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Old 06-20-2014, 08:12 AM   #1
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Should i keep my YJ, please help make a decision (kind of long)

Hello Fellow Jeepers,

I'm concerned about selling my YJ, i do like it a lot but i'm a little afraid of future investments i might put in, if the time comes to quick. I'll bullet out my jeep and the actual concern, please help me make the right decision.

Wrangler YJ 1992, 6 cyl., manual.

-just replaced all body mounts with bushings, few spots were rotten and had to e welded up.
-the famous rear shackle frame pieces were rusted, had them professionally welded, they hold well for a year already with no signs of wear.
-the frame piece of steering box had a crack, had it welded
-the driver's side of frame where tranny skid place bolts to was very rusted, had it practically replaced/welded professionally.
-lastly the gas tank cross member was rusted out, that rust didn't touch the frame some how, got the new cross member welded in.
- now frame looks more or less solid after replacing so much rust and rot, i had it all reinforced with rhino-liner, double coat.
-Jeep drives well, all 6 speeds shift well and work well with no grind.
-new clutch.
-engine at 170k, no blue, black, brown, white smoke comes out from the muffler, only during cold winter days a little bit of white smoke when i turn it on and only after it stands for a week or two.
-4x4 works only 4-hi, 2l and neutral - the knob can't shift to.
- all gouges work correctly, even the 4x4 one.

Now actual concerns:

-when i drive for extended time, like 2 hour trips, i start to smell some thing like burned oil or burned rubber, no smoke or any thing just that smell and it's not constant, for like 1 minutes periodically.
-i did a lot of welding to the frame, it was not cheap, but replacing the frame is much more expensive and i wont be able to pay for it within next 2 years if it starts failing. basically i need it to last for 2 years, before i get money saved for frame replacement.
-same goes for engine, i need it to last 2 years before i can get the 2k-3k that it takes to rebuild it, take it out and put it back in. with that i can only do one in next two years, which is either engine or frame. so the other one would have to last another 2 years, (unless by some miracle i score a jack pot.
-lastly, my steering wheel wanders, not sure what it is. after i try to spin it the jeep is not turning wheels immediately, only after the steering sheel spins for 1-2 inches.

Basically, do you guys think it can last me long enough to finish the major problems i'm concerned about, or should i sell it?

Just to mention, i can only do that work my self which doesn't requires me lifting up engine, or jeep tub and etc, since i don't have a garage and tinker out on parking lot and my situation is less likely to change within next 2-4 years. Please help me make the right choice.

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Old 06-20-2014, 08:43 AM   #2
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My 1st Jeep was a CJ. Got rid of it because it was impossible to juggle the repairs, the costs, no real tools and no place to really work on it while moving from place to place in the military. GONE!
My 2nd Jeep was a YJ. I realized how bad of a job I did at checking it out before purchase when I started climbing underneath it. The rusty frame and all the (in my mind) unrepairable rusty mounts made me cut my losses before wasting time/$$$ on it. GONE!
My 3rd Jeep ain't going nowhere but down the trail/road with me (or one of the kids) driving it. Or into the garage with me (or one of the kids) fixing it!
Do you absolutely have to sell it? If not, you say you'll have a better circumstances in 2-4 years. Why not put it of to the side, fix the little things when you can and in 2-4 years you'll have a Jeep that you can be proud of.
I bet if you get rid of it, when your situation improves, you'll wish you hadn't and be looking for another Jeep.

