Well this will be a slow build based on money and time but I thought I would start a thread to track it all with.
As if was when purchased - 95 YJ bought in Dec 08 almost stock. Has add a leaf stock spring packs, 4.0 I6, manual shift, 31X10.50 tires, chrome wheels, no rust what so ever, stock interior with A/C, carpet, original seats, hardtop, softtop, bikini top, stock bumpers.
Mods to date - Rattle canned hardtop paint job, hand throttle, bug shield, black head light bezels, tinted windows, new front brakes (rotors, pads, calipers) and LED dash lights on order.
Plans - 3.5" BDS lift, Brandon Boom 1" lift, 1" BL, 33 or 35" tires, black wheels, driving and fog lights, front and rear bumper upgrade with winch, D30 Aussie Locker, rock sliders and loose the nerf bars, and long term if needed axle upgrades to 8.8.
Below is pics from today - Just got windows tinted.
Hand Throttle Tie In
Let me know what you think and any new ideas. I am headed for the blackout plan, all black but the body color.
Ya know; you really know how to hit a man where it hurts right off the bat. I almost did not buy this jeep because I thought that it looked a little pink also. The first thing I did was research this color and it is known as Bright Mango. I have seen a couple more the same color locally but I assure you there are not many. At some point I probably will get it repainted but haven't decided on a color yet that will really set off the black highlights and still be unique.
Besides, I am in touch with my man hood, and drive it with honor!!
You are right, it is currently way to clean, did that to get the windows tinted, hated to take them a mud ball to work with.
Well just got the led dash bulbs installed (red) only 3 problems when finished. I broke the twist lock on the one to the heater, tried to superglue it and I think it held but that light is not burning for some reason. Also must have missed a bulb on the speedometer, the top left half is red but the mileage and the bottom right side is still white. I guess I will tear back into it in a few days, first I am going to try to find another twist lock for the heater controls.
Wahooooo I found bumpers today that I liked and got a great deal on them also.
I have installed 2 130Watt day lighters on the windshield and also installed my front and rear bumpers, replaced a broken taillight, finished my LED dash lights, installed a 6 speaker sound bar and replaced my dim headlights with bright ones.
Funds are drained, but I feel the 3 to 4" susp lift, 1" BL, boom shackles and 33 X 12.50's next.
I will be leaving on a 6 month deployment this summer and hopefully can save the money then for all of the above. Like I said - slooooow build
Hank Approves of his Ride
Also want to add FOG lights on bumper soon.
New Rear Bumper
The yellow lite covers are going, I ordered the black rock guards for them.
What is the largest diameter shackle that I can get my hands on. The holes in the front bumper are extremely large. Probably 1" or 1 1/8" anyway. Does anyone know where I can find some this large or what I can use as bushings to keep them from just flopping in the hole.
Well I figured I needed to add some updates to this thing.. I have not been good about keeping it all up as I go.. As a matter a fact I found some pics of when I first bought the heep so this is going to get a little out of sequence.
Bought my YJ in DEC 08, and this is how it was then.
First Mud on the tires
When I first started working on it. It got new brakes all the way around, to include rotors, calipers, wheel cylinders, pads, shoes. It also got all fluid changed, filters, serp belt, plugs, plugwires, rotor bug, dist cap.
Rattle canned the hard top with Rustoleum Hammered Black. I must say it has held up well so far and I like the hammered look.
Built a homemade hard top lift in my shed for less then $100 that includes the hand winch. Works Great
Next came the 4" RC lift..
SS front brake lines
After Lift Installed
I guess I better break this thing up in more then one post.. I think this one is getting long..
As you might can tell in the pics above, I also ripped all the carpet out. That was a plus as you will see later in this post.
Other mods I haven't mentioned is LED Red dash lights, new 6 speaker sound bar, and a rechargeable LED 4 Cell Mag light mounted beside the drivers seat.
Ok, more pics:
After the lift as most of you have probably read, I have had a huge problem with vibes.. Which has led to this: The install of a SYE and CC/DS
As you can tell from above I still have the wrong angles and a small vibe.. Plan now is to replace the 6* shims that came with the RC lift with 10* shims... According to Mr. Tom Woods and his wisdom that is what I need to correct my problem. This is a temp fix until I can get new axles and 4.10 gears installed. Then I will reweld the spring perches to fit properly.
I also installed 1" Brandon YJ booms.
Next I took it out wheelin this weekend, and this is the reason I am glad that I pulled the carpet out.. I dove off in a creek that I had been in several times before and now with 5" of lift, I thought no problem. But I didn't take into count the rain we have had lately. The creek was up and water filled the floor board and I thought was going to go over the hood and swamp the motor. It couldn't have been to far from the breather intake.
More wheelin pics
And that is pretty much where I am at, waiting on the 10* shims to show up. This will probably be the end of my build for awhile, at least until I get back from a deployment in about Feb 10.
Yeah, I did get a little a head of the game plan.. But it has come to a screeching halt now for a while.
And yes Hank loves cameras, he is a one of a kind, best dog I have ever owned!! On top of that he was a stray, I ran him off for a week before I decided to keep him..
Labs are camera hams! They love attention. My wife rescued a yellow female off the side of the road not long ago and she had 10 black and chocolate puppies! They are good dogs except fot that they like to dig.
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