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Old April 8th, 2012, 10:58 AM   #1
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Default $8k to spend on Wrangler (or CJ). What do you get? EDIT: Bought a TJ!

Cheap TJ or YJ and build it up with the extra money? CJ with a V8? TJ already lifted, etc.? I'm torn.

I want a toy to take up north and hit the trails with. I thought I wanted a TJ that's ready for both but I'm either finding ones that aren't done well or are complete POS's that need a lot of work. I haven't come across one yet that is exactly what I want so I think I may have to buy a cheap one and build it but I wasn't really looking to take on a project right now. Any advice? Thanks.

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Old April 8th, 2012, 11:00 AM   #2
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with the price of jeeps you'd be lucky to find a 97 4.0 5spd with 100k people this these things are made of fucking platinum
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Old April 8th, 2012, 11:12 AM   #3
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Keep your eyes peeled for a decent TJ. For $8k you should be able to find something pretty good. Late 90s or early 00s, 4.0, 5 speed(2000 and newer had a better trans). Stock is fine if you don't mind modding it yourself, or 3-4" lift on 33s is a great setup for a mix of onroad and off. Even stock or 31s they go through impressive stuff, but lifted is just more fun IMO
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Old April 8th, 2012, 11:21 AM   #4
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Look down south seems like better deals. Rust is not a problem. Just make a road trip out of it
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Old April 8th, 2012, 12:00 PM   #5
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Good call on down south. I'll start looking.
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Old April 8th, 2012, 02:58 PM   #6
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This comes to mind right off the top of my head.

http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthr...light=cj+built
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Old April 8th, 2012, 03:15 PM   #7
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By my yj.....
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Old April 8th, 2012, 03:33 PM   #8
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If it has the letters 'j' 'e' 'e' 'p' anywhere on it, avoid.

You can build a badass tracker or sammi for 8 grand though.
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By my yj.....
If it was a MT I'd consider it. Sweet rig though.
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Old April 8th, 2012, 05:13 PM   #10
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Old April 8th, 2012, 05:25 PM   #11
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Whats a MT?
Sorry, manual transmission.
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for driving to the trails, I would stay with a TJ,
CJ's and YJ's don't ride quite as good for long trips IMO

find a TJ around 6k put a small lift and some 33's and be able to do anything legal on MI public land, 35's will take more lift, more other mod's, to keep it driveable for long distance, plus rob more power and gas

33's would fit with a 3" lift, could do springs and shocks, or just a budget boost and a 1-2 inch body lift to get there for the light wheeling it sounds like you want.
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Tjs are much more refined.They drive nicer and they are more capable in stock form,because of the coil suspension.I have can idle through stuff in my tj with 32s,and then watch my freind beat the shit otta his 7 with 35s.It's all about articulation.
I like the idea of looking down south.Rust kills all the nice tjs around here,mine needs a new frame,and Ive repaired it twice allready.
Be patient,I looked for six months when I bought my tj,and it worked out.
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YJ>TJ IMO... Lifts are cheaper, IMO, they are easier to work on.
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Be patient,I looked for six months when I bought my tj,and it worked out.
I don't do real well with patience especially when it comes to new toys. Unfortunately, I think I'll have to be patient. People do some pretty crazy crap to these poor vehicles from what I've been seeing. Also, they sure did make a shit load of 4 cyl TJs. As soon as I think I've found one worth seeing, I realize it's a 4 banger. Or it's an auto. Or it's barbie pink.
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Tjs are much more refined.They drive nicer and they are more capable in stock form,because of the coil suspension.I have can idle through stuff in my tj with 32s,and then watch my freind beat the shit otta his 7 with 35s.It's all about articulation.
I like the idea of looking down south.Rust kills all the nice tjs around here,mine needs a new frame,and Ive repaired it twice allready.
Be patient,I looked for six months when I bought my tj,and it worked out.
I can have probably agree coil is better in stock form but have can disagree about ridiculous articulation comment.
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I love my TJ. But you know what they say~you don't buy a jeep.....you build it. Just a thought......
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Buy whatever you like.
Asking these dumb asses if you should get a CJ/YJ/TJ is like asking if Ford or Chevy is better.

I had a 2004 Rubicon. I liked it a lot. I also had a shit ton of $$ into it and regretted not buying a V8 YJ on 1 tons for 1/5 the price.

Also think of the type of wheeling you will be doing. If it is the sand dunes and the 2 tracks in Michigan - find a TJ and put a budget boost or 3" lift and 33's on it like mentioned before.

If you plan on doing more of the "extreme" shit, then you will need something a little more.

Mine started stock on 31's.
Went to 3" lift and 33's.
Went to 6" long arm and had 36's and 37's.

I preferred it the most on 33's.
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Buy whatever you like.
Asking these dumb asses if you should get a CJ/YJ/TJ is like asking if Ford or Chevy is better.

I had a 2004 Rubicon. I liked it a lot. I also had a shit ton of $$ into it and regretted not buying a V8 YJ on 1 tons for 1/5 the price.

Also think of the type of wheeling you will be doing. If it is the sand dunes and the 2 tracks in Michigan - find a TJ and put a budget boost or 3" lift and 33's on it like mentioned before.

If you plan on doing more of the "extreme" shit, then you will need something a little more.

Mine started stock on 31's.
Went to 3" lift and 33's.

Went to 6" long arm and had 36's and 37's.

I preferred it the most on 33's.
good advice,

at 8k any Rubicon not wrecked is not going to happen.
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