|12-06-2012 07:05 PM|
|psycho-syd||I plan on starting at a 4.0 I ment if I blew an engine or if I found one with an engine on the way to the grave, I won't mind if I pick up the jeep at agood enough price. And an 8 cylinder's always an option|
|12-06-2012 05:21 PM|
|12-06-2012 11:08 AM|
|jeepwoman||If this helps at all my bother in law works at a Chrysler dealer and said rebuilding the motor is a little less expensive because it's an inline 6. Watch out for rust...check upper control arms and all mounts. Mine was undercoated when it was new so it made my decision to get it a lot easier. I live in Michigan though so rust is a huge problem here.|
|12-05-2012 11:56 PM|
|psycho-syd||Thanks for all the advice. I think I want to try to get a TJ. Though I'll probably have to get one with high milage, I'm ok with that. I figure a jeep can go forever if properly maintained. And I can always swap engines later. Lol|
|12-05-2012 09:03 AM|
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|12-04-2012 11:10 PM|
|ohiok5||i personally found the yj hard to work on (4 cyl that is) we had to change the clutch slave cyl and while in there the clutch itself and wow what a pain it the rear that was. changed many clutches on chevys and never had such a time with it. and who decided it was a good idea to put the slave inside the bellhousing anyway. lol|
|12-04-2012 10:55 PM|
|jeepwoman||I heard you can flip the leaf springs on a yj for a cheap 4" lift....not sure if that helps or if it can really be done (I have never owned a yj just two tj's) but thought it might help with your decision.|
|12-04-2012 04:35 PM|
|OverkillYJ||I paid $2150 for a 95 YJ with 97k miles on it. No rust, and it had a 3" body lift with new 31's on it. The transmission was missing 5th gear since it was an AX5, but I upgraded to an AX15 for about $600 worth of parts including the transmission. I am sure if you are patient you will find a good deal too. The YJ is the obvious choice if you are on a budget. Not just for acquisition cost, but because parts cost less and are easier to work on. Coils are a little more work and money. With a YJ you can do a Spring over Conversion and never need to lift it again, and it will retain stock ride quality. Coils are comfy, but a PIA in comparison. You will save thousands going with a YJ if you plan on building it up. As far as performance, I havent found anyone with a TJ willing to do what I do to my YJ yet. I love my YJ though and will never get rid of it. The black one is the day I brought it home.|
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|12-04-2012 01:11 PM|
|BAP||ahhh heck might aswell get both of em,,,,lol|
|12-04-2012 12:29 PM|
|jebby||all comes down to coils vs leafs IMO i love my TJ but i would also love a YJ|
|12-04-2012 12:15 PM|
|jokerchief462||Love my YJ but if you plan on having a more comfortable ride offroad and highway the TJ with the coil suspension is the one. It is extremely difficult to fond a YJ that has not been butchered by POs and is rust free. There are aftermarket parts all over for both and any combination of mods to make it your own but the TJ and newer with the coils are smooth. I will probably have my YJ until I die and I love working on it and driving it.|
|12-04-2012 07:52 AM|
i have to chime in aswell,,--i always wanted a tj but my wife snuck out and bought me a yj for my b/day,,-and i love it and it only has the 2.5 5 speed , it is slow but man it will crawl up and over anything in its way,, i have the soft top with half doors and it does get chilly and a bit noisy--but again im happy with it..
back to your choices,,,i think you will find a better jeep in the yj department on your budget...., your doing the rite thing buy gathering all the info you can on the 2 choices and keep watching cl for prices,--
best of luck and post up pics of your choices before you buy, alot of folks on here will be very helpfull on decideing facktors of the ones you pick..
|12-04-2012 12:19 AM|
|Tanks||I have a 4.0 94 YJ and love it. I would say part of what made the choice for me was that I am fairly novice at doing any automotive work and the YJ is fairly simple to work on both physically and electronically. I really love mine and when I broke my trac-bar and could keep going on my leaf springs it really helped. Good luck with your decision!!!|
|12-04-2012 12:09 AM|
|Ianbeaulieu||I agree with the above stated lol I have half doors and lobe them but would much rather have full doors|
|12-03-2012 11:25 PM|
|12-03-2012 10:54 PM|
When I bought my Jeep I asked my bro in law who has owned many and works on them (he is a mechanic)..You will prob have a tough time finding a TJ within your budget, it can be done, just more difficult.
His suggestions to me would be the same I would give to you.
The a/c on a TJ is much better than the YJ. It may not be a huge issue in Mo but in Dallas, believe me its an issue. Also, get a 6 cyl if you can. You will enjoy the addl HP over the 4 cyl. Lastly, if you can get it, get the full doors, they just seal better. This is for rain, cold, wind noise, etc.
Otherwise, go to town.. and best of luck..
|12-03-2012 08:25 PM|
I have a 93 YJ and I love it. Does everything I want it too and more. TJs are awesome rides too. The drivetrains are very similar between the two. It really comes down to coils (TJ)/leaf springs (YJ), TJs have airbags and updated interior, and the old square vs. round headlight deal. I'd say whichever one you go for, make it a 4.0!
With your budget of about 3000, I'd go for a decent 6 cylinder YJ like I did. I too was on the fence about a YJ and TJ when I shopped for mine. I couldnt find a good enough deal on a 6 cylinder TJ so I went with the YJ. Haven't regretted a thing since.
Whichever you go with, you'll be happy! Good luck!
|12-03-2012 04:51 PM|
|TxkTJ||I went through the same thing this past June. My friend hammered me to get a TJ with a 6 cylinder...I owe him a thank you.|
|12-03-2012 04:41 PM|
|Ianbeaulieu||I have a 87 YJ and love it, although they are alittle slow it doesnt bother me|
|12-03-2012 03:49 PM|
|psycho-syd||Your right, I always say I'm looking for a v-6 but I mean inline 6. Lol|
|12-03-2012 03:48 PM|
|psycho-syd||Tj has round headlights, started in 97, they replaced the yj that came out around 87. I may have some confusion about them but I've learned the basics. I'd appreciate any advice, even if it's why you would chose one over the other|
|12-03-2012 03:47 PM|
|Geno||Not sure a V-6 was offered in either models.........................|
|12-03-2012 03:40 PM|
Keep reseaching...ya have the time. Learn the differences between the TJ, YJ and CJ and I think you have some confusion as to which is which.
"The YJ gave way to the TJ for the 1997 model year (note that there was no 1996 model year; the 1997 TJ was released in Spring 1996). This updated Wrangler featured a coil-spring suspension (based on that of the Jeep Grand Cherokee) for better ride and handling, and a return to the classic CJ's round headlamps. The engine is the same 4.0 L AMC 242 Straight-6 used in the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. A 2.5 L AMC 150 Inline-4 motor was available on entry-level models until 2003 when the 2.4 L DOHC 4-cylinder engine previously used on the Chrysler PT Cruiser replaced it."
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|Ibuildembig||Where are you at in MO? I have a really nice 95 forsale right now.|
|12-03-2012 03:22 PM|
deciding between tj, and yj
I have owned a jeep grand Cherokee, and now i want to buy a jeep wrangler. I live in Missouri, and i have been keeping an eye on craigslist for a while now. I have yet to decide on which wrangler I'm going to get a YJ, or a TJ. one thing that is disconcerting to me is that the TJ although newer seams to go for around a grand less then the YJ. I was hoping for some advice as to not only should i chose a YJ, or TJ, but also the what to look out for so i don't get scammed.