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Old 10-29-2011, 11:40 PM   #1
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My 94 YJ

Hello everyone, I am new to this site and new to Jeep Wranglers.

I bought my YJ a week ago on Friday, the 21st. I will have some pics to post up in the next day or two (whenever I am off work and have a good day to spend playing with it.)

Here are some specs about it:
1994 Jeep Wrangler SE
4.0L i6; 5 spd AX15 tranny; 231 transfer case

Most of these mods listed are from what I have observed or noticed; also, whatever the seller told me (and I confirmed) :
35x12.50x15 BFGoodrich tires.. they appear to be pretty old; the Jeep did sit up for a year or two.
A/C compressor converted to air compressor; appears to be about a 3 gallon air tank in the back.
Mile Marker winch up front.
Welded brackets for tow hitch up front (and have the tow hitch too)
Old Man Emu lift.. the guy told me it was a 4" lift

The previous owner told me the guy he bought the Jeep from did some extensive welding to it. In addition to the welded brackets and tow hitch bar mentioned above:
Welded frame on the front axle housing
Welded shock perches
Welded 5th member (is that what it's called?)
Underbody transmission/transfer case belly pan
Welded spare tire swing out thing on rear bumper
Welded both bumpers to the frame
Welded D-rings on rear bumper
Welded roll cage utilizing factory bars
Fugly front fenders were "homemade"

I am sure I am missing stuff, I am trying to think off the top of my head. The pictures will explain a little better.

The top has a small rip in it over the passenger front floorboard (barely misses the seat when it rains) and just about none of the zippers work because they are stuck, except for the back window. The hardware for the soft top is in overall good condition, except for both drip rails over the doors. I am trying to find some replacements, without having to spend hundreds of dollars on a complete hardware assembly (already have to sink money into the top, which would set me back at least $300) It's also missing the front windshield side door seals that holds the front of the drip rail channel in. I saw these things are like $7 or so on different sites, which make me a little happier.

The fenders that I mentioned earlier are fugly. Someone cut the factory fenders (mainly the flares off) and welded up some metal sheets. It looks like garbage and I hate it. Considering that is the only thing I hate about it, and it can be replaced, there is nothing to worry about

Well.. until I start to work on it some. It had a real bad deathwobble when I reached 60 mph. At 62 mph, it was almost impossible to even steer, and it sounded like someone had a jackhammer underneath it beating the hell out of it. It bounced and shook so violently; whenever I pulled over to see if something was broke, I had to smoke like 3 cigarettes in a row b/c I thought life was about to be over. I joined this site for some info, and read the deathwobble thread. I disconnected the front track bar and just tied it out of the way (in case it didn't solve the problem) and it did help some. I can now get to about 65-67 mph, and after that it just shakes a good little bit (like when u-joints are going out.) I was able to drive to 75 mph (don't really plan on going any faster EVER in this thing, but nice to know some limits) before it started to get a little out of control, though not ever as bad as before. So, I still have some more adjustments and tweaking to do; since I got the Jeep I haven't had much time at all to play with it because I have been working everyday for the past 2 weeks! But, I do get off work tomorrow at 3, and I am off Monday, so I promise pics will be up very soon!

OK, that's enough for a post now.. I will need people's input, opinions, knowledge, and even some finger pointing in the right direction when I am lost. I am open to constructive critism, but I really don't like or tolerate plain rudeness.

Just from what I have learned so far from this site, this site really does rock

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Old 10-30-2011, 12:40 AM   #2
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You will find that the people here are MUCH nicer and more helpful than the other main forum. Very few people are just flat out rude.

Good luck on the build.

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Old 10-30-2011, 12:57 AM   #3
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If can get the tire balanced check, that might help. Or take to a tire shop have do a front end shake down. That will tell you what needs to be replaced. Shouldnt cost much if any thing.
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:18 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. Balancing the tires is on the to-do list. A front end shake down is something I have never heard of before.. what is that?

