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Unread 03-14-2011, 08:27 PM   #1
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TheNewbie's 95 YJ ... lots of pics

I guess it's finally time that I should start a build thread. I wish I had done this a long time ago.

Here's how it looks as of today:


But here is how it looked the day I brought it home.



I saved up all of my pennies and threw a 4" RC lift kit and some used 32's on a set of wheels that were off of another YJ.









Then I got some 33X12.50 General Grabber AT2's and brand new cragar soft 8's. They're 15X8" rims with 4" of backspacing.





Next I got tired of the soft top... So I found a hardtop and full fiberglass doors off of a CJ7.





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Unread 03-14-2011, 08:34 PM   #2
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The next thing to go was the stock front bumper.

$50 in steel and a few days in the garage resulted in this:


Then a couple of anchor points through welded in the center of the frame, a little bit of bondo and a couple cans of paint later...

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Unread 03-14-2011, 08:40 PM   #3
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Next up I finally found the time and money to do my flat fenders.


Here's the before pic. (me on my way to go deer hunting) You'll also notice that I did a cheap Krylon spray paint job. I plan on doing a nicer black paint job in the near future.



I started by cutting along the lip of the fender that runs under the hood. I cut until I got to the inner fender.

I left the bracket for the hood latch support though. I just ran the jig saw along the lip so there is about a 1 1/2" lip running under where the hood shuts.



Next I cut along the back side of the inner fender behind the tires and I made a vertical cut about an inch or so from where the fenders meet the tub.




Then I took an angle grinder to the metal remaining on the inner fender and cleaned it up a bit. The front side (towards the tire) is nice and flush now, but I left the back side rough. You'll never see it and I was running low on wheels for the angle grinder. I did cut that rust out though. I also just unbolted the part of the fenders that was still attached to the tub.




I had to notch the inner fenders a bit to make room for the 1 1/2" tube to clear. It's not pretty, but you won't see it.



Then I trimmed the fronts of the old fenders off along the grill and took an angle grinder to the metal bracket behind the top 2 bolts on the grill and smoothed it down flush.

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Unread 03-14-2011, 08:41 PM   #4
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Great great work, thanks for sharing. Looks excellent.
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Unread 03-14-2011, 08:42 PM   #5
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Next I welded the top part to the tubes and painted the bottoms before installing them because I knew I'd never be able to get to them with paint after they were on the Jeep.




I also painted the backs of the side plates before installing them.



Then I trimmed the tubes to length and welded them to the inner fender by the grill and ran a bead between the tubes and the side plates. I was using a $100 harbor freight welder so you'll have to pardon the booger welds. They cleaned up well, but they're not pretty in these pics.





And the full length shot:





I hit the welds with the grinder to try to smooth them out a bit. I also filled the gap on the top section and the sides between the welds and the tube with bondo and sanded it flush.







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Unread 03-14-2011, 08:45 PM   #6
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I got the grill and fenders sprayed with a spray on bedliner. Now it's finally about ready for paint. I just need to save more of my pennies up



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Unread 03-14-2011, 08:46 PM   #7
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Great great work, thanks for sharing. Looks excellent.
Thanks
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Unread 03-14-2011, 08:48 PM   #8
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Here are a few flex shots with the new flat fenders.

I also cut some metal in the back an installed some TJ flares. Look that those 33's stuff in there!!! I'm not running bump stop extensions in the rear, so the 33's fit PERFECTLY with the TJ flares. I needed the bump stop extensions to keep them from hitting with the stock flares though.

Adding the TJ flares and removing the bump stop extensions was GREAT for flex. I never thought I'd be able to get this kind of flex out of RC springs.


I also found some full steel doors on craigslist. Those old fiberglass ones just weren't cutting it.









My bump stop extensions are a little bit off center up front, so I can almost stuff the 33's into the tubes.





Here's what the front bump stops look like under flex...

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Unread 03-14-2011, 08:55 PM   #9
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And here's ol' Rusty sitting on level ground...



I just need to find some time to paint the undersides of the wheel wells black now. The stock white paint is sticking out bad.
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Unread 03-14-2011, 09:05 PM   #10
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Looks great! Really makes wish I knew how to weld. One suggestion though: I think you shoudl paint the inside of your fender wells black.
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Seems to me like you may want to change your name from The Newbie to something else.


Looks good.
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Your jeep looks great man. I think the flat fenders were an awesome mod and I hope to do that myself one day. What's your next step?
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Unread 03-15-2011, 10:14 AM   #13
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Looks great! Really makes wish I knew how to weld. One suggestion though: I think you shoudl paint the inside of your fender wells black.
See the last thing I wrote before you posted that...

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I just need to find some time to paint the undersides of the wheel wells black now. The stock white paint is sticking out bad.
Don't worry... I only read the pictures too.


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Seems to me like you may want to change your name from The Newbie to something else.


I might just have to put that line in my sig.

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What's your next step?
The very next step will be to paint the wheelwells black.

But then I plan to get my CB up and going in the YJ, and throw on some rock sliders.

Then I hope to paint it all black (or maybe monstaline the whole tub), do the Taurus fan mod, actually get around to installing the off road lights that I have laying around, custom rear bumper with built in tire carrier, Ford 8.8 in preparation for a possible motor swap, sell off my 4" RC springs and swap in some 2.5" OME springs with 1" shackles and a 1" BL to get me at about the same lift that I have now, but with a better ride, weld up a rack to go above the tire carrier that I'll build, make a front hoop/grill guard for the front bumper that I made, maybe do a little bit of a stretch when I change springs...

You know how it is. I could keep this list going. But you get the idea. I don't think I'll ever "be done".

Then later down the road maybe a 350 swap.
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Unread 03-15-2011, 05:51 PM   #14
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See the last thing I wrote before you posted that...



Don't worry... I only read the pictures too.






I might just have to put that line in my sig.



The very next step will be to paint the wheelwells black.

But then I plan to get my CB up and going in the YJ, and throw on some rock sliders.

Then I hope to paint it all black (or maybe monstaline the whole tub), do the Taurus fan mod, actually get around to installing the off road lights that I have laying around, custom rear bumper with built in tire carrier, Ford 8.8 in preparation for a possible motor swap, sell off my 4" RC springs and swap in some 2.5" OME springs with 1" shackles and a 1" BL to get me at about the same lift that I have now, but with a better ride, weld up a rack to go above the tire carrier that I'll build, make a front hoop/grill guard for the front bumper that I made, maybe do a little bit of a stretch when I change springs...

You know how it is. I could keep this list going. But you get the idea. I don't think I'll ever "be done".

Then later down the road maybe a 350 swap.
Yep totally didn't see that, also you should paint the top black. And what is up with the picture of the JK that says "test"?
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Yep totally didn't see that, also you should paint the top black.
That's in the plan as well.

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And what is up with the picture of the JK that says "test"?
Maybe there weren't already enough pics in this thread for him
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