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85IrocZ-28 11-08-2010 12:46 AM

Project Yeti, Abominable WJ
 
Here we go again...The ZJ was a blast, but it was time for a change.

Project Yeti earned her name as a monster in the snow, and because of her color.


CURRENT INFO

- 1999 JGC Limited 4.7 Quadradrive
- 6.5" Rockkrawler Long Arm Kit (three link front)
- IRO rear upper A-arm
- 315x75x16 Goodyear MTR's
- 16x8 MB TKO's
- 4.56 Yukon Gears
- Iceland OffRoad Front Bumper w/winch cradle
- Front Mini D-rings
- Rear 3/4 D-ring shackle
- Iceland Fender Flares
- Iceland 3/16 Steel Rock Sliders
- Akebono Caliper's with HAWKS pads
- K&N drop in filter (Now removed, and the TB is staying cleaner)
- Magnaflow (I think is a Magnapax, 4 inch round...I have run a Flowmaster Delta Flow 44, and Flowmaster 70, both not as good with the 4.7)
- Surco Roof Rack (the first few pics show the garbage rack it came with)
- VentShade window covers
- JKS Quicker Disconnects (my favorite addition to date)
- JKS Bar Pin Eliminators
- Transgo Reprogramming Kit
- Superchips Programmer
- KOR Transfer Case Skid
- HID fog lights on the roof rack
- LED rock lights strips
- Protofab Rear tire carrier bumper
- Re-located washer bottle
- Uniden 520XL CB
- Firestick 36" antenna
- LED tail lights
- Smittybilt 8K synthetic line winch
- 12 O'clock Labs SpeedoDRD module

MY TO DO LIST

- Diff skid
- Diff Truss
- I might eventually do a 242 t-case
- Aux input

Current Pics:

http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...G_2848edit.jpg

http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...G_3035edit.jpg

http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...G_3038edit.jpg

Here is what it looked like when I first picked it up:

http://www.grandcherokeephotos.com/a...l_Pics_102.jpg






The rest of this info is more for my future reference...This is a good place to list it.

The shocks that came with the lift kit were likely sourced from Monroe, and came with a built in 1" rubber bump stop.
Front: 19" compressed, 31" extended
Rear: 20.5" compressed, 34.5" extended
The fronts work perfectly, but the rears limit stuff severely so I will go with a shorter shock. They aren't even close to maxing out on length.

The shocks I ordered to replace them were ProComp 9000 series.
Front: 18.75" compressed, 32" extended
Rear: 18.75" compressed, 32" extended


GCOTM Voting Thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f197/...43/index2.html

GCOTY 2012 Voting Thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f197/...e-now-1460739/

Here is my old ZJ: http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...6_Aug06097.jpg

85IrocZ-28 11-08-2010 12:49 AM

I learned real quick how much I like the MTRs after towing the boat through a 100 yard section of really deep mud. The boat was a mess. After getting a few feet in, I thought I had made a huge mistake.

http://www.grandcherokeephotos.com/a..._Aug06_151.jpg

Time to take a bath and get cleaned up. This is much better than waiting for hours at the boat ramp to put it in and out.

http://www.grandcherokeephotos.com/a..._Aug06_155.jpg

Bear Lake

http://www.grandcherokeephotos.com/a..._0ct06_176.jpg

First time out wheeling it.

http://www.grandcherokeephotos.com/a..._0ct06_150.jpg

I didn't dare flex too much...trimming was needed.

http://www.grandcherokeephotos.com/a..._0ct06_153.jpg

A friend measured up my RK kit and used it as a base to build his own...Here it is next to mine before he started his lift.

http://www.grandcherokeephotos.com/a..._Aug06_125.jpg

Not to bad of a cruiser though. I really like the feel of the Long Arm kits. Much smoother than I had anticipated.

http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x..._01_01_081.jpg
http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x..._01_01_085.jpg
http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x..._01_01_083.jpg

It was time for new treads. The MTR's seemed to get louder as they wore, so back to the reliable BFG's. I stayed with 315x75x16's. After putting them on, I realized how much more I was rubbing with new tread again. So it was time to start trimming...
http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...8/DSCN4598.jpg
http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...8/DSCN4600.jpg
http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...8/DSCN4599.jpg
Sunglasses make great safety glasses...
http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...8/DSCN4602.jpg
http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...8/DSCN4611.jpg
http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...8/DSCN4612.jpg
I had to scrub the blue coating off of the lettering...
http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...8/DSCN4613.jpg
http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...8/DSCN4614.jpg

85IrocZ-28 11-08-2010 12:56 AM

The trimming didn't last too long, I decided it was time to purchase some stuff from Iceland OffRoad. Here is a link to the full install:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f310/...ll-wj-1072703/

I had to cut the factory ones off with a big chunk of the bumper to prevent the tires from rubbing.

