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Gage56 9 10.34%
Tom95YJ 4 4.60%
Exalteduser 1 1.15%
CrawlingForward 4 4.60%
ashland82391 5 5.75%
skyj 9 10.34%
Norcal_chris 14 16.09%
AmmitOsiris 1 1.15%
95YJMountie 4 4.60%
kgb_m3 8 9.20%
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Unread 09-23-2013, 08:46 PM   #1
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Unread 09-23-2013, 08:52 PM   #2
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1992 YJ 4.0 5speed
aftermarket headlights
4" RC Lift
33/12.50.15 on 15x10 RR D-window's
Kenwood hu
Tj Flairs
Tj Fuel Filler
Led Tails lights
Led Reverse lights
Custom License Plate Mounting
RR Super Sport Seats
Monsta Lined inside tub
Corvette White Paint

The wife and i had a 1992 YJ in the past it was a great jeep but one mishap on the trail one day took out the motor and that was the end. So we sold it and regretted it ever since
i had a 1994 Bmw 325is that was a great car but just was not what i was looking for and then "Emma" showed up on Craigs List, i found a buyer for the bmw @3800.00 and the next day i went to see her.
The lady selling had her listed for 3500.00 with the bran new lift tires and wheels but after looking over her closely i said im sorry but the best i could offer would be 2400.00 and to my surprise the lady said That's fine so i paid her in cash and was on my way home with my new YJ
Since i got her i took on the task of Rebuilding Ground up including frame, tub, and lots of gutting, cutting, grinding, and welding All was done in the driveway with the most basic of tools and ALOT Of Very Long Days and Nights but still only took about 3weeks to put her all back together. All told She turned out Just the way i wanted and im loving it
I still have a bunch of things i want to get done but it is time i put them off for now and work on them at a later time , I need a Break LOL
The day after i got her home

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Unread 09-23-2013, 08:53 PM   #3
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-1989 Island Edition
-4.2L / Ba10 / NP231 / D30 / D35
-Stock Suspension, TJ Rubicon Flares, TJ Grizzly Wheels, Flush Mount L.E.D. Taillights, Bobbed front Bumper, Properly Functioning Carter BBD Carb, Rust Free !

After Years of Regretting selling my 95YJ, I found the perfect project YJ for my son and I . Forsale or Trade in the non running section of the local online classifieds, I proposed a trade of my DD/AutoX Miata He was interested since the Non running/ Rusty Passenger fender made people stray away I saw the potential so we Swapped Titles and Keys, I took the YJ home and replaced a couple vacuum lines, Then it ran like a champ. Last weekend I replaced the bad fender with a used one off a 95 now the YJ is rust free.

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Unread 09-23-2013, 08:54 PM   #4
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91 Islander
98,000 miles
4.0 Auto
3.07 gears
31x10.5x15 Mud King xt
1" Booms from Besrk
One day last year I just decided, I want a jeep!
Then I spent 2 months endlessly searching and found this bone stock Islander and couldnt pass it up(my wallet is still recovering)

I didnt do much to it for the first year except enjoy it.
Payed it off this year and decided I needed to start making it better.
Got rid of the hardtop for soft, ditched trackbars. added BL and shackles, traded my stock wheels for the mud kings(I won that trade), some paint here and BFH there and here she sits.
The sickness is upon me and my wallet is screaming at just my thoughts of what's next!
There is really No good place to wheel near me (Legally) But I make due for now.

