I thought I would start a write up about my yj. I bought it a few years ago and have slowly been building it up as funds allow. I am getting married in August, so funds are near all time lows for now, but that doesnt mean I dont have any tricks up my sleaves I want to get a couple of key items before the wedding when our accounts will be one and the same and my addiction will need to be funded mostly by cash. I had plans for a lift by now, but then the wedding took presidence and the lift went back. All is good though, the lift will be repurchaced in November or December and I am going to go with a bds instead of an ome lift. So heres a few pics of the jeep and I will just "rebuild" my jeep online as time allows. Just so you know, I will be taking pictures of things as I go to show more detail of things I did years ago. It might look strange if I show you pictures of "new" things and then the next it has rust or something on it. Thats why, new vs aged.
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I bought it in 2006 from a friend of mine. He bought it after his cj rusted away and had plans to build this one up. College got in the way for him and he bought a camery to get from home and school a little easier and cheaper. I offered to take it off his hands for him.....he has regreted it ever since! I keep trying to get him to buy another, but now he is starting a masters program in Georgia, so maybe later.
Here is what it looked like when he owned it.
It had about 145,000 on the ticker, I bought it for $3,000 with a top that was less than a year old. Only major issues were it needed a starter, radiator, new seats, new tires, oh, and the tranny was grinding something awful. I think I did good, considering it was from a friend.
I drove it around for about a week. Then I got a wild hair. I planned on doing some quick rust repair under the drivers side "jeep" logo. I was a little nervous at first cutting into the sheet metal for the first time. I kept telling myself it was for its own good! After that, I didnt mind cutting it up, I started to figure looks are over rated. Most of the jeeps i over are the ones with trail damage anyway.....I just dont like rust!
So after cutting and welding a new section of steel, I found more issues and one thing lead to the next....
One of the first things I did was rip off that god awful stearing wheel cover! I planned to replace it with another but I ended up just using road bike bar tape I had laying around. I think it turned out pretty nice. I will replace the whole thing when this wears out, but it has been there for a couple years now and it still looks good.
The body mounts where horrible. Basically nothing was left of them. Some had no bolts remaining! The rubber was shot so I started looking into replacing them. I talked to a guy at a jeep shop when I was really new to everything...before I found forums for advise. He advised me to replace with rubber and not do poly. I also was going to do a body lift, which he advised in not doing. I found a rubber kit, from crown I believe, and started taking out the remaining bolts.
Ran into some issues when it came to removing the bolts, seemed they were a little rusted. The bolts tore apart the captured brackets and they just spun around. This was the only solution I could come up with...remember... I didnt have the knowledge of the forums at the time. So there might be a better solution, but this worked.
Then cut and weld on the sheet again. On the rear I had a ton of rot where the corners met the body under the tailgate. So cut and welded new steel and made it all seamless....mostly seamless, not the best body work in the world, but its a jeep.
I had to do the same thing to the inside of the tub to get access to the other body mounts.
Note: I also welded the nut/washer to the tub after I cleaned it up. This was for mock up.
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Before I get a bunch of questions. Yes, those are tj kentrol tailgate hinges. The hinges had some rust on them, so I replaced them with kentrol stainless. The jeep shop guy sold them to me and mistakenly sent me home with tj tailgate hinges. I knew it right away, but then started thinking it might be nice to have them with the stops built in and then get rid of the silly after thought mount on the rear corner. It fit the tailgate perfectly, the only two issues where the body holes didnt line up. So I just added a couple of holes. Then the upper hinge sticks up past the tub lip a little bit, but I could live with that. The only other issue was in order to get the third brake light working right (because there is a new swing arc) I had to bring out the metal electrical contact stud on the body out with a couple of "o" ring washers.
I like the mod a lot, one of the best I have done. Only problem is that when I did this, to my knowledge there wasnt an aftermarket version. I saw about a year ago, there is a company that now makes a yj version of the tj style. Oh well I guess that happens at times.
Here is what I did to support the new holes that I had to drill, basically just made the stock bracket longer.
