I just bought my first YJ (94). My dad had one 30+ years ago, awesome memories. My husband asked me what car I wanted and I said a JEEP! So here I am. My husband does know a lot about vehicles so he made sure I got a good one but like anything older there are some things that need help. He is making me do most of this on my own and directed me to this forum. He is busy with his 72 Chevelle rebuild. Right now I am looking for the fun stuff, where should I start to look for these items:
Seat Covers or New Seats
Some mechanical issues
drivers side door is sagging
steering sways at about 30mph
Very excited, thanks in advance for advice and help with anything!
I changed seats for master craft, much better. steering start with alignment. after that it could be steering box, rod ends. Is the jeep stock or has the suspension been modified? what engine? and welcome to the forum.
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seatcovers/new seats for yj: millions online---just google "wrangler seats" and you'll get a feel for the big jeep vendors. i'd feel weird just listing them..in fact you will probably not walk into any store and buy these things.
Door is on pins. Pins on body are bent or door hinges bent. They are both steel and should be flush. Or welds on either breaking up.
With the sway at 30mph first guess is tire pressure. It gets over my head after that.
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Awesome! Welcome to WF! There is a ton of good info on here. Spend some time looking at what other owners have done on those specific items for ideas. Quadratec and Morris 4x4 carry everything you need.
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Next what is this wiring?! My husband does electrical/electronics work and thinks this an alarm or something and is worried it may be troublesome to remove and eliminate all the bugs its removal will create!
The seats are all wobbly I tried to tighten the bolts but its as if they are all tightened down. Is this due to the lack of carpet so use washer to make up for it?
I am listing all the missing bolts can you guys point me in the right direction to get replacements?
This vent... when left open blows air directly on the passenger. None of the heater or vent controls control it. Is something broken? The cable is attached on the side of it but doesn't seem to do anything....
This seat belt constantly gets caught up on the seat when moving it forward any ideas?
Now the biggest issue... When ever I move the vehicle out of my driveway or I take turns slowly the suspension makes knocking and clunking sounds! Its kind of scary what should I look at?!
The steering and death wobble issue has been resolved with replacement of the front axle-shafts u-joints, all tie-rod ends and steering box. But the wheel itself has about an inch of play side to side. Looking at it only the long rod from the steering box to the firewall has play. Can those u-joints be replaced?
yes you can replace the steering shaft from the firewall to the steering box. try quadratech or a similar company for that. the seat pedisles are probably rusted out on the bottom and thats what is causing the wiggle. without being able to be hands on with your suspension, i would like to say that you are working with something that was built a long time ago. With that said all i can tell from your pics is there are some aftermarket items under there so geometry has been changed in some ways and i would research what type of springs and such you are dealing with and what there are meant to do to the handling of the jeep. I wish i could help with the heater control issue but I myself am having a similar issue. Mine is stuck on heat and I cannot change it off of heat. good luck and from one newb to another welcome to a giant world of aftermarket bliss and a blast on the trails.
Have someone rock the steering wheel back and forth slowly. As it moves the movement should translate to the wheels with virtually no slack. There are several areas where slack can be introduced.
steering box/pitman arm. As the steering wheel is rocked back and forth the pitman arm on the box should move. If there is any slack it needs to be adjusted out. There is a screw/bolt on the head of the steering box that takes out the slack. Just don't get it too tight.
Watch the tie rod ends, each one individually. See if there is any movement of the rod before the bolt end moves, or if there is any shift in the alignement of the two. If so, that end needs to be replaced.
Put the front end up on blocks and push on the wheel, both top/bottom and front/back. Watch to see where there is any play. If the ball joints (top and bottom) show any play they need to be replaced. If they are tight, check to see if the bearings are loose. It is a matter of carefully watching and see where there is any movement.
As far as the bolts, check the holes to see if the threads are stripped or bolt is twisted on inside. If not, then with some research you can get them. If I was further along with my frame off, I would have several myself. Mainly just compile a list and check the salvage yards or check online, forum, etc.
Check on seats out of a Pontiac. I think it is the Sunfire. There are several that are vitual bolt in.
Door sag, Check the hings to be sure that they are tight and not broken. Then, you should be able to adjust them by losening top or bottom and lifting, etc. Standard door adjustment process. Check to see if the latch on the door is aligning on the post on the body. Adjust according to fit of door to body.
Congrats on your first jeep
You said ya wanted to start with the fun stuff first, but ya never mention any of it, just mall crawler stuff
My jeep is daily driver with no swaybars, tracbars, 3 1/2" lift, cheap jc whitney stereo ( only have a soft top) and at 60 to 70 mph it wobbles and stuff, but it also has a stearing wheel so I can stay between the lines with its 34" ltbs
I also wheel it local ( within 200 miles or so) offroad parks
i have the same problem with the heater, i hooked up the cable and still can't get the vent to open and close. I did make it so I can switch from heat to defrost but no vent. There are a few cables down there that came unhooked and I just had to use a few zip ties and its working now!!
The wiring in your first pic looks to me like the intermittent wiper timing box. atleast thats what is connected to that silver bracket on my '87 Wrangler. As far as the "clunking sounds", maybe its just a weird angle but looking at your rear u-bolts, they seem to be loose or atleast not torqued down properly. The pic shows 1 of them at a slight angle, they should be completely verticle with the weight of the jeep on the ground when tightening them.
Sorry I haven't been on here in awhile but I am back and I will check on the U-Bolts! The car handles 10x better now! ALL the steering is updated and new brakes all around. The only other thing with the steering that my husband was confused on is the Trac Bar out front. I don't do "wheeling" like most guys at least not yet so can we put it back on to handle better?
Yup I am from Maine! Stuck in CT because my hubby is stationed here.