Here are some of the highlights:
http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...00529-1543.jpg
http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...00529-1703.jpg
http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...00529-1703.jpg

It is just primed for now, but I will paint it to match later.

The front flares are now on.
http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...00605-1715.jpg
http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...00605-1439.jpg

The rear flares are complete.

http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...00620-1910.jpg
http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...celanddone.jpg

http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...00807-1019.jpg

85IrocZ-28 11-08-2010 01:01 AM

I found a set of 17 inch wheels with worn out Toyo MT's. I picked up those wheels/tires, and a fifth whee with a brand new spare all or $200.

http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...00830-1803.jpg

I washed the dirt off of them, and set them next to the WJ. I will do a test fit/run when I have a spare hour.
http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...00830-1809.jpg

Holes are drilled in the bumper now for better air flow to the lower section of the radiator. I like the look too. Large enough to get air in there, but not so large that it creates weak points.

http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...00902-1956.jpg

With the Iceland rock sliders on.

http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...00906-1854.jpg

Bama_WJ 11-08-2010 01:03 AM

Awesome Jeep man! I really like it.

I love that picture of your jeep out in the water. I bet that's just a huge middle finger to all the people waiting to use the boat ramp. :laugh: I'd love to see their reactions.

85IrocZ-28 11-08-2010 01:08 AM

Yeah, it is always fun. The lake level drops really slow there, so I have to back out about 50 yards. Everyone on the beach just watches like I am crazy.

_Yeti_ 11-08-2010 01:12 AM

Looking good! That front bumper is sick.

TedderX_ 11-08-2010 01:18 AM

Is that front bumper winch compatible?

What do you have planned for a rear bumper?

85IrocZ-28 11-08-2010 01:25 AM

The front bumper is winch compatible. I bought the non winch version as I don't have a winch right now. The bracketry is all the same though. All I have to do is cut the fairlead hole in the front, and cut a section out of the top, and a winch will go right in. It would take just a few minutes with a cut off wheel to make it work.

Check out my Iceland OffRoad Install thread, and you can see that a winch will install.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f310/...ll-wj-1072703/

I don't know what I am going to do yet for the rear. I may attempt my own fiberglass rear, not sure yet though.

tofuzeppelin 11-08-2010 01:32 AM

yeah one hell of a build so far man it looks show case quality and done right

MCObray 11-08-2010 01:33 AM

Mmm l always had a thing for lifted WJ's :). This one is clean and going to look so good on those Moabs! Are you going to use those tires that are on the Moabs when you put them on since there 17s and your current wheel size is 16s? Clean WJ my friend.

mtnmarc 11-08-2010 02:32 AM

Nice wj man. Super clean. Any future mods in mind?

MoonyJohn 11-08-2010 09:50 AM

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Thats one clean jeep! I really dig the all white look you got going on, especially topped off with all of the iceland stuff. Speaking of which, i ordered the flares, maybe 2 months ago and still havent got them, how long does it usually take him to make this stuff? I know you went over there to pick your stuff up but he has been taking quite some time on the flares.

Dont mean to clog your thread, but you seem like you know iceland pretty good. On another note, keep up the clean build, i can tell your just getting started :D

85IrocZ-28 11-08-2010 10:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MCObray (Post 10415943)
Mmm l always had a thing for lifted WJ's :). This one is clean and going to look so good on those Moabs! Are you going to use those tires that are on the Moabs when you put them on since there 17s and your current wheel size is 16s? Clean WJ my friend.

I will likely keep the old rims around for winter (AT's) and get some newer MT's for summer and wheeling.

Quote:

Originally Posted by mtnmarc (Post 10416009)
Nice wj man. Super clean. Any future mods in mind?

Good Question. I just updated my first post to include this info.

SnowLeopard 11-08-2010 10:45 AM

I am in love with your dub, man. I love snow Jeeps. That's what I'm calling this. Big tires, fender flares, that awesome Iceland bumper(my favourite of those available), and how clean you've done everything to top it off. If you get those Moabs on there, I might just be tempted to buy the thing from you. :drool:

85IrocZ-28 11-08-2010 10:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MoonyJohn (Post 10416848)
Thats one clean jeep! I really dig the all white look you got going on, especially topped off with all of the iceland stuff. Speaking of which, i ordered the flares, maybe 2 months ago and still havent got them, how long does it usually take him to make this stuff? I know you went over there to pick your stuff up but he has been taking quite some time on the flares.