Here is the gap. Its not that bad, I was going to fill it with silicone, but didnt. The top covers it up pretty good anyway.
And before I get haters. The plan all along was to paint the stainless! I will post about that soon, didnt turn out as planned.
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Welding was becoming one of my skills (along with my nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills, computer hacking skills!) or so I thought. I am the first to admit, I am not a great welder. I can do it and it turns out okay, but I am self taught, so when it comes to certain things it may not come out right. I have done some welding to our tractors and some of the welds have torn apart, others are still going strong. So its a learning process. Basically I was looking for something I could do to make B.G. look a little different than the other yjs around. I wanted something that a normal non jeeper wouldnt probably notice has changed. I didnt like the idea that the parking lights where in the front grill and wanted to move them up to the fenders like a tj. My figuring went that if I move them up, when I put a winch up front, they would still be visible. So I moved them up with my newly developed welding skills! Sorry for the Napoleon Dynamite reference. Any time I hear the word "skill", i just crack up.
Love it or hate it, its too late now!
In hindsite, I wouldnt have done it. Dont get me wrong, I like it. Its just that now I am looking at upgrading to the cj style plastic flat fenders from modern classics Modern Classic Enterprises
Here is jerrys write up about them: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/ne...angler-959981/
I emailed them asking if they would fit a yj. They said yes, but they wouldnt look right and then said they would be available for a yj in three weeks. That was a couple of weeks ago. So in the end I might have wasted a bunch of my time, but, then again these werent around 5 years ago.
Time for paint! I originally wanted the tj sand color (http://www.kintzelmotors.com/03%20je...rang%20tan.jpg) <----like this one. Before I bought this jeep I almost bought an lj of the same color, it was right after a trip from moab and the ljs had just come out. I really wanted one and the dealer really wanted me to buy one, but in the end I didnt think I could afford the payments. I still like the color and thought it would look good on my yj, maybe someday. I read a bunch about painting cars and the other options out there but ultimately decided to just repaint it stock white. Here are my reasons:
1. It was already white. I didnt have to paint the roll bar since the paint was still good. I was concerned about painting something that wasnt basically flat.
2. My work just happend to need one of their trucks painted white. I offered to buy the paint if they would let me use it as my guinea pig. After all was said and done, the work truck actually turned out better! I think I was paying more attention when I did my first paint job. It still turned out pretty good though. There are a couple spots of runs and a dry spot. Some of it visible, some on the rear corners I was going to cover anyway.
I painted both of them outside. I didnt want to set up a booth inside because my boss wouldnt have liked it. I could have, but if overspray covered everything, I wouldnt have heard the end of it. I painted the jeep the day after painting the truck. The truck was painted on a nicer day, I was under the gun for rain with the jeep, which probably acounted for most of the errors.
All the hinges are stainless. I sand blasted them to get them roughed up before paint. I dont know if it was the primer I used or what but the paint started peeling off the stainless about 6 months after painting. I plan on doing something about it someday. Either I will pull them off and shoot them with sand again and just leave them or try a different primer and repaint white.
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Awwww would you look at that! My two favorite things.....the jeep and pb blaster! jk, I like my poison spyder rockers too! No idea whos dog that is....ruining my pictures!
Actually thats my bud Hurley. He keeps me company on many late nights working on B.G.
Installed the painfully heavy rockers on my own one night. I had help mocking them up to drill holes, but after paint I was on my own. I could have waited for help, but I was anxious to see it all together and didnt want to wait. Also installed a set of tj flares. The rockers were made for the use of tj flares but I didnt like where they would have placed the flares. So i cut the flares to go over the rockers a tad.
There is a lot going on in this picture. I bought the bestop swing tire carrier on the advise of the jeep guy at the store (he is no longer in business and I dont remember the name of the shop....maybe Swamps?) He suggested the carrier over the bumper type and I did a little searching and this is why I went with this:
1. I liked the idea of having the tailgate open the carrier and the tailgate. No other latch to deal with.
2. It was cheaper (so I thought) than to go with a bumper and swing gate combo
3. If you notice in some of the above pics, I started to try and build my own tire carrier on the bumper. I didnt know there are bearing kits available so I tried to fab one on my own. It didnt work so well and I just gave up on the idea.
