I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: Questions about CJ,TJ and YJ
Well, I'd forget about the TJ, they're in the $10K range already for a used one. But then again, they'll be the nicest to drive and are the most capable in their stock form. Unfortunately, they're also the most expensive to lift. They are very nice, if you find a cheap one, I recommend them, our '97 has been awesome. If you can find a 6 cyl under $10K, I'd snag it, with some 31's and swaybar disconnects, it's awesome. The Tj was offered with the rear D44 axle, the strongest offered in a short jeep, but good luck finding one in your price range.
The YJ is a good jeep. Unfortunately the axles that came with them left a little to be desired. The TJ is similar, but the axles are a little better (the rear is the same). The body is galvanized, so they aren't prone to rusting out, and the drivetrain is OK, so long as you stay away from the '87-'89 5 speeds with a 6 cyl. The 4.0L engine was introduced in the early 90's, and it's a good motor. The 6 cyl and 4 cyl's only get 2 mpg apart, so the 4 cyl works a lot harder on the highway. Lift kits are farily cheap, as are other mods.
The CJ's are fine, but for a daily driver they are a little stiff. The bodies also tend to rust easily, but the drivetrain is a little stronger. A lot is available aftermarket for them as well.
I'd recommend the '95 TJ or a '97 TJ for your use, preferably the TJ. Throw some 31's on it, disconnect the swaybar and get the 2" spacer lift, and have some fun. It's quiet, reliable, and smooth over the road. I'll see if I can find some links to TJ's under 10K to see if they exist.
Winter Harbor, Maine
'81 CJ-8 Scrambled!
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