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Unread 01-03-2012, 10:20 PM   #1
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2011 YJ of the Year Winner is JSAWDUSTE!

Happy New Year All! I'm happy to announce that jsawduste is our YJ of the Year! All the hard work has paid off for him and for the first time in a couple years we actually have someone we can call the yj of the year. A big congrats to him and all the Yjotm winners for not only all their hard work on their own jeeps but for sharing their knowledge with us little guys!

Here is a little synopsis of the rig that won it all for 2011:
This YJ was a ground up build. That is no specific donor vehicle was used to to start with..Parts were secured based on need, condition and availability.. For the example the tub came from rust free Arizona. The frame from Georgia and so on.

List or parts/modifications.
1. Engine
Started out as a 93 4.0. Features a 4.2 12 cwt crank. Eagle rods. Custom zero deck pistons from Diamond Racing that give a static compression or 10.3:1. Hesco 270/480 can advanced 4*. Ported head with stock size valves and Chevy valve springs. Roller Rockers from Mopar. 24 lb injectors fed by an adjustable fuel pressure gauge. Edebrock header into a stainless steel exhaust..DUI ignition system. Hi flow water pump and three row radiator. Fed with a high volume oil pump and Brad Penn oil. Fully balanced and blue printed.

2. Transmission and transfercase.
Center-force dual friction clutch drives an NV4500HD from a Dodge diesel pickup. Transmission is coupled to an Atlas II with 3.8 gears. Flat belly skid and also an engine skid plate that extends up to the harmonic balancer.

3. Axles
Front axle is a HP44 from a 78 3/4 ton Ford. Narrowed and the C`s rotated to correct for caster angle. Superior shafts are drive by a Detroit Locker and 5.13 gears. Hi steer with Reid Racing knuckles and NWF 4 bolt arms. LPW Girdle.

Rear axle is an 8.8 with Mark Williams billet main caps. Held in place with ARP studs. Ratech crush sleeve kit. A Detroit Locker and 5.13`s. Moser 31 spline chromo shafts and Ford 9 inch outer bearings. Ford SVO backing plates and disc/parking brake system. Full TNT truss. LPW girdle.

37 x 15 MT/R`s for street mounted on 10" beadlock wheels. 37 Maxxis CC`s also mounted on 10" Beadlocks for off-road.

4. Suspension
Custom Alcan SOA Zero lift springs. Front axle pushed out 3 inches. Same for the rear. Bilstein 5150 shocks on each corner. Greaseable shackles. Custom traction bar eliminates axle wrap. Currie Anti Rock Sway bar.

5. Body
Complete Speedliner bed coating 360* on tub, hood fenders etc.. Color tinted with blue with black accents. Satin gloss mixed into mixture to add some shine. TNT Crusher corners, sliders and front fenders.
Custom front and rear bumpers with a winch mounts and various accessory mounts.

6. Interior
Custom dash and Autometer gauge package. Full cage tied into the frame. LED lighting. MasterCraft seats with 5 point harnesses. Undien CB, Alpine, Polk handle the entertainment. Garmin 76CSX GPS tells me where to go.

7. Misc
Kilby On Board Air system. Full PSC ram assist steering system with cooler. Full hydroboost with an externally adjustable brake proportioning valve.Complete rewire from headlight to taillight. New connectors, wiring and the electrical architecture has changed dramatically from the factory.. Twin Optima Yellow tops powered by a 180 amp alternator. Warn 9500 winch. Piaa lighting x 4. Roundeyes conversion headlights with a 55w/130w rating. LED taillights.

8. Pictures

Luck Favours The Prepared
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Unread 01-03-2012, 10:23 PM   #2
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In addition to the title of YJ of the Year that you get to lug around for the next year (hopefully not longer) is a lifetime membership donated by Keith himself. I didn't announce that there was going to be a prize like this but I'm sneaky with memberships!

Please Crawl this thread and if you want, rate it too. The more exposure to the YJ contests, the better!

Congrats again, John!
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Unread 01-03-2012, 10:26 PM   #3
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Congrats Jsawduste, you have a really clean rig which has been one of my favorites on here for a while.

The off-road trailer is a nice touch too.

