I would take an AMC designed YJ to the Chrysler designed TJ any day.
I've owned both, and the Chrysler designed Jeeps, while more "civilized", simply are not as well-built, nor as reliable as the older Jeeps. Sorry.
The YJ, although slightly more stout, has older technology, and the suspension has to be modified to have any travel at all, so if you don't have a locker in at least the rear axle, it is a true 2 wheel drive.
And this whole thing about Chrysler vs AMC is baseless really considering 2 things.
#1 Chrysler has been selling parts to AMC forever
#2 Chrysler has owned AMC since 1987, and I remember some pretty weak setups before 87.
AMC was purchased by Chrysler, but has remained its own division bringing expertise from AMC to the Chrysler name.
If strength is the name of the game, then the YJ wins over the base TJ, however, the Rubicon TJ is another story all together. The suspension of the TJ is far superior and allows the driver to not have to hit things so hard, in turn not putting so much stress on the weak points of the system.
The YJ is stronger but it has to be otherwise it would break parts all day long. Hands down the Rubicon TJ is better and stronger than any stock YJ on earth.
"Hands down the Rubicon TJ is better and stronger than any stock YJ on earth."
Sure, with Chrysler's VooDoo electronics and a dash that looks like it came out of a Caravan.
Have you looked at any of the big 3 interiors lately, they all look like some bad rave party experiment, and the electrical system malfunctions are usually just a simple ground problem. Source, ground, connections. If you really think we should go back in time to old analog switching and basic electronics, then you could always strip a TJ and put in the old AMC stuff.
"all the big 3 Interiors look like some bad rave party experiment"
What company isn't loving euro these days. I'm tired of seeing little micro machine cars with flimsy plastic crap hanging off everywhere. Smart car what?