How much difference between a CJ and a TJ/YJ
I am restarting my CJ project, now that there are funds, and thought I would ask how much difference is there on the trail between a well prepared CJ and a newer Jeep. I am partial to old CJ-5's (mine is a 74 and is solid), but not so partial that I want to pour a bunch of money into this one and get badly outperformed on the trail.
I am in AZ, so I am looking at desert wheeling. I want to be capable on the rocks, but not an all out rock crawler.
I am looking at putting in a tied in cage/seats/safety equipment. I want to keep my D20, driveline and axles, with a Terralow kit, 4.10's and a Detriot Locker in the 44 and a whatever that Detriot LS is up in the 30. 32 inch tires, a Ford 302 EFI (that I don't have yet, but easy to get here) hooked up to a NP435 (which I do have). Power steering, A/C, disk brakes. 2 1/2 inch spring lift and 1 inch body lift. Probably need to box at least part of the frame, fix wiring, stuff like that.
I am fairly new to desert wheeling (last time I had a CJ was when I lived in Iowa, and the only thing there is mud and snow), so I am not sure how this will do compared to something newer. All these mods won't be cheap, so I want to do this right the first time.
Whadayall think? Am I just being nostalgic for old CJ's. Should I be looking at one of those Jeeps with those funky square headlights and coils springs?