Yj Of The Year Contest!! Better Late Than Never! Step Right Up And Vote Now!!
It's late, but it's awesome. Read the rules and vote your hearts out.
Prizes are slim as I didnt have a chance to chat with vendors, but rest assured you'll get more than just a metalcloak certificate and a lifetime membership. Don't vote for me, I already have that stuff.
1993 Jeep YJ
-2.5L with brown dog motor mounts, and custom magnaflow exhaust, 4.0 tb & 19 lbs injectors
-NP231 w/teraflex sye, 2low
-Tom woods rear driveshaft
-Black 15 x 10 steelies
-37” x 14.50 toyo mt's
-bds 5 inch springs
-5/8 boom shacke front, 1.25 in the rear
-1inch daystar bl
-teraflex rear shock bar
-Front HP D30 w/ 4.88’s & spartan locker, and chromoly axle shafts
-Rear Ford 8.8 w/4.88's with c clip eliminators and chromoly shafts, and yukon full spool
-jcr stubby front bumper
-riddler D30 diff cover
-riddler 8.8 diff cover
-metalcloak arched fenders (6 inch flares)
-Rear 6 inch metalcloak flares
-metalcloak strecthed rear corner quards
-bestop super top, and off course a safari and bakini top
-full and half doors
-badlands 12000 lbs winch with ase synthetic line
-bag of recovery gear (straps,tree savers,blocks,shovel and shackles)
-genright hood louvers
-power steering with ps cooler, steering gear box brace
-ruffstuff otk 1 ton steering
-bed lined tube
-front trail-gear rock defense sport cage, rear synergy cage
-front corbeau baja rs seat, and metal smittybuilt center console
-full cb setup, first aid kit, fire extinguisher
-and a rocking sound system
-2.5 for life
So I am not big on story telling……… but I would like to say in the little over two years I have owned my yj it has very much became a big part of my family's and my life (and a way my xj,zj never did) with out you guys and the forum my jeep would have never gotten to the point in which it is today, my jeep has another growth spurt planned in march 2014 and I can't wait. I will be adding a front g2 dana 44 (loaded with 5.13s, arb, cromo shafts) matching gears and locker for the 8.8, front 4 point harness, rear genright stinger/tire carrier, and a belly up this is a addicting money sucking hobby but I would have it any other way
Stroked Golen 4.6L secured with Browndog motor mounts and engine brackets, cooled by Taurus 2 spd fan and Volvo controller
-136 amp Dakota Alternator and dual battery setup
-Dakota steering box upgrade with Rustys heavy duty draglink tierod and GoFer it flip kit, Warn steeringbox skid and MORE streering box stabilizer
-Lebaron hood louvers
-Homebrew Hummer intake
-NP231 w/teraflex 4:1, 2 low AA SYE
-Front HP D30, 4.10’s & Aussie locker, and tj axle shaft swap, Riddler cover
-Rear Ford 8.8, 4.10 w LSD repacked clutches, Solid cover
-Tom Woods rear driveshaft
ARMOR and BODY
-Smitybilt front bumper
-Smitybilt rear bumper w homebrew jerry can and tire carrier
-Homebrew Oil pan skid
-Kargomaster Congo cage
-Rugged Ridge fuel tank skid
-C&C Fab DIY 6" tube fenders/ flares front and rear
-Besttop supertop, and Hardtop and bikini top
-Bestop full soft doors and factory full hard doors
-Herculined tub and fenders
-CB and Fire ground VHF radios
-Tuffy speaker / storage boxes
-Hella 500's bumper and LEDs windshield
-Smitybilt 8000k winch w Amsteel synthetic line
-MISC recovery gear (straps,tree savers,blocks,and shackles)
Frame swap resto.
This was my first jeep, I picked up “just to drive around”. A second vehicle to my Chevy 2500 crewcab w 4” lift. It had a sagging RC lift and tires rubbing the fenders…, Turned out to be a total rust bucket too… SO building and moding and patching the frame all the while. The engine was blowing oil out of every location, and had no power, so while doing an engine swap I opted for the Golen stroker, made 40 minutes from me. Finally after 4 years of patching, the frame had enough, and a frame swap was just completed, and a whole mess of goodies while I had easy access. Future mods include Super 88 and D30 Chromo shafts, OX locker for the 8.8, LED lights, and a homebrew matching trailer!
