Well, I figured I would make a "build" thread. I have had my YJ for nearly 10 years and have been doing mods here and there so I won't have a lot of pics of the entire process.
I got my '93 YJ when I turned 16. I paid $1500 at the time which was a steal. I can't find any stock pictures but I have some of the earlier versions.
Some specs as of today:
-3.5" Black Diamond lift springs
-Stock TJ alloy wheels
-Worn out Aurora 31" x 10.5" M/T's (cheap)
-Detroit EZ locker in the rear
-Lock-Right in the front
-Yukon 4.10's front and rear (Yes I still have the D35 and I regeared it:thumbdown:)
-Some kind of hack 'n' tap SYE and a Tom Woods rear driveshaft from a wrecked '95 YJ
-Currie boomerang shackles front and rear
Here's some pics from Tellico when I had 2" double military wrapped springs (complete crap), Liberty all-terrain 30" x 9.5" cheapo tires. I can't remember if I had my rear locker in or not.
I got my SYE from a buddy that worked at the old shop I used to work for.
I had to get the driveshaft shortened because the '95 YJ it came off of was a SOA. Took about 2" out of the center section.
I'm sure a lot of you have had this problem with the rear shock mounts on your Dana 35. I backed into a rock and after a year of on road driving it finally gave out. I replaced them this past April with some generic ones I got from a 4WD shop I rode past. I'll post the new ones up later.
Also, this was the first break. I got my neighbor to weld the piece back on one time and it broke again another year later.
This doesn't show the entire process but it shows some of the gear pattern pics of when I was re-gearing my front and rear axle. I rebuilt both axles replacing all the bearings. I set everything up myself. It was my first gear install and they haven't torn up yet so that's a good sign. I don't know if I would do it again just because of the hassle factor. I don't have all the tools a machine shop has but I have more than the average backyard mechanic. The most important tool I bought was an in-lb torque wrench. I got it from Amazon from a bike shop.
Some of the D30. I had to take the ring gear off to put the locker in. I wasn't thinking and forgot to put it in.
After I re-geared my rpm's went up and vibrations from my front driveshaft were becoming very noticeable on the road. I had originally got a ZJ front driveshaft planning on putting that on the front. I took it to the driveshaft shop and the guy there wouldn't warranty the ZJ one because going to a length of 43" with an O.D. of 1.75" he said it would fail at 3000 rpm's. I was surprised because my stock front driveshaft was that length and I have been running it for a long time. He said he would have to go to a 3" O.D. to warranty it. Well, I ended up spending $50 to have my stock one straightened and balanced. I still have a few vibes but not as bad. Here's some pics of the ZJ front driveshaft and the one I put in.
I put Currie boomerangs on front and rear. The rear to get more flex. The front to keep the shackle from inverting and they are greaseable. You can also see the Autozone steering stabilizer I put on a year or so ago, very classy.
Finally you started a build thread, I love your Yj even thou its not spectacular. Its just simple yet trail ready! Keep the pics coming
A few other things I've done more recently. Put my JeepForum sticker on
A common problem with YJ's is the water pouring out of the sides on to our feet. I use to put an old towel in between the windshield frame and the dash. It soaked up a lot of water but after 3 days of rain it became too saturated. I tried everything to seal my windshield up and this is the best option I've found. I drilled holes on both sides of the windshield frame to drain the water. It had a steady stream when I first put the 1/8" diameter hole in it.
1993 Wrangler and 1996 XJ - Jp Magazine
I replaced my lower steering shaft bearing and greased the steering shaft itself. It was pretty nasty, I wish I had pictures of the before but only after its installed. The steering tightened up a good bit.
Got around to replacing the engine mounts. I believe the ones I took off were the originals. The drivers side was busted while the other wasn't. My dad had some extra mounts in his shop from an XJ that we tried to fix up but the oil pump went out and the engine was toast.
When ever I started from 1st gear the whole front end kind of lifted from the drivers to the pass. side and if I was cruising and took my foot off the gas it would kind of jerk a little. I put the new mounts in and it helped out a lot.
The first photo is the new next to the old. The last photo is the new installed. It looks like there is a gap in there.
Sorry these pics are so big. Anyway, I have a Best top Supertop that's about 6 years old. I've been pretty rough on it and it has plenty of scratches but its still a good top. When I tried to put the top on the stitching just broke on the top seem where the zipper attaches to the top itself. The zipper was hanging off so I tied it to the roll bar all Summer until it started getting cold. Once it started getting cold I had to figure something out. I looked for some upholstery shops around my area and couldn't find any that would sew it up. So I asked my mom about it and she actually had a bunch of rolls of nylon upholstery thread. I decided to sew the zipper and restitch most of the top. I did a double stitch and just followed the existing holes and looped up one hole and back to the one before it. Turned out great. I put some seam sealer on it from Wal-Mart and I replaced the foam on the bow assembly.
