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post #1 of 83 Old 05-27-2011, 02:36 AM Thread Starter
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88 yj slow build

after having my jeep for a year i am just now making a build thread, ill add the pictures i have but i have done alot more than i have photos of

some info about me, im now 18 this jeep is my first vehicle and all the work was and still is a learning experience with my money from my part time job. i was 17 when i bought the jeep and on a very tight budget

to start i found my jeep on craigslist just after i gave up looking. i bought it from a guy about an hour away for $1700. when i got it it ran like crap, had 175k miles and i didnt know anything about engines, heck ill even admit i didnt know what a spark plug was, but that was soon to change


first day i brought her home




first day i had the doors off, they were a PITA the first time

the first thing i did when i brought it home was change all the plugs/ wires and distributer cap now remember when i started i went into this tune up i still didnt know anything.

after this tune up it still barley ran so i began studying with my chiltons manual. i read the thing front to back many times and still wasn't too confidant.

jeepforum was probably the biggest help i could ask for and i want to say thank you to all you guys in here.

after this tune up i began tackling some rust ( noting major)

floor board rust



after primer



some rattle can finish



slight tailgate rust



all better


at some point i changed the cowl seal and happened to take a picture

now thost pictures were all from May - July of last year, i lost most the pictures i had from July- January because my bedroom burnt down and my computer was in there. i had to have atleast 50 pictures on there of progress.

ill add pictures of my room after the fire later, they are on my dads laptop.

by october of 2010 i had my jeep running like a dream. i did the nutter bypass first, then i put the pre- smog distributer for an 82 cj in. after that i read up on the tfi ignition and did that with the ford coil and ford cap+wires.

i also found a tag saying my engine was rebuilt in 2001, went back to my tittle search and it turns out the jeep was off the road for a few years at that point and was only 40k miles ago

more recently i replaced my entire exhaust because the old was originall and completely rotted


old vs new pic

the exhaust is a magnaflow cat with a dynomax muffler and stock size pipes.
before installing i painted all the components in some VHT silver paint (wich is holding up very well)

i recently replaced the ball joints on the right side.

about a month ago i noticed some leaking from the power steering box, then maybe 2 weeks ago i was loosing about a quart every 2 hours. so i spent my paycheck on a rebuilt power steering box tried to put it on and broke the pitman arm puller. so i got a new pitman arm and tierod end form quadtrack and cut off the old pitman arm. to my luck they sent me a dropped one instead of stock
cutting the old one off was so much easier than trying to pull it off.

im sure im leaving out a lot of stuff but heres some more pictures:




these 2 were in fall 2010 somtime



added some poolball shift knobs after the top broke off my stock one


some more recent ones sorry about the horrible cell phone quality on some






i had to add the yellow foglights because for some reason i decided to go through the car wash one day and it broke off my round ones

well thats about it for now, ill keep it up to date for now on


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post #2 of 83 Old 05-27-2011, 06:21 AM
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It's looking real good!

Sorry to hear about your room. Keep up the good work.

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post #3 of 83 Old 06-01-2011, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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still nothing new, changed my oil the other day and thats about it. i need to pull my dash apart and see it i can get my temp gauge to work and maybe my gas gauge but i doubt the gas gauge will ever work

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i got my temp gauge to work again but my gas gauge still dances =/
i took the cluster out along with all the gauges, sanded all the contacts with 400 grit paper and the put electric grease on everything

now im looking into taking out the a/c compressor. in a thread i made i found out i could just use a 73.5inch belt but i still am thinking of getting a pulley there.

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i picked up a set of 31's today for 125 and the guy mounted and balanced them for me for $60, he was really nice and gave me a great deal so i gave him all the money in my wallet minus a few ones, $190


tread is almost like new




jeep sits a little higher now


on the way to get them mounted and balanced


the best part is now my death wobble is gone

next plan is to get an msd ignition module

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oo and i got a new bakini top because a strap ripped off the old one

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post #7 of 83 Old 06-18-2011, 10:03 PM
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Looks like a great start! A friend with a 4.0 Commanche put the MSD in his and it really helped, especially with idle quality and his acceleration 'flat spot' was eliminated too. Pricey, but he was very happy with it.

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Looks like a great start! A friend with a 4.0 Commanche put the MSD in his and it really helped, especially with idle quality and his acceleration 'flat spot' was eliminated too. Pricey, but he was very happy with it.
im thinking next paycheck ill order on from ebay, they go from 100-150 ish on there

advanced sells the one i want for 200 i think

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post #9 of 83 Old 06-18-2011, 10:32 PM
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death wobble in a yj?

jeep looks great keep it up.

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post #10 of 83 Old 06-30-2011, 02:52 AM Thread Starter
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i ordered the summit racing CDI box, it is supposed to come friday. if it does ill put it in and see how it goes.

i did the ford tfi upgrade a few months ago, so would it be better to use the stock ford tfi coil or a canister style accel supper coil i have in my garage?

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i got the summit racing cdi ignition, now i just want to get a new set of plugs and try the gap at .50. they are currently at .45.

i still need to get a tach adapter so my tach will work again and i wired the 12v switch line to a kill switch until i get the diode in place.

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i think ima just get new plugs and keep the gap at .45

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in the past week i painted my bumper black and then had to replace my exhaust manifiold.

now i am fighting with my starter/ flywheel i feel like its the pos starters advanced auto has.
the flywheel is worn but no missing teeth and otherwise looks fine. the starter has 2 chipped teeth and honestly doesnt look like it should go with that flywheel. when it starts it will turn ovverthe first or second time after i put the starter back on then it doesnt even sound like the starter is making contact with the flywheel.

i did take it to advanced and it checked out fine electronically.
and i ordered a new flywheel but i really dont think that will fix it. =[
and ill have to get my 4th starter after the flywheel is on

well anyway here is the bumper black, i might do the whole jeep this color but im not sure yet.
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since next week i am replacing the flywheel with my buddy i ordered a new clutch from grip force on ebay that leaves me enough money to buy a new starter if they wont replace the bad one for a 4th time but no gas money

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have you looked into what is causing your starters to fry? is it mechanical or electrical? are you the original owner of the jeep? have there been modifications done that would interfere with the operation of a stock starter? start looking in places like this to try to root out the cause of the starter dying so rapidly. i know it would take me a week to try to describe all the things i've changed on my jeep to someone if i were to ever sell it.

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