1995 Rio Grande
I got my YJ in a trade for my 1994 GMC K1500 about 3 years ago. I didn’t want to give up my 4wd but needed something more fuel efficient… what better than a 4banger jeep!! I drove it bone stock for about 7 months while I paid off some debt, and then the jeep bug hit. It started with some 130watt spot lights, then some 30in mud tires. That was fun for about a year, but then I needed more… Here’s the current specs!
• 4squirreled 5spd w/ Ford Yellow top injectors , 4.0 TB, and makeshift CAI
• Ford Taurus 2 speed electric fan
• Metalcloak 4in arched fenders
• Rubicon Express 4in suspension
• 33x12.5 KM2s with alloy 15x8’s
• SYE and an XJ CV front drive shaft that I had it shortened and beefed up for my new rear shaft
• Poison Spyder trail stinger and hood louvers
• engo9000 and a homebrewed winch plate
• Warn rocker sliders
• Modified Bestop extend-a-trunk out of a TJ for a nice security tonneau
• C-RES top
• SOLID D30 cover
• H4 e-code headlights with the relay upgrade
• LED rock lights, tail lights, and dash lights
• Pioneer stereo with security console and 2 10in JL audio subs
• And other goodies here and there!
o Of course I GOTTA add some thanks to the GF for her additions to the jeep.
95 YJ 4.0 stroked to 4.6
231J with Teralow front case, AA SYE
Tom Wood's front and rear drive shafts.
4.56 D30 front w/ARB and chromoly shafts
8.8 explorer. ARB locked, c-clip eliminator with chromoloy shafts.
Metalcloak front and rear 6" arched flares. extended corners. MetalCloak sliders.
Warn 8lb winch with warn synthetic line.
4.5" Rubicon Express extreme duty lift.
Frame off rebuild. Raptor liner coating under the tub and inside the tub.
Medium quazar blue metallic paint.
35x12x15 Goodyear MT/R
15x8 M/T classic lock wheels.
First jeep I have ever owned. Bought it from a customer when we could not find a replacement trans(BA10). Wheeled it for a couple of years running a 2.5" procomp lift and 31's Wanted more out of the jeep so I decided to build it to where he is now. What I had visioned in my mind is exactly what you see in the pictures.
-4.0L with airaid air intake, 1" brown dog MML
-NP231. Teralow 4:1, true nuetral plate and Advance Adapters SYE
-SOA front with waggy springs bastard pack with XJ main leaf military wrap plus offset perches for a 3" front stretch
-SOA rear, 1" rear stretch with bastard pack springs made up of stock and some procomp lift springs to help keep some arch
-1/2" BESRK boomerang shackles F/R
-14" Bilstein 5125 front shocks
-WFO front shock hoops
-Doetsch Tech rear shocks
-D30 front axle, trussed, vacuum delete
-1.25" Spidertrax wheel spacers
-SOLID diff cover
-Ford 8.8 rear axle w/ disk brakes
-1.5" Spidertrax wheel spacers
-SOLID diff cover
-35x12.50r15 Goodyear MTR
-15x8 cragar black steel wheels
-belly up flat skid
-Mastercraft suspenion seats
-custom shortened "stubby" front procomp bumper
-M.O.R.E. hi-steer bracket with custom drag link & Tie rod
-Tatton front Drive shaft that allows for stretch
-Poison Spyder aluminum crusher corners
-4 1/2" LED tail lights
-A/C converted to OBA w/ 3 gallon tank mounted in trunk area
-Sony CD player/radio
-MK44 ammo can center console
-GT Grant steering wheel
-roll cage mounted fire extinguisher
-rear parts box for spare parts, tools and first aid kit
-daystar interior switches for accessories
-dimpled stock gas tank/skid to accomodate stretch
-Flowmaster exhaust beat up from trails
parts build by me
-full cage made from 1.75x.120 DOM- tied to the frame
-Tube fenders using stock inner fenders w/ Genright mesh side louvers
-oil pan skid
-trans flat skid
-traction bar made from 1.5x.250 DOM with ruffstuff heims and poly bushings
