honestly), and YJs turned me off with their leaf spring suspension, wipers on the windshield, and of course them damn square headlights lol... I told myself that every time I park I somewhere, I would park next to the best jeep in the lot. The funny thing is that i found myself always parking next to YJs thinking they were TJs at first. At work, I had one specific jeep I parked next to whenever I could which was similar to the one I own now only a little more mild, it had roughly a 4 inch SUA with 33" SS boggers. It was dark green with a spice hard top and what can I say, it looked sexier and sexier every day i saw it for some reason. From then on i started doing all my research on YJs and about a year later, i finally bought one. in the short amount of time have spent with my baby, i have learned that not only do they have the best stance than all other models, they are a bit wider, much more modifiable, more reliable in my experience, there are more parts available in the jeep graveyards, easier to work on with less "tech" under the hood and all over the jeep for that matter. they are cheaper to purchase and cheaper to build the way you want it. plus, they just plain look great and feels even better when you're behind the wheel. The main reason I bought it was not only to have fun wheelin but to also get me to the places in the mountains where I like to hike, camp, rock climb, back country sports, etc... It's paid for and rough around the edges so there is no fear of getting it dirty or scratched up. I have a 93 so it has fuel injection, the 4.0L, AX-15 linked up to the NP231 t-case, upgraded axles, OBA, SS SYE, TW CV driveshafts, well... you get the idea. simply put, they are the one and only true wrangler IMHO. wow, that was longer than i thought ...
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well, for starters, i have found out that other YJ owners let you keep your jeep and store parts at their place for free when you go away for a while!

I must say, I researched jeeps for well over a year (lots done right here on this site). When i first got the "Jeep fever", i was hooked on TJs and was 90% sure that that was what I was gonna get once I had the money and had made my move cross country to WA... I never cared much for JKs (unless they are set up perfectly, i think they are ugly honestly), and YJs turned me off with their leaf spring suspension, wipers on the windshield, and of course them damn square headlights lol... I told myself that every time I park I somewhere, I would park next to the best jeep in the lot. The funny thing is that i found myself always parking next to YJs thinking they were TJs at first. At work, I had one specific jeep I parked next to whenever I could which was similar to the one I own now only a little more mild, it had roughly a 4 inch SUA with 33" SS boggers. It was dark green with a spice hard top and what can I say, it looked sexier and sexier every day i saw it for some reason. From then on i started doing all my research on YJs and about a year later, i finally bought one. in the short amount of time have spent with my baby, i have learned that not only do they have the best stance than all other models, they are a bit wider, much more modifiable, more reliable in my experience, there are more parts available in the jeep graveyards, easier to work on with less "tech" under the hood and all over the jeep for that matter. they are cheaper to purchase and cheaper to build the way you want it. plus, they just plain look great and feels even better when you're behind the wheel. The main reason I bought it was not only to have fun wheelin but to also get me to the places in the mountains where I like to hike, camp, rock climb, back country sports, etc... It's paid for and rough around the edges so there is no fear of getting it dirty or scratched up. I have a 93 so it has fuel injection, the 4.0L, AX-15 linked up to the NP231 t-case, upgraded axles, OBA, SS SYE, TW CV driveshafts, well... you get the idea. simply put, they are the one and only true wrangler IMHO. wow, that was longer than i thought ...
Well said! Always wanted to get one and build it up for a fun toy. Although lately I've been using it as a DD while my pick up is out of commission…oh well, at least the ride to work is fun in the morning lol
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Since it's "Hip to be square", I went with the squared off driving lights to match after changing my mind on which set to get about 10 times!


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