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stcarter44 3 10.00%
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DirectMatrix 3 10.00%
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post #1 of 38 Old 02-27-2019, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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February 2019 YJOTM - Vote Now!

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Username: daddyjeep87
1987 YJ

From the ground up...
35x12.50 Cooper STT's on cheap steelies
Front Axle - Late 70's ford radius arm high pinion Dana44
-extended radius arms and Ballistic Joints on the frame end
-4.56 gears
-Detroit True Trac
Rear Axle - Late 70's ford 9"
-disk brake conversion
-Single Triangulated 4 link
-4.56 gears
-Detroit Locker
Custom built suspension, 5" or so higher than stock
-ADS 16" travel Nitrogen shocks all the way around
-Ballistic Fab shock hoops front and rear
-Rear lower links are 2"-1/4" wall DOM with 2.63" Ballistic Joints on both ends
-Rear upper links are 1 1/2"-1/4" wall DOM with more Ballistic Joints on both ends
-Wheel base stretched to 102"
Steering box moved forward 2"
Astro Pitman arm
High steer
RCI fuel cell behind the rear seat
Modified family style cage that is tied in to the rear shock hoops
Rear bumper built off of the frame with receiver hitch and fixed tire carrier
Front bumper build out of 1/4" plate with integrated winch mount and Ballistic Fab D-ring mounts
Front fenders built out of 1 3/4"-.120" wall square tubing and 14 ga. plate
Trail Tubes stinger welded to front bumper and bolted to front fenders
Quadratec Q9500i winch
3/16" rocker guards bolted to the tub
'95 ish 5.7 TBI engine - stock, but cleaned up to look nice
'79 Turbo 350
'95 NP241C with ORD SYE kit
Custom built adapter from TH350 to NP241
Novak T-case shifter with XJ lever
Champion aluminum radiator
Optima red top
Custom built battery box
Home built drive shafts
Custom Krylon paint complete with old school hot rod flames. This was modeled after the Muscle Machines toy Jeeps if anyone remembers them
Quadratec Bimini plus

-Brief history of your jeep and how it came to be.
I originally bought this jeep in February of 1999. It ran like crap due to the stock carb, but that was soon replaced with a Holley 2 barrel. I put on a 4" Rough Country lift and some 31" BFG MT's and ran it like that for a lot of years. It eventually got a Howell TBI upgrade. After the frame rusted out and the tranny died it slowly got build into what it is today. I had a 5.2 rebuilt by my local VoTech school, but that didn't work out so well. I am now finishing up my GM drive train swap. Somewhere around 2001 is when It picked up the DaddyJeep name. My oldest son would hear me coming home from work and run to the door and say "DaddyJeep" so it kind of stuck.







Username: bpounds
1988 YJ

We call her Mauser after my favorite smokepole. In 2013 I found myself working at a newly relocated office, and no longer had access to a full working fab shop. I've always been a hands on kind of guy, and now with the kids all grown and gone, and no company shop to tinker around in, I figured I needed a gas and oil hobby to keep my hands busy. I started out looking for a Samurai, just something to run around town in, but decent smog legal units were hard to find, and even worse to find parts for. So once I came to my senses I upshifted gears and started looking for a CJ or YJ. Found this one for $3,900 and away we go. I have very modest goals for her, nothing like some of the great rigs we see around here. And there is no hurry either, because our journey together is what matters, not the finished rig. The best thing is, my wife loves this thing as much as I do.

Original 4.2L
Howell TBI fuel injection
CRT HEI ignition
Retro-fit NEW AX-15 with external slave
Advanced Adapters SYE
True neutral TC mode shifter
Adams rear DC driveshaft
Brown Dog motor mounts
Zone 2" lift
Berzerks 1/2" boom shackles
No tracks, no sways, no problem
Dirtworx rear bumper and tire carrier
Warn M8274 Winch with remote SS relay
Mod'd battery tray with Optima Yellow
Military terminals
Custom HD battery cables
LED front fogs
LED rear backup lamp
Green LED dash cluster lights
22" light bar on custom mounts
14" Windshield Wipers mod
Late model TJ side mirrors
Custom mirror relocation
Rugged Ridge console and seats
In & out GOpro mounts
Custom Maglite Rack
Decals to cover scar tissue
Daily Driver











