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Unread 05-14-2015, 08:54 AM   #1
johny_boy32
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89 YJ Build - Hintz

Hey guys/gals. I'm pretty new to the YJ's but I've had a few Jeeps over the years; 00 Grand Cherokee, 08 Liberty, 10 JK Wrangler. I sold my JK about a year ago to get a pickup for hauling my ice fishing gear. Summer is right around the corner here in northern Minnesota & I already missed going topless. So last month I finally convinced the Mrs. to let me get this, an 89 YJ w/ 142K miles for $1,500. It has the 4.2L engine paired w/ a manual transmission & came with a hard top, soft top, bimini, half & full doors. I thought it was a fair deal. I'm fortunate enough to have access to a shop, technicians w/ 25+ years in experience, & a best friend that LOVES working on anything with a motor & wheels.

I've run into a few snags already in the tear down process. Over half of the bolts/screws/nuts have either been rusted or stripped beyond repair. As you will see in some of the pictures, a torch has come into play frequently already with the lift install.

I wanted to make this thread to keep an active account of what I've done & what I plan on doing to this rig. Here is what I have ordered thus far...

Zone Offroad 2" Gas Suspension Lift
Zone Offroad Steering Stabilizer
Zone Offroad Sway Bar Disconnects
Zone Offroad Shackles & Bushings
Poison Spyder Hood Louver
Rough Country Stubby Front Bumper W/ D Ring Kit
Smittybilt Classic Rear Bumper
Smittybilt XRC Rock Sliders
Black Rock Series 997 Type 8 Steel Wheels
31X10.5 DuraTrac Tires
Hi-Lift Jack W/ Hood Mount
Off-Road Lights W/ Windshield Mount
Misc. Black Hardware/Hinges/Etc..

The last picture is with the lift kit fully installed. As you can see, I definitely got more than 2 inches, the factory springs were completely worn out & even cracked in one spot. Don't mind all the wax & dirt from the previous owner, it sat in a barn for 7 years prior to me buying it. I think all of the wax that he left on there saved the paint. It should shine up really nice once i get everything done.

My goal is to get all of this on by July 4th weekend. It's a slow process but it's been fun thus far & it will be really rewarding when it's all completed. I will post more pictures as things progress. Thanks for tagging along.

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Unread 05-14-2015, 09:01 AM   #2
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Who's that handsome fella wielding the fire wrench? Ha, ha.

It's been a frustrating but fun build so far. Really excited to see you wheel this thing.
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Unread 05-14-2015, 09:21 AM   #3
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Looks good - did you luck out with a solid frame? If so, I'd say you got a great deal!
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Unread 05-14-2015, 10:01 AM   #4
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Looks good - did you luck out with a solid frame? If so, I'd say you got a great deal!
It's really not too bad. The rear is showing some cancer but it's not through yet. Might need attention after another MN winter or two.
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Unread 07-11-2015, 08:56 AM   #5
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I haven't updated this in a while but we've made quite a bit of progress since the last post. Everything is installed from my list except the Smittybilt XRC Rock Sliders. I'll post a few more pictures later with the off-road lights & Hi-lift installed.
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Unread 07-11-2015, 09:03 AM   #6
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Looking good!!!!
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