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post #1 of 76 Old 07-01-2011, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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87 YJ build

Here it goes... Last summer around august i bought an 87 wrangler as a trail rig so i can give my 04 WJ a break offroad because its my daily driver. After searching craigslist for weeks looking at different YJs i found one with a 4.2l I6 bone stock with the carter carb. I finally decided that this was the one, I bought it the next day for $2800 with 66k miles and barely any rust. This is how it sat the first day i got it:


That summer i also got my county offroad pass so i can wheel on the beach:

im the yj on the right

Wheeling at some local trails:





2004 WJ I6 4.0L DD
1987 YJ I6 4.2L Weber 34 DGEC carb, 4in RC, Custom 1 inch BL,Custom Steering box skid, homemade rear bumper with tire carrier, 33x12.5x15 KM2's on
Cragar Soft 8's, and a few other things
In the process of putting in an 8.8, d30, 4.10's, SOA, and a homemade belly up skid

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post #2 of 76 Old 07-01-2011, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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Around september i started having occasional stalling problems and didnt think it was a big deal. By October i couldnt drive it for five minutes without it stalling and the stalling problems got worse from there. In december i replaced the carter with a weber 34 dgec from quadratec because of the deals they were having. Also that month i bought a 4 inch Rough Country lift that was also on sale because of Rough Country's Holiday deals.

Because of the cold weather i didn't get as much time to work on my YJ as i hoped because of all of the snow we got in the winter. in the end of February i redid my exhaust with a new front pipe, hi flow cat, stock muffler, and new tailpipe ended up stripping the stud on the manifold when i removed the rusted nut and broke it with an extractor trying to remove it. I ended up removing the manifolds to drill out the broken stud with a drill press and by putting a helicoil in there to replace the threads. a few days later the manifolds were back on with a new gasket. In the beginning of March i had the new Weber on and the jeep running better than ever.

2004 WJ I6 4.0L DD
1987 YJ I6 4.2L Weber 34 DGEC carb, 4in RC, Custom 1 inch BL,Custom Steering box skid, homemade rear bumper with tire carrier, 33x12.5x15 KM2's on
Cragar Soft 8's, and a few other things
In the process of putting in an 8.8, d30, 4.10's, SOA, and a homemade belly up skid

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post #3 of 76 Old 07-01-2011, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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From December i still had my lift in may garage. A month ago i finally had enough time to install my lift so i ordered my rims and center caps. i ordered them from summit racing and they came 3 days later. 15x8in. Cragar Soft 8's

2004 WJ I6 4.0L DD
1987 YJ I6 4.2L Weber 34 DGEC carb, 4in RC, Custom 1 inch BL,Custom Steering box skid, homemade rear bumper with tire carrier, 33x12.5x15 KM2's on
Cragar Soft 8's, and a few other things
In the process of putting in an 8.8, d30, 4.10's, SOA, and a homemade belly up skid

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post #4 of 76 Old 07-01-2011, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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Started the lift about 3 weeks ago at my dads job in one of the garage doors they had because they had air lines for my impact gun and air tools. Decided that i was going to do the rear one night then the front the second day.

After a while with a big hammer and PB blaster the last bolt in the spring eyes of the leafs to remove the leafs wouldn't come out. i tried heating them, and even using a larger hammer, it still didn't come out. ended up spending a few minutes with a grinder to cut them out. the next day i spent 2-3 hours searching for new bolts to replace all of the old hardware on the leaf springs found the 1/2 x 5 grade bolts without a problem but couldn't find the 9/16 x 5 bolts anywhere, ended up finding them at lowes. rear was finally done the next day:




For the front i didn't wanna start it and not be able to move my jeep if they needed to get something through the garage door so i moved my project to my driveway. same as the back leafs, i had to cut one of the bolts off with a cutting wheel so the leaf would come off. after a few hours and alot of PB Blaster the front was done minus the pitman arm.

