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Old 06-17-2009, 06:46 PM   #1
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Possibly buying a YJ tomorrow. Any tips/things to look out for?

I had a 2.5ltr '93 YJ which really got on my nerves - lots of little things going wrong (indicators wouldn't flick back, rear wiper didn't work and after a while the DEATH WOBBLE started - the scariest feeling ever if you haven't experienced it before!).

So, sold it and then invested in the slightly more expensive TJ - a 4.0 ltr model this time with 2" lift, winch, snorkel, the whole lot! Enjoyed it very much but I've now sold this one too.

So...tomorrow, against what I ever thought I'd do, I'm going back to the YJ - this time an automatic (my other two were manuals), 4.0ltr, black with all the added chrome, 2.5" skyjacker lift + 2" body lift. Only 68000 miles from new. Going to see it tomorrow, take it for a test drive - praying that the death wobble isn't something I experience when I try it out because to be honest, I'm very very excited about returning to the YJ club!

I was just wondering though if any of you had any tips on things to look out for tomorrow? Even though I've owned one before, it was a brief encounter and I'm no expert on the common faults. Would be good for just a bit of advice....!



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Old 06-17-2009, 07:27 PM   #2
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watch out for rust around the windshield

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Old 06-17-2009, 08:43 PM   #3
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rust every where, the back of the frame around the shackle mounts, the floor boards, windsheild area, and every where else.
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:58 PM   #4
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Rust, rust, and more rust, coupled with shadetree mechanic "fixes" and repairs". I drove a lot of crummy ones before I bought mine. The other thing is the love/hate relationship with the 4 banger vs. the 6 cyl. Don't jump on the first one.
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:12 AM   #5
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basically what they said. my yj was rusted completely through where you could stick a screwdriver through a hole in my frame, about a 3 inch long by 1 inch hole near the back shackles. dont let that deter you, if its a nice jeep, and rest of frame is good, i just got mine patched up. i didnt know what to look for when i bought it and got screwed pretty much paying like 300 bucks for the weld. you can't even tell there was anything wrong with it now. also when you look, take the plastic cover off the front by the steering box. my frame was cracked where the steering box is and i had to get that boxed off also :\
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:53 AM   #6
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thanks for all the advice. Going to see it now so fingers crossed. Will let u know if I buy and upload some pics!!!

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Old 06-18-2009, 05:37 AM   #7
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Your death wobble was just from worn suspension parts more than likely, but could have been as simple as unbalanced tires. That is what happens when your jeep gets older, you can fix that rather inexpensively no reason to get rid of or pass on a jeep. Good luck finding a new one and coming back to the YJ side lol
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Old 06-21-2009, 04:34 AM   #8
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I didn't buy it in the end unfortunately. There was a little more rust than I thought there would be (lots round the windscreen especilly), there was a fair bit of oil on the underneath, which looked like it oculd have been coming from the auto gear box but these issues aside there most overwhelming thing that I didn't like about it was the fact that the automatic gear box seemed to have sucked so much power out of the car! Compared to the two manuals I have had (even the 2.5ltr) there was a lot less power on this 4.0ltr auto. Is that usual? Is that always the case with Wranglers? I know it would affect it a bit but this was quite a marked difference!


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