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Old 08-01-2011, 11:31 PM
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Advice for buying a YJ pls!!

Looking to pick up a YJ next week, and Im torn between getting something clean and basic, or spending a little more and picking up something that has some of the important things done already like a small lift and tires etc. It seems by reading these forums, most jeeps require new Rads. why do they wear out, and what should I look for?? Thanks

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Check for rust. Seems to be the biggest issue.

I prefer going with a stock vehicle and then building what you want. In my area, built jeeps usually have more wrong with them as the PO has messed up more than fixed.

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Check for rust. Seems to be the biggest issue.

I prefer going with a stock vehicle and then building what you want. In my area, built jeeps usually have more wrong with them as the PO has messed up more than fixed.
Agreed. A vehicle that is still stock is much less likely to have been abused on the trails and then it's clean to do exactly what you want to it. Also you have the satisfaction of wrenching on your own build. do some research on things like cost of replacing stock suspension, stock tires, and things that wear out so you have bargaining points when you look at a vehicle.
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Thanx, good info, I was kinda leaning that way.
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Yes, rust, and remember, a good portion of the enjoyment of owning a Jeep is working on it yourself, just dont get in over your head, and dont be afraid to pay someone to do something you dont feel comfortable doing (despite peer pressure).
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I would also recommend checking the 4wd. Make sure it works. There is nothing worse than thinking you're getting a great 4wd vehicle, and then the 4wd doesn't work when you need it most.
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On a yj the rust can be the biggest issue. I thought my frame was really clean and it is but I did find some rust holes in the frame on the rear when doing some work gettting ready for my bumper install.

It turns out that there was rust that was unseen. Needless to say I am fixing the rear frame. Not expensive really but time consuming.

Just remember if you don't like wrenching then a yj may not be the right jeep for you.

The rads just wear out. The newest yj is 16 years old. They wear out. I had to put a new one on mine. Its was $120. Not bad really.
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I picked up a 88 yj about two months ago for 8 hundred bucks floor pans are rusted out the old wire harness is partially still there after they put a three fifty in and I'm missing both track bars but it has a six inch lift and a big motor I love wrenching on cars and for the price I couldn't beat it. I would say it depends on how much time and money you have to put into it.
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Thanx for all the info!!
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:41 PM   #10
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#1 issue is rust. Check the rear frame rails around where the shackles bolt to the frame as well as the floor pans under where the driver and passenger feet go.

Second issue is get one with fuel injection and the transmission of your choice(auto vs stick). You will be much happier this way.
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I have to agree about buying a stock jeep. I am a first time jeep owner and at first I wished I had went with a prebuilt good condition jeep, but after just fixing a few things im glad I didn't. I can't speak for anyone else but wrenching on my jeep and looking for the parts I want has been very enjoyable for me because it makes me feel like I truly own the jeep because I made it mine.
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Get one with a 4.0.

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