Hey guys, I'm Dave, and I just joined the Jeep brotherhood. I just bought a 1989 YJ. She's tired and beat, but she's all mine! It has the 2.5L and 5 speed. I'm totally new to off-roading in general, and new to Jeeps in particular, so let the learning begin! This will be a dual purpose vehicle, but, first things first. I've backed it into my garage, in preparation for a tub-off restoration. It needs it. It has introduced me to Jeep rust, and being a Long island Jeep most of its life, it has the usual Jeep rust issues, with a couple holes thrown in. Rust not only gnaws at steel, but it gnaws at my psyche. But, its nothing that a plasma cutter, a mig welder and a sheet of 1/8" steel can't fix, so I'm game!
My plans, although sketchy and subject to change at this point, include upgrading the axles. I'm thinking Dana 44 front and 8.8 rear. The 2.5L and 5 speed will be replaced by a mildly built 318 and automatic (904 or 999?). The 318 was given to me for free, and it has only 53k miles on it, so that's one thing I'm definitely incorporating into the build. Also want to give the Jeep a 5 or 6" lift, although not sure at this point if I should go SOA or use one of the kits that use high arch leaf springs, like what BDS makes. 35" tires are in the plans, as well as a more substantial rollcage than the current sport rollbar. Again, this is just a thumbnail outline, and subject to many changes along the way.
Anyway, here's a couple pics of my new toy.