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Unread 08-08-2013, 11:09 PM   #1
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93' Jeep YJ build...LS3, linked with ORI's and Currie D60's.

Just thought I would go ahead and start a build thread. I think it's something a little different than norm so hopefully others will find it interesting or helpful in their builds. I'm no expert so I will be learning as I go here but have a decent understanding of what I need to do.

So on with the build. I'm starting off with a 93 YJ of which I have owned for 18 years and has about 111K miles. It's exceptionally clean already so no major repair type work needed. The Plan is to do an LS3/4L60E/Atlas swap, link it front and rear, Use ORI air struts, and do Currie D60's front and rear with 37's. Will be temporarily using 35's initially (maybe) though since I bought them already when I had a different plan.

Here is how it stood before I started with an RE 4.5" lift and 33's. Unfortunately, as soon as I was done doing this, I changed my mind.



I Have all the major parts already in the garage with exception of the rear end which I have a full floater ordered up and should be here in a month.

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Unread 08-08-2013, 11:12 PM   #2
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On with the progress. Out comes the stock motor/trans/TC.


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Unread 08-08-2013, 11:13 PM   #3
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Got the front fenders and all the junk out.


Motor mount and shock brackets are cut off.
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Unread 08-08-2013, 11:16 PM   #4
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Motor mounts burned in.


Motor/trans/TC ready to go.


Motor is in. Will be working on the custom trans mount soon.
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Unread 08-08-2013, 11:18 PM   #5
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Made room in the garage where it will be spending some time.


Made some progress on the trans cross brace. Had to use square 1.5"x 1/4" wall tubing and do pie cuts for the bends. Just not enough space for the universal kit I bought since I have the super duper short trans to atlas adapter. Just have to notch the ends and weld in the sleeved bushing kit I got from ruff stuff.
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Unread 08-08-2013, 11:22 PM   #6
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Today I went from this.


To this...Pulled all the D30 front out, steering springs, etc. and cut the last 2 brackets off.


Time to start prepping and installing the 3 link for the front.
I can see I will have some challenges with the exhaust and upper control arm.
Was hoping to put the upper control arm on the driver side on top of differential but looks like the alternator will be in the way...Plan B.
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Unread 08-08-2013, 11:33 PM   #7
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Today I went from this.

To this...Pulled all the D30 front out, steering springs, etc. and cut the last 2 brackets off.

Time to start prepping and installing the 3 link for the front.
I can see I will have some challenges with the exhaust and upper control arm.
Was hoping to put the upper control arm on the driver side on top of differential but looks like the alternator will be in the way...Plan B.
What are you doing with the d30?
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Unread 08-08-2013, 11:42 PM   #8
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What are you doing with the d30?
Don't know yet. I doubt anyone will want to pay half of what I put into it, so might find another YJ and put the D30 and 8.8 in that.
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Don't know yet. I doubt anyone will want to pay half of what I put into it, so might find another YJ and put the D30 and 8.8 in that.
Ahh smart move
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Sweet build!

As you know, I recently finished putting a new RJ D60 & mid arm 3/4link in a friends Jeep LJ. The rear already had a RJD60. We finished another mid arm 3/4 link on another LJ today. It had a Rubi 44 up front, RJD60 rear.

We had some exhaust challenges as well on both rigs - nothing that a sawzall & some creativity couldn't overcome. We used & tweeked a custom truss on the front differentials of both of them for the front upper.

We needed to clearance the bottom of the driver side motor mount on both rigs so that we could get the desired up travel we wanted to get. The engine skid braces on both LJ's needed to get some tweeking too, but they both came out real nice too.
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Is there build history on the leafer setup? I'd be interested in the reverse shackle and ubolt flip setup info.
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Unread 08-09-2013, 11:42 AM   #15
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Sweet build!

As you know, I recently finished putting a new RJ D60 & mid arm 3/4link in a friends Jeep LJ. The rear already had a RJD60. We finished another mid arm 3/4 link on another LJ today. It had a Rubi 44 up front, RJD60 rear.

We had some exhaust challenges as well on both rigs - nothing that a sawzall & some creativity couldn't overcome. We used & tweeked a custom truss on the front differentials of both of them for the front upper.

We needed to clearance the bottom of the driver side motor mount on both rigs so that we could get the desired up travel we wanted to get. The engine skid braces on both LJ's needed to get some tweeking too, but they both came out real nice too.
Good info Joe.

I have this nice little bracket from Gen Right that would have been nice to use on the currie diff fro upper CA. I took some measurements and with the frame bottom set at 30.5" and the D60 set at 17.5" centered, I only have about 6.5" before the D60 gets into the engine block. Now, I haven't stretched the front yet since I don't how far I can go until I get the steering and trac bar on it, but if I can go 2" then I gain about another 1" in that clearance. I may have to relocate the alt if I decide to do upper CA on Diff. if that is even possible.

BTW, what do you normally set your up travel for? I'm thinking 6" up and 8" droop for the ORI's. Mainly because minimum for ORI is 5.5" up.

The exhaust I get to do from scratch, just have to make sure there is a route for it to go without hitting something during flex.
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