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post #16 of 180 Old 02-28-2009, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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are the connectors for the headlights all the same?

you don't have a shot directly from the front, does the grille sit flush on the YJ fenders, from the sides it looks like theres a gap ?
The connectors for the headlights are the same, but NOT the ones for the turn signal lights on the grille. The CJ ones only have two wires coming out of them, and the YJ ones have four!! Thank God I have my '92 FSM, just have to look at it to see what wire goes where. I do know that someone did this on an '87, and it had three wires, two of them were like the CJ ones, but, the third was a ground wire that the CJ lights didn't have as they were grounded through the grille screws.

As for the fenders, I haven't got them pulled into the grille yet. That's going to be the last thing I do tomorrow, after getting the wiring and the radiator straight. Oh, I still have to fab the body mount for the CJ grille, can;t forget that,

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Why didn't you just wait for the CJ fenders? Impatient much?

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Why didn't you just wait for the CJ fenders? Impatient much?
Yes, I should be swapping out my AX15, but, NOOOO, I just HAD to swap out the CJ stuff first, I'm dumb!!

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thats how these things usually go jerry

hopefully we'll be seeing pics tomorrow night
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You either need a body lift, or to cut your grille down, so your hood will lay flat. CJ grilles are an inch or so taller, so you have to make up that hight somewhere.


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You either need a body lift, or to cut your grille down, so your hood will lay flat. CJ grilles are an inch or so taller, so you have to make up that hight somewhere.
It will lay flat, I just haven't pulled the fenders in to mate with the grille yet. I have a 1"BL on now, as well as cut out the section of the grille above the power steering lines on the steering box. One of the guys was right, you couldn't beat that 1" puck between the CJ grille mount and the YJ frame mount if you wanted to!!! That does help alot!!! On thing I noticed to, the Jeep doesn't look to have a flat nose like it did with the YJ grille and hood.

Well, I'm gone, will get you guys pics tomorrow of the finished product,

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Ok, Round 1 is complete.



With all the lights working:





Here is a pic of how close the fan clutch is to the radiator:


What does everyone think? Should I take the fishing rod rack off or not?
Round 2 will commence when the fenders show up this week sometime,

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ooks good but ill bet youll be happier with the cj fenders. How well were you able to make the yj ones fit ? honestly I gotta say loose that rod holder and show off that sweet cj grill. maybe you could make an adapter or modify it to attach to a hitch reciever when you need it or something.
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Ya if you went to the trouble to install a CJ grill you might aswell show it off!

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ooks good but ill bet youll be happier with the cj fenders. How well were you able to make the yj ones fit ? honestly I gotta say loose that rod holder and show off that sweet cj grill. maybe you could make an adapter or modify it to attach to a hitch reciever when you need it or something.
As for the CJ fenders, they are coming, and yes, I'll be much happier with them, these YJ fenders are beat up pretty good.

As for the YJ fenders, I just used sheet metal screws, three on each side, and brought them in. I did that at an angle so they would be pulled up and in at the same time. I used 2" long screws to do this.

As far as the rod rack, I'm thinking it has to go too. It sucks because a local welding shop on the Outer Banks, NC, built it for me custom, before they started to be mass-produced. But, on the other hand, it has issues, someone backed into me, and that aluminum just doesn't hold up to well to any sort of bashing. I might still keep it, maybe, like you said, make it to mount on a 2" receiver, and, then, I can take it off, or put it on when I need it,
It really does hide that grille more then I would like. I'll take it off tomorrow after work, and post more pics.

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That looks really good. What does it look like without the rod holder? Also could you weld something on to it to make it a hitch for the rear? Just a suggestion....

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Take the rod rack off. Functional maybe, but I personally think they look horrible. And yeah, you should show off your new shiny grille, don't hide it!

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Man that rod rack has to go, haha. I think you'd be happier with it in a different location, as oompaloompa said you might be able to mount it on the rear somehow? maybe you could have the same shop modify it for you?

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are you still in florida? if so what are you doing with the yj fenders?
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Thanks for the comments, guys! I think I'll take the rod rack off tomorrow, assuming I can get the bolts off the bumper!

As for the YJ fenders, broken-fish, there's a guy on here that asked about the passenger side fender. To be quiet honest, these fenders are not in real good shape, the passenger side one being the worst. I made that clear with pics, and he wants it still. I'll have the driver's side one available when I swap fenders, if you're still interested. I'll send you pics when I pull them, if you like.

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