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Old 05-30-2019, 12:47 AM
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What’s my YJ worth?

I’ve owned this 1992 YJ Islander since July 2014 and it’s come quite a way capability-wise since I first took ownership. It’s been super reliable on the trails and has only left me “stranded” once when a Timken rear axle bearing came apart. Here’s the lowdown on the Jeep:
  • 115,xxx miles
  • Original 4.0
  • AX15 rebuilt at 107,500 miles
  • Built Ford 9” rear (details below)
  • Built Wagoneer Dana 44 front (details below)

Under hood:
Original 4.0 with 115,xxx miles that starts fast and runs smooth. Doesn’t use oil, but has a rear main leak where I didn’t get a quality gasket. The AX15 was rebuilt at approx. 107,500 and has a Luk pro gold clutch and slave cylinder. The transmission is buttery smooth and has a perfect clutch pedal. I replaced the heater core, all belts, all hoses, new radiator, new thermostat, cleaned the injectors, and replaced the exhaust header with a stainless one in January 2017. Replaced and upgraded the steering box with a rebuilt Jeep J20 unit for much improved steering assist.

Interior & Exterior:
Grey vinyl seats — one original front and one front out of an 89 YJ and the original rear. Carpet in really good condition. Kenwood stereo with Eclipse 6x9’s, tweeters, and two Infinity 8” subs with a Rockford Fosgate 250w amp behind the rear seat. Spiderwebshade Shadecage with a Bestop grey top that has tinted windows and one rear window needing replaced. CB radio with external speaker and Wilson antenna. Body is straight with only a couple of dents in the tub. VERY little rust anywhere. Paint is scratched pretty heavily from wheeling in the woods in Arkansas and paint is missing in spots on the original fiberglass flares.

Modifications:
> Axle swaps — Ford 9” rear with 4.88 gears, Yukon big bearing nodular third member, Yukon Grizzly locker, 35 spline Moser shafts, billet steel 1310 yoke, disc brake conversion, RuffStuff pinion guard, anti-wrap bar, SYE, Oliver CV driveshaft, and RuffStuff leaf perches. Wagoneer D44 front with 4.88 gears, Eaton ELocker, ECGS chromo shafts, Mile Marker hubs, high steer knuckles, HD steering with 1-ton TRE’s and DOM tie rods and drag link, RuffStuff diff cover, and custom leaf perches.
> Suspension — Spring over setup with OEM (flat) Crown HD springs installed December 2018 with new poly bushings, and Bilstein 5100 shocks.
> Onboard air — York 210 brand new compressor installed January 2017 with a 2 gallon Viar tank.
> Tires & Wheels — 35x12.50x15 PitBull Rocker radials on 15x9 TrailReady HD beadlocks equipped with rapid deflate valve stems. Approx 4,000 miles on the tires and wheels.
> Cage — Factory sport cage has been braced and extra DOM tubing added on, including full windshield support, overhead, and all points tied into the frame.
> Winch & Lighting — Smittybilt XRC 8000lb winch, steel cable, cheapy LED cubes, cheapy LED reverse lights, Silverstar headlights.
> Bumpers & Tire Carrier — Unknown brand HD front bumper, Garvin rear bumper with swing out tire carrier, jerry can mount, HiLift jack, and trailer receiver.

@BlueBabySound , @SoDakSooner , and @4dranch will tell you it’s a well built rig that’s been very capable and reliable on the trails and streets. I hate to sell it, but I’ve got a new JK to play with. Again, just trying to gauge its worth so I can post it for sale locally.

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Old 05-30-2019, 12:56 AM   #2
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About $5,000 or as much as someones willing to pay. Not bashing your jeep i like it but finding someone who wants a built YJ thats willing to pay more than that for a 30 year old jeep it might be a little tricky. I have sank a lot of money into my jeep that i would never get back if i sold it, it's just the way it is.

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Old 05-30-2019, 01:21 AM   #3
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Depends on your location. In California, you may be able to get upwards of $8000 for that Jeep. I'd start at $10,000 or best offer.
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Sorry, didn't see the Arkansas part. Have no idea what you'd get for it back there.
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Old 05-30-2019, 05:12 PM   #5
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Ditto what Tucker said, Here in NorCal there have been a couple of nice built YJ's on Craigslist that having asking prices between $10k-12k. They have been on CL for many months so they'er not selling.

So not sure how strong your market is, the Bay Area seems to have more people with money burning a hole in their pocket and little sense. but I would agree with starting at just under $10k and taking some where around $8k.

Your Jeep looks very nice! If I was in the market and close to you, yours would be one that I would want to see!!!
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That Rusty Jeep? I’ll give you $1000

YJ values are all over the map, I suggest getting the AD out as far as you can get.

As an example people in the rust belt value older vehicles much different than down south, and there is city vs rural, etc.
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With 35" on stock fenders can you even drive off road over obstacles. I ask that because anybody willing to pay for the axles and upgrades will likely know what 35" can do to stock fenders.
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With 35" on stock fenders can you even drive off road over obstacles. I ask that because anybody willing to pay for the axles and upgrades will likely know what 35" can do to stock fenders.
This Jeep has lived its life off road. It does just fine on obstacles. It rubs some.
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That one will list at 10k and sell for $9300.
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Wish you were selling this when I was looking, would have handed you $9K cash and drove off.

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Welcome to the Forum Bob Schmidt,

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Once you have 15 posts please feel free to post your Jeep in the classified section.

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Bought mine stock except for aftermarket rims and 31" Wranglers for $3500, in CA. Modified as it is now, 2.5 lift, 1 1/8 body lift, 33"s, and a Teralow Xfer case upgrade, maybe 5000-6000. You do it for the useage not what $$$ you'll get out of it.


Now TJ's have been skyrocketing......donno why.
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Wish you were selling this when I was looking, would have handed you $9K cash and drove off.

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I think you would have been cacklin as you drove away because you got a great deal at $9k.
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If you sell it in Southern California you can probably get 10k or more for it.

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