Hey everyone IM AmmitOsiris, AKA Jake the snake And this is my 1990 yj that has been dubbed The CALICO JEEPY
Sorry for the long winded post in advance. I have done majority of the work either by me or with my brothers help. she is and will always be a work in progress, specs: 4.2L L6 with compcam 260h cam bored .30 over with a pacesetter header and flowmaster muffler, sounds like a mini v8 at idle.. Not so much driving... AX15 tranny
some off brand 33x12.5x15's on a 15x8 wheel with 2.5 inches of backspacing
Smittybilt xrc bumper special thanks to canman I have a spice colored bikini, windjammer, and duster
Rustys offroad tierod conversion kit
2.5 put together lift one inch lift shackles, thanks to canman
Blue and red paint job. Hence CALICO JEEPY
Has an alpine deck with some 300 w max boss amp an xcursion audio 10 and 2 little Boston acoustic dash speakers, that may be blown..
All radio stuff but the actual radio was free.
And has a cobra 29 LCD lx cb in it. Kinda reminds of a futuristic radio
And has a mile marker 9.5k lb winch on the front, Hi lift is in the garage, as well with other items.
Has 2 KC day lighters
An advanced adapters sye and Cherokee front shaft cut to fit.
I will be adding lights and some other goodies here and there like a custom center console, oh and don't forget the 8.8 and upgrade to 4.10's .
A little back story
My jeep and I have been through a lot, I first came into contact with it 5 years before I actually got it, when I first saw it is when we were buying my mom cats, it was just sitting there and in the middle of 2 foot tall weeds, well fast forward to the year I got my jeep, I had asked the people to keep my 4-h animals there and they agreed and that is when I started getting more interested in it, she was sitting there all stock except for the old d-window steelies and rotten discoverer a/t's all blue and i loved it. Well my parents played this cruel trick on me saying I was getting my dads ranger for my first car.. I was like damn it.. Oh well, so I priced out upgrades for the ranger and then we get to the day of my birthday and we were all happy and my dad gave me the keys to the ranger and he told me to go into the garage.. So I did.. And there in that spot laid the jeep, well I drive it for about a year and my brakes had failed on me and i rear ended a Nissan not going fast( the origin of the red and blue paint scheme btw) but it messed the jeep up royally, well since then I've done a lot of work to it such as suspension work, new tires, better sound system, bumper and winch and top end rebuild of the engine.
I6 with 19lbs Mustang injectors KnN filter.
NP 231 with hack n tap.
D30 lock-right locker. TJ shafts Tera Flex high
steer, tie rod and drag link. Solid diff cover.
8.8 LS with 4.10 gears
R/C 6in with Ground Pounder Fab Greasable Boom
Shackles M.O.R.E shackle reversal kit
Badlands 12,000 LB winch
Rocker guards with rock sliders ,solid front diff
hand throttle, Best top seats, Tag fender flairs,
3row Champon radiator and family roll bar.
I have owned this jeep sense October 1991.
My 1st Jeep and was my DD for 18 years. I came to the site to find out how to stop bump steer and now so much more has been added and this is just the start!
CAI plus sticker= 25hp
Borla header into dynomax dump
D30/35 4.10's with posi-lock/F and rear locker
4 wheel disc
NP231 with SYE
Balzer custom driveshaft's
Custom 1/4" front bumper
Custom rear with swing away
35" mt/r's on 15x10" weld wheels
Rock Krawler hard arm 8" comp kit
Fox 2.0 coilovers
1" body lift
Im sure there is more im forgetting
Built a couple TJ's and after having my 99' for 12 years, Just got sick of it. Always liked the YJ's inside and out so I went back to a 95' and couldn't be happier!
At least 13 extra HP from stickers(not confirmed...)
30' recovery strap & tree saver
7/8 d-rings, fire ext, first aid, etc.
Replaced drivers floorpan, 20 gallon tank mod
Chrome Delete, Compass+temp rearview mirror
CB, homebrew center speaker pod, RR grab handles, dual tone air horns
spare front shafts and steering
In the near future:
Family roll bar swap and add-ons, monstaliner inside, Winch, HD steering and more
Picked up this YJ almost 2 years ago in great shape. Little did I know I was buying more than a cool Jeep, but a way of life. Drove it stock for a year, then the itch started. At first I kept it simple and wheeled the snot out of it stock, then everything started to snowball. I started gathering parts last fall to lift, then one thing led to another and soon I was spending most of the winter freezing my butt off outside working on this thing. I am no mechanic by any means so almost everything was a struggle. It really is amazing how much inspiration and knowledge you can get from this forum, and thanks to a few members for steering me away from a few bad decisions and into good ones. I really wouldn't have this thing if it wasnt for you guys!
