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Unread 12-17-2012, 11:28 PM   #1
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December YJOTM winner is LilViper95

A big congrats to our winner who dominated the December contest. You've been entered into the Yj of the year contest starting in a few days.

Please post up some more pics and some videos of that sweet Yj unlimited in action.

Here's a recap


-YJ year of production: 1993
-Specifications and modifications:
I built my Jeep to be essentially a YJ unlimited. I stretched the body and frame 14 7/8". My YJ frame was trashed, the Jeep now sits on a modified TJ frame. I am using an LJ roll bar and soft top along with modified TJ uppers to work with the YJ lower doors. In order to use the TJ frame I also had to swap in a TJ fuel tank and pump.
My jeep is equipped with the factory 4.0L engine, ax15 transmission, np231j transfer case with a slip yoke eliminator.
Rolling stock is made up of (5) 35x12.5x15 BF Goodrich Mud T/A KM2's on 15x8 American Racing baja wheels (for now, plan to buy some bead locks soon)
Rear axle is a Ford 8.8 with an Artec industries TJ swap Truss, front is a HP Dana 30 front out of an XJ. Gearing is 4.10.
During the suspension and frame swap I built a custom belly up skid plate to achieve maximum ground clearance.

I built the rear suspension myself. It is a triangulated 4 link. Lowers are 2" DOM tubing while the uppers are 2x2 square tube. Both are .250" wall. I am using Currie johnny joints on both ends of the uppers and lowers. 3" lift springs front and rear. Currently the front is stock TJ uppers/lowers and track bar. I plan to eventually build a 3 link to compliment my rear suspension.

There has been a ton of body work done to this jeep. I replaced all of the floor pans using the Key parts product. I spliced 2 YJ tubs together to achieve my stretch. I boat sided my rocker panels during my rust repair and floor replacement. The rear corners and rockers are covered in body armor that I built using 3/16" plate. I flush mounted the factory tail lights to the tub. I also replaced the YJ tailgate with one from a CJ-7
Both front and rear HiLine fenders are custom one of pieces that I built.
I raked the grill back by moving the lower mounting point out about 4 inches.
For recovery I have mounted a SuperWinch EPi9.0 winch on a home made winch mount.


-Brief history of your jeep and how it came to be. (optional)

I bought this Jeep as a rust bucket with every intention of repairing and selling it for a profit. The jeep was a mess, frame was junk, floors were non existant, rocker panels were rotted out, rear corners were rotten. Really it was not even a good parts vehicle! I have been building jeeps for 17 years and I was driving a JK unlimited on 37's at the time.
I stumbled upon a build of a YJ unlimited and fell in love. I immediately began gathering parts to build this into one.
It is still a huge work in progress with many planned upgrades. This is strictly a toy for me which is great as I can wheel the heck out of it with no worries about breaking!

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Unread 12-18-2012, 07:00 AM   #2
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Congrats. Great looking YLJ.
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Unread 12-18-2012, 07:04 AM   #3
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Congrats! Amazing build
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Unread 12-18-2012, 07:14 AM   #4
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Congrats! Well done
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Unread 12-18-2012, 07:40 AM   #5
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Thanks!
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Unread 12-18-2012, 09:18 AM   #6
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I will post some pics and videos later...there are a ton in my build thread!
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Unread 12-18-2012, 10:29 AM   #7
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Congrats!! Def. a different style of build & quite an undertaking!
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Unread 12-18-2012, 03:57 PM   #8
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Better than a CJ, less electronics than a TJ, no monthly paments like a JK.

The perfect jeep!

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Unread 12-18-2012, 04:26 PM   #9
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here are some pictures of the old girl!

The night I bought it.


The following day.






floors were toast
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Unread 12-18-2012, 04:27 PM   #10
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Unread 12-18-2012, 04:30 PM   #14
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I almost had it, but my glasses slipped!

Congrats, can't believe how much rot it had to start with, you definitely have it a second life.
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