-traction bar mount and custom made shackle
-steering using 1.5x.250 DOM w/ Ruffstuff 5/8 hiems
-Cut down XJ shaft for rear CV shaft using 3"x.250 4130 Chromolly(made w/ the help of Joe Dillard)
-Steering box brace
-license plate relocation mount
-custom removable cooler mount on spare tire carrier
YEAR: 1993 YJ
-XJ CV shaft
-OME 2.5" springs
-BESRK 1/2" Booms
-Bilstein 5100 shocks
-MC 4" "Overline" Fronts
-Trimmed TJ rears
-15x8 Cragar"D" windows
- 35x12.5x15 Dick Cepek "Crushers"
-Warn i9000 winch
-Alpine 4ch amp
-VDP 6 speaker sound bar
-Sound wedges with 5x9 alpine speakers
-Rhino Lined interior
-Homebrew front/rear bumpers
-Taurus fan upgrade
-K&N air filter
-Flowmaster 44 exhaust
-Sylvania Silverstar HD headlights
-Rustoleum roll on paint job
-Smittybilt Center console
-Lots of little stuff
This YJ was the best learning experience I've had with a Jeep yet. She was a labor of constant love/hate. The support and friends I have made on JF was the biggest contribution to it ending up the way it was. My goal was to keep a relatively low DD/weekend warrior that was equally at home taking my daughter to school and driving around town as it was tearing it up out on the trails.
This YJ sparked a love affair with the square eyes and leaf springs that I'm sure I will carry for the rest of my life. YJs have become a passion for me. I've learned a lot about them and about myself turning wrenches, bleeding, cussing, and most importantly, smiling behind the wheel.
I bought it used in 1996 and have been tinkering about on it ever since. I don't have the amount of money necessary to do what I want to it all at once, so I’ve spread it out over the course of a number of years. I purchased it in California before communism and while I was still in the Marine Corps. It’s been with me through all of life’s ups and downs; children, divorce, career changes, deployments, etc.
• 2.5L low output four cylinder
• Banks header and catback
• Taurus 2 speed fan
• Converted to power steering
• Dodge Ram alternator
• Dodge Dakota steering box.
• Stock 5 speed and transfer case
• Rubicon Express SYE
• Rubicon Express CV rear driveshaft
• Open Ford 8.8 rear with RuffStuff kit and diff cover
• Stock shaft and Dana 30 front
• 35x12.50 Goodyear Kevlars on 10x15 ProComp fake lockers
• Rubicon Express 4.5” Extreme Duty lift
• Off Road Technology bumpers front
• Off Road Technology bumpers rear w/tire carrier
• Jeeptubes.com stinger
• Mile Marker 8,000 lbs electric winch with fabricated fairlead and light mount
• Home fabricated Jeeptubes.com fender flares
• Poison Spyder Crusher Corners
• Smittybilt side bars
• IPF headlight kit with some cheap H4 bulbs
• PIAA off road lights
• KC tail lights
• Rear LED reverse light bar
• Mastercraft Rubicon Dirtsport seats with Mastercraft 3pt harnesses
• Grant steering wheel
• Herculiner’d interior
• Raingler nets
• Bestop Full top with tinted windows, full bikini top, tonneau and slider uppers
The drivetrain currently sports a tired 2.5L low output four cylinder to the stock 5 speed and transfer that has a Rubicon Express SYE twisting a Rubicon Express CV driveshaft and open RuffStuff appointed 8.8 rear and a stock shaft and 30 up front. This is spinning slowly, some 35x12.50 Goodyear Kevlars on 10x15 ProComp fakies. The engine has a Banks header and catback, a Taurus fan, and converted power steering using a mix of YJ and ZJ parts. Also added a Ram alternator and a Dakota steering box.
The lift is a Rubicon Express 4.5” Extreme Duty lift w/ RE shocks. There is also a 2” BL that I may drop one day, but I recently lifted my tank into that space so I may have to clearance it first.