In the end, I'm just happy to have a more capable rig for adventures with the family, they really love it too! See ya on the trail
8.8 W/ls 4.10 soon to be 4.88
d30 aussie 4.10 soon to be 4.88
Kickers all around
Led pods and Hella e-codes
Custom Flat Fenders
On the bench:
Custom sport cage
this jeep belonged to my cusion who drove it trough school. when he graduated he sold it to his grandfather to use at there cam ground were it sat most of the time. when he passed we purchased it. after a few months of wheeling it stock the transformation began.
1989 YJ with 1995 tub.
SOA on 35's, 12" Fox Shocks on all corners, SYE, Tom Woods Drive shaft. High Steer steering. Painted Midnight black. Powder-coated fenders/corners/bumper.
Got it near stock 3 years ago. Got into a nasty accident that ended with a hole in my firewall. Decided to rebuild it from the frame up the way that I wanted. She's a work in progress that means a lot to me. Just pulled it out of the shop about 2 months ago.
After beating it like it owes me money for the last couple years and jumping it at the races it desparetly needed some TLC. The final straw was throwing a rod punching a hole in the block forcing the jeep into hibernation over the winter. It got a fresh 4.0 from an XJ, new clutch, engine/trans mounts that aren't flapping in the breeze, frame plating in key areas and a set of premium hubs installed. I'll be sure to get some new pictures and videos over the summer.
1995 wrangler YJ 4cyl
35x12.5x15 BFG KM2
Mickey Thompson sidebiters
Superior super 30/35 combination
30 spline chromoly shafts
ARB air lockers front/rear
Solid diff covers
Upgraded brakes and e break.
Stainless steel brake lines
3.5in BDS Springs
M.O.R.E. 5/8in Boomerang Shackles
Ballistic Fab Chevy 1-ton steering set up with flipped knuckle
Tom Woods CV shaft
Under cover Fab extra clearance skid and engine skid
Herculiner red bed liner
Smittybilt xrc seats
Blue sea fuse box
Led rock lights
Led floods, spots, and 10in bar.
Custom stinger bumper and swing out by Eddie @ Ground Pounder Fab.
Smittybilt x2o 8k winch
Union specific tri bell train horn.
Brown dog motor mounts
FF DYNAMICS stage 2 e-fan
Champion auto 3 core ALU radiator
Tri county Fab inertia ring.
SuperBright led gauge lights
Custom motor built by m&d automotive
A to Z sliders
GPF fire extinguisher mount
Custom center console
Motor City Reman upgraded alternator
1in daystar body lift
Teraflex hand throttle
Poison Spyder hood louver
Full rockhard cage with harness bar and 5pt harnesses.
Poison spyder steering box skid
PSC Steering box
10 Lb Powertank
Currie Rock spring plate skid plates
M.O.R.E. rear upper shock extensions
-I purchased the jeep as a way to focus in when I changed schools, meet some new people, and learn a thing or two. It because a trial by fire as I soon broke about as much as I could on the thing. Truly the jeep saved me from myself. It's shown me a whole new world of things that I never thought possible and given me an outlet for my creativity. The jeep started as a neglected REPO that had sat for a year before I got it. The PO upgraded the axles and that's about all the good from them. The first year was spent fixing the PO mistakes and then the second year was spent fixing my own mistakes. Slowly learning and fixing one bolt at a time. The second year was the year of the bolt on, everything smitty built and nothing skidded. That lasted until I blew up the engine last year and decided to focus more on deep rock and harder lines. Then started the year of replacement. What I broke, I upgraded. What I didn't like to look at every day I sold, mods I said I would "someday" have I chased down and made mine. It's been a learning experience with companies that state they're product is the best on the market and you'll never have any issues with it, then I brake it in less then a week. It's a labor or love that I've got more plans for then I know what to do with.