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Unread 09-23-2013, 08:54 PM   #5
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'95 YJ Rio Grande
2" BDS w/ 1" shackle lift
235/85/16 BFG ATs on Cherokee Icon wheels
SYE w/ Tom Woods Driveshaft
AA AX-15 Conversion
4.88 Ford 8.8-Aussie Locker - Riddler Cover
4.88 Dana30-Aussie Locker - SOLID Cover
Rockhard4x4 rear swingout bumper
Rockhard4x4 sport cage
A-Z Rockers
KC Daylighters
Hard/Soft/Bikini Top
Full/Half/No Doors
CB/PA, Hi-lift, etc.
Didn't know a thing about autos before I bought my Jeep. Just needed a way to get to the climbing/hiking/backpacking trails. I figured I should be doing a great deal of my own maintenance just as a matter of principle, and in two years went from scared to change my oil, to stripping and building new axles and still got plenty to learn.
I'm a sucker for stock, though. Call it a personality disorder. My worst fear is to become a "Mallcrawler" who just upgrades because that's what you do with Jeeps, right? My upgrades need to be because I'm like, "****, I really need this thing to perform better in this situation that I frequently encounter". It needs to be a practical build.
Daily drove it for 4 years, beat the snot out of it on weekends, drove it cross-country to Texas and now it doubles as a farm vehicle.
In's a Jeep.

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Unread 09-23-2013, 08:55 PM   #6
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1993 jeep yj
Dana 30&35 (8.8 in progress)
3.5" suspension lift with 1.25" shackles
33" rocky mountain falkin tires
Tj Dana 30 one piece shafts
1.5" wheel spacers
custom tube fenders
custom blazer tire carrier
2006 grand prix bucket seats
tj rear flares
Tj sound bar
Custom dual electric fan
WP winch mount, grill hoop, stinger combo
100w kc (thanks Carlos)
Badlands 12,000lbs winch
high lift mounted on tire carrier
100$ role on paint job
Full soft bestop supertop doors and soft top
I purchased the Jeep back in September of 2011. Since then there has been a lot of swearing, sweating, and bleeding but I wouldn't take it back for anything. Wouldn't be half as far into the build as I am now if it wasn't for you guys here of jf. /f12
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Unread 09-23-2013, 08:56 PM   #7
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1990 Jeep wrangler
4.2 w/ 4.0 head swap
MC 2100 carb
AX15 recently rebuild
NP231 with Advanced adapters SYE
E-350 Brake Master cylinder
Saggy Grand Wagoneer springs for 2” of lift and 4” stretch
1” shackle lift
Cut down 2” body lift to 1”

Front axle:
Dana 30 4.56 gears
Lengthened front Cv shaft out of XJ
XJ solid shafts
OTK tie rod flip
Rear axle:
Ford 8.8 with detroit Locker
XJ CV shaft cut and balanced
4.56 gears
Tires and wheels:
35x15.5x15 Super Swamper TSL SX grooved for better traction on snow and ice mounted on
15x10 American Racing aluminum wheels
33x12.5x15 BF Goodrich All-terrain TA my street tires mounted on 15x10 Ultra’s
Modified stock poly tank to accomodate a rear 3-4" stretch (aka dimple mod). Custom homemade front winch bumper, Warn 5687 winch, rear homemade 2x4 3/16 steel bumper with swing away, fiberglass front Flat fenders. stand-alone radiator support, CJ front clip
high lift jack, custom homemade .50 cal ammo can center console with cup holders , pineapple grenade shifters, Grant Steering wheel, Front seats out of 99’ TJ, middle row leather high back rear seat out of '07 suburban. Hybrid TJ/YJ cage.
Future Mods:
Full rear corner armor
Rear tube fenders
I bought this jeep a little over 4 years ago and I have been slowly adding to it as time and money allow. I built this jeep to handle anything Montana terrain can throw at it and the occasional trip to Moab. When I was in high school my dad and I built a CJ5 from the ground up it was a great bonding experience for my Father and I.
Now I have this jeep to slowly build up with my three Sons. Almost every single bolt or piece of equipment has been rebuilt or assembled by me with help from my boys. From welding the custom bumpers, to the suspension, to the 4.0 head rebuild we've done it all.
We recently built a stand-alone radiator support to accommodate a cj front clip.I also installed a middle row high back leather seat out of a '07 suburban for a new back seat. now my kids can comfortably ride with me on those long trail rides. This is why I Love the YJ its such a great platform for you to build your perfect jeep. Right now we are in the process of installing a 5.2L V8 out of a '93 grand cherokee.
I know some of you are going to scoff and mock the cj clip, what can I say I Love it. I have incorporated so many parts form various jeeps into this build my jeep represents what every YJ owner should appreciate a truly home built rig.
I know this jeep inside and out and enjoy working on it. check out my build thread for more info.

