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Old 04-11-2007, 04:48 PM   #1
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Exclamation which yj is best (in your opinion)

hey guys...i come from a full size jeep family (63 j200...72 j4000...etc)...but right now i'm looking for a jeep wrangler...i like the design of the yj's and the year range makes them obtainable in price...but i'm not sure which engine to get and i really need your guy's input on stats and of course personal knowledge of which is better...i just turned 17 and am selling my toyota pickup and hoping to find a decent wrangler i can pickup and start to make my own...any info and stats would be most helpful...thanks again...

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hey guys...i come from a full size jeep family (63 j200...72 j4000...etc)...but right now i'm looking for a jeep wrangler...i like the design of the yj's and the year range makes them obtainable in price...but i'm not sure which engine to get and i really need your guy's input on stats and of course personal knowledge of which is better...i just turned 17 and am selling my toyota pickup and hoping to find a decent wrangler i can pickup and start to make my own...any info and stats would be most helpful...thanks again...

Jake
I have one of the 88's with the carbureted 4.2 (258cid). In my opinion you can do a lot more with a YJ than anything else. Some of the guys prefer the 4.0 FI. Depending on where you live and the emissions requirements, you can seriously upgrade your dist. and carb. and gain HP. To each their own!

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Old 04-11-2007, 06:15 PM   #3
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Stay away from the 2.5 most are not happy with the power it puts out after a while. Also I would suggest going 91 and up so you get the fuel injected motor ( I hae an 89 that I installed a 4.0 in once I was sick of screwing with the carb). A 95 YJ is only one that came stock with the larger front U-joints but you can always change the axles out to the larger style. Other then that they are pretty much the same. HTH
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Old 04-11-2007, 06:31 PM   #4
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I have a '94 with the 2.5 and dont mind it a bit.
I wanted to keep the lbs down was one reason for the 4 banger.
The 2.5 will have 4.10s sock also.
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Old 04-11-2007, 07:07 PM   #5
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what about milage...i have about 20 mile 1-way to school no less to work and around town then back home...
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Old 04-11-2007, 07:21 PM   #6
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stay with a 6 cyl.if u can .my stock 5 speed gets about 16 mpg city about 17 on hwy.4 cyl.are ok IF you only drive around town no hills or highway..but their lack of power is very noticible.even with a 6 cyl u have to get used to for low power..
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If you are lookin for milage get a Honda. Jeeps are shaped like a brick and get about the same milage.
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i've got a 91' 6 cyl and i really like it. the 4cyl come with 4.10's where the 6's have 3.73's. 91 is the last year with the diagonal style roll bars in the back. 92' started the "family style bars" what are you going to be using it for? alot of crawling or mainly a daily driver with a little fun on the side? that will help u decide between a carb or FI. from what i know(dont hold me to it) carbs dont do that well when doing major crawling due to the off camber positions you find yourself in.
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Old 04-11-2007, 07:48 PM   #9
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i've been lookin around on a bunch of threads and i'm leaning towards the 2.5L and put a peacesetter header, dynomax cat-back, 4.0 throttle body, k&n filter, upgraded coil and wires...i guess one guy got 21 mpg...basicly i'd be using it for school and back...then after i graduate high school its gunna be a play rig...mostly mudding...no major rock crawling or trails...just mud boggs...

22 mpg!!!
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what year you thinkin about gettin? one with the family style roll bars or the old style?
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Old 04-11-2007, 08:45 PM   #11
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Go for the 4.0. If it were me, I'd get a late model. 1995 would be my number one choice. I couldn't find one myself. Mine is 94.
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I have a 92, with over 300,000 miles on the origanal 2.5. With 31s on it, running 4:11 gears, 5 speed manual, I can get around 20 on the hwy. As far as power, it does pretty good, as long as you don't put a trailer behind it. I do sugest going with a cool air breather system, 62 mm throttle body, an electric fan, and hi-pro ignition system, to get the most out of it. If mostly hwy use, I would sugest stock tires, no lift, to get the best milage.
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Where do you live? Im in washington and if your anywhere near Centralia you can come by and check mine out.
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Old 04-12-2007, 01:27 PM   #14
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and to answer rebelbulldawg325's question...it really doesnt matter to me...i'm lookin for gas milage and it will alwayz have a top on it since i live in western washington...besides...after i graduate it's getting a roll cage anyways...
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well in that case, i'd go with the latest yr possible. which would be a 95 i believe
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definately go with an injected Jeep. The carb'd 4.2 is a great engine, but to make it run really well you will need to spend some money. I have driven some 4cyl Jeeps and would never buy one, but that is just me. If you are coming out of a 4cyl Toyota then it'll probably suit you just fine. Just go out and drive some and buy the one you and your budget like.
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definately go with an injected Jeep. The carb'd 4.2 is a great engine, but to make it run really well you will need to spend some money. I have driven some 4cyl Jeeps and would never buy one, but that is just me. If you are coming out of a 4cyl Toyota then it'll probably suit you just fine. Just go out and drive some and buy the one you and your budget like.
It doesn't cost all that much to upgrade the 4.2 carb'd motor. I bought an HEI distributor for $175 and a MC2100 carb for $200. New 8mm plug wires for $25. Tore off the old coil and dist. Took off the Carter carb and all the pulse air system. Runs great now with much more power.
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If you want to do any Off camber Wheeling get a Fuel Injected Jeep.

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