The Strong Case for Square Headlights
I thought this was going to be affordable!
It’s readily available and easy to modify, and if you get the 4.0L inline-six, it has a great engine. Oh yeah, it’s inexpensive. It’s the YJ Wrangler, the Jeep that makes it “hip to be square.”
Lakeside, California’s Mark Saxton can tell you all about it. Mark picked up the ’94 YJ secondhand for $3,000. It was bone stock when purchased, giving Mark a clean canvas on which to craft his trail rig. The low purchase price left cash in his pocket to make some big-ticket upgrades, improving the YJ by addressing some factory-supplied weaknesses.
The windshield banner may say “Redneck Rollercoaster,” but you don’t have to be a redneck to enjoy a YJ. You just have to be smart enough to build one.
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|Vehicle:||1994 Jeep YJ Wrangler|
|Owner/Hometown:||Mark Saxton/Lakeside, California|
|Engine:||4.0L I-6, K&N intake, Borla headers, performance chip|
|Transfer case:||NP231 with SYE|
|Front suspension:||spring-over with stock YJ springs, Bilstein shocks|
|Rear suspension:||spring-over with stock YJ springs, Bilstein shocks, custom anti-wrap bar|
|Axles:||Currie Dana 44 housings, Superior axle shafts|
|Ring and Pinion:||4:88:1|
|Differentials:||ARB Air Lockers|
|Tires:||33x12.50R15 Pro Comp Mud Terrain|
|Wheels:||15x8 Allied Wheel Rock 8 beadlocks|
|Wistful quote:||“I thought this was going to be affordable!”|