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Old 07-27-2015, 12:02 PM
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My first Jeep...

Just bought this 89 YJ for $2500, has 100K original miles, ZERO rust anywhere, hopefully it was a good buy.

This is where i need help... I want to do the following but dont know what to do first. Any guidance would be appreciated.

1. Install a 4 in lift
2. Install 33 in tires (with the lift and tires do I need to change the gears or axels?)
3. Rebuild motor or get a new one
4. Monsterline the bed (I live in Northern New England, lots of salt)
5. Install new clutch
6. Install new carb
7. Buy a hard top
8. Thats it off the top of my head... Anything else you would recommend!

Thanks for helping a NEWB!

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Old 07-27-2015, 12:05 PM   #2
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Looks neat! I would do the engine stuff first, get it running properly before you lift it and all that good stuff, there's no point in having a jeep that is lifted but won't run, the other way around is better. One that runs but isn't lifted. Just get it driving properly and then worry about the other goodies.

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Old 07-27-2015, 01:43 PM   #3
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Agreed, do all the engine work done, because nothing is going to suck more than installing offroading goodies and not being able to take it out. Before you get the big tires and lift, you might want to go out and wheel, just so you know what you really need(hilift jack, winch, recovery gear, etc.).
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Thanks to you both! Do either of you know if this was a good motor year? Should I rebuild the existing motor,(which is currently running, 100K on it) or should I look at getting a new motor and simply use that? prob save time but not $...
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Is it a sahara? If it is it should have the 4.0l, l6 engine, which was the best engine. I'd say rebuild it if it is the 4.0l. The 100k miles is no real biggie. I mean my 2.5l has 115k and has never been rebuilt or had anything major fail.
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Old 07-27-2015, 07:17 PM
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Yes it is the Sahara. That's really good to hear! I'm super excited to begin this project. Happy to have found the forum to where I can read and learn a lot!
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I would not be in a rush to rebuild the engine just based on miles. If it starts and runs well spend some time getting to know your Jeep before you decide what you want to change. If there are engine issues and it is the 4.0 rebuilt it rather than replace it. If the clutch is working, don't rush to replace it.

I gather the Jeep was from a different location where salt was not an issue but now your concerned with rust creeping in. I would get it up on a lift where you can do a real good inspection of the underside. If it is as clean as you indicate consider spending some time and money to keep it that way with serious rust proofing, starting with inside the frame rails.

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Old 07-27-2015, 08:49 PM
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It really is the cleanest frame and tub I have seen. What other products would you recommend for protecting against rust?
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You could have the frame bed lined or use heavy duty paint. And I agree, if the engine isn't broken, don't fix it.

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