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Old 01-13-2014, 04:39 PM   #1
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I bought a YJ!!! A few questions.

After searching and searching, I bought myself a YJ! MY FIRST JEEP!!! (except for my dad's '57 when I was a kid) :beer me: '89 4cyl. 5 sp. Frame is good! Floors have rot. My question is this. If I replace the foot wells & the seat pans, do the pre stamped ones come with provisions to reattach the seat belts? It is starting to rot near the retractor on the drivers side. The other attachment point (into the floor) is not going to hold anything anymore!

Also, how do I know how much lift it has. Guy I got it from said it was lifted when he got it, and didn't know. Body is on the frame, so I will assume it is a suspension lift.

I am soooo looking forward to fixing it up, I love it. I used to be a European car mechanic. This SAE stuff is all so new to me!!!

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Old 01-13-2014, 04:51 PM   #2
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1st question...NO. The floor pans do not have anything pre-stamped into them for the seat belts. You have to drill the new holes for the retractor as well as the other side, that the belt clips into.

2nd question. Measure from the rocker panel at the center of your door to the ground. A stock jeep on stock tires this measurement is 18". Take your tire size into consideration as well. stock tires were 27" tall. if you have 31's then you have a 4" taller tire. subtract that from the measurement that you got.

Say it was 24" from rocker to ground...,minus 4" for the taller tire...minus 18" original height, gives you a 2" suspension lift. You get the idea.

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2nd question. Measure from the rocker panel at the center of your door to the ground. A stock jeep on stock tires this measurement is 18". Take your tire size into consideration as well. stock tires were 27" tall. if you have 31's then you have a 4" taller tire. subtract that from the measurement that you got.
Thanks for that brief lesson! I was wondering how I was going to determine the lift on mine. I just bought it a week ago.
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Old 01-13-2014, 06:54 PM   #4
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And keep in mind...a tire that is 4" taller only gives you 2" of lift!
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:53 PM   #5
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Good looking rig. Looks a bit familiar. Congrats on the purchase.
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And keep in mind...a tire that is 4" taller only gives you 2" of lift!
Good point! Tires are 31's. So if I have 22" to the bottom of the rockers, I have a 2" lift, correct?
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Old 01-14-2014, 04:44 AM   #7
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Good looking rig. Looks a bit familiar. Congrats on the purchase.
You too! I see your's is from AZ. Probably not as much rust as mine. You've got to love the salty winters in the north east! Aside from the floors, mine is actually pretty nice.

After I fix up the pans and do the nickel/dime stuff it needs, I am going to put a plow on it and work it like a rented mule!
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You too! I see your's is from AZ. Probably not as much rust as mine. You've got to love the salty winters in the north east! Aside from the floors, mine is actually pretty nice.

After I fix up the pans and do the nickel/dime stuff it needs, I am going to put a plow on it and work it like a rented mule!
ditch those tires before you try to do that. those tires are terrible for packing snow and mud
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The area where my driver's side seat belt retractor bolts to the tub is also rusted. Can anyone tell me if I can just attach it to the lower section of the roll bar with a bolt nut and washers? I thought about attaching it to an existing roll bar floor bolt but then it would be in the way of back seat passenger's feet.
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Old 01-16-2014, 03:11 PM   #10
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From experience, anything surface rusted and not rotted through can be treated with Magnet Paints Chassis Saver. I got a free quart of the stuff when i ordered my Monstaliner bedliner kits and it was magical on my floor pans. However stuff that is rotted through will have to be cut out and replaced of course.

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