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Old 05-04-2013, 09:08 PM   #1
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need help making my new jeep amazing

I have a pretty stock jeep yj. Its a 91 6 cylinder 5 speed manual. The body has 181000 miles while the engine has 21000 miles on it. I have a roof rack but it isn't on. It has 31 inch wrangler tires. I have a new radio in it and a sounds bar along with smittybilt gear seat covers front and rear. I was thinking a 4 inch rough country lift and 33s but I don't have 2000 dollars. And I'm a 16 year old high school student. I was thinking a smittybilt SRC front bumper, some kc lights, an engo 9k winch and an 1 1/4 shackle lift. Any ideas. Sorry for the bad pics its best I could do to night.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:12 PM   #2
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:20 PM   #3
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:27 PM   #4
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I got it for a steal to. 2400 bucks and it is clean!
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Old 05-05-2013, 02:34 AM   #5
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Good looking jeep and got it for an amazing price you couldn't do any better. You could do a rc lift for under a grand. That's with the 4in lift new shackles tcase drop and sye. Smittybilt is a really good brand they got some good looking strong stuff for a really good price I have their security console and the stinger front bumper. But welcome to the addiction.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:15 PM   #6
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So I bought a SRC bumper and love it
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:23 PM   #7
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I have the same color Sahara Edition and they look nice with Gloss OD Green painted wheels.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:38 PM   #8
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Where can I get that paint or the wheels? Can you put pictures up?
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:07 AM   #9
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I'll see if I can dig some out. I'm sure I have some somewhere. If not, I'll just take some

I did two coats of flat Olive Drab Green then did three light coats of gloss clear over top of that. The wheels themselves are the same ones you have on it now. Came out with a nice deep color and has been very durable. It is a little darker than the sahara green, but goes with it very nicely.
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:26 AM   #10
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Sweet. I'm going to put a winch on in the future what do y'all think for one not over 350 bucks. I'm thinking an engo 9000 lb winch. I've only heard good things of them
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Nice jeep, and great price for it! Sounds like with your budget you will have to be very discriminating on what and when you put things on it. IMHO, one thing I would do is figure out just what you want to set it up for, to what degree of wheeling do you want to do with it, and what type of wheeling, or is it for cruising around type of a jeep? Nothing wrong with any of those options, but if your mainly just going to cruise around why spend the $$$ on a winch? If your going to use it as a hard core wheeler, I would say the winch is not the first place to start...axle's ...gearing...lockers...performance parts first. You want to go to the trail and get thru it, not have to winch yourself thru it.

There is a thread here that has a slew of things others have done to their jeep for cheap, real good ideas, and best of all it focuses on being inexpensive, check it out and I'm sure you will get some great ideas...
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Well really just some trail riding. No rock crawling but the trails can be pretty bad. What kind of axles can I get and how much are gears
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First tell us what you have as far as axles the sky is the limit or more in line your wallet is the limit. Can do a ford 8.8 seems to be pretty popular. I did a 97 Izuzu Rodeo axle was a Dana 44 with 4.30 gears in it and I love it very little mod to get it in had to drill leaf spring perch 1/16th to get it to fit and need an emergency brake bracket to connect e-brake shock mounts to leaf spring bracket on driver side passenger side you need to fab or get driver front leaf spring bracket from the Rodeo you get rear axle from. Brakes are Metric so you have to switch them to SAE but that is minor. If you get the Rodeo axle get one with 4.10 gears it is easier to regear the front D30 to 4.10 as you stated you are a 16 year old HS i would just drive it till you break something then look at changing. Read, Read, Read all the sticky's at the top of the thread because they really help you understand your rig alot better. Also post pics of anything you do never know if someone is having same issue or thinking of same project.

Lastly welcome to the forum and new addiction. Go drive it and have fun!
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:10 AM   #14
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Being 19 I was in the same boat with my yj when i bought it buy tires of they don't have good tread so you can learn what your jeep does stock and find what you will need to be on the trails just get some buddy's and a few tow straps and have fun

Stock jeeps do really well don't get mod crazy till you know what you need and don't if you want something better save no mods are needed they are wants keep that in mind
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Being 19 I was in the same boat with my yj when i bought it buy tires of they don't have good tread so you can learn what your jeep does stock and find what you will need to be on the trails just get some buddy's and a few tow straps and have fun

Stock jeeps do really well don't get mod crazy till you know what you need and don't if you want something better save no mods are needed they are wants keep that in mind

This is such great advice.
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Well really just some trail riding. No rock crawling but the trails can be pretty bad. What kind of axles can I get and how much are gears
There is a wide variety of axles and gear ratios to go with, that is why I suggested that you take some time and decide what kind of wheeling (rock/mud/snow etc...) that you will be mostly doing, then sit down and think to what degree will you wheel this vehicle, mostly daily driver with a few easy trails or more.

I still have the stock axles in mine, and I dropped gears in, but that was a few years after I had the YJ.

When I dropped in gears on mine it cost $1000.00, had it done, and that was in the late 90's and I was bargin hunting, axles will cost as much and more.

Drive it and wheel it for awhile, and it will become more evident what and how you want to setup your jeep, learn what weaknesses/strengths your jeep has as it applies to how you wheel it, then start throwing a little cash at it...
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We ride up on a mountain here in Arkansas and some of the trails are pretty bad and rocky. But no boulders to crawl over. We ride four wheelers up there and it beats up those pretty bad. But I've seen Cherokees up there some.
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Where can I buy a set for d rings for my front bumper

Also what kind of vehicles can I get a Dana 44 or Dana 60 out of. Please put year model also
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Looks great! I got my d rings at tractor supply. You want front axles i am assuming?
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I figured front and rear but I don't know
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Where can I buy a set for d rings for my front bumper

Also what kind of vehicles can I get a Dana 44 or Dana 60 out of. Please put year model also
No need for D60s unless you want to run 38"+ tires. I would start with a Ford 8.8 in the rear from an Explorer and keep the stock D30 up front. They will handle up to 35s, or bigger if you get chromoly shafts.
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What kind of lift should I get if I want to run 33s
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Any 4" lift if you plan on keeping stock fenders/flares. But I loved my jeep when I had the 2.5" lift, flat tube fenders, and 33s. I had no problem with rubbing, and low center of gravity was nice.
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That is sick!
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Where can I buy a set for d rings for my front bumper

Also what kind of vehicles can I get a Dana 44 or Dana 60 out of. Please put year model also
Dana 44's off an 80's grand Wagoneer will work great. You dont have to change width, just stay away from the vacuum disconnect ones. I just did the swap and love them!!! I have a write up here, search Waggy 44 .
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My axles are overkill... Dynatrac high pinion Dana 60 axles on 33" tires. Came that way from PO so I am not complaining My axles are bigger than my buddy's huge Ramcharger mud truck... woop! Too bad you don't live in the FL area, a guy is selling a set of Dana 60 axles off his jeep for 600 for the pair.
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I put 373 Yukon ring and pion gears front rear. Eaton electric lockers front rear Super 35 axel kit Slip yoke eliminator Rear drive shaft Ford 8.8 rear axel Super 88 kit in rear. And I love it
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Upin1212 what kind of lift do you have and wheels? Also what size tires? Axles?also seats?

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