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Unread 01-27-2013, 08:37 PM   #1
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Banged and Bruised-'88 YJ

I bought my Jeep about 3 months ago. Not my first one and probably not my last (hope my wife does not read that line.) I feel like I got a pretty good base to start with.

Well here is what I started with:
1988 Jeep Wrangler YJ
Chevy 350
Turbo 350 trans
NP231J with SYE
D30/D35 3.07
2" Springs
Procomp Shocks
5/8 shackles
265/75/16 Goodyear MTR


Knowing what I wanted before I started has helped a lot for keeping progress moving.

List of things I planned:
Family Style Roll Bar
Bed liner interior
Cavalier Seats
Winch
Rock Crawler style bumpers
New Springs
Fit 35" Tires
Gears to turn the tires
Hummer style intake

I will add other future mods in newer post as I decide what I want.

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Unread 01-27-2013, 08:40 PM   #2
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The day I brought it home.





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Unread 01-27-2013, 08:42 PM   #3
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The next day I snatched out the carpet vacuumed all 4" of dirt out of the floor.

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Unread 01-27-2013, 09:09 PM   #4
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After driving for about 3 days the 2nd gear in the transmission broke. Had to snatch it out and get it rebuilt. Decided to get a less aggressive shift kit in it also. It was barking the tires every time it would shift even if you were easy on it.

While the transmission was out I found a family style roll bar, cavalier seats, and decided to get some bed liner in.

After an exhausting fight with torx bolts on the roll bars I found rust under the base plates. My welding... well my welding is learn as you go and very sad. I'm learning though.




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Unread 01-27-2013, 09:11 PM   #5
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Got done just before it started raining.
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Unread 01-27-2013, 09:18 PM   #6
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Faired out some of my rough spots with figerglass filler, got some primer down, and started on the bed liner. My wife wanted to help. I used the cheap Rustoleum Bed liner.





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Unread 01-27-2013, 09:24 PM   #7
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Went to Lowe's got some Grade 8 bolts and got the New Family Style Roll Bars in.


Made a steering column compression tool with some stuff I had laying around the garage.
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Unread 01-27-2013, 09:51 PM   #8
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Snatched some seats from a '97 Chevy Cavalier. Turns out they do not bolt up in the 87-91 like they will in the 92+. No big deal. A little extra work and they are worth it.

Pull the sliders off the seats


Grind all rivets off and remove everything from the sliders.



Put the torch on the drivers side lever to keep it from hitting the bottom of the seat.

Paint and add extentions. I only had to add extentions on the drivers side seat

mount the sliders on the Jeep base.
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mount and install.
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Unread 01-27-2013, 09:52 PM   #9
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Unread 01-27-2013, 09:53 PM   #10
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Looking good do far. What are your long term
goals? If your plans are bigger meats, an axle swap could be necessary. But, liking what you have fine so far. Also have build: Building Goliath.
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Unread 01-27-2013, 09:56 PM   #11
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Got a winch for Christmas. Ordered a front rock bumper w/winch mount.

Superwinch TS9500, Bumper is an e-autogrilles rock bumper from eBay. I like it. Much better quality than I expected. I would be willing to buy it again.
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Unread 01-27-2013, 10:00 PM   #12
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One of my front springs is bent. So I will be replacing them. I chose to go with BDS 5" Springs and the BDS 5500 shocks. I could not pass the up with the warranty. I pieced my suspension together and saved a lot over getting a complete kit. I also found if you buy BDS from your local dealer you can save over buying from their website.


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Unread 01-27-2013, 10:11 PM   #13
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I learned a while back I will probably need a beefier axle in the rear than the d35. With the V8 and the plan of going to 35's I decided to go with the popular Ford 8.8 Swap. I took my brother to the junk yard and found a 1999 explorer with 4.10 to go with. $160 + $17 to get a year warranty (already paid for itself)
I went checked door codes found a D2 got it home opened it up and it was stamped 3.73 on the ring gear. There was not an axle tag only the door code. I took it back the next morning being that I paid the $17 there were no questions asked I grabbed another from door code D2 but it did have an axle tag 4L10 so I did get the gear ration I wanted. So now I have a Ford Axle with 4.10 and a front axle with 3.07. I put a post on facebook with a couple of the local Jeepers looking for a front axle with 4.10 within an hour I had a deal set up.

My brother helping me out.

Opened up looking good.

Front D30 with 4.10
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Unread 01-27-2013, 10:14 PM   #14
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Note: I also learned the front dana 30 changed the steering knuckle and calipers on the '92+ I was able to get new calipers from Autozone for $20 each. Also the new calipers come with bolts to mount to the steering knuckle.
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Unread 01-27-2013, 10:20 PM   #15
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I took some measurements for before and after on the lift.
front drivers side 30-3/16"

Front Pass side 29-7/8"

Pass Rear 24-1/5"

Driver Rear 25-3/8"


The spring that was bent was the Passengers side front.
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