I got some pics, I am going to upload them in a sec.
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I am not trying to be Rude, But sounds like you need to go get a good grinder and a lot of wheels and UnWeld a lot of thing the P.O. welded. That Sucks!
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Not rude at all. I have an angle grinder, and since this thing is equipped with an air compressor, I can now go purchase some cheap air tools. (I already have some air tools since I used to be a bodyman/painter.)

Here are the first load of pics. These pics are basically "Day 1 - Factory" pics (even though there isn't alot of factory crap left)
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You will find that the people here are MUCH nicer and more helpful than the other main forum. Very few people are just flat out rude.

Good luck on the build.
True fact. I dont even own a jeep. i have an explorer, but the people on here help me out more than the actual ford forum does.

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I have re-done the plumbing for the air tank (which was formally a fire extinguisher tank, I scraped the "how to use" label off the tank) I really didn't like how the pipes were crammed against the rear left seatbelt. I will take a pic of the new setup (I did it the same day these pics were taken (Monday) but right when I finished I had to clean up and go trick or treating with the kids and some friends)

I also re-mounted the tank, a little lower than it previously was. I really have alot of grinding and removing to do, because this guy was weld-happy. Some of the junk doesn't make sense; others is just tacky. I plan on painting the air tank flat black, because a bright ass red tank vs. flat black everything else makes it stand out like a sore thumb. I guess I am somewhat going with some sort of stealth theme with this thing.

The lever on the 4wd shifter is a throttle lever. With the air compressor on, I can move the lever slightly to up the idle (or well, rev slightly) the engine. It is quite nice; it was originally mounted towards the top of the shifter, and I moved it b/c I don't like crap in my way when I am grabbing my stick.. um.. you know what I mean

It won't be too long before I decide to tear this thing down and re-paint the exterior, roll bar, spray-in bedliner the inside, and do some frame and suspension painting. But before I even think about doing all that work, first things first..

DOES ANYONE WANT TO TRADE ME FENDERS? I'll be happy with some stock YJ ones. These things are fugly. I will end up grinding on them first.. trying to help them out some. As excited as I am to have and drive this wonderful vehicle, I hold my head down in shame because of those fenders. We do not have any local junk yards around here that have any wranglers or CJs in it... I don't know if someone is buying them all up, or what, but as often as I frequent the local junkyards, I have never seen a CJ or Wrangler available for parts.

Back to the fenders, I will pay shipping both ways.. if we are close enough, I will drive to where you are, I will change mine to yours and yours to mine, and still buy the beer. I really hate these things..

Any questions, go ahead and ask
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True fact. I dont even own a jeep. i have an explorer, but the people on here help me out more than the actual ford forum does.

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That is good to know. So far I am really digging this site. I didn't want to be a part of 5642356 jeep sites, so I basically chose this one first. I feel real good about my decision



Oh, and my kids love the Jeep. The one in diapers is my youngest and the one that has the blue shirt with Mario on it is my middle son. My oldest son is in Kindergarten, and was in school the day those pics were taking.

In some of the pics, you can see my Grand Cherokee in the background. I have pics of that beast upon request.
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You should try shapin those ones up a bit with a plasma cutter or torch and a grinder. I think i see some potential in them fenders... after you look thru the fugly-ness theyre in rite now. Just shave em up a bit and see how ya like em
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Yeah, I'm going to play with them some. I can't stand to look at them!
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Well you are right about those fenders, keep an eye on cragislist for replacement stock or some other flat fenders

You do have some GOOD things going for you. It looks like you have front sway bar disconnects, a 6 cyl and a winch. And on the plus side it looks like your kids allready love it.

I agree the PO must have some free time and a new welder, but hey you now own a jeep. You may want to relocate your air tank under the jeep if you find you need more interior space for gear. A lot of us have the tanks mounted under the tub.

