New Members: Help us by letting us help you fill in your profile
So you just bought a Yj and found this website because you've got an issue with it or just want to show it off! Awesome!! Problem is, as good as it looks, you don't know which parts make up your jeep and this don't know which parts to order. I know we have a frequently asked questions section but this would be just a little more interactive in helping you identify stock and non stock components.
Post up your pictures and lets get to work.
This deserves some attention.
And please fill out your Jeep profile, as best you can.
I suppose I can lend a visual aide to the most common axles under rear of the Yj
How about if your unsure if you have stock shackles or what size lift of the shackles? Stock length(no lift is 4 inches bolt center to bolt center). Anything longer is lifted. To determine how much lift. Measure the shackle. Subtract the 4 inches that is stock length. Then divide the remaining length by 2. That's how much lift your shackle is giving. Ex. 6" bolt center to bolt center is 2" longer then stock. Divide by 2 and you get a 1" lift from that particular shackle.
Btw this is a good thread big time.
Its a good idea but its not playing out the way I had hoped. Hmmph.
Forum Searching: An Illustrated Guide
Forum Searching: An Illustrated Guide
As a new member, you have the unique opportunity to start your web wheeling career off right - by using the SEARCH feature to find answers to your questions. You see, as much as you may like to think that your issue, situation, or need is unique unto the world of Jeeps, I'm here to tell you it's not. The issue and your question has probably already been covered about 50-100 times, and the answers, opinions, and knowledge you seek has been cleverly stored, merged, and cataloged for YOUR convenience.
How do I access this information and feast from the trough of knowledge? It's simple.. use the Search features. And here's a very basic lesson on how:
Where Have We Hidden the Search Feature?
You must resist the temptation to press the Start a New Thread button for every squeak and rattle and instead use the Search Button to unlock the mysteries within your Jeep and you!
It is conveniently located to the right of your Forum page. I have put a big red box around it for easier identification. See Image Below:
How Does It Work?
By simply "clicking" on the Search This Forum button, you unlock a text box. See Image Below:
There are nearly unlimited things you can type in that magical little box; however, it's probably best if you use either an "Issue" or an "Item" for your searches. Typing a single word, or an item name will usually net the best results. Too many words confuses the hell out of the programming and may result in a less than useful search results. Lets take a closer look at how to Search these two ways:
In the example below, We use the issue of Overheating as our keyword search. A Keyword is just that; The Key Word in the issue you are having. If you were experiencing a chirping sound coming from your front end, simply type "Chirping sound" and get results.
"Issue Search" Keyword: Overheating
"Issue Search" Keyword: Overheating - RESULTS
Miracle of All Miracles, someone has actually already had an issue with Overheating and started a thread on that subject. Imagine all that space you save on the internet by not posting Overheating again. Read up on the threads, see if your issue is similar (or exactly the same) and then go fix your issues! Take pictures, make notes while you work, and then do something useful like write up a "Thread on How to Install a Water pump on a 2.5l"!
But wait! There's MORE!!
That search took 0.13 Seconds.. Less than a second. (go ahead, look at the image above) Time is Money and at this rate, you can take all that money you saved and buy new Jeep parts. Win-Win!
In the example below, We use the ITEM of a Ford 8.8 Install as our keyword Item search. A Keyword is just that; The Key Word in the ITEM you are interested in learning more about. If you were interested in Lift Shackles, simply type "Lift Shackles" and get results.
"ITEM Search" Keyword: Ford 8.8
"ITEM Search" Keyword: Ford 8.8 Install - RESULTS
Once again, someone has actually already started a thread on that subject.
TIME IS MONEY: That search took 0.17 Seconds.. Become a Paid Supporter with all the money we are saving you!
Want More? GO ADVANCED!!
The Advanced Search feature has been there the whole time. While the basic searches we did above are nice, sometimes you gotta Go Advanced to get the results you need. Lets explore Advanced Searches....
Where is the Advanced Search Button?
As you can see in the image below, The Advanced Search feature has been hiding in plain sight this whole time.
Clicking on the Advanced Search hypertext brings you to the Advanced Search page seen below.
I have divided the page up into 3 sections for this tutorial
This is JeepForum so lets start with the last section first, in the great tradition of the YJ.
Section 3: Search Options
This section isn't really about options, its about MODIFIERS to your search. That's right, you can add modifiers to your search to narrow down the results. These modifiers are:
While section 3 is helpful, you must remember it is usually only helpful if you are using a Keyword as well. For Example: searching for any post from April 2012 until now would net results, but there would be no unifying theme. Searching for Keyword: Shocks for every post from April 2012 until now will net only results from that time frame regarding or including Shocks. I'm sure searching by Tags works as well, Just never had to actually search by tags, so, whatever.
Section 1: Keyword Search
Advanced Search Page Keyword Bix acts just like the Search This Forum keyword box in the Basic searches we covered above.
The ONLY difference, is that with Advanced Search, you can use Section 3 to add modifiers to your Keyword searches. Woot! Yay..
OK now on to the GOOD STUFF!!
