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Old 06-17-2013, 11:01 AM   #1
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Feeling like a lost dog..

Here's the quick run down, bought a stock 91 yj, (225k in the odometer) a few months back before I was deployed, it was in decent shape, the PO told me before I even looked at it "It starts, it runs, it drives... it just doesn't stop". Picked it up for 1k Well since then I've replaced all the braking components expect the lines, now she stops on a dime

But now to my thoughts/questions. I've spent most of my off time on here or looking at 4wd/quadratec.com, jp/4wheeler magazines and doing as much research as I can prior to heading back home and taking on my new addiction. But the more I look, read and think, the more confused I become about what to do.

Personally I don't see myself doing and boulder climbing, maybe a few small rocks if I can't get around them. I'm just more into slinging mud, the deeper the better, so I've heard

1. Now with the odom sitting high, should I go ahead and rebuild the trans and motor? Everything seems so be running (minus a high idle) and shifting fine, fluids seem good.

2. I've been looking at lift kit after lift kit, soa/sua, coil types, sye so on and so forth. I'm thinking along the lines of a 4-5" and putting some 35" shoes on her. But then I've read about the 8.8 swap if you go up to 35's, also axle upgrades along with the swap since you have it out. If I end up doing a swap or any type of upgrade I'll be (Selective) locking it.

I'm looking for recommendations, what has worked for you? Would you do something different?

Could someone kindly give me knowledge or a guiding light and send me on a path to a happy jeeper life?? Thank you in advance, and I look forward to reading what you all have to say! I think I may post up some pictures here in a bit of the 'Joop'

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Old 06-17-2013, 12:54 PM   #2
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If you have the 4 cyl, go w/a 2" or 2.5" lift and 31's.

If you have the 6 cyl, go w/a 4" lift and the 33's. (The I6 is also known for 300,000+ miles)

At least, thats the standard you'll hear most likely. Just different ways of putting it


Anything bigger and your list grows substantially w/re-gearing, slip yoke eliminator, chromoly axles, lockers, possibly ford axles, etc... 34" and bigger tires weigh a lot. Puts a lot of strain on our Dana axles. Think of it backwords. If your runnin' say 34-36" tires you'll want strong axles. If you want strong axles you'll want solid lockers in the middle of them. If your running solid axles and lockers you'll want a powerhouse behind it with the correct gearing to make 'em turn w/o burning up the clutch, etc...

If your engine doesn't knock in the lower end, run it. If you think you are starting to get a lower end knock (don't confuse it w/the upper chatter) then you may want to look into rebuilding before it gets to be to bad out of spec.

For $1,000 you have a heck of start if it goes down the road. Normally you can't drive home a YJ for under around $2500 around here.

And Thanks for your service brother! Stay safe!

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Old 06-18-2013, 11:53 AM   #3
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Thank you Seven for the reply, I suppose I could have gave more details
I6 with an auto.

Money isn't to much of an issue, as long as I don't go over... say 6k.. Which is why I've been thinking about doing the 8.8 swap with yukon or supreme (if I can still find any) axles. Like you said though, the list can grow, and seems to every time I look at parts haha. If I was to stick with 33's on stock axles, how much abuse could they actually take?

As for the motor there isn't any knocking thankfully.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:55 AM   #4
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And Thanks for your service brother! Stay safe!
And Thank you Sir!
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:25 AM   #5
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Well, I took your advice. Went with a 4" RC suspension lift and 33's. Now... If i could just hurry the next few months along get home and start my build... I woke up to this picture this morning
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it is amazing how the look changes once the lift is done and new wheels and tires are put on. When you get home and get it done post pictures
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:14 PM   #7
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Nice looking rubber!
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:20 AM   #8
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it is amazing how the look changes once the lift is done and new wheels and tires are put on. When you get home and get it done post pictures
I can't wait to see what the difference will be. Looking at others pictures just isn't the same.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:35 AM   #9
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Nice looking rubber!
Thank you Sir!

I'm trying to upload my pictures of the before and what I've done so far. But I have an internet connection speed no faster than 40KB/s... I'm sure thats slower than dial up. But I'll see what I can do.
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:39 AM   #10
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Received this picture this morning, I love waking up these pictures. I have a few more things to order... But someone stole my debit card information luckily my bank noticed it and suspended my accounts. People these days...


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