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Old 10-30-2006, 04:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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best model Jeep to start with??

so i finally killed my daily driver last night (busted the transmission for the second time in 14 months ), so it looks like i finally get to get something new. whats jeep model is the best to start with?? its gotta be reliable for daily driving, but also capable off road in stock form and not crazy expensive to upgrade. not too expensive either, but ive got a bit of wiggle room when it comes to prices....




....so im basically looking for the perfect jeep. any ideas??
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Old 10-30-2006, 05:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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are you lookin new or used? go get a used rubicon

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4 banger they are cheap and you are gonna swap axles anyway so why buy one with 44's plus the 4 banger saves weight and is plenty of power on the trail if geared properly
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it depends, what's your price range?

if you can afford it, there are a number of built rubicons for sale which seem like really good deals right now, that's the direction i'd lean. check out rubicon owners index.
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Old 10-31-2006, 05:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Depending upon how much $$ you got to spend, and what your future mod desires are, I say look for an older TJ... 1998 - 2000 with the 4.0L. These TJ's are nice DD, and are reliable transportation, yet great off road stock, or modded. If you have the money, look at some older Rubicons.
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Old 10-31-2006, 06:49 AM   #7 (permalink)
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XJ - cheep, semi-water tight, great auto tranny
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Old 10-31-2006, 06:50 AM   #8 (permalink)
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NOT a 4 banger if it's a DD, you'll hate it!
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hands down...YJ...strongest frame,galvanized body and frame, won't feal bad about cutting an older jeep up...

Edit: for a DD I would want a TJ, but I have a 99 XJ that I wheel when my rig is broken, and I love the AC! I second the great auto comment, the AW4 is reliable and easy to make full manual.

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Old 10-31-2006, 08:18 AM   #10 (permalink)
 
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LJ. Since it seems like a big desired mod is to stretch the shorter wheel base Jeeps, I would say just start off w/ a longer wheel base to begin with.
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LJ. Since it seems like a big desired mod is to stretch the shorter wheel base Jeeps, I would say just start off w/ a longer wheel base to begin with.

Then you have all that extra body to deal with...
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Old 10-31-2006, 08:59 AM   #12 (permalink)
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wow thanks for all the input

i was thinking about a 97+ XJ with an auto, or a YJ. a rubicon would be sweet, but the ones ive found are a bit outta my price range, and TJs are everywhere around here, so i dont wanna just blend in with the crowd. are there certain years i should stay away from?? (model years that have alot of problems, or have weak components)
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Then you have all that extra body to deal with...
Ahh, cut it
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Old 10-31-2006, 11:12 AM   #14 (permalink)
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YJ's for cheap to build if you are going to gut everything.

TJ if you want DD a bit more reliability.

If you can go as late as 2002, you garruntee a NV3550 and DIS ignition. Both good upgrades in later jeep years. AX15 trannies are more common and cheaper, but 3550's are a bit stronger and fully synchro'd. DIS ignition is nice. Its a bit more watertight, and stupidly reliable.

YJ's use an unreliable 4wd, 2 peice axle disconnect that is a pain the ass. You would either want to eliminate it, or dith the axle completely.

If you shop enough, you can find a TJ with a 44 out back, YJ's only came with d35's.

XJ's are XJ's. They take a lot of work to fit tires under them, have an engine compartment that is a real piss off to work in, and can be prone to unibody twisting and cracking.

Built right, they are a good unit though. If looking for an XJ, shoot for the rear d44, or at a minimum, chrysler 8.25.
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YJ They made them from 87-95 and they are cheap and plentiful.
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To keep the price range down, I would say YJ also, go 91-95 to get the fuel injected version.
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Old 10-31-2006, 03:34 PM   #17 (permalink)
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i would go 94-95 yj, or a late 96-99's xj, both can be found in real good shape for a few grand, easy to work on/modify, parts are plentiful and cheap in comparison. go with a 4.0, they arent bad on fuel stock or if they are geared for the tires you run, and the motor is very stout, and makes good power.
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I believe some '94 YJ's and a almost all '95 YJ's came with a larger 297X U-joint in their D30's, rather than the smaller 260x.

Just another point for a '95 YJ.

Don't let people Dog the D30's axle disconnect. IF you maintain the fawking thing, it will last. Treat it like a piece of crap and ignore it, and yeah, it will fail. Like all components in your 4wd system.

FYI, I've never had a problem with my vacuum disconnect system, its fairly clean.
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I cant believe it, not a single zj suggestment!?!
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97 4.0's are getting cheap, ZJ's are cool if you dont mind having a roof.
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Old 10-31-2006, 06:11 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I'm partial to YJ's. 94-95 are the better of the years to get since they have larger joints than the previous years. Fuel injected 4.0L is a must for daily driving if you have the choice. I'm partial to my daily driven rig.

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Old 10-31-2006, 06:27 PM   #22 (permalink)
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inot that it matters to you down there but in canada you could get yj's with 44's in the rear
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