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Unread 09-23-2013, 08:59 PM   #8
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np231/dana 300 doubler
Triple stick with Cable shifters Home built
Gm 10bolt front axle
Reid racing knuckle
ORD crossover steering arm
ARP studs
Yukon 4340 Chromo shafts
2in .250wall tierod and draglink
Bilstien steering stabilizer
Plated diff cover
GM 14bolt rear axle
Bottom shaved and smoothed
Detroit locker
Ruffstuff disc brake brackets
GM 3/4 ton rotors and calipers
ORD braided brake lines
Ruffstuff pinion guard
Plated diff cover
Stock YJ springs SOA in front with added main leaf with relocated shackle hangar
Stock XJ springs SOA rear with added mil wrap main leaf.
Front hangars moved back 3in and frenched into frame
Rear crossmember bumper 1.5x4x.250wall with shackle hangars mounted.
Highlined front tube fenders Home built
Miniboatside 3/16 rock sliders Home built
Front stinger Home built
High clearance tranny mount Home built
3/16 reinforced flat belly skid Home built
1 3/4 x.120 Wall DOM cage Home built
Corbeau Baja SS seats tied to cage
Corbeau 4pt harnesses
York OBA with 2g tank
37x12.5x16.5 Goodyear MTRs grooved front
37x12.5x16.5 Goodyear MTs Grooved rear
Recentered H1 double beadlocks with Pvc inserts
Bilstien 5100 shocks
TJ grill
Stock tank moved up into tub
104in wheelbase.
Warn X8000i
Rockstomper Synthetic 3/8 line
Bought this jeep with a 4.5in lift and 33s almost 2 years ago. It started off slow but has been gaining momentum. I have nicknamed the jeep "Snowball" Sold all of what it had and have been wheeling and dealing ever since. I have under $4000 TOTAL spent including the purchase price of the jeep. Budget build x1000. All of the work was done by me in my driveway. I only get a few hours a week to work on it, so I make it count. I try and wheel as often as I can.

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Hey everyone IM AmmitOsiris, AKA Jake the snake And this is my 1990 yj
Sorry for the long winded post in advance.
I have done majority of the work either by me or my brother with my guidance ( he wants to learn so I tech him) I do light stuff he does heavy lifting and anything strenuous. she is and will always be a work in progress,
4.2L L6
compcam 260h cam
a pacesetter header and flowmaster muffler, sounds like a mini v8 at idle.. Not so much driving...
AX15 tranny
some 33x12.5x15 goodyear mtrk/k on a 15x8 wheel with 2.5 inches of backspacing
Smittybilt xrc bumper special thanks to canman I have a spice colored bikini, windjammer, and duster
Gray hardtop
Full doors
Rustys offroad tierod conversion kit
2.5 ome lift
one inch lift shackles, thanks to canman
Blue and red paint job.
Has an alpine deck with some 300 w max boss amp an xcursion audio 10 and 2 little Boston acoustic dash speakers, that may be blown.. All radio stuff but the actual radio was free.
a cobra 29 LCD lx cb in it. Kinda reminds of a futuristic radio
has a mile marker 9.5k lb winch on the front,
Hi lift is in the garage, as well with other items. Has 2 KC day lighters
An advanced adapters sye and Cherokee front shaft cut to fit.
I will be adding more lights and some other goodies here and there like a custom center console, oh and don't forget the 8.8 and upgrade to 4.10's .
My jeep and I have been through a lot, I first came into contact with it 5 years before I actually got it, when I first saw it is when we were buying my mom cats, it was just sitting there and in the middle of 2 foot tall weeds, well fast forward to the year I got my jeep, I had asked the people to keep my 4-h animals there and they agreed and that is when I started getting more interested in it, she was sitting there all stock except for the old d-window steelies and rotten discoverer a/t's all blue and i loved it. Well my parents played this cruel trick on me saying I was getting my dads ranger for my first car.. I was like damn it.. Oh well, so I priced out upgrades for the ranger and then we get to the day of my birthday and we were all happy and my dad gave me the keys to the ranger and he told me to go into the garage.. So I did.. And there in that spot laid the jeep, well I drive it for about a year and my brakes had failed on me and i rear ended a Nissan not going fast( the origin of the red and blue paint scheme btw) but it messed the jeep up royally, well since then I've done a lot of work to it such as suspension work, new tires, better sound system, bumper and winch and top end rebuild of the engine.
Well here she is in all her mental glory
Pic from my friends phone

