THE 1995 YJ
Plain and simple, if you have ever owned a Jeep you know what I'm talking about. CJ, YJ, TJ, there is a feeling when the top is down and the doors are off that can't be matched. I tried to take the doors off my Datsun B210 one time just to get the feel of a jeep, it was not the same. When the UPS man brings parts he always says JEEP, Just Empty Every Pocket. You know when you see the UPs truck and you think Jeep parts, you have the Jeep life bug. On road or off road, jeep driving is just fun. I often compare it to getting to drive to work in a big go cart every day.
2.5 inline 4 cyl
Over 200,000 miles
WHEELS: GT Radial Adventuro M/T Tire
RIMS: Rugged Road Silver Konig 15"
SUSPENSION: Rough Country - 615.20 - 2.5-inch Suspension Lift
System w/ Premium N2.0 Shocks
WINCH: SUSPENSION: Yescom 8000 lb 12V Recovery Winch.
FRONT BUMPER: E-Autogrilles 87-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ/YJ Off Road Front Bumper with 2x D-ring & Winch Plate (51-0034)
WHEEL SPACERS: Spidertrax 1.25" Wheel Spacers, 5x4.5" Bolt Pattern, Aluminum.
THE 2007 JK
Well we went off and did it. We purchased a JK for trail rides that are further than we would like to go in the YJ. Why you ask? Well the YJ with its 2.5L engine and the 33s has a top speed of 60mph, down hill, with a tail wind. That is all good if we are heading south because its all flat. But if we are heading north to Ocala or beyond then we are faced with hills. Hills that slow you down to 40mph. Don't get me wrong I love the YJ but its anything but fast on the highway. Great off road, a getting blown around by trucks and cars while driving in the slow lane gets old. The JK has what we need for longer trips for further rides. AC its a plus here in Florida but when the doors are off and the top is down you get plenty of wind. Just as the YJ was a step up in fancy gadgetry from the CJ7, this JK is a fine Jeep to drive around. It has plenty of pick up, climbs hills like a beast, sludges through mud and creeks, and drives nice.
Here is what we have done so far.
Stock suspension... for now.
Engine: 3.8L 6cyl
Front Bumper: Restyling Factory
Winch: Superwinch 1595201 Tiger Shark
Grill: Esright Front Matte Grille Angry Bird Grid
Radio: Uniden 40-Channel CB Radio
Head Lights: DOT Approved 7'' Black Daymaker LED Headlights
Tires: Radar Renegade R7 Mud Terrain
Spacers: Spidertrax S2PWHS010 Wheel Spacer Kit
Rims: 18" Sahara rims
That means mud and trails. There is not a lot of rocks around Florida, but there is plenty of mud, sand and trails. There are also a lot of reptiles, snakes, lizards, turtles, gators, and down south some crocks. I spent some time learning from Jim Stephenson up in Tallahassee about herpetology and grew up trudging through swamps on foot. In the early 90s I picked up my first CJ from a junk collector for a measly $800 bucks. It was a bit rusted to say the least. See the blog for that story.