This may be the least exciting YJ Build thread on the board but I want to be able to track my status over time and have a record of where I started and what I have done. Here is what I have to work with.
Aside from the lift shackles and a new carburetor this thing is pretty much stock as far as I know, but I haven't really dug into it yet.
My first real project should arrive next week, I ordered a:
Genright Rear cross member plate kit
Since I have a YJ the frame tie-ins don't bolt directly to the frame like they do on most vehicles, so I plan to have the new cross member plate welded to the frame, and I will probably mod the tie-ins so that they will fit between the shock mount and the cross member so that they can be welded to the frame as well.
My thinking is that once this is done I should have the strength in the rear to mount my hitch receiver for now, and then pretty much any aftermarket bumper that I may want in the future.
(I found a receiver hitch for pretty cheap, the one stipulation that the wife put on me when I proposed getting a jeep is that she wants to still be able to go out to the river in my boat, so I have to be able to tow a bass boat)
My next project will be adding family bars to my existing roll cage and adding strength to the rear of the roll cage.
I still don't know enough to know what I do or do not want to do for sure, but from a beginners standpoint I can see that I probably want to do a ford 8.8 swap and an SOA lift.
I have already done a couple of small things I will post images when I get a chance.
Should be fun,
I welcome any input from those more experienced than I am, (pretty much anyone).