1989 Jeep YJ
2.5L TBI 4cly
AX5 trans with external slave swap
NP231J with JB conversions HD SYE
XJ 760x ujoint axle shafts
Alloy USA tube seals
Ford 8.8 with disks
All water tight with extended vent lines
Custom front and rear drive shafts
Goodridge extended brake lines front and rear
ARB Safari snorkel
3.5" H.D. BDS lift
5/8" H.D. M.O.R.E. booms
Teraflex rear shock bar
Aero Racing wheels
Front Smittybilt stinger
Rear Pro Comp bumper
O.R. Fab sport cage
Family roll bar swap
Tuffy stereo console
60" Hi lift on the hood
misc recovery gear
Nothing better than a "YJ" when the SHTF!!!!
91 Renegade 4.0 5 speed
4" Race Car Dynamics (RCD) Suspension Lift
5100 Bilstein Shocks
5/8" Greasable Boomerang Shackles
33x10.5 BFG AT
Smittybilt Rock Crawler front and rear bumpers with welded d-ring on rear.
2004 TJ Brake Booster.
"6 KC Daylighters
Smittybilt XRC10 Winch
Custom rear jack carrier.
Locking Smittybilt Center Console
Alpine Stereo and speaker upgrade
95 Roll Cage and Softopper Soft Top
Grant Corsa GT Steering Wheel
Advanced Adapters SYE in garage with Ford 8.8 and D30 with 4.10s waiting to be rebuilt...then the 35s will go on!!!
OH YEA...custom built Tactical M&P 15 based AR with PhotoShop RPGs!!!
It was purchased 3 years ago stock as a project vehicle so I could teach my teenage son some mechanic skills. Like most teenagers he became infected with the "I Know" virus! Now matter what...he knew it all. After getting it cleaned up the lift was the first thing to go in. I made him do a lot of the dirty work as it builds character. Next major project was the TC as it had a "slapping" chain and broken rear extension housing. Then we got the tires on, roll cage swapped and interior bedlined. Brakes were next with new rotors, pads and calipers. Replaced the single booster with a 2003 TJ which I did a write-up on here. He also learned to drive a stick which he was happy about.
Picked up a Ford 8.8 and Dana 30 with 4.10 gears and an Advanced Adapters SYE kit. The axles are still waiting to be rebuilt.
Well after working on the Jeep my son had a "new appreciation" for what the "old man" knows!!! He even learned to MIG weld. He and I have a much better relationship because of the Jeep. My wife says it's the best money we've spent on one of my many hobbies! Nice when you get their approval!!!
So now that my son had a new found love of working on cars, I had the opportunity to buy a 92 300ZX off my brother who lived in NY city and never drove it. So that became a little project which put the axles for the Jeep on hold. Once the axles, SYE and Tom Woods driveshaft are installed she'll be ready to wheel. For now it's just a fun second vehicle which sees about 5K a year
XJ Ax-15 tranny
NP 231 Transfer case.
Dana 44 rear-open
Dana 30 Front-open
4.10 Gear Ratio
12k pound Smittybilt XRC winch.
48" Hood Mounted High-lift
Tool box mounted in the back
Aftermarket LED Headlights
Silver-star Ultra Bulbs
KC Lights on windshield.
PIAA Lights on front bumper
Blue baja bulbs in all added lights
LED rock lights mounted above the frame
Red LED Neons inside under the dash
Light cover guards on head, tail, and turn signal lights
4 Cheap LED's on roof basket
Smittybilt front stinger bumper.
Rampage rear bumper/tire carrier
Rear corner armour
Home Made Rock Sliders
Powerade Throttle Body Spacer
ARB Safari snorkel.
4 inch skyjacker suspension lift
3 inch body lift.(yeah.. I know. PO's doing. Havnt thought of the best way to remove it.
Track bar and Sway bar deleted
35/12.5/15 Falken Wild-peak AT-2's
15x8 Cragar Streetlock Wheels
34/10.50/15 Super Swampers
15x8 Cragar Streetlock Wheels
MCE Flexible Front 6" fenders.
Xenon rear 4" flat flares
Hardtop, bikini/cargo net top.
Just repainted August 2013
Full doors and half doors
Tj Gas Filler
Drop down tailgate
Bed lined interior.
Cb & Pa Speaker
Neoprene seat covers.
