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Unread 08-27-2014, 11:23 PM   #1
FFIrish
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A different type of YJ build.

Here's my story. Had a 1987 YJ did some mods, lift, 35's, bumpers,Etc.....
Got in a bind and had to sell it. Needless to say I've been on the hunt for another since the day it sold. Recently purchased a 1991 YJ. Needed work. No drivlines or fuel tank. Got the parts and got it running, runs a drives pretty good. Well here's where the build starts. It's on a tight budget (Firemans budget) haha. All the jeep really has now is a 2 inch body lift and 31 inch tires that are as bald as it gets. What I'm wanting to do is get everyone on here to tell me where I should go with the budget I've got. Kind of let everyone vote on what I should do. My goal is to have a jeep that I can DD if needed but hit the trails when I want. Budget as of right now is 700 bucks. Not a lot I know but it's something. Sorry this post is so long, it'll end soon enough! First things first. Where should the build go from here? Opinions? Budget will increase a little at a time as I get paid. Pics soon!

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Unread 08-30-2014, 05:48 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum!

You are right, $700 is a tight budget. However, making sure that everything is mechanically sound should be your first priority. Get a set of tire for the rig and enjoy it. Get some money put away and start to build it the way YOU want it done. It is your Jeep!
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Unread 08-30-2014, 06:00 AM   #3
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Get it set as a DD first, before lifting, bigger tires etc. Repairing it to stock is the least expensive route, then you can take the next steps when you are ready.
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Unread 09-06-2014, 11:04 PM   #4
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Well I thought I had it fixed. When I got it running it had a slight knock to it, no biggie. Then it became a louder knock. Put it up on the lift. Checked flywheel, manifold all the usual stuff but nothing. Dropped the pan found that no. 3 rod bearing had lots of play, barely even touched the plastigauge when I checked clearance. So I'm just gonna throw another bearing in and see how long it lasts. In the meantime I'll be looking to either rebuild this or build the 4.7 stroker. Any thoughts?
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Unread 09-06-2014, 11:07 PM   #5
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Another thing, when I purchased the jeep the guy had a NP231 Tcase and tranny sitting in his shed. He only wanted 100 bucks so I bought em, come to find out the tranny is an AW4 from a Cherokee. Been thinking about swapping it in. Any one have experience with this?
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