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Old 08-15-2014, 11:40 PM   #1
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My little brother fell in love with my 04 TJ the second I brought it home and let him learn how to drive stick in it, he is only 14 but will be looking to buy a wrangler within the next year or so. The reason I am posting this here is because a YJ seems to be more in his price range than a TJ, he loves them both and would love to own either a YJ or TJ, what are the pros and cons to owning a YJ and what should he look out for and avoid while looking. Thanks guys! hopefully soon we will have another passionate jeeper on the road

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Old 08-16-2014, 08:14 AM   #2
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:33 AM   #3
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Main difference between a yj and a tj in my opinion is ride quality, tj's have coil springs and yj's have leaf springs. Personally I like the leaf springs but they are a rougher ride no doubt. Other than that be sure to look out for the yj rust rot. Frame, body mounts, floor pans, body. All can be signs of a lot of work. Good luck!
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So it sounds like you gotta watch out for a lot of the same stuff as TJs, hopefully I can find him something in decent shape that we can wrench on and wheel together
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Oh you will, there many yj's out there in great shape, there are also many out there guys have cobbled together to "look" nice. Be sure to take a magnet. That will be a good detector of filler on the body and frame.
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Old 08-16-2014, 04:41 PM   #6
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Oh you will, there many yj's out there in great shape, there are also many out there guys have cobbled together to "look" nice. Be sure to take a magnet. That will be a good detector of filler on the body and frame.
thanks for the tip man! I know from experience buying my TJ that it takes a while to find exactly what you want but as long as me and brother are patient and know what we are looking for that we will end up with a solid rig
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:15 PM   #7
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If your looking 6 cyl you're gonna want one from 1991 and up. They started using the ax-15 and 4.0 that year. Common rust spots are shock mounts on the rear and leaf spring hangers, check the trans skid plate where the bolts seat the plate and where they bolt into the frame, and of course under the carpet. Lastly I always check the vacuum lines running to the front axles, if it's a mangled mess I would install a cable disengage. If not rock on! Happy hunting and always remember, it's hip to be square!
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If your looking 6 cyl you're gonna want one from 1991 and up. They started using the ax-15 and 4.0 that year. Common rust spots are shock mounts on the rear and leaf spring hangers, check the trans skid plate where the bolts seat the plate and where they bolt into the frame, and of course under the carpet. Lastly I always check the vacuum lines running to the front axles, if it's a mangled mess I would install a cable disengage. If not rock on! Happy hunting and always remember, it's hip to be square!
thanks for the help!

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