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Unread 12-08-2014, 02:00 PM   #1
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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, 05:18 PM   #2
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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, 07:36 AM   #3
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Slowly but surely.
Parts are starting to arrive.
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Unread 12-12-2014, 11:53 AM   #4
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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, 01:25 PM   #5
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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 12-17-2014, 11:52 AM   #6
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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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Unread 12-29-2014, 08:27 AM   #7
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Unread 12-29-2014, 08:29 AM   #8
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SYE done, guess I wont know if I did it correct until I drive it?
Planning to install the 4" lift this weekend.

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Unread 01-07-2015, 09:45 AM   #9
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SYE and CV drive shaft installed.
4" lift installed.

285/75 16 tires should be here by weekend. (33") on ProComp alloy wheels.



Looks silly with the small tires.
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Unread 01-07-2015, 09:59 AM   #10
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What springs did you go with? It looks like your front shackles are inverted. Hopefully they straighten out as they break in. Good job so far, you will be glad you went with the SYE.
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Unread 01-07-2015, 12:19 PM   #11
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What springs did you go with? It looks like your front shackles are inverted. Hopefully they straighten out as they break in. Good job so far, you will be glad you went with the SYE.
I went with Trail master, I know, cheap, but am on a budget at the moment. I will switch to OME later on if I am not happy.

What do you mean that the front shackles are inverted?
Did I do something wrong or need different shackles?
The shackles in the picture are stock.

Thanks.
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Unread 01-11-2015, 06:15 AM   #12
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Unread 01-11-2015, 06:19 AM   #13
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Looks good, rides HORRIBLE!
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Unread 01-11-2015, 07:15 AM   #14
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I went with Trail master, I know, cheap, but am on a budget at the moment. I will switch to OME later on if I am not happy. What do you mean that the front shackles are inverted? Did I do something wrong or need different shackles? The shackles in the picture are stock. Thanks.
He means the angle of the shackle. Did you torque up everything while you had it jacked up or sitting on its own weight?
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Unread 01-11-2015, 08:16 AM   #15
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He means the angle of the shackle. Did you torque up everything while you had it jacked up or sitting on its own weight?

I think it was still in the air.
Should I loosen and re tighten whilst its on the ground?
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