Homemade Para-cord Grab Handles
Sony Head Unit
Speaker box beside rear seat
Thanks to all of you who have helped me with my build so far. Couldn't have done it without all the help ive received. Anyways, My jeep is pretty much a budget build. My name is Jordan, Im 17, a senior in high school(only another month till graduation!!!). I Work as much as possible outside of school to make money for my jeep fund. Takes me a little longer than most to make the money for my build but i take my time and try my best. Got the jeep as stock as i could find. After a lot of trying to talk to my mom about letting me get another jeep, i finally got it. Took a lot to get mom's approval because i rolled my last jeep on my way home from school.. But thats another story lol. Anyways, The Only thing this jeep had done to it was a body lift and it was sticker-bomb'd. As soon as i got it, i began (in my opinion) improving it. Anyways, its not quite where i want it to be, but its getting there slowly, step by step. And for being 17, in school, and building it on minimal funds, im very happy with how its coming along.
-YJ year of production: 1987
-Specifications and modifications:
NP207 transfer case
Motorcraft 2150 carb
D30/35 3:73's. Aussie locked D30
A to Z Fabrication front/rear bumpers
A to Z Fabrication bomb proof diff covers
OME 2.5" suspension lift
1.5" body lift
31x10.5x15 Yokohama Geolander AT/S on Pacer/Cragar 15x8 soft 8's
A to Z Fabrication custom powder coated rock slides
Custom painted Bushwacker pocket fender flares to match rock slides
Rugged Ridge high back seats
Herculined Tub and fender wells
Rancho RS5000 shocks
Custom Laredo decals
-Brief history of your jeep and how it came to be. (optional)
After having to sell our '95 YJ that got the cancer, I vowed I would have another Jeep. It took 18 months before I found the platform I felt comfortable with. On Mother's Day of 2012 we brought home this '87 YJ. Clean as a whistle. No rust on the tub or frame, Midwest born and bred. The PO drove it during the warmer months and garage kept it during the winter.
For the next 6 months I spent almost every weekend upgrading, repairing, undoing sin after sin after sin. The PO had a 3" body lift on it, the most hacked up wiring jobs I'd ever seen behind a dashboard and generally let the little things go. She was finally trail worthy in November of 2012, or so I thought. That Carter BBD turned out to be the biggest Achilles heel while wheeling. The winter projects included a real lift, new carb and countless other little things to waterproof and trail ready her for spring.
By spring of 2013 she was ready for the Midwestern trails and has since been out somewhere getting dirty and flexing her OME suspension almost every weekend. I have gotten to know her pretty well, and she's gotten the feel for my desires as well.
While not sporting the biggest tires, or the toughest armor, on virtually every trip we've taken together, we've left 'em speechless. It always starts the same, JK's on 37's, TJ's on 35's and "off brand" wheeling vehicles look at the cute little YJ on 31's and snicker about how short she is and how I better have brought my strap. By mid-day they're all just standing there dumbfounded as the little YJ that could passes them on the trail and tackles every obstacle they could, and couldn't, overcome without getting the strap on. Oh, she's been strapped before, no doubt, but not from a lack of trying, that's for sure. :-)
I hope you all enjoy her as much as I do. She's a looker and a solid runner, not afraid to tackle a hill or slough one minute, then go out for dinner and drinks the next.
-Three pictures [IMG] tags embedded onto entry
1991 YJ Wrangler with CJ8 single-cab top and bulkhead
SOA stock springs
Ford front shock towers
M.O.R.E rear shock extensions
Bilstien 5125’s 14” front 12” rear
.5” Berserk boomerang shackles
Ruffstuff DIY Ladder-bar
37x12.5x17 Irok Radials
JK Rubicon wheels
Dana 30 4.10 gear ratio
Drilled and slotted rotors
1 ton cross over steering 1.5” x.25” DOM
TJ solid axle shafts with 760x u-joints
Ruffstuff diff cover
Ford 8.8 4.10 gear ratio
Ruffstuff diff cover
Np231 T-case with Teraflex SYE
6 planetary gear and wide chain
Tom woods drive shafts
2.5L with 97k miles
4.0 throttle body
Complete Magnaflow exhaust
Bought the jeep late 11’ for $3,600. Started as rust repair on the rear frame shackle mounts, and ended in a year long complete rebuild of the underside. Along the way I put on a half top and bulkhead from a CJ8 scrambler. I have done all of the work in myself in the driveway. I am now in it about $5,500 total for everything and think it’s worth every penny.