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post #1 of 17 Old 02-08-2013, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Needing advice for a jeep build beginner

I recently got a 95 bone stock yj and I'm desperate to begin my build to make my jeep my own. I'm only 17 so I'm running on a moderately tight budget and I don't have much of an idea to what I'm doing revolving around working on jeeps. I'll add more details in the post below.

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post #2 of 17 Old 02-08-2013, 03:35 PM
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i Feel your Trouble. been into jeeping for about a year now. im 17. make sure you buy quality parts your first time IMO. getting a decent lift is alright but dont settle for a POS lift. im content with my 2 inch lift on 32's.
how often will you be wheeling?
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post #3 of 17 Old 02-08-2013, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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And all I do know (which is very little) has came from researching everything I could from this forum. My initial plan is to put on a 4 inch lift to go with some 33s. I've read several places and have seen people with problems of having to replace axles to accommodate the new wheels, brake lines, sway/traction bars etc. I don't plan on any kind of rock crawling just the occasional "mudding" with friends as this jeep is my daily driver. Any help will be greatly appreciated! 😄
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post #4 of 17 Old 02-08-2013, 04:10 PM
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As a Jeep novice who is currently "restoring" a second YJ, my main advice would be to do things right the first time, you'll save time, money and aggravation in the long run.


I've cut corners many times, and can't think of a time when I didn't have to go back and fix what I "fixed".
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post #5 of 17 Old 02-08-2013, 04:11 PM
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You can build any jeep on a budget it just takes time.

You are going to want to make a solid plan and stick with it. Don't go cheap at all!! The most expensive single purchase you'll make will be a SYE followed by a 1" daystar body lift which I highly suggest especially for a mudder. Lot easier to wash.

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post #6 of 17 Old 02-08-2013, 04:19 PM
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woo Im not the only 17 year old on here lol xD
as stated above don't buy crap.
you get what you paid for right?
fill in your profile and these guys will help you eminsely(spelling...) best fourm out there!
read the (what did you do to your yj today)
make sure to use the search feature.

I have a 92 with the 2.5 and 30inch tires. it is more capable than I thought it would be.
things iv done that I recommend.
adios the track bars .
do the (headlight relay mod).
cut your fender flairs to allow more room.
research about the lift you plan on.
Im saving for a 3 and 1/2 inch lift from bds. its on the expensive side but they have a lifetime warente.
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anti that's the next thing on my list before the lift
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post #7 of 17 Old 02-08-2013, 04:23 PM
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woo Im not the only 17 year old on here lol xD
as stated above don't buy crap.
you get what you paid for right?
fill in your profile and these guys will help you eminsely(spelling...) best fourm out there!
read the (what did you do to your yj today)
make sure to use the search feature.

I have a 92 with the 2.5 and 30inch tires. it is more capable than I thought it would be.
things iv done that I recommend.
adios the track bars .
do the (headlight relay mod).
cut your fender flairs to allow more room.
research about the lift you plan on.
Im saving for a 3 and 1/2 inch lift from bds. its on the expensive side but they have a lifetime warente.
edit:
anti that's the next thing on my list before the lift
I think someone has actually been reading what I write.

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post #8 of 17 Old 02-08-2013, 04:33 PM
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Umm when I started out I had no idea what I was doing or what I wanted. I Cathy the bug tho and kept building and spending $$. Like others said, buy quality parts. Do it once. Do it right. Also, my biggest piece of advice is to build it to do what u like to do whether it be muddin, crawling, etc. I prefer crawling rocks/dirt so I kept that in mind when I put things together.

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If they're gonna bend you over for that much, I'd definitely pay extra for the lube!!
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post #9 of 17 Old 02-08-2013, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the help guys. Really looking forward to getting this project started, sounds like its really important to take your time and get the right quality mods the first time around. Right now I'm just trying to get the jeep looking good, then whenever I get a job, start the real fun stuff! What kind of a setup would be better for a trail riding and mudding ride versus rock crawling?
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Fortunately I live in East Tennessee which seems to be a hotbed for trails and pits versus desert style rocks so I gotta roll with what I got! Lol
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post #11 of 17 Old 02-11-2013, 08:50 AM
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I recently got a 95 bone stock yj and I'm desperate to begin my build to make my jeep my own. I'm only 17 so I'm running on a moderately tight budget and I don't have much of an idea to what I'm doing revolving around working on jeeps. I'll add more details in the post below.
Depending on how tight your budget is, start deal hunting.

Look for a deal on rim and tires. Wait till you find a steal and grab them up. Then order the lift. No reason to buy lift springs if you don't have the rubber to put under them.

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post #12 of 17 Old 02-11-2013, 08:22 PM
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Jeeps can get expensive real quick...we are all on a budget of some sort. For budget parts, try Craigslist. Also remember that many TJ parts will fit on your YJ. I haven't tried junkyard hunting yet, but that may also be a good way to find some parts. Good luck!
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post #13 of 17 Old 02-11-2013, 10:04 PM
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Start off with craigslist and harbor freight. CL for parts and HF for tools. You can get lots of inexpensive tools to do your own work on the YJ. (don't buy a welder from them) Take care of the maintenance, then mod as you wish. Get some trail time in, you'll be surprised how well even a stock YJ can do and how much beating it can really take.

I would do maintenance, then 3.5" lift with 1/2boom shackles, 33s, some rock sliders, front and rear bumpers. Go from there...

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I recently got a 95 bone stock yj and I'm desperate to begin my build to make my jeep my own. I'm only 17 so I'm running on a moderately tight budget and I don't have much of an idea to what I'm doing revolving around working on jeeps. I'll add more details in the post below.
I have a 1988 jeep yj. I have had it for about a year now. I'm 16 and I'm always doing something to it. I currently have a 2 inch lift with a 3 inch body lift sitting on 33s. My budgets pretty tight as well. Unless you have any immediate problems that need to be taken care of you can get a nice lift at http://www.jeep4x4center.com/?gclid=...Fc6DQgod90MABg. All in all it's going to runn you around 1,700k once you get tires and rims.
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