First...I'm new here, so hi to everyone!
Second...I noticed that there's a lot of experience here...I hope to glean some of that.
I recently came into possession of a 1995 yj for the deal of the century...free! I'm elated! I am new to the forums, but not to jeeps. Although I haven't had one for close to 20 years. My first jeep was a Willy's 48/49 cj. Man, I miss that one.
The wife and I took the yj, which is pure stock, btw, out for a drive in the snow. It was a good trip, but I quickly realized that the yj needs some work....of course. new tires, a lift and so on.
The major down side is that the engine is the stock 2.5 litre. (insert sad face here). However, again, for free...I'm not complaining one bit. And who knows, the Great Jeep Project may have a new engine in the future!
So...this is where I need advice....with such a task a head, where do I start? Lift? Suspension?
Like I mentioned...it's stock. NOTHING is or has been upgraded.
Probable the first thing I will be doing is getting her in the air a bit. I will be doing a shackle lift, probably this weekend. The shackles that are on it now are the stock, 5" C-C shackles. I'm making my own and giving it another 2" on that, making them 7" C-C. I'm a machinist, so making them is easy for me.
I intend the jeep to be a weekend driver in the hills, off-road with some occasional technical stuff. No major rock crawling, but some mud, snow and such.
So, what do you figure the priorities should be? Anyone have maybe a list of "things to do" for building a decent off-roader?
Thanks in advance for the help.
See you on the trails!
Last edited by Rifle; 12-11-2009 at 10:42 PM..