It's been a while since I've actually updated this thing. I figured I would. A list of the mods and pics will follow.
(5) 33" x 10.5" BFG KM2's
(5) 15" x 8" Black Steelies
Ford 8.8 rear axle from a '98 Explorer
Impact Fabworks front bumper
Warn 8000# winch (CL)
M.O.R.E. upper shock mount extensions
1" Daystar body lift
Balanced and straightened front drive shaft
Relocated front shock mounts
New front U-bolts and brake lines
Edit: Pics are not uploaded directly so they are at the bottom of the post.
My new tires and my gf
Flares (partially finished)
Front driveshaft straightened
Relocated front shock mounts
Hard to see relocated shock mounts
Impact Fabworks bumper
A day of fun, the next day was not so fun (cleaning)
I keep updating this thing intermittently. Well Since my last post I've been wheeling and now I'm finding out what needs to be fixed.
I should have put the M.O.R.E. rear upper shock extensions on before I put the shock tabs on the axle.
Here's some pics from the trip:
I forgot to put the little bit of carnage I got from River Rock:
I guess I'll keep throwing pics in and give an update. I replaced my timing chain and oil pump recently to celebrate the 300K mile mark. It sucked doing it in the parking lot of my apartment complex but you do what you got to do. I also painted my valve/timing chain covers in the process.
I also painted my front D30 diff cover with the leftover paint and installed my Rough Country diff guard that I got for free from a raffle during a local clubs wheeling trip. It looks tough but I don't like the fact that it covers the fill plug. So you have to install it, let the RTV cure a little, fill the diff up, then take out the bottom 5 bolts and put it on, hoping that you don't break the seal. But hey, I have no reason to complain because it was free. I'm glad I have this because my front diff was getting good and crushing rocks. I had to get a wrench for a few of the bottom bolts because the heads were mangled on some sides.
The only other excitement I've had is my top ripping from front to back down the highway during the Arctic blast here in Georgia. I need to mention that I had to drive home with no top that night. It was a 2 hour ride back.
The next day I drove up to Ballground, GA and picked up a CJ-7 hardtop.
As you can see the supertop upper windows do not fit. So a week later I found a post on Craigslist for some TJ uppers. I cut the third pin and welded it back to fit. It's still not matching in color at all but it works well.
Next, I have some 4 x 4 x 1/4" angle I need to put on for rockers.
Yes I plan to wash the jeep since we'll be hitting close to 60 degrees this week.
Not sure why I keep updating this thread since it's so sporadic. I guess so I can have some kind of record.
My buddy had about 6-8 sticks of these things in his garage he's getting ready to tear down. They are very stout too weighing approximately 35 lbs each and they are galvanized on top of that. I took a couple with me to my apartment and they stayed on my deck for several months during which I got some nice trail damage on the rockers.
Anyway I'm planning on a trip to Gulches ORV in Laurens, SC and I figure I would need them so here's how it turned out.
Here's a before shot after I had set up the rockers near the jeep. I put a 2.5" x 45* bevel on the top corners for aesthetics and I think it looks good. After looking closely I think these things are more like 5/16" thick.
As you can see there is some good bent metal under there. For backing plates I used some 2"x3"x1/4" thick steel angle of my buddies also. I cut them to 2' long so they would fit inside the tub and rest against the support brace on the front and be near the seatbelt in the back. I also cut some 2" x 2" 1/4" plates for the front since I couldn't get the angle length was limited by the support brace. Here's some pics of the angle after I flapdisc the galvanizing off the side facing out. I was told the primer would stick better.
To get everything lined up I set the angle inside the tub and the angle on the outside (sorry no pics) clamped down with some panel style vise grips. I then drilled pilots holes with a 3/16" drill bit and I used some leftover engine assembly lube and it cut like butter.
I originally planned on putting 3/8" hardware but I found that the smallest punch and die set we had for the the punch machine at work was 17/32" so I decided on 1/2" hardware. The punch saved lots of effort in drilling the hardest part was moving the big 4' piece of angle around. I also removed the burrs on the hole edges. Then I painted it all up with flat black that my buddy had as extra.
Keep in mind I haven't spent any money thus far.
