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Unread 11-06-2013, 09:59 PM   #1
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The Yellow Jeep build (92 YJ)

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1992 Jeep Wrangler
2.5L/AX5/231
D30/35
3" BL
Rusty spots mustly solid
31" AT's/Cragers
160K miles

Backstory,april 2012
Like most jeeps that I've aquired, I bought this off a friend who was way in over his head. After 6 months of going over to his place once or twice a week to fix this or that, he called me up and said bring cash and its yours.

Here it is a couple days after brought it home


Seeing as I had the Cherokee as the trail rig, 2 CJ-7's that are several years away from seeing the road again, the plan was mostly more of DD/camping rig type of role. Fast forward year and few wheeling trips with both rigs and the Cherokee showing its wear/age I decide part out the cherokee and build the YJ.

Current Build plan ( I say current b/c things like to change lol)"

3-4" of lift max
33"-35"s
4.0/AW4/231 swap
8.8
Better recovery Points
get rid of 3"BL
1" BL, MML and Flat belly
Stretch it

Now For some pictures:










Doubles as my rig to get out to back half of the property were we do some shooting



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Unread 11-06-2013, 10:10 PM   #2
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Being that the suspension was stock and worn out, Off came the sway bars and track bars

Some buddy's/coworkers of mine bought some cherokee's and wanted to get them dirty. So my buddy (who now owns my old 88 cherokee) took them out to get them dirty







Pulled a rookie mistake hit this mud hole a little to hard, Pulled the AF, Plugs, Distributor cap, and drove her on out



a little bit of reflection lol

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Unread 11-11-2013, 08:14 PM   #3
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Nice. I can't wait to finish my yj.
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Unread 11-18-2013, 09:38 PM   #4
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Had some house issues to take care of the last couple of weeks but in the mean time I've been reseaching/coming up with a more legitimate build plan.

Suspension
Currie Boom shackles (aquired)
2.5" BDS or Zone Offroad springs (not aquired, Budget permitting)
ditch 3" BL for 1" ( RC lift BL aquired, but sourcing the daystar 1"BL instead)
U-bolt flip ( been researching HomeBrew ideas)
Sway Bars/track bars ditched
Bilstein 5100's ( budget permitting)
relocate shock mounts
Fix/uprgrade bumpstops

Drivetrain
4.0/AW4 swap (aquired)*
either fab my own or Brown dog MML 1"
SYE (aquired)
1 piece shaft for the D30 ( 90% materials aquired)
LunchBox the front, either Aussie or Spartan (not aquired)
Steering ( will be left alone untill 4.0L swap is complete with Power Steering)
8.8 4.10's LS (picked not pulled)
Dual Diaphram from my 95 cherokee (aquired)
Electric Fan swap

Body/electrical
Fix/Rust prevention (30% complete)
Higline Fenders of some sort (not aquired)
either rockers or mini boatsides (not aquired)
single stage paint in Yellow ( down the road)
tummy tuck/full skid ( will be homebrew)
Cage ( early winter or spring budget primitting)
stubby bumpers F/R
Swapping most of my off road lighting from the cherokee over to the YJ
Snorkle
Fix windsheild
Bigger altenator ( may wait for the 4.0 swap)
Seats. (more research required)

Im stripping my 95 cherokee that I've been wheeling for the last 6 years due Rust. Im scavenging what i can to swap over to the YJ, the rest is being sold to buddy's that just picked up cherokees and what's left over will be scraped or out into storage for the next cherokee that may happen down the road.

This weekend my group will be heading down to Rush Off road in Kentuckty Saturday and Sunday for some wheeling. Week Goals

Tuesday
Finish stripping the Cherokee

Wedensday
Preform maintence on YJ,
Install the booms
either get my 31" swampers mounted on the rims or hopefully have my Buddies' 33" KM2's mounted for the weekend
Start wiring up the offroad lights

Thursday
go pick up 8.8
work on other stuff not finished the night before
Prep for friday

Friday
Finish prep and load jeep up.

