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post #1 of 14 Old 03-21-2014, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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87 YJ Mods and Upgrades

I have an 87 YJ with a 2.5 inch lift and 32 inch tires. Automatic with the 4.2 inline six. 110K original miles. This is my Sunday driver. I only drive it on sunny days when I can put the top down and a dirt road is as close to off-roading as I get. I'd like some ideas on what to do to the suspension to get a bit of a smoother ride out of it. I've read about removing the track and sway bars. What about changing out the leafs, springs or shocks? Any ideas or lessons learned are appreciated. Oh, and I live in the mountains of North Carolina. I attended a Bronco Rally in nearby Townsend, TN last year. Is there a similar rally for Jeeps in the southeast?

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post #2 of 14 Old 03-21-2014, 08:48 AM
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Remove front and rear track bars
Removing sway bar is optional, see how you like driving without it.
Old Man Emu springs and shocks
New greaseable shackle bushings
Replace body mount bushings if they are old/original

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the old man emu springs make it ride as nice as stock, maybe a little nicer. i have them on my 87 with the same engine/trans you have. i have no trac bars though, that was the biggest improvement in the ride of this jeep. throw those things away i bet you will love driving your jeep a lot more then now.

i kept my sway bar because it is very very windy where i live but if its not like that there, you could probably get away with not having it, just low it down in the turns and mountain passes

I don't feel like working on anything at this time so i sold my yj.
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Removing the swaybar won't make the ride any smoother. It will make it better offroad but harder to handle on curvy roads.

You can get quick disconnects and see how you like it, but it will slow you down on curvy roads and the locals will be backing up behind you.
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Thanks for the suggestions. Do you guys recommend one thread over another referring to removing the track bars?
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You really wont need a thread to follow on removing the trac bars. It's pretty much unbolt from the frame and unbolt from the axle on the front and the rear. You may need a torch or PB blaster depending on how rusty the bolts are.
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Though if you go to the FAQ section and click on various links you can get to the following thread:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/f...e-well-953630/

If you find that heat, PB Blaster, and a ratchet won't bring the trac bar off you can always just cut it out. Up to you.
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Great. Thanks!
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post #9 of 14 Old 03-21-2014, 02:27 PM
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I have an 87 YJ with a 2.5 inch lift and 32 inch tires. Automatic with the 4.2 inline six. 110K original miles. This is my Sunday driver. I only drive it on sunny days when I can put the top down and a dirt road is as close to off-roading as I get. I'd like some ideas on what to do to the suspension to get a bit of a smoother ride out of it. I've read about removing the track and sway bars. What about changing out the leafs, springs or shocks? Any ideas or lessons learned are appreciated. Oh, and I live in the mountains of North Carolina. I attended a Bronco Rally in nearby Townsend, TN last year. Is there a similar rally for Jeeps in the southeast?

Thanks!
I am relatively close to you, east Tennessee. As far as rallies in this area, the closest places I can think of would be the fall crawl at Harlan and they may have one at Windrock above Knoxville, but I am not 100% sure on that.

You can probably find some info here: http://www.harlancountytrails.com/

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The track bars came off today. I honestly can't tell a whole lot of difference but I never took it out on the highway. Just drove it around town a bit. While I was underneath it I realized the exhaust hangers were disintegrated and the tail pipe was no longer connected to the muffler. Got that patched up. I think I'm going to save up for those old man emu shocks. Is that something I can do myself or do you need a lift and any special tools?
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No special tools needed (unless you don't own a jack and jack stands). BTW if you haven't already swing by auto zone, advance auto, etc. and pick yourself up a Haynes manual. You'll never regret it.
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I have one. I just don't have any experience on suspensions. I'm more of an electrical guy. I'll take a look at the manual.
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I have one. I just don't have any experience on suspensions. I'm more of an electrical guy. I'll take a look at the manual.
It's all good. That's what the forum is for, helping each other out.
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post #14 of 14 Old 03-25-2014, 06:53 PM
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The track bars came off today. I honestly can't tell a whole lot of difference but I never took it out on the highway. Just drove it around town a bit. While I was underneath it I realized the exhaust hangers were disintegrated and the tail pipe was no longer connected to the muffler. Got that patched up. I think I'm going to save up for those old man emu shocks. Is that something I can do myself or do you need a lift and any special tools?

Springs and shocks*

Just sticking shocks on it won't be the end all be all.

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