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Unread 03-07-2014, 11:01 AM   #1
frorge
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Frorge's YJ Build

Howdy JeepForum!

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!

Thanks!

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Unread 03-07-2014, 11:39 AM   #2
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Good clean looking jeep. Wish I could find that in my backyard
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Unread 04-07-2014, 08:33 AM   #3
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Ok! Finally an update. Since this post I've changed all fluids and filters.

Including: Oil, Oil filter, Air Filter, Coolant flush, new thermostat, transmission fluid, front and rear differentials and fuel filter. Notes on that. I didn't realize how bad gear oil smells and the re-usable gaskets for the diff covers are awesome. All in all the fluids looks good which confirms that this girl has been taken very good care of.

Got her inspected here in the ft. worth area so had to do an emissions test. Passed by the skin of her nose, so looking at doing to the full screaming demon spark upgrade at some point to hopefully help with the emissions and maybe gain a few of the hp's. While getting the inspection done, saw this guy getting some new pipes put on, pretty awesome.

Also here are a few pics of my rear diff and my own way of removing a stubborn fill hole plug from the front cover.
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Unread 04-07-2014, 08:50 AM   #4
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This weekend I finally got all the parts in for the lift. Had some issues getting the OME springs, so I went with the Rubicon Express 2.5" springs PN: 1430. Since I changed springs I had to re-order different bushings because the RE springs are all 1.5" ID whereas the OME were 2.25". But finally got all the parts, got all the hardware and got all the tools and of course got the beer. Had a buddy come over saturday to help out.

The underside of the jeep is very clean, no rust so I wasn't worried about getting any of the bolts loose. But I went ahead and sprayed everything down with PB Blaster the day before to make life a little easier. Neither of us had done anything like like this before, but I figured between this forum, youtube and some sweat should'nt be a problem. Well, I've decided there is a steep steep learning curve here. We are still not done, but I think we've got everything figured out now and should be able to wrap it up pretty quick!

I spent the first part of saturday removing the front and rear track bars as well as the shocks. I wanted to drive around with just the track bars off to compare the ride but time wasn't on my side and I didn't. So the comparison will just be between completely stock and brand new suspension. No issues pulling all that off so I was feeling pretty good going into the real gritty stuff. My buddy came over that evening and the first problem we encountered was I had largely underestimated how high we were going to have to jack this thing up! A short trip to an undisclosed location later, and we had ourselves some solid wood blocks to lift from.

Getting the springs off and new ones on went pretty quickly. Then we ran into the issue of not being able to line up the axle properly on the springs. Screwed with that for the remainder of the night / early morning until finally giving up. I posted a question on the /f12 board and got my answer over night! We were attempting to only do 1 corner at a time, and learned that unbolting the entire front makes things much easier. And yes it does!

I worked solo yesterday and managed to get everything in place. All that remains on the front is to jack back up the axle so I can mount the sway bar back to the frame and attach the wheels and brake lines! So with the added help of a buddy tomorrow and all the new knowledge the back end should go on no problem......well at least I hope so....

Question: How can I post pictures in between text, instead of just a bunch at the bottom?
Here are pics of the progress including track bar and shock removal, "doing stuff" and the last is how is currently sits.
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Unread 04-11-2014, 03:03 PM   #5
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Finished the rear end last night. Finding the time to work on this is a lot more difficult then I thought it would!

Still need to torque everything down and need to install the rear shocks. Going to have to swap a metal sleeve in the shocks from the bottom bushing to the top, because the old track bar mount is requiring me to mount them upside down.

But in the meantime, the jeep is sitting on the ground with all four tires. I'll post what I have pics of now, and do some better shots once I can actually drive it out of the garage. But it looks like my RE 2.5" springs plus .5" shackles netted me a little over 5" of lift!!


Wasn't expecting that, so now I'm probably going to definitely need to do the MML, and axle shims and extended brake lines that I was hoping I wouldn't have to do. Oh well!
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Unread 04-14-2014, 08:31 AM   #6
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Finished up and was able to take it for a quick spin. I've got the dreaded death wobble!
Plan on ordering up a browndog MML and hopefully take care of that.

Still need to drive it around, let things settle and re-torque. But these are my measurements now:

Before:
Front: 29"
Middle: 18.75
Back: 22.5"

After:
Front: 32 7/8"
Middle: 23 3/16"
Back: 27 3/8"

Before and after pictures:
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Unread 04-14-2014, 09:43 AM   #7
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Very Clean YJ ! Looks great so far!
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Unread 04-15-2014, 06:54 AM   #8
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cool jeep
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Unread 04-15-2014, 08:58 AM   #9
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Thanks! I just skimmed through your build. You're rocking that rust repair! I was lucky enough to find one down here that (at least that i've found) doesn't have any rust.
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Unread 04-15-2014, 02:28 PM   #10
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i don't mind the rust repair, i enjoy working with metal, it would be nice to have it all together and running again, ive been thinking alot about paint mine white when its all done too
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