Another round of voting and this one is the battle for April. I want to thank metalcloak for their support and poking around the Yj section I can see their influence in the builds. My apologies for losing an entry, I'm rsther busy but there is no excuse. Lets get it on!!
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1994 Jeep Wrangler S
I bought it used in 1996 and have been tinkering about on it ever since. I don't have the amount of money necessary to do what I want to it all at once, so I’ve spread it out over the course of a number of years. I purchased it in California before communism and while I was still in the Marine Corps. It’s been with me through all of life’s ups and downs; children, divorce, career changes, deployments, etc.
• 2.5L low output four cylinder
• Banks header and catback
• Taurus 2 speed fan
• Converted to power steering
• Dodge Ram alternator
• Dodge Dakota steering box.
• Stock 5 speed and transfer case
• Rubicon Express SYE
• Rubicon Express CV rear driveshaft
• Open Ford 8.8 rear with RuffStuff kit and diff cover
• Stock shaft and Dana 30 front
• 35x12.50 Goodyear Kevlars on 10x15 ProComp fake lockers
• Rubicon Express 4.5” Extreme Duty lift
• Off Road Technology bumpers front
• Off Road Technology bumpers rear w/tire carrier
• Jeeptubes.com stinger
• Mile Marker 8,000 lbs electric winch with fabricated fairlead and light mount
• Home fabricated Jeeptubes.com fender flares
• Poison Spyder Crusher Corners
• Smittybilt side bars
• IPF headlight kit with some cheap H4 bulbs
• PIAA off road lights
• KC tail lights
• Rear LED reverse light bar
• Mastercraft Rubicon Dirtsport seats with Mastercraft 3pt harnesses
• Grant steering wheel
• Herculiner’d interior
• Raingler nets
• Bestop Full top with tinted windows, full bikini top, tonneau and slider uppers
The drivetrain currently sports a tired 2.5L low output four cylinder to the stock 5 speed and transfer that has a Rubicon Express SYE twisting a Rubicon Express CV driveshaft and open RuffStuff appointed 8.8 rear and a stock shaft and 30 up front. This is spinning slowly, some 35x12.50 Goodyear Kevlars on 10x15 ProComp fakies. The engine has a Banks header and catback, a Taurus fan, and converted power steering using a mix of YJ and ZJ parts. Also added a Ram alternator and a Dakota steering box.
The lift is a Rubicon Express 4.5” Extreme Duty lift w/ RE shocks. There is also a 2” BL that I may drop one day, but I recently lifted my tank into that space so I may have to clearance it first.
I have some one-off Off Road Technology bumpers (front and rear w/tire carrier). The winch bar of this blem front bumper was too low, so I chopped it and mounted a Jeeptubes.com stinger that I will eventually tie into a grill guard or the tube fenders. On the bumper is a Mile Marker 8,000# winch that works so far. The tube fenders are also Jeeptubes.com and some steel I got from old wall lockers that I formed and welded. I had some help from a friend on the fronts, and realized I had the skills to do the rears on my own. The rears are on some Poison Spyder Crusher Corners. The Jeep also has some older Smittybilt nerf bars that my wife needs to be able to get in the Jeep.
I have an IPF headlight kit with H4 bulbs, PIAA lights up front, KC tail lights out in the rear. I built a license plate mount with light and moved the plate to the spare. I fabricated a reverse light bar with some LEDs that tucks in nicely under the bumper, we’ll see if it survives better than the cheap Wal-mart lights that died there. Before I left on my current deployment, I put in some strip LEDs I’m trying to use as rocklights, but haven’t hooked them up just yet. Maybe while I’m on leave.
Inside the Jeep has some Mastercraft Rubicon Dirtsport seats front and rear, with Mastercraft 3pt harnesses. There is a Grant steering wheel as well. I removed the carpet back in ’99, poured in some Herculiner and never looked back. When the engine and automatic go in, the whole dash and related materials will change out. A set of Raingler nets keeps it all together in the back. I have the larger bikini top that Bestop has that covers the back and occasionally I run with a tonneau cover over the rear. Winter time I run a full soft top with slider uppers on my doors and tinted rear plastic. I fabricated a rear deck behind the rear seat that keeps everything from falling out.