4. I heard horror stories about rear crossmembers breaking off because of too much weight on the bumper. (I know now this can be beefed up)
I originally put the bestop carrier on without the corner guards. About that time I signed up for my first forum account. I found out that most people that run these had problems with the corner anchors ripping the sheet metal on the jeep. I bought the Gen right corners to keep this from happening. They are yj corners that I had to cut down to fit around my fenders and my tj hinges. All was well for about 4 months, thats when I got rid of the little spare and bought a set of 31 10.5 Goodyear Kevlars. About a week after having the "heavy" spare on the tailgate I noticed the metal in the middle of the tailgate where the bestop carrier attaches was starting to push in. So to combat this I bought a tailgate cover. I dont remember who made this one, but it does the trick. All in all I probably spent just as much making my bumper, buying the corners, buying the tailgate cover, and buying the bestop carrier as I would have if I just bought a bumper/carrier combo from the start. It works well though now. I just dont care for all the extra weight. But then again a little armor couldnt hurt.
I havent been really wheeling the jeep this year. I am waiting for a lift. The 31s fit, but off road they rub way too much. I put the 235's back on for now. I bought them dirt cheap and they hardly have any miles on them so I figure I will wear them away and keep the 31s safe for now.
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Thought I would do a quick update on a few projects I have been working on for the last year. Can't believe its been that long since an update, but here goes.
I came across some best top boxes dirt cheap in a closeout deal at collins brothers jeep. I think the set was $40 shipped. So of course I bought a set and put them in the back. It helps a bunch with recovery gear and tools.
I modified the hinges to swing inward instead of back on one of the boxes. I had bought an oba set up and wanted to mount the tank on top of the box.
I had been wanting a viair oba system for the jeep. I stumbled across a group buy on the forum and jumped on it.
I had also been wanting to get some boom shackles to go along with the 1.5-2.5 lift I have yet to buy. Again, I found them on the forum from member VACJ5. He made a set to my specs and shipped them way cheaper than I could find anywhere else. Shipped quick, look great, couldn't ask for more. If you are interested in a set from him just send him a pm, super nice guy.
What I thought would be a half a day fun project turned into a pita. Bushings had rusted to the bolts and I had a tough time getting some out. Others came out with no problem, but I had to order some new parts.
They came out great in the end. I havent bought the center bolts just yet, I think I am only going to use them in the front though. I dropped the tank down to install the booms and found I needed some work on the gas tank. The seal was shot and the return/sending lines were really rusted. So I cleaned them up and bought a new seal. If you have never dropped your tank I would suggest you do just to check your seal. Mine was so bad you could tell that fuel was leaking from the top, probably for some time. That $5 seal will probably pay for itself in no time flat! Also pulled the tube from the vent line to add 5 gallons of capacity. Sorry no pics of that stuff, but it was pretty straight forward.
I had been looking for an 8.8 axle to through under the jeep. I had gone to the junkyard on a regular basis looking at axle codes....needless to say I was sooo tired of seeing D4 on the door! So one day I was just doing my regular check and HOLY Sht! there it was....an open carrier 4:10 of my dreams. It was complete also, axles, brakes, rotors, it was perfect (for a jy axle anyway). So $140 and a little work, I was headed home with my new axle. Stripped all the junk off and started to rebuild, currently I am still working on it, piece by piece.
Painted up the calipers, but they are in rough shape. I think I will probably get some rebuilt units down the road.
At some point I was waiting for paint to dry so I made a "thing" to keep the gas door open while filling. Now I don't have to use my gas cap wedged anymore. 1/4 aluminum round stock and a rubber covered clamp. Free mod from scrap! Credit to the original person with this idea, I saw it somewhere on the forum and thought it would be good to do down the road.
F/S Dana 35, 4:10, open make an offer, local pick up only, will not ship. 3-8-13