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Mechman71
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Langhorne, PA

Jeep Information

Year:1989

Model:YJ

Engine:4.2

Transmission:Peugeot 5 speed

Transfer Case:NP231

Front Axle:stock

Rear Axle:stock

Axle Gear Ratio:3:07

Suspension:stock

Tires:Goodyear Wrangler 30's

Wheels:stock steelies

Armor:Armor-All

Recovery Gear:tow strap and a cell phone

Accessories:Carr rear bumper steps, Millersound rear speaker boxes

Future Modifications:4.0 (in process), 16" GC early snowflake alloys (got 'em) w/BFG's, 2.5" lift, 8.8 & 4:10's, mebbe a winch


My YJ is a Spinnaker Blue and grey '89 with a 4.2 and 5 speed, hard top and full hard doors. It has no rust to speak of on the body, but the frame was sectioned out from mid-rear arch and replaced with a solid section that was filled with POR-15 and Rustoleum prior to being sectioned in. The original interior is nearly perfect, including the dash and stock console. The only thing missing is the rear carpet.

I traded a '78 Kawasaki KZ650 for it (had $500 total in that bike), even up. I installed a rebuilt Carter carb and replaced the rear axle and brakes because the later rear that was in it had shed teeth from both the ring and pinion. I installed a rear from another '89 YJ as I was in a rush to get it back on the road, but I got busy before I could finish and in retrospect (and yet another stock rear installed), I'd put in a Ford 8.8 and a 3:73 front axle and call it a day (an Explorer axle would cost me about $50). She's been on the road for years now with relatively few issues.

I replaced the stock bumperettes with a set of Carr cast aluminum rear bumper steps I found on a wrecked YJ in a junkyard. I found a pair of vintage Millersound rear speaker boxes that fit under the sport roll cage in the triangular spaces, on Craigslist for really cheap. They came with two new internal clutch slave cylinders, part of a Rancho lift kit and a Chilton manual. The bumperettte steps eventually came off for a class III/IV hitch but are still in my garage, waiting for the day that I have another tow vehicle.

While MPI is still on the list of possibilities (when I finally get sick of the Carter), I've replaced the entire exhaust and air injection systems, cooling systems (except the heater core, which was removed, cleaned and pressure tested before being reinstalled). I've replaced the entire clutch system from master cylinder all the way to the disc. The entire brake system was replaced soup to nuts, when I found a pair of rusted out lines. I've pulled the Carter apart a few times to clean out the jets and it's about to come apart again to get a new accelerator pump. I'm getting to know it pretty well...

I replaced the stock ignition box with the "stealth" GM HEI. I put stealth in quotes because I just attached that sucker right to the top of the old box and didn't bother trying to hide it. It's hidden by the coolant bottle anyway, and frankly I don't care if someone sees it. Let them figure it out!

Other planned upgrades include a 2.5" lift (new springs and boomerang shackles), new shocks, an AX-15 or TF999 when the Pukeout pukes out, a 4.5 stroker, new paint and a cool hood decal (I'm designing one myself). I may upgrade the seat frames to fit recliners and the column to a tilt, and an XJ leather wrapped steering wheel is a MUST. I'm also on the hunt for a vintage set of Carr aluminum nerf bars to replace rotted out Smittybuilt ones I had to cut off. I have a set of five 16" Timberline alloys from a 96-98 Grand Cherokee Orvis Edition that are currently wrapped in BFG 265/70 16 Long Trail tires and are already stuffed on even though the lift is still on the horizon. I like that filled up wheel well look.

Beyond that? We'll see...

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