I got it all painted and was able to bolt it on last night. I used 1/2" x 1-1/2" long stainless steel bolts, flat washer, lock washer and silicon bronze nut that I borrowed from work. I also washed the jeep so I didn't have a bunch of dirt and crap in between when I bolted it down.
Here's the finished product. I think it looks great for the amount of money I have in it which is $0.
After my last wheeling trip I noticed my front shocks were spewing fluid out of the top seal. Upon inspection the seals were cracked and the piston shaft was pitted. I took the front shocks off and found they didn't have near the resistance going downward versus upward. Also one piston sank down by its own weight when I unbolted it from the upper mount. Not good. They also look like pure doo doo.
So I took my old shocks to the Summit Racing store and found out they had the same Skyjunkers for $45 each. I didn't want to put those back on so I tried to size up other ones but Summit wasn't able to do so. So I whipped out my phone and pulled up the Monroe shock catalog with all the mounting and length data and I found some Sensa Trac light truck shocks that matched what I needed. They were $25 a piece with a lifetime warranty from Autozone. I know you get what you pay for but I'm about to on a wheeling trip to SC, they are better than what I have and gas isn't getting any cheaper. On top of that Rancho, Monroe, Gabriel, etc are all made by the same company anyway. I just wasn't ready to throw down $80 a shock yet. Here it is.
I'll have them mounted this evening.
Here's some carnage pics from my recent wheeling trip at Durhamtown Plantation. This is where I noticed my shocks had crapped out on me. Oh and just for reference the rockers were after this trip. Funny how that works.
Durhamtown is mainly a quad, dirt bike place with race tracks and rental stations for the bikes and quads. The have a 4x4 section that does not allow the bikes or quads and they are making an a new 4x4 section with more rocks. Cost for entry are $25 a day and $10 a night for primitive camping. I think passengers and spectators pay $5.
Overall I wasn't very impressed with the experience. The old section was mainly mud (even though it's been dry for 2 weeks) and some hill climbs. Very few rocks. There was a little rock garden area but I wasn't that impressed. I mainly just dirtied up my jeep with mud, I figured I should get my $25 worth.
Another thing that bothered me was the new section was closed off after 1pm the day we got there. It was the one with all the rocks. Anyway I went riding there around 11:30pm because that's why I wanted to go in the first place and the security manager (who is the club leader for the ride, former club for me atleast) was wasted at the lodge and wasn't about to go out on the trails. I went up the only difficult trail called Slippery Nipple. It was 3' rock stairs up an old creek bed.
Now for some carnage pics. Actual riding pics will follow at a later date.
Here she is after getting home:
Overall my jeep took some minor beating but nothing its not used to. Here's the shocks I will be replacing soon. The top seal is shot and the shaft is pitted plus it was spewing fluid with all the bumps. I took them off and pulled it in and had a lot of resistance. I pushed it in and it was noticeably less resistant.
I overfilled my P/S reservoir and the heat spew the excess out. The level is good now.
For some reason I thought it was a good idea to put the bolt in the tranny torque arm this way. It wasn't and as a result it was smashed. I had to cut it off and when I did the nut fell on my shoulder and burned a hole through my shirt and then my skin.
Here is a good reason to do a u-bolt flip on the back. I keep snapping these u-bolt studs off. I finally got off my butt and cut the other down to 1/8" of thread sticking out.
I'm sure this helped climb the 3' rock walls.
Found out my driveshaft yoke was hitting the exhaust hanger on the flow master. Need to get the hammer out.
My SOLID 8.8 diff cover showed up. I didn't smash any big rocks with it though...yet.
Tagged my gas tank.
I also tested my free D30 diff guard I got from a club ride raffle. Worked great!
And finally this happened about 2 miles from my apartment.
Here's some old wheelin' pics. I found them deep within my photobucket so I figure I'd put them up. It was taken at Beasley Knob, one of the last ORV parks where 4x4 vehicles can ride and owned by the US Forest Service. It's located in Blairsville, GA. It cost $5 a night per vehicle for riding and camping. Can't beat that. It also includes pics of my good friend with a Sammy and his swampers that couldn't hold a bead. You'll see a pattern.
Thanks. It's been over the span of the last 7 years that I've been building but I've owned my jeep for 10 years. One day when I get a shop I can start getting serious.
Looks like a solid YJ. I like how everything is on there for a purpose and not just for show....all business
Thanks. I don't really mod for looks mainly function.