I did pull my ’95 suburban engine, 4L60e transmission and transfer case from my old suburban before I scrapped it, but I’m thinking towards a nice LQ4 or LQ9 instead of the TBI 5.7L sitting in the garage now.
1989 Jeep YJ
2.5L TBI 4cly
AX5 trans with external slave swap
All water tight with extended vent lines
ARB Safari snorkel
Custom front drive shaft
3.5” H.D. BDS lift and 5/8” H.D. M.O.R.E. booms
Aero racing wheels
Front Smittybilt stinger
Rear Pro Comp bumper
O.R. Fab sport cage
Family roll bar swap
Tuffy stereo console
Rear TJ flairs
60" Hi lift on the hood
misc recovery gear
Currently have a SYE and 8.8 swap in progress and then stepping up to 35s
Everything has been replaced and/or modified except for the transmission.
Interesting parts of my build would be the custom designed and fabricated parts
I've also done some interesting stuff I like to share such as bastard pack Isuzu Rodeo/XJ springs in the front or Wagoneer/XJ springs in the back.
I've rolled it, tipped it and done many other interesting mods...picture time...
When my parents first bought the jeep. (I sank it in the river 2 months after they gave it to me. I was a broke fresh out of college and I ruined the engine.)
People started saying my jeep was photogenic because it would go on two wheels for pictures. This prompted me to stretch it front and rear
95 YJ 4.0 stroked to 4.6
231J with Teralow front case, AA SYE
Tom Wood's front and rear drive shafts.
4.56 D30 front w/ARB and chromoly shafts
8.8 explorer. ARB locked, c-clip eliminator with chromoloy shafts.
Metalcloak front and rear 6" arched flares. extended corners. MetalCloak sliders.
Warn 8lb winch with warn synthetic line.
4.5" Rubicon Express extreme duty lift.
Frame off rebuild. Raptor liner coating under the tub and inside the tub.
Medium quazar blue metallic paint.
35x12x15 Goodyear MT/R
15x8 M/T classic lock wheels.
First jeep I have ever owned. Bought it from a customer when we could not find a replacement trans(BA10). Wheeled it for a couple of years running a 2.5" procomp lift and 31's Wanted more out of the jeep so I decided to build it to where he is now. What I had visioned in my mind is exactly what you see in the pictures.
1990 Jeep wrangler
4.2 w/ 4.0 head swap.
MC 2100 carb
AX15 recently rebuild
NP231 with Advanced adapters SYE
E-350 Brake Master cylinder
Saggy Grand Wagoneer springs for 2” of lift and 4” stretch
1” shackle lift
Cut down 2” body lift to 1”
Dana 30 4.56 gears
Lengthened front Cv shaft out of XJ
XJ solid shafts
OTK tie rod flip
Ford 8.8 with detroit Locker
XJ CV shaft cut and balanced
Tires and wheels:
35x15.5x15 Super Swamper TSL SX grooved for better traction on snow and ice mounted on
15x10 American Racing aluminum wheels
33x12.5x15 BF Goodrich All-terrain TA my street tires mounted on 15x10 Ultra’s
Modified stock poly tank to accomodate a rear 3-4" stretch. Custom homemade front winch bumper, Warn 5687 winch, rear homemade 2x4 3/16 steel bumper with swing away, fiberglass front Flat fenders. stand-alone radiator support, CJ front clip
high lift jack, custom homemade .50 cal ammo can center console with cup holders , pineapple grenade shifters, Grant Steering wheel, Front seats out of 99’ TJ, middle row leather high back rear seat out of '07 suburban. Hybrid TJ/YJ cage.
Full rear corner armor
Rear tube fenders
I bought this jeep a little over 4 years ago and I have been slowly adding to it as time and money allow. I built this jeep to handle anything Montana terrain can throw at it and the occasional trip to Moab. When I was in high school my dad and I built a CJ5 from the ground up it was a great bonding experience for my Father and I.
