Dad wants me to sell Jeep... opinions?

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  1. IslanderOffRoad

    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    I've only owned this Jeep since Feb.

    Every time I talk about making modifications to it, particularly the engine and trans, I get a huge lecture from my dad about how these Jeeps are worthless, the job is more than I can handle, I'm gonna lose interest halfway through the swap and be out the money I've put in it, and sell everything at a huge loss.

    Right now I've got $3500 saved up for my new drivetrain. I figure I could get a grand for my Jeep. He doesnt mind that I have a toy... but he wants me to sell this one and purchase a newer Jeep that I don't have to replace all the components on immediately.

    I love the SJ, especially how it looks, but he's got a good point too. A nice XJ would do what I want off road, get better mileage, and probably perform better. A YJ with the 4.0 would do all that, and be topless as a bonus.

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. CastorTroy

    CastorTroy New Member

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    Only you will be driving this car. Buy/build what you want.
     
  3. IslanderOffRoad

    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    i'm aware, but he has a point, my mechanical skills will be tested doing a full engine and trans, plus an EFI swap.

    Maybe I should just go get a YJ...
     
  4. copeland

    copeland smarter than you

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    engien swaps are easy...but efi is a whole new ball game...definately start off slow...tranny is easy...engine will bea little more PITA....efi swap though...that's electrical adn it always comes with a headache...

    you may be better off finding a platform more suited to what you want (efi motor/tranny combo...) such as a TJ or newer cherokee. If you want a jeep only go 4.0 with the ax15 or better.:o
     
  5. Y2kAccord

    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    maybe start out something small and work your way up for projects and maybe show your dad you are serious
     
  6. IslanderOffRoad

    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    One step ahead of you

    Picked up a 94 Cherokee.
     
  7. copeland

    copeland smarter than you

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    good, now do all your fluids...motor, diffs tranny/tcase....
     
  8. IslanderOffRoad

    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    In progress of repairing shit on this Jeep.

    So far I've replaced

    1. Thermostat
    2. Spark Plugs
    3. Plug Wires
    4. Dizzy Cap
    5. Fan Clutch

    I bought a new rotor but Jegs sent me the wrong one. Did a cooling flush/burp when I did the t-stat, its still not as cool as I'd like it. 3 core radiator is comming. I'm amazed at how much smoother its running after the plugs.. the old ones were toast.

    All fluids are getting flushed or changed this month. I'm thinking it needs a new valve cover gasket as I've got alot of seepage.

    I also need a new CPS sensor, as the Jeep is displaying the symptoms of one going bad.

    Then its lift time. I'd also like to get the A/C working, its R12 so I can't buy anything to do it myself.
     
  9. copeland

    copeland smarter than you

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    r12??? don't fix the AC use the pump for onboard air instead :naughty:
     
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    BombThreat New Member

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    You've got $3500 saved for was parts exactly? Tell me what you want to do and what lifts, ect you want. Also is this thing going to be your DD or just a play-toy?
     
  11. IslanderOffRoad

    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    No way. I like A/C too much to do that.
     
  12. IslanderOffRoad

    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    Play toy

    3500 was saved for parts to do an engine swap in my last Jeep.

    I spent it on my new jeep instead.
     
  13. affende

    affende Resident 4X4 Elitest Prick

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    you can buy a retrofit kit to change it over to R134a for about $30 at Advance auto parts

    all you have to do is vent the R12 (into a container of course, because venting it into the atmosphere is illegal, and i dont condone that....and i have never done it :hsugh: ) and refill with R134a

    and go with the Arctic Freeze...that shit gets really cold, really fast.
     
  14. IslanderOffRoad

    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    I've heard alot of mixed reviews about those retrofit kits. Some compressors don't like them, and if you don't get all the old stuff out compressor failure happens alot sooner.
     
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    affende Resident 4X4 Elitest Prick

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    the newer 134a is semi-compatable with r12....it wont cool as well as a non-mixed coolant, but it isnt bad for anything
     
  16. copeland

    copeland smarter than you

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    then just geta cheap body lift to give you some clearance too :bigthumb:
     
  17. IslanderOffRoad

    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    :rofl:

    Sarcasm or lack of familiarity with an XJ?

    I love the idea of having an air compressor, but when I have to drive a few hundred miles for good wheeling through the desert I'd like to have A/C for the drive out.
     
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    affende Resident 4X4 Elitest Prick

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    :bowrofl: :bowrofl: :bowrofl: :bowrofl: :bowrofl:

    unibody :hsugh:
     
  19. copeland

    copeland smarter than you

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    sorry some left over sarcasm, guy at work stuffed 31 or 32" tires under his xj, I laughed at it, and a millwright laughed too saying "Jeezus, the cheap ass can't afford a bodylift?" I was like :ugh::mamoru:
     
  20. copeland

    copeland smarter than you

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    so then are you just going to save up for co2? I have had OBA on my tj and toyota, I juts don't like the loud buzzing of 12v pumps...(I Use Viair) so I built a c02 kit out of a extinguisher and some oxy gauges...
     
  21. IslanderOffRoad

    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    I havent decided yet.

    I'm SCUBA certified, so technically I can buy air instead of CO2 as well.

    I stuffed 31"s under mine... mainly because I needed tires and didn't want to buy twice in a year.
     

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