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Old 05-03-2006, 11:13 PM
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Question decisions....

ok so here is the dilema i am facing...i have the list on my sig that i want to do to my jeep, but my buddies brother has a 90 yj with a 350 4bolt main in it and already has a soa and is all ready for the trail minus a lil bit here and there, he wants like 1500-2000$ for it and i was thinkin either leave that like that or pull the motor and trans and everything else minus the SOA and use the 3.5 inch lift spring for mine and have a 3.5 lift and 33's like i wanted but...i was talking it over with my parents and my friend and he said that you have to keep the toys seperate from the daily driver and i understand that where i commute every weekend but i dont want to not be able to wheel when i dont trailer the other one i am stuck between a rock and a hard place could use some suggestions. thanks guys its appreciated.

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Well, you can have a trail rig and daily driver. Lots of people do that. But keep in mind, while a SOA YJ would be great on the trails, it might beat the heck out you on your daily drive.

Before I had a trailer I would drive 8 to 13 hrs in the Jeep, wheel it hard and drive home. In all that time I only got sidelined once, with a stuck closed termostat, which I fixed and got home the next day.

But why not keep your jeep like it is and just buy your buddies and be done with it? That way you have the best of both worlds.


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Your buddies jeep sounds like a pretty nice trail rig. If your commute is too much then that V8 is going to kill you in gas. If I ran across that deal I would leave mine as it is and buy that to play in. Then when you want to off handedly wheel you have the DD to hit it with and when you want to romp hard then pull the monster out.

One question though. With 3.5" lift springs in a SOA configuration what size tires is he running on that thing? With that much lift you could put 40's under it. That's like 9 or so inches of lift. Also with the 350 what axles is he running under it? You sure as hell wouldn't want something that somebody threw a V8 in and left the D35 on it.
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Old 05-04-2006, 10:25 PM
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i believe dana 44 if not 60s in the rear, if i do buy it i want to put 37's on it but if i decided to try and run it on the road i may reverse the sprung over for inspection purposes, gotta keep it legal. but the more i think about it i would just have to do a lil front end work on my truck and i have a trailer so it may not be a bad idea...but i kinda want something i could drive on the road but maybe i will build my DD up later. that was the other to work and back in a day its a little over an hour roundtrip...what kinda mileage can i expect. especially with 35-37's... i like the jeep but i just dont know waht to do with my other yj my 94 f150 my '70 chevelle...i got a collection going at 20 and to add another yj parking is gonna be tight...

I was thinking if i got it how hard would it be to reverse the SOA? because i cant get that inspected here and i could still run 33's which i like just fine and they would be better on gas. just wondering if anyone knows what mileage i can expect
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I have been off-roading my DD for several years now.
It can be done, you just need to care a lot of spare parts to make sure you can get back home.

A two Jeep setup is the ideal way to go. You can put Currie tow shackles on the trail rig and you can drag it home if you break it.
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You can put Currie tow shackles on the trail rig and you can drag it home if you break it.

hahahah - not always - i've been there
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you were asking about mileage and i know my buddy has a 350 LT1 corvette engine in his YJ and he has 33's and he gets about 15 mpg...but with 35's or 37's expect a little 1-4 mpg less depending on which tire size you run...but note my buddy has a lot of engine modifications that give it better gas mileage so without those mods it wont be as good...he has K&N air intake and filter, throttle body spacers, exhaust (sidepipes-no mufflers which sounds great by the way), optima battery, headers, and maybe more...but i think that is almost all of it...but all of that helps gas mileage so without it, it wont be as if you dont have some of that stuff expect less mpg

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