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Old 01-10-2014, 09:36 PM
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Did Jeep make a "San Plaino" edition

I am an "aspiring" YJ owner. I'm looking at a 1987 "San Plaino" edition....but I have never heard of this package before. Searching online I fail to find another anywhere. Did Jeep ever make a "San Plaino" edition? Appreciate any insight on this.....the one I am looking at has come down in price and I want to buy it asap. Just nervous and wanting to confirm I guess.

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have any links to what you are looking at buying?

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Old 01-10-2014, 09:54 PM
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I went and took at look at it on Monday. It's beautiful....almost no rust for the midwest. It was originally listed at $8,900. I've always wanted a Jeep and think I can convince the wife on this one. The springs are flipped on this Jeep to give it a little lift....not sure if I should be worried about that.

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It looks really clean. The shackles are way too big and look to have inverted the springs. I am guessing the sticker on the side is just someone's addition.
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i would agree, i don't see anything that makes it stand apart from the base model. it might have meant something personal to a previous owner. never seen anyone invert the springs though. i would just ask them what makes the "san plaino" edition and if they try to blow some smoke you might want to steer clear. i always just have a gut feeling when i go and buy a used car. sometimes it just doesn't feel right and sometimes it does
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Thanks folks. I've been an little worried about this purchase. I've been told that owning a Jeep is going to cost me a bit over time....but I don't want to have to spend a bunch up front. I don't understand why the shackles are so large.....but I'm going to ask more questions. Really appreciate your input. I'm going to get one....just not sure if it will be this one. If I pull the trigger it won't be until later next week. I'll circle back on this post to look for insight from others, and let you know what I do. Thanks again!
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Well the springs are not flipped for lifting on purpose. That is a result of the shackle being too big. You can lift the yj with shackles but most say never more than a 1" lift the stock yj shackle is 4" hole to hole those look huge. So when the shackle is put on that big on the factory almost already flat springs they will arch upside down. That jeep will need at least 4 new leafs and 4 stock or much smaller lift shackles.
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Gees. That sounds like close to $700 in just parts....before labor. I guess I'll need to think about what I want to spend in initial investment..... It really is a beautiful Jeep. Just don't want to bite off too much given that I am not incredibly handy myself. Guess I have some thinking to do. Can't tell you how appreciateive I am for this insight.
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Gees. That sounds like close to $700 in just parts....before labor. I guess I'll need to think about what I want to spend in initial investment..... It really is a beautiful Jeep. Just don't want to bite off too much given that I am not incredibly handy myself. Guess I have some thinking to do. Can't tell you how appreciateive I am for this insight.
On the other hand if you were planning on lifting it right off the bat, then the way the springs and shackles look shouldn't matter. It is a clean looking YJ so why not toss some 2 1/2" springs on there and some boom shackles? Problem solved. That is assuming that it runs nice, had no leaks, you personally like it,...
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(disclaimer: I dont know how much you know about cars/jeeps so I am going to give you all the advice i would give a teen) i would talk the dealer down in price based on the springs and shackles, those shackles have utterly destroyed the suspension and it needs new leafs, shackles and probly new shocks too. most used dealers initial price is over twice what they paid for the jeep so unless they are aholes they are usually willing to lower their price a good bit if you come at them with a good argument. also if they try telling you that the "San Plaino" is rare or something dont fall for it, this edition is not real it is just a sticker. most dealers dont actually know jack about the cars they sell and just come up with random reasons to raise the price.

also during a test drive some play in the steering of jeeps is usual unlike most vehicles, in addition since that is an 87 it is carbureted and at almost 110k miles it will most likely need a new carb if it doesnt already have one. just make sure that you look over everything and listen while you take a test drive, some noises/rattling is normal on old jeeps but if anything sounds wrong than it probably is.

given that the carb is good and that the springs are the only problem I would gladly pay 6k for that yj. if there are other problems, given your claimed lack of mechanical skill, i would take a pass
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Old 01-11-2014, 07:35 AM   #11
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It looks like a local issued special edition. Sometimes dealers in a specific area will creat special model packages . These include decal/stripe packages and sometimes some minor modifications to the stock jeep, all are dealer installed.
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all i see unusual about it is the decal and those moronic shackles so if it is a local edition idk what the point is... also according to my good friend google there is no such place as San Plaino unless it is a nickname for somplace
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Who knows I worked at new car dealers for years and some of the marketing things have seen are completely off the wall.Maybe its a loose translation meaning" without plain jeep."
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No such thing as San Plaino. (To ghay to be a real name for a Jeep).

As for the shackles and leafs, shouldn't be anywhere near 700 dollars. You can find a stock set of leafs and stock shackles from a salvage yard for under $200.
Alternatively you could lift it with a Rough Country Lift for under $600.

This is a good looking rig and I would kill for something in this great shape here in Ontario.
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Very clean Jeep, for the right price I'd grab that up and gladly fix the suspension and any other issues. I too think the name is a dealer added sales gimmick, it doesnt add to the price, I'd heat gun off all the decals, it takes away from the jeeps beautiful lines.
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Mowrangler is correct. I worked at several car dealerships as a service writer. The sales department will get some company to come in and do a pin stripe job with a decal and call it the "whatever" edition. Looks clean but, I would follow the advice of those here.
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Vin decoder shows nothing special on this jeep.. Just shows it as a Base/Sport model built in Canada.
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Someone has obviously already put a lot of time and money into restoring this jeep, it even has Bestop aftermarket seats in it, so if the springs are the only issue, you may not have a lot of other upfront costs. Any 26 year vehicle is going to have old-age issues, but if the motor is in good shape, it may be a safe buy. I thought it odd that the ad showed every kind of picture except the engine bay. When I bought my 90, I had to replace the exhaust and cat and rebuild the engine in the first 6 months and that equaled what I paid for it. Dealers always up the price, but they also usually include a 60 or 90 day warranty that you won't get from a private buyer.
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Clean Jeep. First thing I would do is peel the "San Plaino edition" decals off. That's bogus.
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I went and took at look at it on Monday. It's beautiful....almost no rust for the midwest. It was originally listed at $8,900. I've always wanted a Jeep and think I can convince the wife on this one. The springs are flipped on this Jeep to give it a little lift....not sure if I should be worried about that. Used 1987 Jeep Wrangler San Plaino edition For Sale - J13371A | Chicago IL | Serving Des Plaines, Evanston, & Schaumburg
Did you realize that you could view the Carfax history on it by clicking on the Carfax button on the ad? The Jeep was originally sold in Florida, moved to Wisconsin, then sold at auction in IL. This dealer has had it since May 2013 and they've already dropped the price to $6400. Looks like they're ready to deal.
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Did you realize that you could view the Carfax history on it by clicking on the Carfax button on the ad? The Jeep was originally sold in Florida, moved to Wisconsin, then sold at auction in IL. This dealer has had it since May 2013 and they've already dropped the price to $6400. Looks like they're ready to deal.
Gee that dealer is not very bright, those stickers imply its from the great lakes area meaning rust belt. He should put a Florida sticker on it implying no rust and charge more.
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I'm wondering why it hasn't sold in 8 months. I wish the OP would give us an update.
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Im gonna guess that a few things have been scaring people away from it 1) those shackles scare people who dont want to do work on it 2) it is 25 years old and that alone makes many people wet the bed haha 3) there may be engine problems since the the dealer did not show pic of the engine

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