YJ Wrangler! The Overlooked Jeep
by Josh Taylor
(Elko, Nevada, USA)
1990 Wrangler YJ (File Photo)
First off the YJ Wrangler is the black sheep in the family with square headlights, and it is viewed as the stepping stone in between the CJ dynasty and the family oriented TJ.
These Jeeps are not given enough credit with the bulletproof inline 6-cyl. and the stylish boxy body. To me these are the perfect years of Jeeps. They are not ancient (sorry Willys fans), but they are not so new that you have more electrical work than mechanical.
They are great for the weekend warrior with the inline 6, variety of great transmissions, and if your lucky the NP 231 transfer-case.
The weekend warrior is also able to have the better stability and handling on road with the redesigned (from the CJ's) suspension.
For the people looking to upgrade to a V8, well your in luck. Most of the transmissions and the transfer-cases in the YJ's will handle a decent small block without worry of destroying them. There is also plenty of room in the engine compartment to handle the new engine (which is considerably larger than the CJ's).
No more did the hardcore enthusiast have to replace the frames when creating an off road machine with the new frames in the YJ's. They are able to handle much more and even still have room in the engine compartment for the big block lovers.
The YJ still holds true to its past with the off road capabilities and yet dabbles in the luxuries of on road performance!
To me the best Jeep there is!!!!!Larry's Comment: Josh, I too am a big fan of the YJ Wrangler!