Now I have this jeep to slowly build up with my three Sons. Almost every single bolt or piece of equipment has been rebuilt or assembled by me with help from my boys. From welding the custom bumpers, to the suspension to the 4.0 head rebuild we've done it all. We recently built a stand-alone radiator support to accommodate a cj front clip.
I also installed a middle row high back leather seat out of a '07 suburban for a new back seat. now my kids can comfortly ride with me on those long trail rides. This is why I Love the YJ its such a great platform for you to build your perfect jeep. I know this jeep inside and out and enjoy working on it. check out my buid thread for more info http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/s...build-1467426/
Name: James Burns
User name: YJames90
Jeep: 1990 Wrangler White
Chevy 1988 4.3/4L60e/Np231C/J drivetrain
2" BDS spring lift
1" body lift
On board air modified from factory AC
Pontiac sunfire bucket seats
XrC8 Smittybilt winch with in cab controls
Tj family roll bar /Front CJ cage
33x 12.50x 15 Bf Goodrich KM2s
15x 8 Steelies
Aussie lockers front and rear
Ford 8.8 rear with disk brakes
3/4" boomerang shackles
Front and rear axles stretched out 1 " each
Solid and Riddler diff covers
Dana 30 posi-lok
Rear Custom CV drive shaft
Front Custom drive shaft
slip yoke eliminator kit
Smittybilt front and rear bumpers
CJ rear cargo storage box
48" highlift jack
Hard half doors
Full soft top and doors
TJ Bikini top
Modified TJ rocker guards
Home built Pre-runner style spare tire carrier
I bought this Jeep a few years back when it was bone stock. Im proud to say that I have done most of the work myself including the engine swap.
Alot of tech help came from many members of Jeepforum .
Thanks to all that have helped !
YJ year of production: 1991
Specifications and Modifications
Engine: 2.5l I4 – Complete Rebuild – new injectors – all sensors
Transmission: AX5 – Rebuilt – new seals, syncros, oil, new clutch and throw-out bearing
Transfer Case: NP231 – Fresh Fluid – 100% operational
Axle – Front: D30 – 4.10 gears – No Locker
Axle - Rear: D35 – 4.10 gears – No Locker
• New radiator (2011)
• New upper and lower hoses (2011)
• New Water Pump & Thermostat (195⁰) (2011)
• New Mechanical Fan Clutch (2011)
• New Alternator (2011)
• New Power Steering Pump (2011)
• Fresh Differential Oil front and rear
• New Rotors/Drums Pads/Shoes front and rear
• New E-Brake (factory recall completed in 2012)
• New Fuel Pump – Fuel Filter – Fuel Pressure Regulator (2011)
• New Evap Canister and Hoses (2012 – to pass CA SMOG)
• Stock Leaf Springs
• Removed Track Bars front and rear
• Rubicon Express Sway Bar Quick Disconnects (2012)
Tires & Wheels
• Stock TJ Ravine Rims (15x8) including spare
• Goodyear Wrangler AT 235/75/15 (29.5” approx.)
• Interior color converted from Gray to Black – painted dash pieces etc.
• Stock Roll Bar painted Satin Black – no pad (yet)
• Smittybuilt Neoprene seat covers front and rear – Black
• New seat belts – front and rear
• Carpet removed - Monstaliner installed – Black
• Rebuilt Heater box – new core, hoses, and HO Fan motor
• Rebuilt Factory Center Console – Painted black – recovered the arm rest with Black Neoprene to match seats – no lock
• Fresh Solar Yellow Paint (2012)
• Half-doors with Soft Uppers
• Full Rugged Ridge Soft Top
• Smittybuilt Bikini Top
• Smittybuilt Rear bumper – D-rings
• Tuff Stuff Front Bumper – D-rings
• Tuff Stuff 9500lb winch - 85' of 3/8" Aircraft quality steel cable
• Super Cool ROTC Stickers
• 20 Gallon Fuel Tank Mod
Brief History of Our Jeep
Bought the Jeep as a Father & Daughter project in 2010 for $600. It had been wrecked by the PO and had sat out in the CA desert for at least 2 years. Missing a lot of stuff, needing a lot of TLC, we set out together to build the most reliable, safe, and fun Jeep we could afford. Our original budget was $3,400 but we have spent roughly $5800 on her. My Daughter learned a lot about working on her Jeep, and our relationship is much better now than it was before we started the project. My daughter named her Jeep Alice, after the rough and tumble main character of the Resident Evil film series. I got out of the service in 1990 and almost bought a Solar Yellow 1991 Jeep Wrangler. I guess some things are just meant to be.
