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Old 02-15-2013, 05:30 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by JMonroe View Post

The "original" CJ was towable. Unlock the hubs (which I'd like to be able to do on our JK), transfer case in neutral and away you go. Over the years, besides our JKs, we've towed a '46 2A, a '60 CJ5 and a '67 CJ5. In fact, the only Jeep we never towed (our first Jeep, we weren't RVrs at the time) was our '76 CJ7 with quadratrac (which I suspect is not towable).
I read in one of the Jeep forums that one of the transfer cases in the later 70s -80s CJ would not lube the front bearing in the transfer case. I can't remember which one but it was a manual tranny. I too had a 76 quadratrac, worst jeep they ever built I think I have a buddy who still has one he bought new so it must have been the one I had, after all it was yellow, lemon and all! I had a 53 CJ 3B that I was restoring for a toad but somebody wanted it worse than I did. Besides DW has this thing about AC and doors and tops and all that unnecessary junk that just clutters up a Jeep in my opinion.

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Old 02-20-2013, 09:15 PM   #30
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The Jeep Wrangler

This is a very interesting thread. I too had to go through this process. I knew we had to eventually get a toad shortly after we purchased our used Class C. I begin reading everything I could, IRV2 was a great help. I felt deep inside I wanted a Jeep. Most folks that I know purchase a RV to get outside to enjoy the outdoors and really, what is the best outside vehicle, a Jeep. I searched and searched , almost bought a Cherokee till some folks here on IRV2 set me straight, don't by a 2WD, no matter what the dealer tells you. After a while I did find a 2005 soft top in excelllant condition, yes priced higher than my budget, I knew if I passed on it, I would always regret it. To me there is no better way to explore the back roads of Texas, than with the top off. I am a pretty good amature photographer and it works well doing wildlife photography. It is kind of like a motorcyle but on four wheels. For me, I would look for that 4WD Jeep.
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:35 PM   #31
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Here is an article that explains the difference between CJ, YJ, and TJ. The Differences Between a CJ, YJ & TJ Jeep | eHow.com
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Originally Posted by daveshan View Post
The YJ ran from '87 to '95 (there was no '96 year model) they have leaf springs and the ride can be a bit rough to say the least. They make great toads as they have the NP-231 transfer case with an internal oil pump, just put the transmission in gear/park and the transfer case in N and go.
Hey, Jeepsters!

Just saw this little combo for sale- $4,000.00 gets the '89 YJ and a little "spare bedroom" to boot!

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Good luck on finding a deal on a slightly used Jeep. After driving the 2010 and the 2011's and finding out how proud everyone was of them, I decided to test drive a 2012 with the new Pentastar engine. I was completely sold with the better ride, much improved power plant and how well it was appointed (heated seats, gps, bluetooth, leather etc). I've had it about 16,000 miles now and don't even miss the 'vette I sold when I bought the Jeep.
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I've said this many times before, but you can go wrong with a 97+ TJ. If it's just going to be used for kicking around, it doesn't matter if it's a 4cyl or 6cyl...4cyls are geared lower, so they have all the same get-up-and-go around town, but with a bit better fuel mileage. And they can be pretty cheap. Play your cards right, and $3-5k will get you a good working 97-98.

Don't worry too much about mileage on the odo. Don't even worry about how it were treated (within reason)...because even when driven through misery, they'll go forever. If it runs good, drives good, looks good, you're good to go!

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Dave, Did you ever find that Jeep ??
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Having owned both YJ and TJ, I would recommend to get a TJ. The YJ is a very good Jeep - however the TJ is evolutionary better in many ways. It won't be that much more money and will ride and drive better due to the coil spring suspension, the HVAC system works better, etc. If a TJ it matters not much which year - few changes throughout the years.

Whichever you get I recommend the 6 cylinder over the 4 cylinder. The 4 cylinder does not get better gas mileage, is marginally powered when on the highway, etc.

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