Was actually considering a YJ for myself, how do you like yours? I'm especially concerned about reliability since I don't have much money for repairs (and I wanna spend the money on mods anyways hehe).
Also if you don't mind me asking how much of a lift you're running now and what suspension kit you're planning on getting? Could't you just leave both kits on?
I love it. I've got the Standard Transmission, if you look into it don't bother trying to find an automatic transmission. They have too many problems, and the standards are better build in general.
I've got a 1994, and it's got 365,000 KM on it now. It's still got the original engine which runs fine, original clutch and transmission.The clutch is starting to wear a bit, but that's minor. Even if I had to get a new engine, rebuilt YJ engines can be had for under a thousand.
As far as repairs go though, you can't get much cheaper than a Jeep. If you can't find the part you need at a junkyard, the parts brand new are always super cheap. The most expensive thing I've replaced is the brakes which weren't even that bad. Everything is easy to replace yourself, I've only ever been to the mechanic to get it checked when I first bought it.
I've got a 2.5" body lift on it right now, and I'll probably get a 2.5" suspension lift too. I need the clearance for my tires. I would leave the body lift it, but it's in bad shape. The previous owner broke it (it came with the lift) offroading, and one of the spacers fell through. I've got it fixed right now, but it's more of a temporary fix than a permanent solution.
I could leave both on, but the body lift is in bad shape and I don't want to lift it too much because that makes it that much easier to roll.
Edited by BananaMash, 11 April 2013 - 11:22 AM.