So I had been on the prowl for a new-to-me wrangler for the last 3 weeks. I did a lot of research so i'd know exactly what i want in it.. heres a list of what I decided on and why:
: Power! gotta drive it on the freeway every once in a while.
5 speed manual
: Automatics just take the fun out of driving, plus i want more control
: Snow in Spokane can suck and I don't like the look of a full soft top.
Model Year 92-95
: 92's had the 4.0 Fuel Injected, also the first year they had the full family roll cage with rear shoulder belts. YJ's were basically going to be in my budget of around 5k
Reasonably low mileage
: should be obvious
So I searched and I searched, craigslist, cars.com, autotrader.com, carsforsale.com, recycler.com, lemonfree.com, dealer websites, etc etc etc. Along with IRS delays and mess-ups with my return I had to keep waiting, and searching, and researching more YJ info.
Finally, last Thursday I found one I liked on craigslist, talked with the seller, asked many many questions (this jeep was a 6 hour drive from Spokane) Friday rolled around and my partial payment for my return was deposited into my account! I hopped in the Uplander and drove and drove and drove.. Long story short heres what I got.. apologies for the dark pictures, just took them tonight. The owner originally had the soft top on and we took it off and put the hard top on:
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A short list of what it has in/on/around it now:
5 inch spring over (Skyjacker) lift
1 inch shackle lift
35x12.5 cooper mud terrains (20-30% tread left
15x10 black steel file with beadlocks
8.8 Ford Explorer rear end with limited slip differential
Tom woods rear drive line
Front axle has TJ axle shafts and ARB air locker
I plan on doing a few things to it obviously.. every jeep is a project being worked on or waiting to be worked on. I will update later on my planned upgrades!