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Unread 05-15-2014, 06:01 PM   #1
Jack_O_Trades
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Picked Up a Wrangler YJ and now I'm addicted

Hello All,

I recently picked up a relatively stock 94 Wrangler S with 240K miles. It was mostly stock with the exception of a center console and 1" transmission drop (no lift though). I have been trolling the forum soaking in as much as I can. Seems like a good group of people with lots of good info.

I come from a fab/machining/engineering background. I have always done my own vehicle maintenance no matter how difficult (transmission rebuilds, engine work, etc...) though I have never really purposely modified a vehicle from OEM. So the jeep will be my first project car.

Don't know if the image links will work due to post count but here it goes.

This is my shop (two-car garage) I do both woodworking and metal work.











My goal for this jeep is to be a pseudo daily driver/wheeling rig. I basically want it to be as capable off-road without too many compromises in freeway driving/handling.

Currently I am trying to get the jeep ready for a trip to "The Dirt" I've had it for about a month but have driven it less than 100 miles because it's been in the works. I guess this is common with jeeps.

Here are some photos of the stock jeep







Some of the work that I have done since picking it up.

-SOA conversion
-Wheels adapters with 4.5" bolt pattern
-Newer Sahara wheels (got a good deal on them and will be running them until I can afford more appropriate tires/wheels for wheeling)
-Power steering with Durango box (had non-power steering before)
-Fluids change (radiator, oil, rear axle, brakes)
-Spark plugs and distributor cap
-Electric fan conversion
-Dual battery conversion
-Overhead console with Ham and CB
-Rear speaker pods
-Pulled rear seat to make room for hauling
-Pulled track bars
-Adjustable sway bar disconnects
-Light bar
-Light switch pannel
-Additional cigarette and USB sockets
-Scratch built front bumper with integrated winch plate and stinger
-Short SYE conversion
-Custom length driveshaft
-Fixed heating system linkages (nothing worked prior)
-135 amp alternator

Here is what I need to finish in the next week or so (before trip)

-Rear bumper
-Tire carrier
-Traction Bar
-Crossover steering (to get drag link parallel with tierod)
-Winch
-Lights

Thanks for looking and the awesome forum


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Unread 05-15-2014, 06:09 PM   #2
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Here are some images of the work I have done

SOA conversion with new wheels. You can see the stock driveshaft on the ground.





Dual battery setup with custom made battery tray





Overhead console with rear speakers. I had these sitting around not doing anything (they are outdoor speakers for home audio) So I said why not.



Custom front bumper with integrated winch plate. I still need to finish welding it up and the stinger has support struts behind it now.





My daughter helping out in the shop

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Unread 05-15-2014, 06:14 PM   #3
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Nice. You're very organized and proficient.
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Unread 05-15-2014, 06:19 PM   #4
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Here is the electric fan conversion. My buddy (whom has extensive jeep experience) handed me down a bunch of parts including the fan and the SYE kit, etc.. In exchange, I had the privilege of helping him wrestle and Atlas TC into his TJ. Those things are a beast.

With this conversion, I modified the stock shroud to couple to the fan to try and maximize the effectiveness of the radiator/fan. It seems to work.



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Unread 05-15-2014, 06:21 PM   #5
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Nice. You're very organized and proficient.
Thanks, with as much stuff that's in my garage I have to be organized or I wouldn't be able to get any work done.
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Unread 05-16-2014, 01:52 AM   #6
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nice work man but damn that's a clean yj!!
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Unread 05-16-2014, 04:20 AM   #7
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Good work. East bay is pretty big. Where ya from exactly?
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Unread 05-16-2014, 11:24 AM   #8
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nice work man but damn that's a clean yj!!
It is clean. The PO that I bought it from had never even driven it in 4WD. However, that will change in the next week. My truck is still dirty from my trip to the dirt last fall.

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Good work. East bay is pretty big. Where ya from exactly?
In Newark/Fremont area
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