Oh yeah my buddy was searching youtube and came across some videos someone took of me wheeling! Crazy. I think it's the only time someone has actually taken a video. I had to yell at the spectators at the top to get out of the way because momentum is my friend.
This is also when my 8.8 was freshly installed and open. I should be able to walk up it now with the Aussie back there.
Well I don't have any updates on my build. This is more of a trail report putting my work to the test. This past weekend me and 4 other buddies drove our jeeps from Atlanta to Laurens County, South Carolina where we camped and rode at Gulches ORV park. It was a 3 hour ride and though riding your junk to the trail is risky I generally think of it as part of the challenge.
Skip, the owner, was a very awesome guy. He helped us out a good bit and took us on a tour the evening we arrived. He let us borrow some gas (sorry we didn't fill it back up Skip), directed us to a fab shop for repairs and he had a great park. We ended up reserving a riverside campsite. Here's some pics of me and my crew.
Here's my buddies YJ. He finally got it on the trail for the 3rd time. This was his first venture with the new 33" Mickey Thompson MTZ's.
My buddy's CJ-7. We've been building this thing for 2 years. He just got the 35" KM2's and he had a tough weekend.
Other buddies YJ. He has a lot of money in this thing. Notice the Warn Power Plant winch. He only has 31's for now. He's new to the 4 wheeling world and I think his first lesson needs to be how to buckle his seat belt.
Here's the campsite. It was nice and we already had some firewood stacked up when we got there.
Here I am. Bi-winning.
Here my other buddy he's got a 4Runner.
More to come.
Well the night we arrived Skip took us on a tour of the trails and near the end my CJ stopped running. Can you see what's missing in this photo?
Luckily the 4Runner buddy was coming from Statesboro and was able to pick us up a new fuel pump. Once we got that on we were good to go. In the mean time me and the other guys did some riding.
Both the other YJ's have fresh 4.5" RE lifts on theirs so they have a little bit of an edge on my worn crummy suspension.
Here is where the day gets better. My buddy with the CJ was climbing a good size hill and then something snapped.
That was a little bit of set back and my buddy thought his weekend was done. But we went to see Skip since he deals with this stuff day in and out. He said to go to his friends shop about 3 miles down the road. He said he's a fabricator and might have some pipe laying around that we could sleeve the driveshaft with. Well we found the house and it had a lot of projects and parts all around his shop so we were sure we found the place. He also had an intense Great Dane named Titan.
My buddy who owns the CJ and Titan. Just to note my buddy is a relatively large guy.
Brad, the guy that helped us out was awesome. He had some 2.5" O.D. steel tubing with 1/4" wall. He got us straightened out.
My buddy didn't get over this because he's open in the front and rear. We were also hitting our drivers rear spring mount big time.
I got a little horizontal when I rode the side wall up. I have a video of it but I still need to load them.
Here's me with a strap on the front. I used it just to keep from rolling on one obstacle. This obstacle to be exact.
My CJ buddy just couldn't catch a break (pun intended). He was coming off these huge culverts and slammed down on the front end hard. Really hard. So hard his engine shifted forward enough for the fan to nip 7 rods in the radiator, then steam city.
So we had to get creative. Luckily another buddy had some waterproof JB weld. We ripped out the copper fins in between the clipped rods then we squeezed the rods shut and rolled them up. The lower open ones we put JB weld on. Miraculously we made it home with zero leaks.
That's my front driveshaft. I lost a u-joint cap. Most likely because my 5/16" deep well 1/4" socket was cracked in 2 places. So when I tried to torque the bolt, it gave.
I have a ton of pics so I won't be able to post them all. I will get the videos uploaded though. Here's a couple more and some of us going down the road on the way back.
My buddy was stoked that he actually made it out. So he showed it.
Here's me back in South ATL after spending all weekend in the woods. My hair didn't need any gel to stand straight up. Grossness.
love my yj
Since I need to slow down on spending money, I think my next mods will be a hand throttle on the shifter and a tie rod flip kit. I'm thinking about using the go-fer-it inserts.
I'll post pics of the install once I get the material together. I already have a stock pitman arm that can replace my dropped one.
Well I've done a little to the jeep but not a whole lot. Right now it's just little stuff here and there until I rebound from recent purchases (ring) and an upcoming vacation (to give the ring). Anyway a month ago I found a hose sticking out of the gas tank skid. I looked at it and I remember putting it on the vent lines about 6 years ago. Well it fell off and cracked. It might be because it was a washer hose from an '89 Volvo.