Username: stcarter44
1994 YJ

Description: this 94 yj was a coworkers who always joked about selling it and i finally convinced him to sell it to me after years of asking. This is my 2nd yj Iíve also owned a jk and and grand Cherokee. Bought it 2 years ago with a 2.5 5spd and manual steering! I installed a 4Ē rubicon express lift and rubicon hard rock wheels. Once the tires were on i HAD to upgrade to power steering. Iíve never been good with working on vehicles by myself but Iím learning as i go. Now Iím in the middle of a 4.0 swap that Iím doing by myself with a little help along the way when i need it. I daily drive this Jeep all summer even in the rain and the doors always stay off come late April!






Username: Awesome
1995 YJ

Specifications and Modifications:
4.0 I6
AX15, NP231 w/'True Neutral', Tummy Tuck Ė True Flat Belly
TeraFlex Super Short Slip Yoke Eliminator
Tatton's Beefy Driveshafts front and rear
8.8, 4.10:1, Limited Slip, Disk Brakes
D30, WJ Knucles/Brakes, 1-ton Crossover Steering, CAD Delete, Aussie, 4.10:1
31x10.5x15" Duratracs (too small)
Custom front bumper, Rugged Ridge 8500lb Winch
Rear Tire Carrier Bumper, LED Reverse Light Bars
York On Board Air, Freightliner Air Horns
Bilstein 5100 Series longer-travel shocks
Superlift 3.5" Springs, sagged to about 1.5"- maybe a bit more, Custom Shackles
1" Body Lift
Track Bar / Sway Bar Delete Mod
Ford Ranger Front Bench Seat
Custom Shifter Knobs
1976 Royce CB Radio ( no longer works )
Custom Security Storage Trunk

I've built the whole thing myself. A lot of time and effort went into building this Jeep. I don't have a dedicated build thread, but I've documented the major modifications in threads through the years. I purchased it when I was 17 at the behest of my dad, who owned a TJ Rubicon at the time. I've owned it for about 11 years now. I met my wife because of this Jeep (seriously), dated her in this Jeep, and I got married to her in this Jeep. Although it is no longer a daily driver and I live in an area where four-wheeling is scarce, I will keep it until one of my kids eventually wants it.

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Username: DirectMatrix
1992 YJ
jeep name: Delilah

Its a long story, but the used car dealer that sold it to me wanted $4999, which would come with a "new" engine because the old one was "broken". I offered him $2000 without a new engine and he agreed. Even threw in a free flatbed tow back to my house. I had the "broken" engine running inside of 3 hours. Fuel issue. It ended up running for a few years before a valve broke off and it did need an engine, but that's another story.

I don't really consider this a build in the traditional offroading sense. More of a cascade and torrent of mods centered around fun projects I want to tackle, or have tackled, to make my YJ exactly the way I want it and learn a bunch of things along the way. I'm all about fit and finish that makes the Jeep appear mostly stock.

As she sits currently, she has the rebuilt 2.5L engine with about 40,000 miles on it and the majority of the Jeep is stock. All work was done by me, mostly with inspiration from things I found on JF. Upgraded items include:

Westlake SL369 - 31x10.50R15LT 109Q tires
complete overhaul of the fluids, suspension bushings and steering components
Chevy Tahoe overhead console/switch panel DIY
Ford Explorer front seats
Nissan Pathfinder tire carrier modified to fit
DIY fabricated drop down tailgate from Ford Econoline rear door hinges
aftermarket hood assist kit
Hidden Hitch towbar
DIY dual battery kit with self rescue and fabricated battery tray
stainless brake lines throughout DIY bent myself
15>20 gallon fuel tank mod
4.0L throttle body mod
new mirror relocation brackets fabricated from a Mitsubishi Montero
handbrake mod from a ZJ
Gentex temp/compass dimmable rear view mirror from a Saturn View
Mishimoto electric fan
130amp Denso alternator upgrade plus DIY big 3 cable upgrade
Brown Dog motor mounts to keep those 4 pesky squirrels in place and under control

Upcoming projects include:
Restore CJ hardtop
Restore fiberglass hard doors
finish wiring overhead console
finish installing Ford Explorer split fold rear seats
DIY lizardskin/monstaliner on the interior

Now that I'm a homeowner, I'm really close to getting her to be my garage-kept project car, rather than my daily driver and then I can really get to work! So many projects have been waiting to get finished.