I have some one-off Off Road Technology bumpers (front and rear w/tire carrier). The winch bar of this blem front bumper was too low, so I chopped it and mounted a Jeeptubes.com stinger that I will eventually tie into a grill guard or the tube fenders. On the bumper is a Mile Marker 8,000# winch that works so far. The tube fenders are also Jeeptubes.com and some steel I got from old wall lockers that I formed and welded. I had some help from a friend on the fronts, and realized I had the skills to do the rears on my own. The rears are on some Poison Spyder Crusher Corners. The Jeep also has some older Smittybilt nerf bars that my wife needs to be able to get in the Jeep.
I have an IPF headlight kit with H4 bulbs, PIAA lights up front, KC tail lights out in the rear. I built a license plate mount with light and moved the plate to the spare. I fabricated a reverse light bar with some LEDs that tucks in nicely under the bumper, we’ll see if it survives better than the cheap Wal-mart lights that died there. Before I left on my current deployment, I put in some strip LEDs I’m trying to use as rocklights, but haven’t hooked them up just yet. Maybe while I’m on leave.
Inside the Jeep has some Mastercraft Rubicon Dirtsport seats front and rear, with Mastercraft 3pt harnesses. There is a Grant steering wheel as well. I removed the carpet back in ’99, poured in some Herculiner and never looked back. When the engine and automatic go in, the whole dash and related materials will change out. A set of Raingler nets keeps it all together in the back. I have the larger bikini top that Bestop has that covers the back and occasionally I run with a tonneau cover over the rear. Winter time I run a full soft top with slider uppers on my doors and tinted rear plastic. I fabricated a rear deck behind the rear seat that keeps everything from falling out.
I did pull my ’95 suburban engine, 4L60e transmission and transfer case from my old suburban before I scrapped it, but I’m thinking towards a nice LQ4 or LQ9 instead of the TBI 5.7L sitting in the garage now.
-5.3 Vortec LM7
np231 with AA SYE, HD Chain, Novak Shifter
Barnes4wd 2" skid
(4.10) '91 YJ d30 w/ Aussie
8.8 w/ stock LSD
3.5" BDS front springs, sagged/stiff unknown rear with M.O.R.E. 5/8" boomerangs
35" Maxxis Creepy Crawlers
Metalcloak front stubby bumper
Metalcloak Overline fenders
Smittybuilt rear TJ flares
homemade 3/16 sliders
M.O.R.E. steering box brace
Poison Spyder hood louver
Chevy Cavalier seats
Family Style roll bar
LED tail lights
Genright fuel cell
History: I wanted to sell my truck and buy a Jeep to get rid of a vehicle payment and still be able to go out camping and shoot guns. I joined JF as I was looking for a Wrangler and read as much as I could. Once I bought my Jeep I started spending more money on it than I did for my truck payment After a couple years of learning so much from JF and improving my mechanical ability tenfold, the 4.2 was just not cutting it. I searched Craigslist daily for wrecked Cherokees for a 4.0/ax15 swap for probably 6 months. Then one cold January morning my friend wrecked his (my old) truck. I couldn't pass up the opportunity so I scraped together everything I could and bought the salvage. 3 long months in the garage and dealing with people parting out the truck to finance the swap, I finally drove it under its own power in May. Since then my girlfriend and I drive/wheel it as much as possible. I am extra proud of it because it is a combination of my 2 favorite vehicles, along with the sense of accomplishment doing something that I never thought I was capable of
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:
Ten factory chromoly shafts
Rugged Ridge HD steering
Alloy USA outer seals
G2 4.10 gears
Birdcage diff guard
•Ford 8.8 rear axle:
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
40" led bar across the windshield
Lightforce 170's with several filters
HD LED rock lights
4) LED fog lamps
Aux Backup lights
Full RockHard cage
OBA with train horns
Poison Spyder hood louvre
Custom interior switches
Heated Wet Okole neoprene seat covers
Full Raingler nets
Half and full doors
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.
np231/dana 300 doubler
Triple stick shifters Home built.
Mounted on drivers side next to tranny shifter. The first stick has a manual linkage to the 231 and shifts low and high. The two other sticks are hooked up to a custom dual cable setup I made that shifts the dana 300. One shifts the front axle low and high, the other shifts the rear axle low and high.