Dont mean to clog your thread, but you seem like you know iceland pretty good. On another note, keep up the clean build, i can tell your just getting started :D

I don't imagine it should take much longer. They are worth the wait! I know Iceland has been changing up their manufacturers this year, and their goal is to have stuff in stock at all times. With demand up, hopefully they can accomplish this soon. Shoot me a PM when you get them and are installing them. I can give you pointers with the install if you run into any problems.

85IrocZ-28 11-08-2010 11:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by _Yeti_ (Post 10415913)
Looking good! That front bumper is sick.

Hey, I thought I was original...How did you come up with your username?

Quote:

Originally Posted by SnowLeopard (Post 10417153)
I am in love with your dub, man. I love snow Jeeps. That's what I'm calling this. Big tires, fender flares, that awesome Iceland bumper(my favourite of those available), and how clean you've done everything to top it off. If you get those Moabs on there, I might just be tempted to buy the thing from you. :drool:

Thanks, this has been such a fun project...It is hard to admit to myself, but I think I am enjoying this more than my Camaro.

SnowLeopard 11-08-2010 11:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 85IrocZ-28 (Post 10417249)
Thanks, this has been such a fun project...It is hard to admit to myself, but I think I am enjoying this more than my Camaro.

Everyone's got a Camaro. How many people can say they have a Yeti? Now wouldn't it be cool if they made a Transformer out of your Jeep? That would rule!

GraKee99 11-08-2010 11:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SnowLeopard (Post 10417283)
Everyone's got a Camaro. How many people can say they have a Yeti? Now wouldn't it be cool if they made a Transformer out of your Jeep? That would rule!

I don't have a Camaro. :shhh:

Can't wait to the gas tank lift kit. Any idea how much it is going to cost?

SnowLeopard 11-08-2010 11:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GraKee99 (Post 10417333)
I don't have a Camaro. :shhh:

Can't wait to the gas tank lift kit. Any idea how much it is going to cost?

I don't either, but since everyone is on this Transformers kick, Camaros are a lot more popular. I see them all over the place anymore. I like them, but still... I'd fall over flat if I saw a Dub like this driving around.

00JGC00 11-08-2010 11:21 AM

Lookin good Will! Can't wait to see it in person one of these days! :thumbsup:

85IrocZ-28 11-08-2010 02:12 PM

Yeah, I need to quit being so lame (busy schedule) and actually show up to a UJC event.

In reference to the transformers stuff...my Camaro is actually a yellow IROC with black racing stripes. It was Bumble Bee before Bumble Bee existed. We used to call it the Wasp, but we more often refer to it as the yellow bobsled. It sucks in Utah winters.

SnowLeopard 11-08-2010 02:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 85IrocZ-28 (Post 10418476)
In reference to the transformers stuff...my Camaro is actually a yellow IROC with black racing stripes. It was Bumble Bee before Bumble Bee existed. We used to call it the Wasp, but we more often refer to it as the yellow bobsled. It sucks in Utah winters.

What year is it? Well, the Jeep is what you have for winters, eh? I'd love to see that thing in the snow!

00JGC00 11-08-2010 03:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SnowLeopard (Post 10418745)
What year is it?

I've got my money on 1985. ;)

HaViiK 11-08-2010 04:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 85IrocZ-28 (Post 10415869)

Jealous of this one. :thumbsup:

85IrocZ-28 11-08-2010 04:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 00JGC00 (Post 10418844)
I've got my money on 1985. ;)

:cool:

_Yeti_ 11-09-2010 01:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 85IrocZ-28 (Post 10417249)
Hey, I thought I was original...How did you come up with your username?.

It kinda made sense to me.. both the yeti and the jeep are sure-footed creatures at home in the woods. :laugh: Yours definitely is from nepal, mine is an appalachian yeti.

85IrocZ-28 11-13-2010 01:01 PM

I did some light wheeling this morning, sway bars connected. I wanted to check to see how much more I need to trim off of the rear bumper. I think just a touch more, and I will be good. The 35's tuck up in really nice now with the fender flares.
http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...01113-0957.jpg
http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...01113-1002.jpghttp://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x...01113-1002.jpg

sandandson 11-13-2010 02:52 PM

Best looking WJ I've seen in a long time. Loving that "we don't need no stinkin' boat ramps" photo too. Classic.

MoonyJohn 11-14-2010 01:47 PM

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Looks pretty mean with those flares and bumper on there. With a white ZJ it looks really nice..

What RPM are you at with 35's on the freeway? I go 65-70 and my rpms are pretty low, my jeep is always downshifting on hills. I have 33's and 3.73 and i am contemplating 4.56 with 35's.

85IrocZ-28 11-15-2010 12:43 AM

I will have to check, not sure about the RPM's. I can tell you that it is very comfortable, not high at all. I ran 35's with 3.73's for a few years before changing the gears. It would just idle down the freeway, but would have to downshift for the slightest incline.

compcrasher86 12-01-2010 11:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MoonyJohn (Post 10450229)
With a white ZJ it looks really nice..