We have kept Alice pretty much stock. My belief is that you only change or modify a vehicle based upon need. So far, the trails and obstacles we have faced in Alice have been manageable with some well-chosen lines and airing down. The most recent mod was the addition of the RE Sway Bar Quick Disconnects due to our experiences on some more difficult terrain. If and when we find ourselves needing a lift kit, or blow up our D35, we know where to go for help getting it set up correctly.
My daughter has stated she will NEVER sell Alice. I believe her.
-YJ year of production
The last of the great AMC's 1987
-Specifications and modifications
Motorcraft 2150 carb
Yokohama Geolander AT-S 31x10.5x15
custom front/rear tube bumpers
OME 2.5" lift
1.5" body lift
OME tc drop
Rancho RS5000 shocks
Rancho steering stabilizer
New lamps all around including LED tail lights (which by the way are FRIGGIN' AWESOME!!!0
A to Z Fabrication rock slides (custom powder coated to match the soft top as much as humanly possible)
Custom trimmed and painted fender flares to match rock slide lines and finish
Rugged Ridge high back "racing" seats
Cobra 29LX CB
4' Fire Stick (tuned and clear as a bell)
general mechanical improvements
-Brief history of your jeep and how it came to be.
After selling Lazarus in 2010, our revived '95 2.5L beast that billy goated anything it saw, but got the cancer real bad, there was a hole. It took 18 months of casual, and not so casual, looking before I found "my best friend." She was powder puffed from birth spending every winter cooped up in a garage in Northern Illinois only coming out when the sun was high and streets were clean. Given to a high school kid by his uncle, the kid didn't have the funds to perform the $500-1,000 worth of maintenance it needed so he sold it to me on Mother's Day 2013 for $4,200. Yup, $4,200 for a 1987, pristine body, 130k, mostly unmolested, Wrangler. I was giddy.
Since that day, all the improvements listed above have been done to her. Everything by my own hand. And everything to the numbers. No reverse engineering. My most recent upgrade, the Motorcraft 2150 carb, took my WAY beyond my comfort zone, but I got the job done in about 4 hours. Man what a rush! The feeling of getting the job done solo and the subsequent performance upgrades are outstanding!
-Three pictures [IMG] tags embedded onto entry
The first two pics below were taken by my 10 year old daughter. She's got the bug, both shutter and Jeep. The back story is kind of funny. We met a new group of local off roaders to head to The Badlands in Attica, IN. It turned out to be a 24 Jeep convoy containing 20 JK/JKU's, 3 TJ's and 1 YJ. We met up at 4:00AM and created an awe inspiring, 1/2 mile plus, line of Jeeps rolling through Northern Illinois and Central Indiana. By the time lunch came around, the general consensus about my YJ was this: "F*** those LED's are bright!" and "Damn that little YJ just won't quit, will it?" They were all pumped up about their $50-70k rigs and I rolled this, now, $7k antique right beside, in front and around them all day long with 1/2 the lift and tires up to 6" smaller.
The last shot is trail poser from earlier this year when the snow was still on the ground. It was taken at The Cliffs off road park in Marseilles, IL, which is basically a clay/mud bath.
I would post up some clean, and naked, shots of my rig, but the rules are "three images".
I hope you enjoy my rig as much as I do. She makes me smile every time I see her