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post #1 of 57 Old 12-06-2010, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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My very slow 87 YJ Build Thread.

Well, I figured it was about time to post up my very slow moving project.


This is my 1987 YJ that I purchased back in June of 2000 with 153,000 miles with various minor issues.
Over the last 10 yrs I have been busy fixing various items in no particular order:
• Starter
• Ring Gear on the Flywheel Radiator
• Ring and Pinion on the rear D35 ( I know I should not have wasted my time but I did not know that at the time)
• Sun Rider Soft top (still have the Hard top)
• Bikini Top
• Remanufactured 258 Engine (after the number 3 piston went through the cylinder wall)




• Weber 32/36 Carb
• Nutter Bypass
• 1” Body and Motor mount lift
• Syncros were going in the original trans so I picked up a $50 swap-meet Peugeot to temporarily hold off on doing a AX-15 swap (has held up for 25k miles so far).
• Homemade Sound Bar, Whiteface Gauge overlays and various other minor things.



• Rear Bumper with Receiver and D-ring tabs
• New Heater Core and Upgraded Blower motor (Definitely worth the time)

I know have over 200,000 miles on this Jeep, so the time has come to do a proper rebuild, as my current frame is rusting at the skid plate. As this Jeep is mostly my DD I wanted to try and minimize my down time with the project. So I picked up a frame that was in very good condition, and will start from there:

had it sandblasted



and just finished coating it with Chassis Saver (from Monster Paints) and top coated that with Chassis Black.


After Chassis Saver from Magnet Paints

And Top coated with Chassis Black for UV Protection



Today I ordered a Remanufactured AX-15 and NP231 from Jeep transmission shop in Montoursville, PA.
Next on the list is to order a 2.5” Lift to replace the stock springs that are in very poor condition as are the shocks. I am looking at OME, Skyjacker, RE or BDS haven’t made a decision as yet (leaning towards OME).
I have to see how funds go but I would really like to put an 8.8 in, but at the moment the D35 is solid.
I do not plan on rock crawling, and no major off roading. Plan on 31-33” tires again depending on Funds.
Well that’s all for now I will post any more progress pics up as they happen, but do not expect too much until Feb.

Thanks for looking, any and all comments welcome.


1987 YJ, 258, Weber 32/36, HEI, Custom Sound bar, Hardtop/Sun-rider/bikini tops, 2" Lift, 1/2" Boomerangs, 1" Body & MM Lift. 32x11.5x15 Copper STT's on Black Rock 950 Lobos w/4" backspacing, Still need Front Bumper and Seats.

My build thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/m...hread-1137667/
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post #2 of 57 Old 12-06-2010, 07:04 PM
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looking good man. I would stray away from Skyjacker IMO, thats what my PO put on my YJ when I bought it. OME or RE should be way better. Also good build so far even though there isn't a difference in the years of the YJs by much, I still like seeing 87 yjs haha. makes me not feel alone. i want to see more! ha.

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post #3 of 57 Old 12-06-2010, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the heads up on the lift, I really am leaning towards OME (great reputation) or BDS (Great Warranty).
Yeah with the Holidays upon us and the frigged temps in the garage, I will be spending the next two months accumulating parts, then by the end of Feb I should be good to go...

1987 YJ, 258, Weber 32/36, HEI, Custom Sound bar, Hardtop/Sun-rider/bikini tops, 2" Lift, 1/2" Boomerangs, 1" Body & MM Lift. 32x11.5x15 Copper STT's on Black Rock 950 Lobos w/4" backspacing, Still need Front Bumper and Seats.

My build thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/m...hread-1137667/
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post #4 of 57 Old 12-06-2010, 07:15 PM
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yea one of those two will be good. which ever one you can afford that isn't too much. haha. thats how i do it.. at least your getting rid of you BA.. im stuck with mine. ha.

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post #5 of 57 Old 12-06-2010, 07:37 PM
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looking good, did you get a good deal on the ax15 and NP231?

Also, I've never seen that internal frame coating before. How was it applied? Just sprayed as far as you can into the frame or is there a way to make sure it will coat the entire inside?

""Leave it stock, it will live longer. Just understand that its never gonna be as fast as a minivan""
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post #6 of 57 Old 12-06-2010, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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The Frame coating is from Eastwood and has an 18" nozzle to reach inside, it did a good job I think.
I'm paying 1,395 for a rebuilt set with an external slave, that was a sale price. been watching the auction site and I think that was fare, plus I can pick up and save shipping.

1987 YJ, 258, Weber 32/36, HEI, Custom Sound bar, Hardtop/Sun-rider/bikini tops, 2" Lift, 1/2" Boomerangs, 1" Body & MM Lift. 32x11.5x15 Copper STT's on Black Rock 950 Lobos w/4" backspacing, Still need Front Bumper and Seats.

