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Unread 05-26-2012, 08:34 PM   #1
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first timer yj build

Well this is my first time taking on any sort of build on a vehicle. I've worked on my trucks plenty but I've never actually BUILT one to really be mine. so that's what my goal is here! also for it to be a trail ready DD

My jeep (as of about 4 days ago) is a 95 4 cyl 5 speed. it already has a 4 inch rough country lift from the PO which is brand new. so check that off the list! the jeep is SOLID as in no rust which is beyond nice. (im from Michigan originally) it has 180k miles but seems to be mechanically sound throughout the drivetrain.


My plans:
Disclaimer...This build definitely won't be as extreme as others I've seen here but i'll try to make it as exciting as possible haha

-get it in good running and driving shape how it sits now
-fix all of the PO's "fixes"
-drive it, wheel it, enjoy it!
-rebuild that tired 4 banger! and while I'm at it probably a new clutch
-clean up the inside by removing as much bedliner as possible and giving it a fresh coat
-fresh paint. (im going to try and match it to the 2012 "gecko green"
-drive it, wheel it, enjoy it!

for now that's about it! please give me your thoughts, opinions, suggestions, ideas, constructive criticism, everything!

here's a pic right when i got home with it next to my dodge

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Unread 05-26-2012, 08:52 PM   #2
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So the first thing after getting home i had to take it off road! So much more fun then in the Dodge, it was awesome! the next day (yesterday) i worked on flushing the coolant, changing the engine oil, and taking the top and all of its brackets off (until i order a new one) We also spent a good amount of time looking it over high and low to get a feel for all of what i want to do to it.

I called discount tire and they had a one day rebate deal going on where you get $100 off any wheel purchase and $100 off any tire purchase. It just so happened that they had the tires and wheels i wanted in stock!! I decided these tires are a good choice for me because they should last a good long time and i don't plan on doing any deep mud bogging anyways.
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Unread 05-26-2012, 09:00 PM   #3
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Nice build so far. Those wheels look good on your jeep color.
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Unread 05-26-2012, 09:17 PM   #4
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So today I fixed my broken glove box door and continued on the maintenance work by replacing the brake pads front and rear. I felt the u-joints, ball joints, wheel bearings, and tie rod ends...everything feels great! BTW drum breaks are really confusing incase any of you dont already know haha

So after messing with all of that I started to extend my exhaust. The PO had it end about 10" before the rear axle and with just a small muffler and no catalytic converter (another nice mod from the PO) its pretty loud. especially at that special rpm range... feels like your ears are about to bleed!

the pic makes shows my plan pretty well to get the exhaust out the rear. i'm hoping that will quiet it down some while driving it. or at least keep the smell from killing me? haha

Let me know what you guys think!!

I also added a pic of all the other things going on in the garage
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Unread 05-26-2012, 09:20 PM   #5
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Nice build so far. Those wheels look good on your jeep color.
Thanks! I'm hoping they'll go good with the bright green i plan on painting the jeep too
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Unread 05-27-2012, 08:15 PM   #6
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finished the exhaust today. not to happy about all the clamps i had to use but it's solid and it helped with quieting it down (while in the driver seat anyways...) and getting the fumes away.

does anyone have suggestions on where i should go for a rebuild kit for the 2.5L??
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Unread 05-28-2012, 01:54 PM   #7
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ahh what?? haha
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Unread 06-26-2012, 07:56 PM   #8
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so I got lazy actually working on this... I've been wheeling it just having fun being a jeep owner!

then i finally decided to tackle redoing the bedliner or "tubliner" hah pics explain everything here...but i'll sum it up anyways. i tried just using a chisel and hammer to scrape this stuff up that sucked! so i did some research and found that aircraft stripper is the way to go. TRUE the bedliner just bubbles up after about 10 minutes and for the most part you can just scrape it off with a putty knife.

so now i'm ready for uwharrie sometime next week!!!!!!!!
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Unread 06-26-2012, 08:01 PM   #9
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and the rest of the pics...
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Unread 06-27-2012, 11:28 PM   #10
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nice build so far. we have a similar set ups. check mine out. what more do you have planned for her?
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Unread 06-28-2012, 04:09 AM   #11
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Awesome work so far, did you just pick up the prebent exhaust pipe at an auto parts store? Mine turns down before the rear axle just like yours did, however I just picked up a cheap 90amp wire welder so its time to put it to work.
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Unread 06-28-2012, 08:32 AM   #12
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nice build so far. we have a similar set ups. check mine out. what more do you have planned for her?
how are your rough country springs holding up? i realised my front passenger is bent, not much but you can tell in the first pics by different shackle angles. i've been debating on whether or not to just buy one new spring for $100 or buy a different brand..

I think my next step is to rebuild the I4 before anything bad happens. with that ill do a 4.0 throttle body, 19lbs injectors with a new fuel pressure regulator, and maybe an electric fan. after that some tube fenders and bumper trimming, then maybe paint (i hate doing body work )


And yep that's all autozone prebent. I'm jealous of the welder all i have is an arch welder and i HATE all those clamps haha
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Unread 06-28-2012, 09:28 AM   #13
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Nice progress so far. Not trying to derail this at all, but I can't help but notice the fiberglass shell in the garage. Is that a factory five kit coming together?
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Unread 06-28-2012, 11:43 AM   #14
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how are your rough country springs holding up? i realised my front passenger is bent, not much but you can tell in the first pics by different shackle angles. i've been debating on whether or not to just buy one new spring for $100 or buy a different brand..

I think my next step is to rebuild the I4 before anything bad happens. with that ill do a 4.0 throttle body, 19lbs injectors with a new fuel pressure regulator, and maybe an electric fan. after that some tube fenders and bumper trimming, then maybe paint (i hate doing body work )

And yep that's all autozone prebent. I'm jealous of the welder all i have is an arch welder and i HATE all those clamps haha
So far I am a fan of the RC springs. Deff not the smoothest ride. But being a broke Kid it's good enough for me. Keep it up and I'll keep watching.
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Unread 06-28-2012, 11:59 AM   #15
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well i guess that settles it for me haha another rc spring here i come!

and mishimoto you guessed it! thats the reason for slow jeep progress haha
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