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Unread 12-08-2014, 03:00 PM   #1
uncletiffy
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1995 YJ Wrangler 
 
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Location: Nassau, Bahamas
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Bahamas YJ build.

Hello everyone.
My parts have started to arrive so I have decided to start a build thread.
Warning; This will be a slow thread as I can only work on it as time/money allows.

I recently purchased a 1995 Jeep YJ 2.5/5speed for a great price.
It has over 100K miles and need lots of attention, however it is almost completely rust free which is amazing for a Bahamian car.
only the windshield frame is rotted. The body and frame only has light surface rust.


This is not my first Jeep. I owned a 1973 CJ5 for 16 years and enjoyed every minute of it.
I have owned a couple Suzuki SJ413's, a Hyundai Galloper, Toyota Land Cruiser, Mitsubishi Pajero and presently own a Land Rover defender 90.

I love to off road hence all the off road vehicles.

Anyhoo, The YJ needs lots.
So far I am starting with the clutch and brakes, neither works.
I have ordered a complete clutch kit with slave and master cylinders.
I also ordered a brake master cylinder and brake booster as the booster had rotted away.
The guy that owned it had installed boat seats! So I have 2 new seats.
A new windshield frame with all the rubbers and a new bikini top.

My Plans.

My daily driver is a Cooper S that I hate, I am an off road man. Plus the Cooper is too fast for me, it has to go. So I am thinking to get the YJ going for the daily driver and the Defender for weekends and vacation. I spend most of my vacations on the outer islands exploring with the wife and dogs in the Defender.

So,

I want to first get the mechanicals sorted out. Engine,drivetrain,,..
I do not want a pretty Jeep, in fact I may paint the whole thing with bedliner or something similar so that it can take lots of bush.
Then I am going to lift it. I am going to run 33" tires so I figure a 4" kit will do it.
Keep in mind that some of my excursions involves deep water so the higher the better but I think 35" would be a bit much for the 2.5.
If I do decide to use it as a daily driver I will also install a full soft top, I am trying to keep the weight down as much as possible.
I have ordered 16" alloy wheels to help with the weight.

I already have the SYE ordered and the CV drive shaft but am still on the fence about the lift kit.
My Defender has a 2" Gywn Lewis OME kit and she rides amazing. However I may not be able to spend that much on the Jeep.
Keep in mind every part I order for the Jeep has to come out of the US and I have to pay duty and freight on top of the first cost. Starting January I will also have to pay VAT !!!!!

Here it is.



Boat seats


The Jeep and the Defender 90 (Pumkin)



I look forward to asking tons of questions.

Thanks.

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Unread 12-09-2014, 06:18 PM   #2
CaptCash
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Uncletiffy,
I like your jeep! Can't wait to see more pics as you progress.
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Unread 12-10-2014, 08:36 AM   #3
uncletiffy
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Slowly but surely.
Parts are starting to arrive.
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Unread 12-12-2014, 12:53 PM   #4
uncletiffy
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Items that have been ordered so far.

4" lift kit
5 16x8 alloy wheels
5 33x12.5 M/T tires, 285/75/16.
windshield frame kit complete
Clutch kit
clutch master and slave cylinder kit
Brake master cylinder
Brake booster
SYE
CV drive shaft
Steering stabilizer
complete HD tie rod kit
2 new front seats
new extended bikini top
2 used roll bar to windshield thingies
Gas cap.
I am sure I am forgetting something.

The plan is to do the clutch and brakes, then service the engine.
Drive it a week or 2 then install the lift kit, wheels/tires and steering stuff.
Then decide if I like it as much as the Defender before I continue.
If I don't like it I will sell it, Jeeps sell well in the Bahamas.
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Unread 12-16-2014, 02:25 PM   #5
uncletiffy
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Started today with clutch install and brakes.
Full clutch kit with master and slave cylinder,
Brake master cylinder with new booster.
Then a complete service for the engine.
Pads and shoes are to be delivered.

Hopefully I will be able to drive it for X-mas.

Then in the new year will install the lift kit, wheels and tires, along with some other goodies that I am rounding up.

I may bypass the SYE and CV drive shaft for a while and just use the transfer case drop kit and stock drive shaft.

I have to find someone that can do the SYE install into the transfer case,.
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Unread Yesterday, 12:52 PM   #6
uncletiffy
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Clutch and brakes are done and I drove it for the first time.
It feels almost as sh(tty as my old CJ5, but the brakes are better, it actually will stop eventually.
I love it!

next will be a complete engine service, hopefully on Friday.
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