2in .250 wall DOM front driveshaft ( I bent two "stockish" driveshafts before this)
1350 CV driveshaft for rear
Gm 10bolt front axle
Reid racing knuckle
ORD crossover steering arm
4wheel supply drivers side hi steer arm
Yukon 4340 Chromo shafts
2in .250wall tierod and draglink
Bilstien steering stabilizer on a custom mount made for soon to be put on hydro assist.
Plated diff cover
GM 14bolt rear axle
Bottom shaved and smoothed
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 Homeade shackle hangar outboarded to match width of spring perches
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.
Rear Reciever tube to haul a trailer and my dirtbike
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
Stock tank moved up into tub w/ a removable cover over it to keep storage ability.
Rockstomper Synthetic 3/8 line
Inchworm AL fairlead
20mm Rocket box Center console "quick mounted" to cage so it can be easily removed. Doubles as an ice chest.
2 50cal ammo can holders on either inner fender for tools, recovery strap, D rings, air hose, etc.
95 Nissan pathfinder power steering reservoir (stock plastic one broke and leaked all over on way to work one day. Got this all metal one at the Pick and pull down from my work and swapped it during my lunch break. Turns out it is better than stock )
MTN dew catch can for doubler.
Bought this jeep almost 2 years ago. It started off slow but has been gaining momentum. Had a 4.5sua lift, teralow, 33s, 4.56s. I have nicknamed the jeep "Snowball" Sold all of what it had and have been wheeling and dealing ever since. I have under $4500 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. The jeep performs flawlessly every time I take it out. Continues to suprise me how stable and well it works. I have taken it to the Rubicon 3 times and all the way through once. It has also been to Signal peak, and through Fordyce.
It just goes to show with a little know-how and some clever planning you can build an awesome rig. You dont need to go out and open your wallet on all the "cool" things.
1993 jeep yj
Dana 30hp w/TJ shafts & Aussie
Ford 8.8 LSD
3.5" suspension lift with 1.25" shackles
33" rocky mountain falkin tires
Soft 8's 15x8" rims
1.5" wheel spacers
custom tube fenders
custom blazer tire carrier
2006 grand prix bucket seats
tj rear flares
Tj sound bar
WP winch mount, grill hoop, stinger combo
100w kc lights
Badlands 12,000lbs winch
high lift mounted on tire carrier
role on paint job
Full soft bestop supertop doors and soft top
custom role cage
I bought the YJ back in 2011 thinking it was going to be a mild fixer upper, well, I was wrong. Not knowing anything about vehicles I thought it would be a few spark plugs here, some bondo and paint there. I soon realized it was not going to be so easy. I found jeepforum and away I went. Reading as much as I could on here and with a lot of trial and error, I made it work. Two years later I know this YJ like the top of my foot. :-)
- Canyon blue metallic, 3.5in BDS lift, 5/8 boomerang shackles, Rugged Ridge SYE, Hurst short throw shifter, factory lsd, 33x12.50x15 KM2s (in the pics she is wearing black rock wheels, but now she is sportin AMR Teflon coated aluminum wheels). She also has a Borla exhaust (header all the way back) back and Swag offroad tailgate mod. Interior has new seats, tuffy center console and rear box, sound bar and mountaineer rack.
- SoCal Jeep born and raised. My parents bought her new off the lot in January 92 (we have the original bill of sale, sticker and owners manual). They kept her pretty stock with the exception of smittybuilt tube steps and bumpers. We decided in 09 to fly to Cali and road trip her back to Va. Since 09 we have added all of the above mods and refreshed her original paint color.
1989 Jeep YJ
2.5L TBI 4cly
AX5 trans with external slave swap
NP231J with JB conversions HD SYE
Ford 8.8 with disks
All water tight with extended vent lines
Custom front and rear drive shafts
ARB Safari snorkel
3.5" H.D. BDS lift
5/8" H.D. M.O.R.E. booms
Teraflex rear shock bar
Aero Racing wheels
Front Smittybilt stinger
Rear Pro Comp bumper
O.R. Fab sport cage
Family roll bar swap
Tuffy stereo console
60" Hi lift on the hood
misc recovery gear
Where it all began