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Unread 01-03-2012, 10:26 PM   #4
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You deserve it
~'92 YJ with many upgrades and many more calling my name..... it never ends
~'07.5 Dodge Ram Megacab 2500, 6.7L Cummins turbo diesel

April 2012, May 2013, May 2014 YJ of the month
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Unread 01-03-2012, 10:30 PM   #5
October 2012 TJOTM
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My Old YJ Build My Mods My YouTube Channel

Moab Trails I've done: Onion Creek, Long Canyon, Dome Plateau, Top of The World (2), Fins-N-Things (2), Poison Spider,
Golden Spike, Gold Bar Rim, Hell's Revenge (2), Baby Lion Back, Cliff Hanger, Moab Rim, Kane Creek Canyon, Strike Ravine

Shortcuts to key points in my build: MTRk's OME 2" HD Lift Antirock Skidrow steering box & radiator skids LoD rear bumper
Rokmen Mercenary bumper w/Superwinch Rokmen sliders Skidrow engine skid Rampage Top CB set up
Custom trunk Rokmen 1" Billet spacers JJ track bar Rokmen Adjustable Control Arms Currectlync Steering
Rokmen Trail Corners Metalcloak Overlines Kentrol Hood Latches JK Turn Signals Xenon 4" Flat Flares Hood Decal Duratracs
Derale Tranny Cooler DieHard Factor 55 Thimble Ten Factory Front Chromo Shafts

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Unread 01-03-2012, 10:33 PM   #6
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nice work gotta love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
wave back dammit, don't leave me hangin!
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Unread 01-03-2012, 10:39 PM   #7
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You've done exactly what we all dream of man!
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Unread 01-03-2012, 10:43 PM   #8
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I'd like to see some more pics!
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Unread 01-03-2012, 11:18 PM   #9
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Grats Jsawduste!
Reason why it got my vote, is that its one of the few and only jeeps I've seen that made me say, "this is exactly how I would do it!" Well, if I ever get the $$$ anyway... way to go!
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Unread 01-03-2012, 11:28 PM   #10
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Congrats!! Now lets see some pics of it dirty
Link locked and ready to rock
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Unread 01-03-2012, 11:44 PM   #11
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Congrats on a job well done.
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Unread 01-03-2012, 11:55 PM   #12
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Unread 01-04-2012, 04:14 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the support and kind words.

To Nick for coordinating the YJOTM/Y contest and Keith for hosting JF.

It is truly a honor and privilege to be supported by the JF membership. Thank You very much.

Without the help of the many contributors to JF the building of my junk would not have been as successful. Truly a talented group of folks and friends.

This YJ is a labor of love and I try to maintain, upgrade and modify it on almost a daily basis. Even if that means something as simple as a bottle of oil that day.

It is also an evolving project. At this time the entertainment system and navigation equipment is being upgraded.

Future plans include upgrading the rear axle to a TruHi9 center with an aftermarket 9 inch axle housing. Raceline 17 inch beadlocks and Black Magic brakes.

Nick, you asked for a dirty picture Have to be honest and say I do not have many. A hard drive crash wiped out most all the pictures I had of any action shots. In defense I can offer up the trailer and the tow rig pictured in the background with the trailer pictures posted above.

Did find this one

Here is another with the CC`s mounted up. Poser shot.

Stroker, OBA, Hydroboost etc. Since this picture was taken the entire YJ has been rewired from front to back. The rat`s nest at the battery is cleaned up and an aux. power supply added in.

Our family uses the YJ for many activity's. Be it wheeling in the Midwest, camping trips to shuttling my daughters to soccer games.

The trailer pictured above has gone through a great deal of transformation. Different wheels, lighting, on board power, refrigeration and a complete overhead canopy. Like to think it supplements the looks and function of the YJ.

Back in 2007 I managed to flip the YJ end over and end and rolled it 2 1/2 times down a hill. Ending up on it`s roof. Driver error while climbing a steep hill with a big tree at the top. My 80 year old father whom was not harnessed in suffered some head trauma but made a full recovery. Despite the accident he still looks forward to wheeling and eagerly looks forward to the next trip. In fact we were just making plans for the WEROCK event in June. The Jeep Jambo and a trip to the Badlands.

Unfortunately some of the work done to the YJ had to be redone. But all is fine and I think it turned out better then it was before.

Again thanks to the JF wrecking crew and it is an honor to carry the colors.
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Unread 01-04-2012, 08:02 AM   #14
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Congrats on winning. Lotta top of the line parts on that!
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Unread 01-04-2012, 08:50 AM   #15
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Thank You for the extra pictures and write-up. The pride you take in your work really shows in your rig, that thing is great.
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