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Just wanted to say Hi. I was in the market for a TJ Rubicon but after looking at the prices and condition of the ones for sale I ended up buying a 1994 YJ with the 4.0 and automatic transmission. I have previously owned two YJs, a 1989 with the 4.2, which I hated, and a 1991 with the 4.0, which I loved. Both of those were manuals.

This weekend I'll be changing all the fluids, plugs, wires, cap, and checking and greasing all the suspension/steering components. Anything else I should do that I'm forgetting?

This is also the first Jeep I've owned with a soft top, and already it's annoying me. I'm in the Seattle area and haven't found many hard tops for sale, and none for a price I'd consider reasonable. It almost looks like it would be cheaper for me to buy an 4-cyl YJ with a hard top and hard doors, swap my soft top/half-hard doors, and then sell it again. Any thoughts?

Oh, and some of the hard tops I've seen have rear wipers, rear defrost, and a dome light. I don't think my Jeep has any switches or wiring for that. Any harness that's plug&play or do I just need to wire them all from scratch?

Thanks!
 

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First off.. welcome to the site!! I too am looking for a hard top, but around here they seem to be worth more than a pile of gold..
 

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It's funny. In Phoenix you can't get one for less that $700. In Chicago, I've seen them for as low as $150. Crazy how prices change depending on area.
 

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welcome to the forum.

Buying a 4cyl for the top? I would think that would be a selling point of that YJ, and you would have a hard time trying to recoup your money to sell a 4cyl with a soft top. But I guess anything is possible.

There isn't a harness that is just plug and play. You would have to start from scratch to make a harness for the hard top. I have a hard top without wiper or defrost, and there isn't any extra wires in the top harness for those items.
 

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Well, I was thinking say buy an old 4cyl YJ for $3000, take the hard top off, put my soft top on it, and then sell it for $2500. Maybe it's a bad idea. I'm going to keep looking for a couple of months at least before I do that.
 

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Ok I am confused?!?! I was not aware that only 4cyl yj's came with hard tops?!?! Guess I was super lucky when I bought mine, 94 i6 with hard top hard doors, soft top half soft doors, and a bikini top
 

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That's not what I was saying. It's just that the 4 cyls go for a lot less around here. Especially running/resellable.
 

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Welcome to the forum. Hey and whats not to love about an '89 ???? LOL
 

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I'd do that in a heartbeat if you were closer. I'm in Seattle area, that's like a 35h drive. By the time I pay for gas it'd be cheaper to order a new one!
 

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You gotta love Jeeps. You always want something that you dont have. I love my hardtop but I am looking to get a soft top. I'll still keep the hardtop for winter.
 

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I recently bought an '88 YJ with a hardtop for $2000. 4.2 with auto; I then bought a "bimini" top for $40 and the guy "threw in" a rear cover. My hard-top is tan; the soft top is grey. It'll probably change the whole character of the Jeep. Welcome to the forum.
 

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That sounds like exactly what I need to do. Buy one for $2k, swap the tops, then sell it for $1500; that's a $500 hard top :) And doors hopefully.
 

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That's a good deal for a local to pick up. It was hard for me to find black on black doors and top anywhere near Sacramento. Looked for years finally got lucky.
Oh the whole jeep was an incredible find, everything besides suspension and body has been redone or replaced. A book a mile long of everything done including receipts for oil changes dating back to 1995. A new jasper 4.0 with 30,000 miles now. And it was the first one I went n looked at when I started! Yea very lucky to find it.
 
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