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2004 WJ I6 4.0L DD
1987 YJ I6 4.2L Weber 34 DGEC carb, 4in RC, Custom 1 inch BL,Custom Steering box skid, homemade rear bumper with tire carrier, 33x12.5x15 KM2's on
Cragar Soft 8's, and a few other things
In the process of putting in an 8.8, d30, 4.10's, SOA, and a homemade belly up skid

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post #5 of 76 Old 07-01-2011, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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The next day i tried to get my pitman arm off but ended up breaking a puller. I was happy they have a lifetime warranty because this thing wasn't coming off. I used heat but not much of it because i didnt want to melt the seal on the steering box, my final solution was to cut it off. i took out the grinder again and ended up cutting both sides carefully so that i didnt damage the splines, once i cut enough material i hit the sides of the pitman arm so it would break off. a little while later it was off and the new one was on



2004 WJ I6 4.0L DD
1987 YJ I6 4.2L Weber 34 DGEC carb, 4in RC, Custom 1 inch BL,Custom Steering box skid, homemade rear bumper with tire carrier, 33x12.5x15 KM2's on
Cragar Soft 8's, and a few other things
In the process of putting in an 8.8, d30, 4.10's, SOA, and a homemade belly up skid

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post #6 of 76 Old 07-01-2011, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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ordered some 33x12.5x15 BFG KM2's 2 days ago. there on the truck being delivered today

2004 WJ I6 4.0L DD
1987 YJ I6 4.2L Weber 34 DGEC carb, 4in RC, Custom 1 inch BL,Custom Steering box skid, homemade rear bumper with tire carrier, 33x12.5x15 KM2's on
Cragar Soft 8's, and a few other things
In the process of putting in an 8.8, d30, 4.10's, SOA, and a homemade belly up skid

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post #7 of 76 Old 07-01-2011, 03:58 PM
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Very nice lookin YJ, seems super clean for an '87!! Keep up the good work!

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post #8 of 76 Old 07-01-2011, 07:58 PM
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Made In China puller I imagine.
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post #9 of 76 Old 07-02-2011, 02:06 AM Thread Starter
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thanks. yea it was a made in china puller of course. Got my tires after impatiently waiting for UPS. came at 4:50 rushed to get them to a shop to be mounted, Should be done by tomorrow

2004 WJ I6 4.0L DD
1987 YJ I6 4.2L Weber 34 DGEC carb, 4in RC, Custom 1 inch BL,Custom Steering box skid, homemade rear bumper with tire carrier, 33x12.5x15 KM2's on
Cragar Soft 8's, and a few other things
In the process of putting in an 8.8, d30, 4.10's, SOA, and a homemade belly up skid

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nice! going to look awesome with those new wheels and tires!

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post #11 of 76 Old 07-02-2011, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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tires finally on, and tops and doors off


Thinking of taking the rusty chrome overlay off the grill and painting the grille black under neath. hopefully i get some pics to follow

2004 WJ I6 4.0L DD
1987 YJ I6 4.2L Weber 34 DGEC carb, 4in RC, Custom 1 inch BL,Custom Steering box skid, homemade rear bumper with tire carrier, 33x12.5x15 KM2's on
Cragar Soft 8's, and a few other things
In the process of putting in an 8.8, d30, 4.10's, SOA, and a homemade belly up skid

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few weeks ago testing the new tires at some local trails:


2004 WJ I6 4.0L DD
1987 YJ I6 4.2L Weber 34 DGEC carb, 4in RC, Custom 1 inch BL,Custom Steering box skid, homemade rear bumper with tire carrier, 33x12.5x15 KM2's on
Cragar Soft 8's, and a few other things
In the process of putting in an 8.8, d30, 4.10's, SOA, and a homemade belly up skid

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Recently built myself a steering box skid out of some inconel scrap at work
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f37/y...build-1264315/


2004 WJ I6 4.0L DD
1987 YJ I6 4.2L Weber 34 DGEC carb, 4in RC, Custom 1 inch BL,Custom Steering box skid, homemade rear bumper with tire carrier, 33x12.5x15 KM2's on
Cragar Soft 8's, and a few other things
In the process of putting in an 8.8, d30, 4.10's, SOA, and a homemade belly up skid

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Sweet looking YJ. I love the rims and tires.
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post #15 of 76 Old 10-11-2011, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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Sweet looking YJ. I love the rims and tires.
Thanks dude! I love them too haha, the KM2's are awesome for offroad

2004 WJ I6 4.0L DD
1987 YJ I6 4.2L Weber 34 DGEC carb, 4in RC, Custom 1 inch BL,Custom Steering box skid, homemade rear bumper with tire carrier, 33x12.5x15 KM2's on
Cragar Soft 8's, and a few other things
In the process of putting in an 8.8, d30, 4.10's, SOA, and a homemade belly up skid

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