:nono: lol jk it was probably a typo


I really like your wj iroc, serves as a point of motivation for my WJ. I really love that picture in the lake I would have been afraid off getting stuck out there, did you leak any water to the interior lol?

Anyways, sick Jeep man I hope my WJ looks like it some day. I'll probably need at least 3.73 axles and a V8 before it can do much lol

85IrocZ-28 12-02-2010 12:47 AM

I didn't get any water into the interior, it was right at the bottom of the doors though. The small waves were cresting a bit above the door bottom. I still launch the Jet Ski's this way, but not the boat anymore. My wife's family sold it and bought a larger boat. It is a bit heavy, and I don't want to get stuck.

801DubJay 12-05-2010 03:07 AM

I never you knew you had a build thread! Haha

Dude, your build and rig is soooo clean... very nice job, man. When are you planning to do a tank tuck? I saw the link for the kit... pretty cool set up! Lemme know if you'd like some help :thumbsup:

Btw, you definitely need to roll w/ us when we have another UJC/ Dub Club outing!

85IrocZ-28 12-05-2010 03:09 PM

I hope that the tank tuck kit will ship soon so that I can get it installed before the end of the year.

My schedule has been terrible, and has not allowed for me to get out to the events...like last night. However, I see that some of the UJC peeps want to hit up the Little Sahara for some sand wheeling in January. This would be a blast, and I am going to keep my calendar clear. It would be a blast.

Most of all, I want to see some of the other dubs. I think there is a lot I can learn from you guys, this thing is still in project stage. I haven't really done any major wheeling with the WJ yet, and I sold my ZJ a while back now. It's a good thing I have some wheeling experts that I can learn from. I just watched a video last night that John had posted, an AmF Canyon run from a while back.

compcrasher86 12-05-2010 03:16 PM

can one do the tank raise without welding? I've got a saw-zall... once I upsize tires enough that the spare wont fit in the well i'm doing the tank raise. I love being able to see the rear diff on a WJ and knowing the tank wont hang up, cept I dont have anything special to show off down there lol.

ps isnt $475 before shipping a little steep for a skid plate essentially?

85IrocZ-28 12-05-2010 03:30 PM

If you want to re-use your factory skid, you cannot do this without cutting and welding. With this kit, you could use use a body panel adhesive to bond the through the frame piece, but I recommend welding it as it is a structural section.

With Jeep parts, I have found that we pay for the convenience. The price they charge has to allow for a profit when the designer makes a custom part that will only be used on a limited number of vehicles. Buying the skid, I will not have to cut the old tank skid apart, slice out 6-8 inches, and weld it back together. I had a friend that used my LA kit as a template, and measured it all out. He built his own LA kit that works great. But for the number of hours he was into it, and always waiting for one last part (and jeep downtime), it just didn't seem worth it to me.

The skid will come already powder coated as well. So this should be a Saturday afternoon project for me, nothing too hard. You can do it cheaper, but I figure this will be easier and it will look cool. The skid is going to be stronger than the factory one I have on there right now.

http://www.badsyndicate.com/images/dscn3390.jpg

801DubJay 12-05-2010 03:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by compcrasher86 (Post 10565818)
can one do the tank raise without welding? I've got a saw-zall... once I upsize tires enough that the spare wont fit in the well i'm doing the tank raise. I love being able to see the rear diff on a WJ and knowing the tank wont hang up, cept I dont have anything special to show off down there lol.

ps isnt $475 before shipping a little steep for a skid plate essentially?

Quote:

Originally Posted by 85IrocZ-28 (Post 10565865)
If you want to re-use your factory skid, you cannot do this without cutting and welding. With this kit, you could use use a body panel adhesive to bond the through the frame piece, but I recommend welding it as it is a structural section.

If you look at my build thread, I have also done a tank tuck w/ the exception that I did not weld anything. I used nutserts to mount everything in place. Had I some extra $ at the time, I would definitely go w/ this kit... Looks absolutely solid!

patrick983 12-05-2010 06:22 PM

I looked at this tank kit, as well as Bad Syndicate, looks like some promising stuff. im really surprised no one else has come up with a tank tuck kit before. i must say, fabricating a new/beefier skid is a great idea, so well done to the designers of this kit. im a little on the fence about the price, but theyve designed a nice piece here. ive got a spare skid/tank holder i was going to use for my tank lift but now im thinking fabbing up my own beefy one like this may be worth the effort, thats going to look awesome on ur jeep

85IrocZ-28 12-05-2010 10:08 PM

When I get it, I will create a how to thread and show details of the install and product so others can see how it looks and if they want to buy it.


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