Well, everyone else and their mother has a build thread and considering I had a marathon build weekend in the garage that included too much money in parts, lots of brake clean, and a few cases of beer, I figured I would post what I have been up to.
I bought this YJ from a member here a couple weeks ago. I bought it sight unseen except for a few photos. Had it delivered by a shipping company, and they dropped it off in front of the house. From there, I drove it a 1/4 mile and put it back in the garage to begin the tear down. Never even put the plate on it yet.
The plan: SOA on the factory springs with an Add A Leaf that the prior owner put on it, my axles from the old YJ (8.8, polished D30 w/ OX and Yukon shafts), Under Cover Fab UHC Skid plate, MORE 1"MML, etc etc.
Sorry for the fuzzy pics, using my blackberry as I found out last summer that my digi cam does not float.....
How it looked in the for sale ad on this forum, (I did not get the Wheels and tires with it)
The tear down began not long after it arrived...
Got the 8.8 from the old YJ stripped and cleaned out.
Got the SYE put on and the 8.8 diff cover cleaned up
Removed the trans and relocated the breather. Had one of the skid plate bolts give me problems. It busted the captured nut loose in side the frame. Stay tuned for a future write up of how to fix it.
Got the axles welded up and bolted in. the trans and T-case is back where it should be, MML is done, and UCF skid plate is up.
Rear is done..
Front is done...
Skid plate is installed but not yet painted. I welded a piece of 1/4"x2" strap across the rear to act as a brace for the anti wrap bar mount. Also note, the YJ has a 1.25" body lift and with this skid, I have to clearance the body to get the CV drive shaft to fit, and completely rework the exhaust. The skid is awesome, but it is requires a bit of work to get it to fit.
Close to ride height measurment of ground clearance under the skid. Probablt gonna be a bit more than this once its on the tires.
For steering, I used the BTF High Steer Bracket. I chose this bracket because I already had my knuckles drilled for use with spherical rod ends (Heim Joints) that were part of the steering set up that I got from BulletProofSteering.com. The Bracket is an engeering marvel. They definately did their homework to make a part that works, and installs easily with no probs. The tie rod is under the springs, the drag link will go over the spring.
Also did a few other things like changed the passenger side axle u-joint, installed the winch, dakota steering box, etc etc. Still need to fab up an anti wrap bar, move the brake lines around, vent lines, change a few things, install a bunch of stuff, plumb this, wore that. Its a never ending list of stuff to do before my memorial day run.
Well, I finally got it out on memorial day weekend and this past weekend. I will post a few pics of memorial day weekend when I get them. But here are the ones I have now from this past weekend from a car show at a local church. Our group is invited to come out and do demos, while the pretty cars sit quietly in the lot. Not much for a trail, just a muddy field, and a short steep hill climb....And a car to drive on....
A few pics from Memorial Day 2010. This is the same waterfall that the old YJ flopped off of after it got hung up on the skid. This time It went up and down with out an issue.
This pic looked alot better in real life. it was just kinda cool cause I stopped and the water was flowing through the wheel. had to be there...
It flexes really well, rides smooth, and drives straight. No steering issues at all, the BTF bracket has completely taken care of any issues for me. Had an over heating issue on the interstate at first. I think the combination of a winch, unused ac condenser, original rad in poor condition, 3spd auto and 4.88's in the diff all attributed to the over heating. A new rad and removal of the condenser seemed to take care of the over heating. The Under Cover Fab skid plate has given me a TON of clearance and let me glide up down some stuff that I other wise would have been caught up on.
Over all, I am really pleased with how it came out. Still have lot of stuff to do, but its up and running and works really well.
No, I have MORE shock mounts on the rear. I welded them so that they are angled up just a hair. They're actuall the sway bar mounts on the factory spring plates. I saw some else had them and decided to do the same. It seem s to work.
Indeed. That was def you. Have you noticed anything about running them like that? I havent driven any more than a 1/4 mile on it as I am waiting for more parts and just measured for rear shocks after I made some new rear upper shocks mounts....
Also, I measured the rocker panels. On 35's at 12 PSI I have 28" of clearance at the rockers, and 22.5" under the skid with an UCF Ultra High Clearance Skid. Anyone else with similar set ups know what their measurments are? I want to see how I measure up.