Tow tuck shot

And poser flex shot... "stuffed"
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Unread 09-23-2013, 09:01 PM   #10
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1995 YJ
4.0L HO, Ax-15
Dana 44 rear, Dana 30 Front
4.10 Gears
Modifications include:
12k pound Smittybilt XRC winch.
48" Highlift
LED Headlights
KC Lights on windshield.
LED rock lights
Red Neons
Light covers on head, tail, and turn
Smittybilt front stinger bumper.
Rampage rear bumper/tire carrier
Throttle Body Spacer
ARB Safari snorkel.
4 inch skyjacker suspension lift
3 inch body lift.
Plated rear corners.
Home Made Rock Sliders.
MCE Flexible Front 6" fenders.
Flow-master exhaust.
Hardtop, soft top, safari top. 35/12.5/15 Falken Wild-peaks.
35/15.50/15 TSL's for offroad trips.
15x10 D-Window Wheels.
Track bar and Sway bar deleted
Tj Gas Filler Mod
Bed lined interior.
Tool box mounted in the back.
Drop tailgate.
Neoprene seat covers.
Sony Head Unit
Sound bar
Pioneer Speakers

My jeep is the definition of a budget build. Im 17, a senior in high school. Work as much as possible outside of school to make money for the jeep fund. Takes me a little longer than most to make the money for my build but i take my time and try my best. Got the jeep as stock as i could find. Only thing it had done to it was a body lift, some 31's, and it was sticker-bomb'd lol. As soon as i got it, i began (in my opinion) improving it. Anyways, its not even close to where i want it to be, but its getting there step by step. But for being 17, and budget building, im very happy with how its coming along, and im definitely not getting rid of it. Out of the other vehicles i have owned/own, this is by far my favorite.

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Unread 09-23-2013, 09:02 PM   #11
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1989 4.2L Auto Canadian YJ new to me Thanksgiving day 2011.
Her progress so far:
- BFG KM2 33" MTs
- Cragar Nomad II 15x8 steel wheels
- ARB OME 36R springs
- 1/2" boom shackles
- Bilstein 5100 shocks
- Rancho RS5000 steering stabilizer
- Nutter bypass
- Motorcraft 2150 Carburetor
- TFi ignition system upgrade
- Flowmaster exhaust
- Hayden 404 transmission cooler
- C&C Fabrication front tube fenders with 3" flares
- Smittybilt rear 3" tube fenders
- Homebrew front bumper
- Homebrew rock sliders/rock guards
- Crown Auto rear bumper w/tire swing out
- D30 front 3.55 gears with Posi-lock & Warn cover
- D35 rear 3.55 gears, non C-Clip LSD for now (8.8 4.10 gears on jack stands, soon to be in)
- OR Fab sport cage w/add-on bars & mole gear
- RRC Seats
- Hella 500s
- OEM hard top with Bestop fiberglass door tops
- Breez-O-Top bikini top
- Bestop full cab cover
- Uniden CB
- Red LED dash/gauge lights
- Optima Red Top
- Sony headunit with Kicker front speakers & MB Quart rears
- Olympic Safari doors w/GSXR mirrors
- Sway bar disconnects & trackbars delete
- Bed-liner throughout the tub
- SuperFlow MV-50 air compressor
- Trail gear, recovery gear, Hi-Lift, etc..