Saturday
Head to Rush, break Stuff
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Unread 11-20-2013, 12:59 PM   #5
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Pick up a Set of lightly used KM2's 33x10.50r15's

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Unread 11-20-2013, 05:49 PM   #6
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Doubles as my rig to get out to back half of the property were we do some shooting

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Unread 11-20-2013, 07:27 PM   #7
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nice project
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Unread 11-25-2013, 05:09 PM   #8
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Got the KM2's mounted on my other set of rims, Changed out the t-case fluid, and trimmed the front flares a little to clear the 33"s.

With that done my buddy Dan arrived from Michigan friday night and we loaded both jeeps and met up with rest of the guys to head to Rush.

every body Lined up, other buddy brough his 3-day old 2014 JKU...



wheeling pics









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Unread 11-25-2013, 06:12 PM   #9
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Good lookin jeep. It's a real nice YJ. I love Rush, it's close to where I live and we go there often. Good luck on the build.
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Unread 11-25-2013, 07:21 PM   #10
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Good lookin jeep. It's a real nice YJ. I love Rush, it's close to where I live and we go there often. Good luck on the build.
It was a good time. It was my first time there, every one else had been to the park allready. Every one broke something. Buddy slid backwords into a tree with his 3 day old JKU, Smashed his hardtop and broke out his rear glass. Only 200 miles on the odo.
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Unread 03-25-2014, 09:51 PM   #11
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Haven't really done much to make it update worthy, but I picked up a 93 YJ this weekend. My buddy is bringing it down from Michigan. The body is rough shape but mechanically it's solid. 4.0L, AX15, 231, 3-4in unknown lift, frame is solid, hard top and doors. The plan is to swap my body over to it.




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Unread 03-26-2014, 05:55 AM   #12
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You are a busy guy!
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Unread 04-03-2014, 09:37 PM   #13
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My buddy brought the 93 down this past weekend. After going over it and finding a lot of issues with the "repaired" frame, it looks like im going a different route with build .

Can any spot the issues?




Any one need recovery point ideas?
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The bad:
The frame has be repaired, what mean by repaired is that is was hacked together poorly, given the orignal owner's idea on the hitch bolted to the shackle it doesn't suprise me

Body is shot, but I knew that before hand.

There is a carrier with 4.10's sitting in the cab, w/ the front drive shaft, may have issues in the front diff.

the windshield is plexiglass

The Good:

Hard top with good glass all the way around and no rust on the rear hatch

Hard doors but they'll need some work

4.0L/AX15/NP231 and runs good

2-3" unknown lift kit (2.5" springs 1" shackle)

4.10's


So now knowing that the frame/body isn't worth repairing, all the good parts are gonna be swapped over to the 92. The good thing is that my buddy feel bad for not really paying attention to frame issues (he orignally bought it for parts) so he's gonna make good on it by giving me his 8.8 swap kit that he didn't use.

Revised build plan as of 4/3/14:
-Swap good parts to the 92 (yellow one)YJ.
-Tummy tuck
-8.8 swap
-tube fenders and body armor
-cage it (either full cage or reinforce stock one)
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Unread 04-07-2014, 08:28 PM   #14
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Update

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Started tearing down the 93 over the weekend. Concerned as to why the front drive shaft was in inside the jeep w/ 4.10 carrier, i opened the diffs to see if any thing might give up some clues. Found that it has the stock 3.07's front and rear. The fluid was pretty clean and gears look to be in good shape. Since im swapping everything over to the 92 its kinda moot point now.

Parts for the tummy tuck:

Brown Dog 1" MML (ordered 4/7/14)
Barnes flat skid (ordered 4/7/14)
Ruffstuff specialties Bushings and sleeve (to build cross member, ordered and recieved)
Rugged ridge SYE ( already have from another project)
DOM tubing for cross member (sourced locally)
3 double Cardan DS that'll need to be shorten
Figure out exhaust.

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Unread 04-10-2014, 12:47 PM   #15
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I got home early today from work in time to help the UPS guy unload the skid for the tummy tuck. You know you order a lot of jeep related parts when he asks " which one is this going on?"

Barnes flat skid and Ruffstuff specialities bushings

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