Welcome to the jeep world, just keep in mind that Wrangers are amazing and can go over a ton of different terrain. BUT there are times when the best way is go around, get out and take a second look at the trail. Most jeep breakdowns are driver caused.

Again welcome, you and your kids will have a ball driving it, kids take to jeeps like women take to puppies
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Thanks for the post Do you have some pics of the tank mounted under the body tub? I got under there yesterday and did a good look around.. the muffler has a hellacious ding in it, and the transfer case has a SYE. I am happy there are alot of mods that are already done that I would have wanted to do.

I started doing soe grinding on the left fender yesterday after work.. this will take a very long time. all I have is an electric 4 1/2 angle grinder; I will probably end up bringing this thing to the bodyshop I used to work at and work on it during my spare time (I am not a fan of cold weather, so if it sat up for the next couple of months so I could work on it, that'd be OK)

And I am almost grandpa-like when I drive this thing. I do go around, I go really slow, and I don't want to break anything.

Here are some questions from a newbie to wheeling and off-roading.. the swaybar disconnects.. what is the main reason for them? I know to help with articulation or something, but I guess what I am wondering is what is the main definition of them and when should I take advantage of disconnecting (and reconnecting) the sway bar?

Also, I have only engaged 4wd high once (to make sure it works) and it does.. however, after doing some more driving (and then I got on some concrete pavement) the Jeep's front right tire almost ran like it was flat. When I disengaged 4wd hi and put it back in 2wd, it cured the problem. How long, or on what terrain, should 4wd hi be used? I have tested 4 low, but never used it for longer than like a minute or so (I used it to go up a really steep path that was covered with pine straw.)

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Your jeep has a lot done to it for sure. Doesn't look like a d35 rear either. Also nice steering box brace as well as some hd steering stuffs.
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Is that bar bent in picture 5 ?. The PO sure did some serious offroading.... I don't see a stabilizer shock up front either.
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Is that bar bent in picture 5 ?. The PO sure did some serious offroading.... I don't see a stabilizer shock up front either.
Yeah, I got to looking at it.. the drag link bar is bent slightly in like 2 or 3 places.. also, the right tie rod is bent ( you can see the threads almost touching side by side on the bottom and large spaces on the top of the tie rod threaded part) I also had the front wheels pointed straight forward, and noticed there is a slight (well, I guess more extreme since I could see it) toe problem.

With all of this.. hmm.. home made modification, I am wondering if the suspension is out of whack, or did the PO actually have the caster and everything checked. Luckily, I know a guy who owns a frame and alignment shop from when I did bodywork, and he is also an expert on Jeeps and 4WD vehicles.
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Your jeep has a lot done to it for sure. Doesn't look like a d35 rear either. Also nice steering box brace as well as some hd steering stuffs.
Thanks for your good eye. I am going to see if I can inspect and find out what kind of rear end this thing has.
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OK, curiosity got the best of me. My camera is dead (stupid batteries) but I got a flashlight and looked at the rear end.

It has an aftermarket differental cover that says "Rockcrusher" and under that says "8.8" The axle tubes look much beefier than the d35 rear I have in my GC, and I looked around for some ID tags or something. The axle tubes have been welded to the differential, and there is casting on the front of the differential that reads "FOTW-4025-AA" I just googled it, and it is showing some Ford sites.

I am still searching..
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Learn something new everyday... it's a Ford 8.8

Here's a link Ford 8.8 Axle in YJ

And this quote came off of another site "
Ranger and Explorer had funky 8.8 with one axle longer than the other. "

That explains why the driveshaft doesn't look in line with the rear end, because it isn't. Hopefully, this isn't a problem?
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Not a problem at all.

The ford 8.8 is a common swap and is much stronger than the D35.
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Awesome, this Jeep is becoming more awesome every day (despite the fugly fenders.)

I have a decent fabrication background; I am going to see if I can make something positive out of these things...

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