Anyway I got bored and decided to drop the tank. I also planned it pretty well because I was about to run out of gas and didn't want to get more (when it was pushing $4 a gal.) and I was almost home plus I knew I wanted to drop the tank. When I started taking the filler hose and vent hose off I found the vent hose was cracked and hard as a rock. So I got a new one from Q-tec since no dealership in my area had one.
Here is the assortment of hoses I took off and the new 1/4" fuel hose for the vent line.
Here's the tank in the back of the jeep. I had to open up the back to vent the fumes out a little. The gas tank skid was also in rough shape. I scrapped about 3/8" thick build up of dirt and dust from the inside and found a little rust. I'm having the sandblasting guy we use at work clean it up then I'll prime it and put some decent paint on there.
Once I get it back I'll take some more pics and show the finished product and the gas tank install. On a side note I acquired a 5L military jerry can for $5 from a retired welder at work. He was also a marine but he found it at a yard sale and sold it to me for the same price. Pretty sweet deal. I just need to find a filler neck and make a gasket for it. Here it is when I first got it and then after I had it sandblasted and primed. I think I'm going to paint it OD green like it was.
I finally got my gas skid back and blasted. I also made a stop by Lowe's after my jog.
Here's the blasted skid.
I wiped it down with a wet rag and after a couple minutes it started oxidizing.
I also painted my jerry can with camo green. It was close enough to OD green to me:
All painted off the back porch of my apartment. Yes I'm the guy with auto parts hanging off the hooks on the deck.
Tomorrow I'm going to smooth out the gas skid with some steel wool and wipe it down. Then I'm going to put some black gloss paint on it. I was torn between flat black and gloss. I figure it won't matter after a couple months plus I had some extra gloss black in case my one can wasn't enough.
I just got back from my vacation with my new fiance. Went to San Francisco and drove up the coast, saw the Redwoods and swung by U of O and OSU. Finished up in Portland. It was awesome. Since I'm broke now I can continue doing cheap fixes to my jeep.
I painted my gas skid finally and put some pipe insulation tape as a cushion. I had some leftover from refurbishing the A/C.
Well I figured I'd make my standard 3 month update.
I've only done a few things to the jeep. They were relatively inexpensive also.
First I finally got around to installing an electric Taurus fan. I didn't do it for power gains, I did it because my motor was overheating on the trails. The new fan clutch was garbage and after the 5th one I'm tired of putting new ones in and having a moderate cooling system. So I went this route.
I went to Pull-a-part in South Atlanta and snagged a fan for $16. I also found a 50 amp relay from a Volvo but ended up not using it. The Taurus fan I found doesn't seem like the most ideal from others I've seen but it's working good so far. I had to do a little trimming on the shroud just to get it to fit.
I installed it with a few hiccups but that was to be expected. The major concern was the clearance between the waterpump pulley and the fan motor. It's REALLY close but I was at my folks house Sunday and found a pulley from a '92 XJ. They have waterpump that doesn't stick out like my YJ's.
Here's the clearance.
I used a Hayden's adjustable thermostat I got from O'Reilly's for $17.62. I also bought a 40 amp relay for $5 or so since I didn't used the Volvo one. I'll probably upgrade to a better one depending on how this one works. As of now I'm only using the low speed. If I use the high speed I'll need to get a heftier relay. I also already had a switch in the dash for some lights I had years ago that I no longer have. I am using it as a cutout switch in case I go in deep water.
Pics of some wiring.
Another thing I realized when I was doing this swap was my lower radiator hose. I replaced it at some point in the last 10 years. When I did I never swapped the coil out inside of it. This explained the overheating at high speeds. I believe the lower hose was collapsing from the high rpms. Anyway I took a stainless steel welding rod from work and bent it around my high-lift handle and worked it into the hose.
Today I finished up the latest mod. Well add-on I guess. I don't have any kind of rear bumper or recover except a tow hook through the frame. I also can't tow anything. A buddy gave me his old Curt trailer hitch. Since I don't have the dough to spend on a bumper/tire carrier (saving and there are other more important things I need for the jeep)this was the best option and it was free.
I put (10) Grade 8 bolts through the rear cross member and one in the tapped hole under each end of the frame. I also made some backing plates for the (8) bolts going through the rear cross member out of 3/8" steel plate.
This is not really related to my jeep but while I was at my folks house my dad told me to come look at my sisters old Honda. I walked over and looked and I was dumbfounded. My sister never complained about the brakes though.
Looks like you are having way too much fun...
You inspire me... I wanna get out there and break some stuff... Keep rockin in the free world!!!
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