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vmaxaholic 03-17-2013 08:14 PM

need advice with buying my first jeep
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Hi, everybody! Newbie here. I'm just curious to know if there is anything serious to look out for when buying an older YJ. I started looking and researching them several months ago, and from what I can find, I need to make sure the frame is solid (especially the rear), brake and fuel lines don't leak, and the floors are solid. If I find the right vehicle, are any of these fixes astronomical?? I'm not afraid to turn a wrench, cut, torch, weld, or whatever. I just don't want to buy a money pit. I plan on spending between $1500 and $4500. What I'm really wanting out of this is a plow vehicle. Regarding plows, are there any things to look out for with them?? Pumps, hoses, etc? Any advice will be greatly appreciated!!!

tigerblood 03-17-2013 09:36 PM

sounds like youre on the right track in what to look for. its easy to find just about any replacement YJ part, and for the most part they are easy to work on vehicles. Keep that in mind and just look for something with good bones and a strong motor/trans.

tmcd94 03-17-2013 11:45 PM

I actually just picked up a yj a couple days ago and was in the same boat as you. I found this post that helped out a lot.

weaverkb 03-18-2013 12:05 AM

One of the biggest things to watch for is this:
This is what the front frame at the steering box looked like on mine.

Wave883 03-18-2013 01:06 AM

Make sure that when u do get to the point of signing titles to check for clean title. Some can be rebuilt titles. Which all are not bad but some could have been banged up pretty badly in the past. Check chassis for straightness and or for alterations or repairs. Look for excessive rust. Check for vibrations during test drive. Check for oil leaks between engine and transmission (rear main engine seal). Most leak but still worth looking at. Good luck.

RandomYJguy 03-18-2013 10:20 AM

I would just look at the frame, tends to rust in the rear like you stated. I have noticed it always tends to be the driver side floor board that is rusting out. I would look for any oil leaks, the rear main seal is a problem child for the jeeps. Also just look over the engine bay. Check out the radiator. and thermostat housing for leaks. Push down on the rear and the front of the vehicle. Checking for the shocks.

After buying the vehicle, i would just do a fresh tune up. Spark plugs, wires, distributor, oil change, and i would do the tranny and diff fluids also. Just so YOU know when everything was replaced, not HIS word.

I bought my jeep for $1500, some minor body rust. some rust on the frame rails. I had to replace the radiator, water pump, and the thermostat (pretty easy job, parts weren't to expensive, maybe $400 with fluid?) and now the slave cylinder is leaking (again, not to expensive fix, just takes a lot of time removing the tranny etc etc.)

Okay. That is everything i am gonna say :p haha. Goodluck! Have some FUN! Jeeps are so amazing, cheap parts (can find them anywhere) very easy to work on!

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