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Re: what year jeep to buy
for under 10K you should be able to get a 97' TJ without a problem. Getting one with some work might be a little harder.
If I could make any suggestion about year, try to stay away from a stock 87, they came with the Ba/10 transmission, and the NP207 x-fer case. Neither of which are very strong, and in order to upgrade the ba/10, you will need a different x-fer case.
I own an 88, and If I could do it again, i'd try for a 89-90, with an AX-15 transmission. Their a lot stronger then the BA/10. I believe anything 90' and above has a AX-15.
If you hold out for a, I believe 94, you get the better roll cage, but someone please correct me on that. I THINK the extended roll cage started in 94.
So in my opion, your best best, 90-94. Good transmissoin, good chance they have done some mods on it.
Downside, your looking at a jeep with potentialy 2+ owners. I got lucky, and mine has all it's service records since 88. GO figure.
that's my $.02