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Old 08-21-2016, 05:08 PM
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School me please. YJ rookie

I have the opportunity to trade an old hot rod for an 88 YJ.

I had a 97 TJ and a 98 XJ, but never had one of these.
I've always wanted a YJ "my era".

It's an 88 and has a carb so I'm guessing it's the 4.2. The owner only knows it's an "inline six".
Full doors and a hardtop currently, 120,000 miles. Fuel gauge is out but otherwise, it's pretty nice. Stock height, but wider wheels and tires.

And it's an automatic...? weird man. But kinda cool.

Info on the web is sucky about the engine. 112 hp, 170 hp 140 hp etc etc.

I want another fun ride, but this one may be occasionally put into service as a daily for a 20 mile 70 MPH interstate commute, especially in winter weather.

Anything y'all can tell me will help.

I should add that another guy wants to maybe swap me a 99 TJ 4.0, but it's condition is not quite as good as the YJ. It's a little rusty on the frame and has been lifted three inches. The lift is no big deal, but you never know who did it, right?

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I would suggest looking into a good top. You know that you need good insulation for winter weather, from your TJ, but YJ tops kinda suck, they use those stupid lips while TJs use those locking latches on the windshield.

Look for frame rot around spring shackles especially. I would also suggest to inspect the tie rod ends and drag link ends. Just take care of stuff you don't want to deal with in the winter.

YJs are basically TJs without OBD II and with leaf springs. They have less doo-dads and a rougher ride, but are otherwise very similar. Similar front suspension to XJs. If you knew your TJ and XJ, you'll know your YJ. Get a factory service manual.

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Old 08-29-2016, 12:01 AM   #3
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My jeep drives good for a YJ, but I do Not want to drive it 70 MPH for 20 miles Daily!

I'd look for a TJ.
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Similar front suspension to XJs. If you knew your TJ and XJ, you'll know your YJ.
Similar rear* suspension to XJs! The thread bump made me notice the error.

On the 70 MPH thing, it's not fun for anyone really, nobody actually seems to like speed racing their YJs. But it's a personal preference on how tolerable it is. I usually don't mind it, but I'd rather avoid highways on the Jeep.
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Old 08-29-2016, 01:06 PM   #5
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I drove my YJ for a bunch of 2 to 3 hour highway trips in the past year. Didn't mind much. Once you get going on a highway, it's not too too bad of a ride.

However, mine's a 95 with the 4.0 in it.

The auto is kinda weird. I have an auto JKU that I now take on highway trips, but auto on a YJ just always seemed weird to me (or auto on a CJ or TJ for that matter).

As you probably know from your TJ, a short wheelbase is no beuno in the snow...especially highway speeds/turns.

Anyway, I'd automatically pass on an auto YJ regardless (pun not really intended), but if you are ok with it and you don't mind the highway trip, go for it.
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Here's a good article on YJs, in general:

For my needs, I probably wouldn't consider an earlier YJ unless I was going to do an engine swap or it already had a FI conversion. Carbs just aren't for me.

Later YJs also had many other improvements.

Jeep Wrangler YJ Buyers Guide - Jp Magazine

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