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    You can find decent TJs for around $5k. The key is to check your local listing every day or so because they sell fast. At least that's the case in CT, in may be different on the other side of the country.

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    On that budget I think you're best bet is going to be a reasonably clean 4.0 litre / 5 speed YJ. Easy to work on and parts are cheap. Very easy to upgrade T-case with junk yard NP 241 if it presented a problem.

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    TJ or YJ look for one with a six cylinder. Easy to work on and replacing a worn out one is relatively easy and inexpensive.


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    5k goes a long way in a yj, will buy a stock mostly okay tj, and cj’s are going up in price so probly won’t find a good one there.

    All of the above have issues with frame rot, check every inch, repairing suckkkkks.

    Don’t bother with the 2.5/2.4 to save money, get the 4.0l. All around better and cheaper to work on.


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    Dont forget about the xj. They can make a pretty cool daily driver and trail rig.

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    Look at some YJs, main thing I would do is make sure the frame isn’t rusted to shit. 5k can get a damn good YJ.

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    My vote is something with round headlights. 80’s cj7 with dana 300 transfer case and straight 6 is a good platform.

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    Tough budget. You can get an overpriced XJ or mediocre YJ for that price. For camping and DD I would tell him to look for a WJ. $2-3k for the jeep then can throw some bigger tires on it.


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    Yeah, it's tough for sure. We talked about an XJ, but he prefers a Wrangler.

    It's hard to get past the square headlights of the YJ, but there is a lot more of them to choose from for the price.

    The little I've looked around, there are some late 90s TJs out there that may fit the bill, just need to be patient... and fast when one comes up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaddestCross View Post
    Yeah, it's tough for sure. We talked about an XJ, but he prefers a Wrangler.

    It's hard to get past the square headlights of the YJ, but there is a lot more of them to choose from for the price.

    The little I've looked around, there are some late 90s TJs out there that may fit the bill, just need to be patient... and fast when one comes up.

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    They will be destroyed with a 4 cylinder. Not worth it.


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