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Old 07-17-2012, 02:57 AM
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Question for the Experts - 88YJ Worth the Price??

Just a question for the YJ experts. To me it looks like it's worth it and is a good deal but I'm not an expert on YJ's or even close lol. I'm looking at an '88 YJ that's been completely redone. This is basically what the listing says, it's on Craigslist, here's the link:

1988 jeep yj


For Sale:

1988 Jeep Wrangler YJ
(It has a 4.2 with 129k miles)

Body off Restoration not one single spot of rust
New Silver Paint
New parts no bondo
Solid Frame, No rust, No Holes, No Cracks.

New:

Clutch Kit and Flywheel (Less than 2k on Clutch)
Radiator and Coolant
Head Gasket
Valve Cover Gasket
Tune Up
Carb Cleaned
Oil Pump
Oil Pan Gasket
Battery
Starter
U Joints
Alternator Belt
Front Wheel bearings
Front Brakes
Front Rotors
Custom Exhaust
Rear Differential seals
Axles Regeared (proof on the axles)
Brake Lines

**Have paperwork for all work**

3 Inch Body lift
4 Inch shackle lift
33 inch tires on Cragar soft 8s
Pro Comp Seats
Light Bar
Eagle Eye Spot Lights
Rear Winch
8000k Hid Head Lights
Custom Front and Rear Bumpers
Dual Head Unit w/ ipod dock
Sound bar
Soft Top

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I wouldn't call myself an expert. In fact I don't own a Stanford at all yet. But I have been looking non stop for 2 weeks.
6,000 goes a long ways when it comes to yjs, so I've found.
What you've found, if all that's listed is true, is a clean, pick of the crop, yj, even so. Through my weeks of searching. I have not seen a yj that has had an asking price of 6k. I would personally offer 4-4.5 and see how it goes. The owners put a lot of time and money in to it, but in the end its a buyers market, and there are perfect 97-99 tjs that can be found for 6grand. Which is why I think I haven't yet seen a yj for that much
Personally, I'm probably buying a '90 yj very similar to the 88 you've posted, seller asked for 4, but I only have 3200 as I'm a college student. He said yes, and is allowing my mechanic to look at it this afternoon.
Again, I don't yet own a wrangler, so take this post with a pinch of salt if you want. It's just.my.opinion that I've noticed during my search.

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Looked at the post from my PC, was on my phone earlier, and it didn't load the pictures.
It looks to be in the same sort of shape as some of the YJs I took to my local 4x4 garage to take a look at.
I was advised to stay away from these, they are often bought cheap ($800-1200) and then use cheap or salvaged parts (Cleaned, made to look new) and then sold for a profit. and when I just read the $6k firm, it makes me think it is one of these flipped jeeps.
If you want it, go for it. The reason I was told to stay away is due to the parts used can be cheap ones or knock off brands, and since they are built to make a profit, the work can be shotty and unreliable.

If you want it, have a mechanic look it over. if it's the real deal, and the parts installed are worth it, and you're willing to split with your cash, go for it.
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$6K is way high, especially for a 3" body lift and 4" shackle lift
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I would look over the "paperwork" that he says that he has...that will tell you alot. If they look like they are all a computer printed bill, then that would be a "red flag" right there.

And, it isnt a 4" shackle lift...Here is the rule of thumb for a shackle lift....stock shackles i.e. no lift...are 4" long from center of bolt to center of bolt. For every inch that you extend a shackle you gain 1/2" of lift....so if its a 4" shackle lift....the shackles would have to be 12" long...i.e 8" longer than stock creates 4" of lift...

If that were the case, the jeep would fold on its shackles when you took the first curve..

If all the work checks out and the parts were all replaced, the motor still has 129K on it so that drops the value from a complete restoration to just a body restoration.

IMO, although it isnt an extreme price, i would estimate it to be worth in the 4-4500 range instead of 6K...unless he adds all of the things that he wants extra for, like the hard top and doors...etc.

And why was the head gasket replaced? Another "red flag".
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Those leaf springs look to be bad too, they look completly flat
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Thanks for the help guys. I decided to not even look at it. I talked with the guy a little more (ended up being a college kid). He mentioned too many little things that were wrong or weren't in the listing and it turned me away. He was also dead set on the price and wouldn't budge. Luckily, the next day I ended up finding a a 99 TJ with 90k, 4.0, one owner, zero rust, practically unmolested. Picked it up for $5,200.
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