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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-19-2003, 12:39 PM
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Buying a Jeep

So I've done searching around here and these seem to be the key points:

TJ: Better all around ride out of the box.
Better offroad capabilites out of the box.
Minor modifications it will go farther.
Dash is ugly, and a pain to work with.

YJ: With all out wheeling and heavy modification is more capable than the TJ.
Very rough ride.
Larger aftermarket.


Is there anything here that I've missed? I'm buying this vehicle to be a long term project, but for the time being it's going to be a daily driver as well.

Also, are the 'coil conversion' kits for the YJ's any good to add comfort, or are they just a bunch of hooey?

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yeah lets try this to fit 35s on a tj cost in supsension only around 800+

to fit 35s on a yj- less then 300 in supsension thats way more then it actually cost but for those that buy ever lil thing.. it could total 300..

yj cheaper.. espically if ur gonna rebuild it

coil conversion for a yj is supid just buy the damn tj if thats ur plan!
depending on year of the tj tj-yj pretty much identical motor tranny case wise..

if ur buying sumthing to build then go with the yj less inital cost = more to put in mods..

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What about us CJs? Don't you want to beg, borrow and steal to make a dream ride come true? Sorry, but we CJers have a hard time letting go. Enjoy your new ride whatever she may be!

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A good start would be deciding how much you initially want to spend, and how much you are willing to spend on upgrades. Remember there are a lot of fabricators and good mechanics on here that do this stuff themselves (No Labor) Take that into consideration when people tell you how much things cost.
Another thing would be to decide what you want to end up with - Lift, tires, gears, lockers, engine, etc.
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Well as far as labour is concerned, I can do everything but weld myself. I'm not certified (certifiable maybe) but have many years experience turning wrenches on my vehicles and those of my friend's...

The reason I asked about the coil conversion is that I could get a YJ, do the conversion for ~1500 (that's one price i found anyway), have a 5" suspension lift with that, and then I don't have to screw around with airbags and that interior. I don't know about you guys, but around here it's illegal to remove airbags from a vehicle, and I sure don't want to be stuck with that steering wheel.

As far as cost, I'll spend what I have to. As far as mods, that's just a constant over time. :-) Either the money's going into my race car or the rig. I'd prefer to not have to be stressing over the race car every weekend. I was just hoping there was going to be a definitive answer for YJ vs TJ. Sorry CJ guys, I need a sizable aftermarket. Remember, I don't know how to weld so I'm limited with what I can fab up. :-)
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Sorry CJ guys, I need a sizable aftermarket.

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It could be argued that there is as much or more aftermarket stuff for 82-86 CJ's as there is for YJ's.
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But if you buy a YJ, you get those awful square headlights.

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Yeah, I know... but I can't base that much more money strictly on the headlights. I need to base it on functionaliy. So far it's looking like I'll go YJ. Is there any reason anyone can think of for NOT going with coil springs?

I'm new to the wheeling thing, but to me they seem like they give more articulation, more comfortable ride, more suspension travel overall. Is there anything I'm missing here? I need a reason that will sell me on the coils over the frickin' gawdawful TJ interior...
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I have never rode in a YJ with coils, but I can vouch for the TJ. I had a 97 TJ a couple of years ago and it rode 200% better than my CJ5 does. I haven't begun to tweak anything, so I am sure I can fix some of that. If you are going to drive it on the road alot, I would go TJ. If you are going to use it in the rocks and mud to beat the snot out of it, go cheap and upgrade as things break.

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So far I'm just camping with buddies. They all have 4wd so we screw around in the back logging roads of BC. Climbing trails, crossing streams, driving on burnt out cars, etc etc...

That's what we're just up to right now, but I want to have the vehicle that goes further than the rest. :-)

The toughest truck out of them right now is a '90 Toyota Pickup with 4" suspension, 3" body and 33's under it. No lockers or limited slip.

So getting a Jeep, YJ or TJ to go farther isn't going to be much of a challenge...
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