Build thread: https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/...hread-4119729/
Days after I brought her home. The starting point in other words.
Playing around in a rare southern VA snowstorm.

Still looking pretty stock

Back in the spring, after I got the Rampage top mostly fitted.





Username: CWBreeding
1995 YJ

Specifications and Modifications:
Drivetrain
-2.5L
-HPD30 front, Ford 8.8 rear, geared to 4.88
-ARB Air lockers front and rear
-AA SYE kit, Tom Woods CV driveshaft
-35" Goodyear Wrangler MT/R's w/ Kevlar

Suspension/Steering
-Power steering conversion and PS gearbox from a Dodge Durango with M.O.R.E. Steering box stabilizer bracket
-Rusty's Offroad heavy duty tie-rod and drag link
-4" Rubicon Express suspension lift with single leaf removed from each pack (decreases spring rate, improves ride quality, and gives lift of ~2.5-3"), 5/8" lift boomerang shackles rear, 2" body lift

Interior
-Bedlined tub
-Corbeau Baja SS bucket seats
-Tuffy center console
-Polk audio speakers in a floor mount speaker pod

Recovery
-Warn M8274 built in 1976 that I rebuilt as a summer project

Miscellaneous
-Poison Spyder DeFenders (steel)
-Smittybuilt bumpers front and rear
-TJ rear flares
-Ridgid Job Box for rear storage
-Cobra 75 WX/ST CB radio with Firestik Antenna


The Story:

I bought this Jeep when I was 15 and a freshman in high school, and it was bone stock. All the work that's been done to it has been done by me and my awesome dad, and it's how I learned the art of wrenchin'. The only exception to this would be the lockers that I just had a shop install due to time constraints and not having space to work at my apartment. Overall, it's been a long, slow build with lots of wheeling and a few broken parts thrown in the mix, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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post #2 of 38 Old 02-27-2019, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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@CWBreeding ...you're gonna have to send me your photos or hold your peace.

Stop whining about the 'ride' - If your YJ ain't wrangling your soul free, then might I suggest you buy a stationwagon... at least you can fit all your bull**** in the back.
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post #3 of 38 Old 02-27-2019, 08:34 PM
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Got to go lipstick red this time! Love the rides fellers..

Jim...

"That's more fun than watching a hippie get mauled by a bear!"
......YJOTM June 18......
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Voted, wish CWbreeding had his pictures.
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Big fan of Red Jeep 4 banger stories!


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Voted, wish CWbreeding had his pictures.
Agreed. This was a problem with him last year too... where he advised me to go scour for his entry to enter him this month.

Stop whining about the 'ride' - If your YJ ain't wrangling your soul free, then might I suggest you buy a stationwagon... at least you can fit all your bull**** in the back.
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Agreed. This was a problem with him last year too... where he advised me to go scour for his entry to enter him this month.
Hey Bruin, You want to come over and wash my Jeep for me? That would be great.
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Voted! Had to go with my fellow red Jeep!

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Hey Bruin, You want to come over and wash my Jeep for me? That would be great.
Wait... Bruin is washing Jeeps now? Stop over my way too!


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Agreed. This was a problem with him last year too... where he advised me to go scour for his entry to enter him this month.
Hey Bruin, You want to come over and wash my Jeep for me? That would be great. <img src="https://www.jeepforum.com/ubb/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smilie" class="inlineimg" />
I'd be glad to, just as soon as I am finished putting together another fellow member's entry for them.

Just start filling a wash bucket! I promise, I'm only a few days out!
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bump for @CWBreeding 's photos! Courtesy of September 2018 YJOTM post #8
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Stop whining about the 'ride' - If your YJ ain't wrangling your soul free, then might I suggest you buy a stationwagon... at least you can fit all your bull**** in the back.
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bump for @CWBreeding 's photos! Courtesy of September 2018 YJOTM post #8
Thanks for your cooperation on this bruin. I don't just speak for myself when I say that your efforts to keep this contest going for everyone are greatly appreciated. Sorry that it was such a hassle this time around.
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