Hi guys I just bought my first jeep (an 89 yj 4.2L) after owning a civic for 2 years and being an import "tuner". overall shes in good shape, lets put it this way, nothing needs a lot of work but everything needs a little bit of work to be awesome again. I've only owned the jeep for a day and its already my favorite car I've owned.
I was wondering if there are any particular things I should watch out for on this particular model year. I already know I need to get a new steering box cause right now there's about a 1/3 of a rotation of play either way of center on the steering wheel. reaaaaly janky on the highway. fixing it tm.
Also, I was wondering if anyone here could suggest reputable sites for parts. I've searched quite a bit and I keep finding some pretty janky looking sites.
as I am new to jeeps also I have dealt with both quadratec recently and JC Whitney and my suggestion is to stay away from JC Whitney. bad return policy and I have had shipping problems quadratec on the other hand has helped me out greatly. Being new I can ask anything about fitment and they know immediately and shipping gets to me within 2 days sometimes next day.
similar story, got my 89 islander two weeks ago and like convert i need to do some tune ups here and there but all in all it runs pretty good and is definately my favorite vehicle too...nubby i know what you mean, im sorry i got one cuz now i feel all ill ever want is a jeep
Really tire kicking an 89 4.2 myself. hard to beat with a hard top for $4k. Would be interested in keeping up with this thread.
I'd say so far its been worth it. even though the one i got is kinda rough, it didnt run perfect and had some small rust areas. in the short time I've had it I've gotten it up to almost perfect running condition cause the engine is so easy to work on. It only cost me about 150 too for some vacuum hoses, valve cover gasket and a new radiator. the rust spots are next, followed by a couple coats of monstaliner.
Like I said I'm new to jeeps but it seems to me that so long as the frame is solid along with most of the chassis and its not too bad mechanically go for it I havent regretted my purchase at all despite the flaws. I'm liking the community too. everytime I drive it theres somebody waving or coming over to me to talk to me about the jeep whether or not they currently own one, everyones got a story about a jeep, at least where I'm at in the CO rockies.
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