My build thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/m...hread-1137667/
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post #7 of 57 Old 12-09-2010, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Powder Coated Valve Cover

Here are a few pics of my Aluminum Valve Cover after I had a small local shop Powder Coat it for me. I was getting tired of trying to keep the aluminum one from oxidizing. I think it turned out pretty good for $40 bucks.





During the rebuild I plan on getting a lot of the other brackets powder coated as well.

1987 YJ, 258, Weber 32/36, HEI, Custom Sound bar, Hardtop/Sun-rider/bikini tops, 2" Lift, 1/2" Boomerangs, 1" Body & MM Lift. 32x11.5x15 Copper STT's on Black Rock 950 Lobos w/4" backspacing, Still need Front Bumper and Seats.

My build thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/m...hread-1137667/
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post #8 of 57 Old 01-07-2011, 10:00 AM
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Are the white face gauges hard to see at night? I've heard a couple people say this
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post #9 of 57 Old 01-07-2011, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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I still have the stock bulbs in with the blue caps taken off, I do not have any issues at night. I do plan on upgrading to LED lights in a few months so we'll see.

1987 YJ, 258, Weber 32/36, HEI, Custom Sound bar, Hardtop/Sun-rider/bikini tops, 2" Lift, 1/2" Boomerangs, 1" Body & MM Lift. 32x11.5x15 Copper STT's on Black Rock 950 Lobos w/4" backspacing, Still need Front Bumper and Seats.

My build thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/m...hread-1137667/
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post #10 of 57 Old 03-26-2011, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I picked up a skid plate that was in good condition, had it sandblasted last week and painted it with chassis saver today.





I will be ordering my BDS 2" lift this week, along with various other parts (Brake lines, Power Steering Pump and Fuel sender) and I did order a set of 1/2" Shackles from Bersk (thanks Eddie). I am on the fence about upgrading to the Durango Steering box as I will only have 31-32" tires (not planning on anything bigger at this point).
Well that's it for now as the title states my "slow build", trying to fit it in between work and other stuff...

1987 YJ, 258, Weber 32/36, HEI, Custom Sound bar, Hardtop/Sun-rider/bikini tops, 2" Lift, 1/2" Boomerangs, 1" Body & MM Lift. 32x11.5x15 Copper STT's on Black Rock 950 Lobos w/4" backspacing, Still need Front Bumper and Seats.

My build thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/m...hread-1137667/
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post #11 of 57 Old 08-20-2011, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Updated Progress

Wow I haven't posted in a while. Well I got a newly rebuilt AX-15 and NP231 to go into the rebuild:



Also got my BDS 2" Lift Kit and a set of nerf Bars from Daystar/Four Real Steel (not sure If I like them or not)



My current axles are 3.07's and were terrible with the 29's I have on there and I would like to go to 32's or 33's. So I picked up a set of axles from a 94 with 3.73's (at some point in the future I will upgrade to a 8.8 for the rear just not now) Tore them apart and sandblasted and painted (Ft is not done yet)
Before:


After:



Only issue I have right now is I can not get the lower Shock mount to line up, it is hitting the axle?


Any ideas? Thanks Jim

1987 YJ, 258, Weber 32/36, HEI, Custom Sound bar, Hardtop/Sun-rider/bikini tops, 2" Lift, 1/2" Boomerangs, 1" Body & MM Lift. 32x11.5x15 Copper STT's on Black Rock 950 Lobos w/4" backspacing, Still need Front Bumper and Seats.

My build thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/m...hread-1137667/

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post #12 of 57 Old 08-20-2011, 08:02 PM
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I had the same issue when fitting my aftermarket shocks to my D35. Honestly, in the end I cut off the factory shock mounts and put new ones in, clocked up quite a ways as I didnt' want them dragging in the mud anyway. The tabs I cut out with torches and ground semi-smooth, as the 35 isn't staying anyway. For the 8.8 I plan to install i'll grab tabs (they're $7 a pair, much easier).

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Would some degree shims rotate the axle up enough to engage the shocks? Just a thought??

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post #14 of 57 Old 08-22-2011, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Ok I think I figured it out, Had to cycle the suspension a couple of times and it seems to fit OK now. This is a frame up build so there is really no weight on it yet so I think that may have been it? Time will tell.

I should have the Front Axle back from the shop with in a week that will get this thing down on all fours, then I can start the tear down on the daily driver and begin the transplant!

1987 YJ, 258, Weber 32/36, HEI, Custom Sound bar, Hardtop/Sun-rider/bikini tops, 2" Lift, 1/2" Boomerangs, 1" Body & MM Lift. 32x11.5x15 Copper STT's on Black Rock 950 Lobos w/4" backspacing, Still need Front Bumper and Seats.

My build thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/m...hread-1137667/
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post #15 of 57 Old 08-25-2011, 09:34 AM
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Jim, I think you are correct about your shock clearance issue- once there's a Jeep on that frame, it will sit properly.
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