My Jeep story starts off with my girlfriend, now wife, and I going to Glendale, CA in 2006. We went to visit her grandparents and stay a long weekend. I was meeting them for the first time and I was new to California. We had many things planned on the trip but we didn't have a car, and we needed transportation to get around on our own. Her grandpa had this red Jeep which I didn't know a thing about at the time. He told us that we could use the vehicle for whatever we needed. So we cruised around Glendale in this chromed-out stock height YJ on 32's that didn't fit, complete with fat nerf bars and tube bumpers front and back. The tires rubbed at full lock and carved out arches in the fender flares each time it hit a bump. It rode like the Indian Jone's ride at Universal Studios! But I still thought it was the greatest thing ever. I wish I had a picture of the way it looked back then.
A couple years later, her grandpa got sick, an illness that he eventually died from. They moved to Northern CA to be closer to family and get treatment. The medical bills were coming in and they had to liquidate assets, sell the house, all that kind of stuff.
To my surprise, the YJ was gifted to me.
The first thing I did was ditch the tow bar and the weather checked 32's and found some 235's that would work with the stock suspension and actually had tread on them. It was an ugly setup, but they were cheap.
Here's the nasty chrome look at my first visit to Hollister Hills SVRA. I'm SURE people were laughing but I really had a blast wheeling with friends. Sawyer enjoyed it too.
Finally after running it stock for like a year, I was able to lift it. 4" RC lift. I know I know, those RC lift are like impulse buys for Jeepers just starting out. And yeah, it gave me the high I was looking for.....complete with some used mud rovers for $180 installed. I was thrilled......and hooked.
BTW. The RC springs could not work with stock shackles. They have this pressed in bushing with the middle dowel/spacer built in. Had to press them out, then get a shackle kit. At the time I only had a pair for the front. I got a set for the rear later.
Removed chrome nerf bars finally, and was able to sell both front and rear tube bumpers as a set. Made a couple hundy. That was a good day. Removed the old seats which were original. The back supports were totally busted, had to ratchet strap the backs to the roll bar. Installed some bucket seats that I bought used. One of the worst things I ever did. Narrow enough to fit in the jeep but too narrow for my hind end. but they're still in and I'll live with them until I can afford decent replacements.
Enter a craigslist Hi Lift jack for the hood and a Smitty SRC front bumper. Sometime around this time I learned on JF that I had installed my front shackles upside down. Not really a big deal in the from but always learning. Of course I had to get d-ring shackles. This picture taken after some wheeling at Prairie City SVRA near Folsom, CA.
With the money from selling all of the chrome stuff I bought new wheels. Pro comp 51s with 3.25" of backspacing, or was it 3.75"? Can't remember. Sold my aluminum centerline style wheels.
Again, Prairie City.
Yeah, I did a lot to the YJ around this time because of the insurance settlement. Including a Superwinch X9. Did a custom install on it mounting the solenoid housing under the hood to try and protect it from the elements more. Got a new battery, with marine terminals.
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[B]To be installed[/B]: RE gen2 discos, military battery terminals
[B]To be rebuilt:[/B] HP30
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[B]Next on the list:[/B] complete redo of brakes and
[B]Needed:[/B] fittings, coil of brake tubing, Russel speed bleeders