I recently purchased a new (too me) 1993 Wrangler YJ, 4.0 HO. I searched for about 3 months trying to find a clean, stock jeep that hadn't been molested or mistreated. Then after looking all across the great state of Texas I found this girl about 3 miles from where I grew up!
She has 129K miles and after looking at the CarFax looks like its been a pretty average 5-8K a year every year.
Background: I had an '89 wrangler in high school, and then sold it because it wasn't the most practical ride to go back and forth to college. I've since graduated, worked and made money, purchased a motorcycle, got married and sold said motorcycle. The deal was if I sold the bike, I could use those funds to purchase and build a Jeep. So here we go!
I've avidly read through a lot of builds here, as well as tons of threads on lifts and upgrades. I am an electrical engineer with moderate mechanic skills. While I'm not afraid to tackle pretty much anything, my past automotive history is limited to changing basic fluids and brakes etc. However, after reading through all the write-ups here, I started to get the urge to do a full frame off restoration with axle swaps and the whole nine yards........but then I grounded myselft and decided on the following:
- 2.5" OME 36R Springs
- Bilstein 5100 Shocks
- 1/2" Boom Shackles
- 32x11.5 R15 Dunlop Mud Rovers
- Pro Comp Series 51 Flat Black wheels 3.75 BS
- RE Ubolt Set
- Crown Bushings
BIG shout out to Besrk! I PM'd him here and about 4 days later I had a brand new set up shackles (minus hardware) sitting in my mailbox.
BIGGER shout out to Kolak! He's a distributor on this site that has hooked me up with most everything else on my list. He's been easy to do business with thus far and the prices are the best I've found. And trust me I've been looking.
I'm going to see how this setup works, if I end up with vibrations I'll probably do a 1" Browndog MML then look at DPA's and the like. Currently she handles great up to 70MPH and thats not something I want to lose.
Aside from the suspension upgrades i've got on order new Smittybilt front and rear bumper / tire carrier and new sound system on the way. I've read all the pros and cons about the Smittybilt stuff, but the goal of this is ot have a reliable 2nd vehicle that I can enjoy for many years to come. I want to keep it clean and aesthetically pleasing, but that's not to say it will from time to time find its way to the dirt!
Here's some pictures. Pretty much everything should be coming in, in the next couple weeks. Hopefully I can convince some friends in the coming weekends to help me with the lift! I plan on keeping this pretty up to date, hopefully for y'all that will be less text and more pictures!