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The Illusion of Progress (92 YJ)

Old 08-11-2011, 08:56 PM
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I've been neglecting CF after I sold my XJ in April. I said in my old build thread that I would start a thread for the YJ that replaced it so here it is.

A little background: I had been wheeling Project Black sheep for the past few years and it was starting to get tired from the abuse of wheeling. While the XJ made a great trail rig it needed a lot for the trails I was starting to run. I decided to part ways with it and picked up a well built 92 YJ from a fellow club member.

Now the fun stuff. the staring point
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1992 YJ 2.5L 5 speed
170att power master alternator
Dana 30
superior axles, lock right locker, BDS rock guard and 4:10s
Ford 8.8
with Trac Lock welded, Solid diff cover and 4:10
NP231 with an AA SYE kit
JCR 1 ton UTK steering
5in BDS springs with 1 1/4 warrior shackles
Wheel base stretched to 96inchs or so
Longer travel shocks with custom rear shock mounts
Warn rock rails, front and rear bumpers
15x10 Pacer wheels with 33 13.5 Pitbull rockers
Zenon extended TJ style fenders
and some offroad lights


Getting her home




Rear shock tower and hi lift mount


Step 1 was changing out a broken window frame. now up to 3 different colors on her.


Next up was losing the extended shackles as it made the rig too high for my taste. (I like them low with lots of flex) So i threw on a set of stock height boomerang style shackles and lowered her about an inch.



I decided I wanted something a little nicer to hold when I was shifting. So out went the stock ***** and in went a pair of pool cues


i had an issue with the steering box cracking the frame


Got that fixed last week a new chunk of 1/4 plate welded in took care of the problem. I've also pulled the warn front bumper off and will be replacing it with a home brew stubby.

As she sit as of 8-11-11 driver side fender is off from the frame repair and is being replaced with a set of metal cloak fenders this weekend


Next weekend she's going to AtoZ fab to get a full cage installed.

stay tuned for more updates as I continue turning her into a buggy
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Old 08-13-2011, 06:41 PM
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got the new fenders on today and ditched the old nasty looking stock ones




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Looking good man!
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NICE! How do you like those tires compared to others you have ran?
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Originally Posted by 90XJkid View Post
NICE! How do you like those tires compared to others you have ran?
for a trail tire I have never run better. they work very well in everything from mud to rocks. spin them a little and they stick like glue to the rocks. Street driving I would not run the Bias plys that I have. I'll be getting another set in 35in flavor soonish
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figured I'd throw an update as I've done quite a bit of work to the rig in the last year

AtoZ fab cage and front bumper




ditched the fugly TJ style fairs and diamond plate corners


Added metal cloak rear corners


then finally ditched the 90s fabulous 15x10 pacers for a set of dime a dozen soft 8s with AtoZ fab DIY beadlocks painted red to be cool
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home safe and sound in the new shop space

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few more pics i took yesterday





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With the new place I've been able to spend a little more time with the rig. I found that one of the front shocks had a bent shaft limiting up travel to 2 inches. Also the springs just don't work the way I would like because of the large arch. I decided it was time for a suspension overhaul. Then said screw it if I'm going to replace springs why keep the small axles. Going with a Dodge King pin 60 up front and a ford van 60 out back. I'm also going to run a dana 300 with a twin stick conversion on it.

Got the 8.8 pulled out today. gonna start on the 30 and the t-case tomorrow.







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