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Old 01-03-2014, 09:26 PM   #1
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Hi guys, I'm 17 and officially looking for my first car. Keeping in mind that I'm still a student and on a strict budget, I'm looking for a stock yj or stock xj. Whatever I can find that is in good shape and is no more than 4k is what I'm gonna consider. The xj would be fantastic for a speaker system because of the way it's shaped and the cargo room, and would be nice to have 4 doors. The yj seems to have a more capable offroad platform, and I just love the looks of them. Considering this, I am looking for either one. I am getting a stock jeep for sure, and will be most likely lifting it 3 inches with either 33s or 31s depending on the information I get. My last question is with the xj and yj, lifting them 3 inches and slapping on 33s, will I have to do any other mods to make them fit or work with the rest of it being bone dry stock? Keep in mind I am trying to conserve as much money as possible while still having a reliable daily driver with some offroad capabilities. Lift, and tire suggestions would be greatly appreciated, along with other mods that would be worth while and not break the bank. I am new to all this so bear with me, I can't wait to finally have a jeep of my own, the community is great and the vehicles even better.

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Old 01-03-2014, 10:05 PM   #3
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Thanks! Any advice on any of my questions?
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:11 PM   #4
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Keep your eyes peeled, you may be able to located a YJ already lifted with wheels and tires. I looked on Craigslist near my location and there were 5-8 YJ's in the 3k-4k range with mods on the first page. Just a few words of wisdom; Jeeps are not a good hobby to pick up on a limited budget lol. It is never ending, you are constantly looking for upgrades. Good luck PM me if you have any questions.

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Old 01-03-2014, 10:21 PM   #5
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I'd like a stock one to make my own though. It may be a slow process but it will make me love it that much more. I don't want to take on somebody else's project. If I went with the wrangler, how difficult would it be to fit in a nice, loud sub system? It doesn't look like it is stereo friendly. I will be contacting the owner of this jeep soon, it looks excellent.
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:44 PM   #6
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Hi, I am also 17 and have been looking for a wrangler,
A few helpful hints iv learned

- in the last 4 months everything that iv seen for a good deal has a hidden issue, and when I went
to look I saw it would be a $$$ pit. Not to say there isn't a good deal out there, you will find one

Also if you see a good deal on CL CALL RIGHT AWAY!

After an item sells it can stay on there for months and typically( not always) owners repost every other week if it's still for sale to keep it in the recents, a lot of 1-3 month old post I have called were gone

And always check for a rusty frame, that ruined my hopes for a really good deal I would have bought other wise, craw up under and check for rust spots with a screw driver and if it pokes through walk away- I don't know where you live but my Ohio roads eat cars alive every winter

if you don't buy that one you posted, from reading on WF I would look for an I6 4.0 engine they last a lot longer and are better off road at the cost of a few mpg, but lifting that would drop mpg's too

And if you find it lifted, go for it. It can save lots of time an a chance of screwing up, plus there are a lot of upgrades to make you love the car even more that you can buy with your saved $$$

Good luck with the hunt!
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:08 PM   #7
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a yj,especially one you plan to offroad with ain't a great idea if you are already broke and especially if it will be your only vehicle
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:10 PM   #8
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It's my only vehicle, yes but I also want to do some moderate offroading, you won't change my mind on that. I will have enough money to keep it running constantly, just not enough to go mad insane with what I do to it. I also live in Florida so rusting is common but not nearly as common as up north more.
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I picked up my YJ for $2800 stock. You should be able to find a good deal if you wait. I wouldn't suggest the YJ if you are really wanting to build a great sound system. Not that you can't however, you will want to take the top off in the summer and then, security is an issue. Also, it doesn't create a sub friendly sound topless. The XJ would be better suited for that. With that said, you will have way more fun in a YJ. I wouldn't suggest wheeling to hard in your DD. As stated, it is expensive either way as you will get the bug. It doesn't mean Just Empty Every Pocket for no reason. Welcome and good luck!
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I would go with an XJ If I were in your shoes. I had a few of them before my 1st YJ. They are pretty capable off road. A lot of people are surprised by them. You could also get a nice XJ, lift it and put tires on it for $4,000. Or in my area you can. You would get a pretty wore out yj around here for 4grand generally.

You are correct about the stereo and cargo room. YJs are pretty small inside. If you want to keep the back seat for friends or the dog they are really small. If you can get rid of all the rattles and seal them up, they will flat out pound with a good stereo, hard top and full doors.. I just have the dash speakers in mine and a CB. The CB gets used more than the CD player...lol

My nephew has an XJ 2 door with a RE 4.5" lift and 31s and he could go everywhere I could in my YJ when it was on 31s. He keeps up pretty well still and Im on 35s...
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I would go with an XJ If I were in your shoes. I had a few of them before my 1st YJ. They are pretty capable off road. A lot of people are surprised by them. You could also get a nice XJ, lift it and put tires on it for $4,000. Or in my area you can. You would get a pretty wore out yj around here for 4grand generally.

You are correct about the stereo and cargo room. YJs are pretty small inside. If you want to keep the back seat for friends or the dog they are really small. If you can get rid of all the rattles and seal them up, they will flat out pound with a good stereo, hard top and full doors.. I just have the dash speakers in mine and a CB. The CB gets used more than the CD player...lol

My nephew has an XJ 2 door with a RE 4.5" lift and 31s and he could go everywhere I could in my YJ when it was on 31s. He keeps up pretty well still and Im on 35s...
Very helpful info! Did he have to do anything to the xj after slapping on that much of a lift? Gears, fenders, etc?

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