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Unread 09-23-2013, 09:02 PM   #12
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-1995 YJ
-Specifications and modifications:
2.5L/AX5/32" Tires/2" Zone Lift/1" Daystar BL; Brown Dog 1" MML; Lockright front locker; Dirtworx Rear Bumper; TJ Front Bumper; Custom Ammo Can Console;
-Brief history of your jeep and how it came to be.
Was completely stock when I purchased it. Put on 30" tires and took it to a local offroad park. It went up a bunch of difficult trails completely stock! Figured out what I wanted to do, and started upgrading. Going for somewhat of a sleeper look - went slightly smaller on the suspension lift and tires, and will (mostly) make up the difference in clearance with the 1" MML, a Tummy Tuck (in process), a (very soon) Gas Tank Lift. I also have a set of TJ rear flares to install for more clearance - I'm installing them as part of my 8.8 rear swap.
I've already got most of the parts for a future 4.0L/AX15 swap. I'm leery of adding too much weight (winch, body armor) to my Jeep with just the 2.5L, so the 4.0L swap is key to another set of future upgrades.
Unfortunately, I have more fun projects planned than time.
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•1994 YJ
•4.0 mostly unmolested
•NP-231 SYE and teralow 4.1:1 gearing

Rubicon Express 1454 front springs
BDS 004500 rear springs
Besrk 1" boomerang shackles rear
Teraflex revolver shackles front
Daystar 1" body lift
BDS valved Fox shocks up front
Teraflex rear bar with ES9000's in rear

•Dana 30 front axle:
ECTED locker
Ten factory chromoly shafts
Rugged Ridge HD steering
Alloy USA outer seals
G2 4.10 gears
Birdcage diff guard

•Ford 8.8 rear axle:
ARB locker
Superior super 88 chromo shafts and CCE
SOLID diff cover
G2 4.10 gears

•35x12.50r15 BF Goodrich KM2 mud terrains on 15x8 steel rims
•36x10.50 Interco TSL's on 15x8 Beadlock rims

Src front tube bumper
Teraflex engine skid
Metalcloak arched fenders with 6" flares
Src side armor
Body Armor 4x4 tub sliders
Gen Right gas tank skid
Custom swing away rear bumper
Src Tj rear tube flares
Light guards all around

Src-8 winch with in cab controls
48" Hi Lift extreme
5) 2"x20' straps
6) 3/4" clevis'
2) snatch blocks
20' chain

40" led bar across the windshield
Lightforce 170's with several filters
HD LED rock lights
4) LED fog lamps
Aux Backup lights

•Other Junk
Full RockHard cage
OBA with train horns
Poison Spyder hood louvre
Custom interior switches
Heated Wet Okole neoprene seat covers
Tinted hardtop
Full Raingler nets
Lots of electrical gizmos
Probably lots that I forgot but it doesn't matter

My jeep is the quintessential daily driver/weekend wheeler. It brings me to work 5 days a week and allows me to wheel as often as I can get out on the trails. Things break on me more often than I would like but its always a challenge to get to work come Monday morning. As much as I enjoyed building this and wheeling it, I really like that it is comfortable enough to drive long distance on the freeway or even to go cruise the mall.

I purchased it stock minus an aftermarket stereo that I have replaced. Twice. I have done every modification myself with the exception of some axle work done with a warranty and a couple preassembled Craigslist jewels. All in all, I don't think I paid full price for anything I purchased and will only spend money if I'm getting a good deal. On the other hand, every custom modification has a purpose whether it be a misting system to keep me cool on the freeway or the conglomerate OBA system out together with things around the shop.

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Skyj gets my vote. Us rounds gotta stick together and I love when people diy things.
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Man this one is rough, i think im going to have to sleep on it
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