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Old 06-20-2014, 08:47 AM   #3
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Keep it. It seems like you enjoy working on your jeep. It seems like you have already completed most of the major work. They are a money pit. But I enjoy working on mine most of the time. I noticed you said that it smells sometimes when you drive it. I have a 92 YJ and I 4x4 hard on the ranch it smells to like its hot. This is normal. I have no insulation on my floor boards and you can feel the heat. All my temps are in the normal range and I always keep a close eye on all of my fluids before I go and when I am also 4x4. Good Luck. I would keep it
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Old 06-20-2014, 09:03 AM   #4
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I do like to tinker on it, i'm not afraid of hard work and it's kind of a hobby. I just don't have place and heavy duty equipment to do major work. However, the frame now looks ok, The jeep rides nice and smooth and i have 700$ laying to buy new bumpers and new shackles right now. Fluids been changed when i picked it up, like the next day, all of them, drive shafts and etc. I do not observe the overheating issue, temperatures are all good. I just got good deal for aluminum wheels, 150$ for 5 and they all look brand new with few minor scratches.

I'd like to get some more feed back and advice, Also regarding the frame, do you think it can live for next 2-4 years with welding done to it, or it will perish fast knocking in another of big investment?
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Old 06-22-2014, 12:01 AM   #5
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I do like to tinker on it, i'm not afraid of hard work and it's kind of a hobby. I just don't have place and heavy duty equipment to do major work. However, the frame now looks ok, The jeep rides nice and smooth and i have 700$ laying to buy new bumpers and new shackles right now. Fluids been changed when i picked it up, like the next day, all of them, drive shafts and etc. I do not observe the overheating issue, temperatures are all good. I just got good deal for aluminum wheels, 150$ for 5 and they all look brand new with few minor scratches.

I'd like to get some more feed back and advice, Also regarding the frame, do you think it can live for next 2-4 years with welding done to it, or it will perish fast knocking in another of big investment?







Dont sweat the small stuff fix whats broke and dont fix whats not broke Enjoy your Jeep while you can. if it took 15+ years for the frame to rust out i doubt if it will get in bad shape in just 2 years.
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Old 06-22-2014, 08:20 AM   #6
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Sounds to me like you did a good job on the frame repair, hard to say without seeing it but if it was all professionally done and rhino lined I don't see why it shouldn't last a long time
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Old 06-22-2014, 11:56 AM   #7
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If you have play in your steering I would sort that out before spending money on bumpers and shackles. Its best to fix problem areas and safety issues before doing upgrades. Like you have done with frame rot. Jeep does you no good if it doesn't go stop or turn. Take care of it and it will be dependable.
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Old 06-22-2014, 06:05 PM   #8
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I had a '75 CJ-5. My second son was born and it just sat in the garage. I sold it and kicked myself everyday since. I openly told my boys it was their fault I didn't have it any more. I got really sad seeing them when I was out driving. I got so insufferable without one my wife told me to get another one and pay for it with money from my 401k. I now give unsolicited advice to Jeepers at the gas station to never sell it that they will regret it. You'll miss the feeling of riding topless/doorless, the Jeep Wave, etc. You can obviously do whatever you want, but as a guy who sold one because of possible future expenses, you'll probably regret it.
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:16 AM   #9
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Thank you all guys for helping me make the right choice. I do love the Jeep. Just got fron and rear bumpers from ebay, both fairly priced and are solid.

The steering wheel problem is not some thing so immediate, the jeep turn and drives well problem is, the wheel it self gets like 1-2 inch spin off before the wheels start turning while driving. I'm still isolating the issue.
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:16 AM   #10
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My problem is when I bought my Jeep I LOVED it. But unfortunately things have changed and with my daily commute of 60 miles round trip and the wife's daily commute of 34 miles round trip in a Durango, gas is EATING us alive. And now we have signs that Congress wants to raise the Gas Tax by 12 cents AND speculators threatening raises of a dollar or more cause of bullshit reasons, I just can't afford these things.
With a much heavy heart I'm trading my Jeep today for a Honda. Yea it sucks and yea I'm going to miss everything about it. But gas NEVER goes down it ALWAYS goes up and I just can't afford 2 vehicles that get bleh mileage living out in the country.
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:46 AM   #11
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The jeep is not my DD, it' only for fun and leisure. However my DD is not much lower on gas than the Jeep. Already installed new bumpers, going to place a pic into profile on weekends. keeping my toy!

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