Section 2: User Name Search
As with anything, the technically superior, highly skilled, knowledgeable, and ultra helpful will rise to the top of any field. JeepForum YJ Technical Forums are no different. You are new, but I bet you that within a month or so, you will get to know who the real-deal knowledge-based helpful Users are and who is helpful, but not exactly a pro. (BTW, I'm in the latter section)
Once you find those people, memorize their names, and when you have an issue... BOOM! You Section 2 User Name Advanced Search that shiz.
Examples you say...
I am a big fan of Que89YJ on these YJ tech forums. He knows his stuff and is very helpful. So, when I have an issue, I sometimes Advance Search User Name QUE. (see below)
Please Note: You don't need their full User Name to find them!! The Advanced Search User Name Field will Auto-Fill names for you to choose from. I think the Auto Fill choices are based upon the %match of what you typed, but I like to pretend it lists the most popular guy first.
So, Now we have Que89YJ selected as Our User Name Advanced Search, let's see the results:
As the arrows indicate, the results are showing the POSTS that Que POSTED IN. The Threads were started by other Users, but Que has chimed in somewhere in that thread. Again, there is no Keyword focus for these results because we didn't put one in our Advanced Search.
If we Advance Search Keyword: Overheating User Name: QUE89YJ
we get this list below:
These are threads that Que has posted in and that are dealing with or at least have the Keyword Overheating in them.
ADVANCED SEARCH BY USER NAME: THREADS
Some of you may have noticed that you can search by Threads or Posts in just about every search. In my humble opinion, Threads is the way to go - you just get more information.
A point I NEED to make here is that many of these super helpful and uber-knowledgeable people on here actually take time to create Super-Useful and Uber-Helpful Threads. That's right, they do that for you.
How do I find such Pearls of Wisdom and Knowledge? Advanced Search> User Name>THREADS. (see below)
This will give you every Thread Que has Started. A lot of great Information in there. Take note of the second Thread "How to Check Fault Codes" - more people have been sent to read that post than will ever read this. And NOW, you know how to find it on your own!
This works for any User Name. Another great help to me has been Joe Dillard. Here's his Thread Search Results:
Please Note: QUE's Threads came back in exactly .58 seconds and Joe's in .69 seconds. (Joe's a'lil slow at times) That much experience, help, and expertise at your fingertips in just over a second. Use the Search Feature, it's a great time saver and resource.
One LAST thing:
When you do post up a weird issue that you searched and couldn't find, or you comment on another thread, use the My Replies and My Threads features at the top edge of your forums screen. (see below)
It makes keeping up with Threads you start and reading other peoples stuff you comment on or help out a lot easier than trying to sift through the pages. That, and we all hate an unsolved mystery... update your issue threads etc. please.
26.5" from rocker panel to ground
tires are 33 X 12.5 BFG's
2" for tires
1" for shackles
2" for body
That's 23" and you have 26.5 so they're 4" sagged springs.
Anything else you need? Engine? Transmission? Gear ratio?
have some other issues. but I will post them in the proper forum (I hope)
Thanks for your help !
I'm ready to profile people.
Bring it on.
I have a 1991 YJ. I've had for about 6 weeks. Yesterday morning on the way to work it started bucking a bit and acting weird. I pulled over and checked my tires to make sure there wasn't something wrong my tires. Nothing seemed wrong but I headed back to the house to park it and take my car. I made it about 100 feet and heard a real loud thwack. Pushed in the clutch and it stopped. Coasted to the side of the road and got out. My drive shaft was hanging down. The U-Joint at the rear axle broke. My phone was almost dead and it died on my trying to call for help, so I walked home (2 or 3 miles). Grabbed the car, my girl (to drive the car back), and some tools. Disconnected the other u-joint at the transfer case/transmission. I put the jeep in 4H and drove my front wheel drive only jeep home. It seemed to be fine on the way with front driveshaft only so I don't think I damaged anything else. The yoke on the rear axle looks pretty chewed up. I need to figure out what rear end I have. Also I've been planning on getting a speedo gear. The original owner is a well todo guy who isn't very mechanically inclined. He had a shop do all the work on the jeep and only drove it when him and his wife went out to the lake. He told me he thinks it's 4.11 gears in it, but doesn't know for sure.
From what I've gathered from the VIN it's base model YJ. I asked the owner what model it was and he didn't really know. It's got a 4.0L straight six. It's a got a 35" Rough Country lift. 35" BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A tires. These are mounted on Crager 15x8 wheels. I just ordered another rim as he didn't have a spare: http://www.jeep4x4center.com/cragar-...g-3975812.html When I first got it I adjusted the steering gear as there was a little too much play in the steering. The play is gone now. I also adjusted the drag link bar to center the steering wheel as it was a bit off. It seems to bump steer a good bit. From what I understand a high steer setup is the answer to this, but I don't have the cash right now. I bought this Rough Country dual shock steering damper: http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep-dua...zer_87307.html The damper seems to have helped a lot. The bump steering seems to be mostly from wind. Passing semi trucks was the worse. The damper helped a lot but during storms it's still a bother.
Any advice you guys have would be great. There are lots of little things that need to be addressed on it. Another small one of those is the horn. He put a Grant steering wheel on it which I love, but he didn't hook the horn up. I'm not sure what all I have to do get the horn wired up. I've got to fix the drive shaft before I get to that though.
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