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post #1 of 7 Old 05-09-2014, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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My YJ Build

Back in September of 2012 I traded a '66 CJ-5 for a bone stock YJ. The CJ5 was cool, lifted on 32s and I did some extensive rust repair, but it was poorly lifted, carb'd and just not the best Jeep for the trails around here.

Bye Bye CJ5

Hello YJ!
550438_3789849115950_1019030048_n by Dukeryder, on Flickr

My Girlfriend and I took the Jeep up on the Bunce School Rd. Trail when I first got for a test run. Quickly found out 4wd didnt' work

Found out someone drained the TC and couldn't get the fill plug off so they just ran it empty. Luckily for me I just replaced the pads on the mode fork put in new fluid and it was all good.

With the shot leaf springs, shocks and tie rods, I purchased a 2" Lift from BDS and some Rusty's HD Steerign linkages and installed. The stock wheels looked like hell and the BFG "Long Trail TAs" didn't offer up much traction so I swapped those out for some 31" Kenda Klevers mounted up to "Ravine" wheels

[IMG]IMG_3225 by Dukeryder, on Flickr[/IMG]

Took it on a few trail runs in that configuration and decided I needed a locker. I scored a new spartan on eBay cheap so in it went.
IMG_2816 by Dukeryder, on Flickr
locker by Dukeryder, on Flickr
axle install by Dukeryder, on Flickr
IMG_3224 by Dukeryder, on Flickr

Took it on some more trail runs, but the 3.07 gearing with the 31s was really annoying.
Jeep by Dukeryder, on Flickr

Rather than re-gearing, I opted to swap in an 8.8 with 4.11s from an Expoloder. Swapping in a better front axle wasn't in the budget, so I had that regeared with 4.10s.
IMG_3223 by Dukeryder, on Flickr

Locker, Gears and 31s helped out a lot on more difficult trail runs.

Still with 31s I was dragging stuff and getting hung up on rocks from time to time. So I upgraded to 33s. Going to 33s I wasn't able to bolt the spare to the tail gate any longer either so I purchased a custom swing away from Dirt Works.
[IMG]image by Dukeryder, on Flickr[/IMG]

Going to the 33s, I decided that to get even better ground clearance I wanted to do away with the TC drop, so I picked up a JB Conversion SYE and a Tattons Drive shaft.
Untitled by Dukeryder, on Flickr
by Dukeryder, on Flickr

After doing all those mods, the Jeep was getting to the point that I had a lot of money into but it kinda looked like a P.O.S. The cowl had cracked up bondo, there driver's floor pan was riveted thin sheetmetal, and the rockers were rotted pretty bad. So as much as I hate auto body, I started in on the rust.
image by Dukeryder, on Flickr.
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new floor!
IMG_3226 by Dukeryder, on Flickr

My front fenders were shot so I bought some tube fenders from CCFABs out of Arizona which look sweet. To protect the body, I installed some body armor (it's Chinese junk from e-Autogrilles, but it'll do the job).

I don't have any pics of all the body work (I hate sanding and painting so I wasn't stopping to take pix along the way), but here's the finished results:
IMG_3214 by Dukeryder, on Flickr
IMG_3215 by Dukeryder, on Flickr
IMG_3220 by Dukeryder, on Flickr.
IMG_3221 by Dukeryder, on Flickr

I primed it with Dupli-Color, the Paint Shop system SUCKS, but they have some Surface Primer that you have to thin with acetone and it works a lot better. The color is from and is Starfire Urethane Omaha Orange and cleared with Finish 1 Urethane clear. This paint job is far from show quality but it'll be just fine for a trail rig like mine.

I'm still not quite finished yet, I need to have my new exhaust installed and I have some Chromoly Ted Factory axles on the way.

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-09-2014, 11:07 PM
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Sweet build Man I really like the orange and black.
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-13-2014, 05:24 AM
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I really like the color combo! Any drive train mods, or are your running stock motor/trans?

1995 Wrangler-90 day build
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post #4 of 7 Old 05-13-2014, 05:59 AM
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I really like that color combo as well. Did you keep your inner front fenders or did the new ones come with their own?
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-13-2014, 02:17 PM
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that's awesome! I love the YJ in that color. The whole thing looks really nice
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-19-2014, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the feedback so far!

Originally Posted by absintheisfun View Post
I really like the color combo! Any drive train mods, or are your running stock motor/trans?
100% Stock Engine and Trans. Maybe in the future I'll do a swap or install a stroker, but these 4.0s are so reliable I'd hate to mess with a good thing.

I got my Ten Factory shafts in last weekend and a new exhaust today.

I had "Boulder Muffler" install my Flowmaster and bend up a new tail pipe, Jeff does a hell of a good job and if you're in the Boulder Area I highly recommend him. Exhaust work is such a PITA it's one thing I don't mind subbing out.
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The Ten Factory One Piece Axles went in easy, I did F' up and put the seal too far in on the long shaft side (didn't realize there was no race to stop it ) so off to NAPA to pick up that 11800 seal, I'm running 2 on that side now, plus the old CAD side seal and the Ten Factory Tube end debris seals so hopefully with that redundancy will keep all oil and and water out.
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Figured on some New U-Joints in the front driveshaft while I was under there
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-30-2014, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Got out there and wheeled it last weekend.
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