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Old 08-09-2010, 07:57 PM   #1
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New to AZ, New to me YJ.

Hey guys,

Just moved to Arizona from Michigan and picked up a YJ. I have always wanted a Jeep and finally made it happen. Pretty satisfied with it so far but will be an ongoing slow build as pretty much everything i have ends up being. lol.

First up will be a lift, the stock springs are pretty wore out and flat. Rides nice tho.

Also looking for some soft half doors and mirrors...

Its a 91 YJ 2.5L 5 speed 117k

Is their any insider info on these that i should know right off hand??

Checked the obvious stuff before i bought it but being new to the Jeep world didnt know what to look for in paticular.

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Old 08-09-2010, 08:06 PM   #2
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:27 PM   #3
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super clean YJ!


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Old 08-09-2010, 08:54 PM   #4
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That's a damn nice YJ Adam4fiddy!

Welcome to the board.

"Its a 91 YJ 2.5L 5 speed" same as I've got.

My best advice for you and anyone else with a new Jeep, make sure It's mechanically sound. Don't trust what the previous owner had to say or depend upon their opinions.

Clean up the entire system out by replacing spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap, roter in the cap.

Flush the Radiator and take a look at the Thermostat.
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:14 PM   #5
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Thanks man i will. I talked to this guy for quite a while and have gained some trust. He owns his own shop and i went over what all he had just done.

What do you suggest for lift options?? is it a waste to do just a 2.5"?? will i kick myself later for not just doing the 4 to begin with?

this will be just mildly wheeled for now and the tires are brand new so they wont be replaced for a while.

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Old 08-09-2010, 10:29 PM   #6
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Lifting

Only lift the "body" to make room for new stuff underneath like a new drive shaft or a suspension Mod.

Lifting the body with "spacers" only makes your Jeep "top heavy" and more dangerous to drive around.

I know it sounds counter intuitive, but keep your Jeep low to the ground while trying to keep vital parts exposed underneath protected. Lift kits bring your Jeep up off the ground and so does some 35' tires. Those are "safe" lifts.
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:47 PM   #7
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yeah i was talking about a 2.5" lift kit or 4" lift kit, Ive been reading on here about the pros and cons but all i get isthirty different opinions and no clear answer. Some say certain lifts are decent others say they suck. I understand you get what you pay for but isnt their a happy medium???
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:18 PM   #8
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nice looking jeep man, and welcome to AZ.
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Old 08-10-2010, 01:19 AM   #9
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welcome to WF nice jeep try looking at the sticky YJ lift reviews that should help you a lot.
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Old 08-10-2010, 04:39 PM   #10
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Thanks guys i will keep reading. Today wasnt a good day for me and the jeep tho. this was the first time i had really drove it and it was to get it emission tested. well IT FAILED.

Im new to this testing since MI doesnt do it so i dont really know whats goin on, it passed the emission part but not the equipment pressure test. So the guy I bought it from is going to fix that part for free. He says its probably a couple rubber gromets on top of the tank have dried out.

Also running down the freeway today it was running at about 220. I know it should be lower than that even if it is 110 air temp. So i got to figure that out as well.... anyone else's jeep run hot in AZ?
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Old 08-10-2010, 04:46 PM   #11
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210* is about normal... running warmer could be a couple of things, fan or airflow, clog in the system or too much anti-freeze.

Welcome to the forum bud - one clean looking YJ ya got.
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:20 PM   #12
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I'm in the same boat as you, I changed ALL the fluids in the jeep to include:

-Both differentials (and not just drain them, actually take the covers off and make a new gasket, trust me I'm not a mechanic and it is really really simple)
-transmission fluid
-engine oil
-transfer case fluid

I highly recommend changing these fluids, the jeep feels so much nicer with some good fluid in there. I can give you a list of the fluids I used, also heres a link for changing stuff:

for the tranny and tcase:
Jeep NV3550 Transmission & NP231 Transfer Case Service

theres more stuff here:
Jeep TJ Installation Write-Ups by 4x4xplor.com
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210* is about normal... running warmer could be a couple of things, fan or airflow, clog in the system or too much anti-freeze.

Welcome to the forum bud - one clean looking YJ ya got.

Thanks man, yeah it got to about 221*.
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:39 AM   #14
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Hey I also just moved to Az but from Ohio, i brought my 1994 YJ out. I am also new to the forum but Ive used it a few times all my problems were answered in one stop (capacitors in computer, 4wd indicator, seat belt, and Herculiner) great site very helpful thanks everyone.
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:55 AM   #15
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really sweet jeep!!!
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:07 PM   #16
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really sweet jeep!!!
THANKS!

well for the cooling issue i drove it quite a ways today and it got just over 220 and stayed their. So its getting a new rad, hoses and thermostat. i believe the bottom is full of sediment even tho it was flushed it is still plugged.

Doesnt help its over 110* degrees outside.

I know driving without doors is like having a hair dryer shot in your face the entire time.

hopefully after this it will be bulletproof for while and i can really enjoy it. I just rather fix things before they break or at least before it creates more problems if i can.
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:34 PM   #17
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Wow! very clean YJ!

I recently got a 93 6cyl here in CA & when it was time to SMOG I found I needed a CARB sticker. Pain in the a$$. got it then it still failed emissions, I'm going to try running the tank low, adding some fuel additive & filling it to a quarter tank with high Octane then having it tested while hot, I heard sometimes this can get you past & figure it's pretty cheap. I'll let you know what comes of it.

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Old 08-11-2010, 08:18 PM   #18
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thanks!

yeah this emissions crap is stupid.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:16 PM   #19
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Buy A New Gas Cap

You always want to run your engine warmed up before going to the Emissions Station lmcintire, regardless of the automobile.

I swaggered & sweet talked an Emissions women into revealing that the *GAS CAP* is the most common emissions failure for Jeeps.

Buy a $5 dollar new gas cap before going to emissions test.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:22 PM   #20
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edit: you werent talking to me. my bad.

o it was warmed up all right. about 110 outside and im sitting in line in a open jeep in jeans cause i just left campus. lol. on the sheet it said the cap passed but not the pressure test.

the grommets on top of the tank i guess get dried out and leak pressure?? thats what we are trying first..
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I'm in the same boat as you, I changed ALL the fluids in the jeep to include:

-Both differentials (and not just drain them, actually take the covers off and make a new gasket, trust me I'm not a mechanic and it is really really simple)
-transmission fluid
-engine oil
-transfer case fluid

I highly recommend changing these fluids, the jeep feels so much nicer with some good fluid in there. I can give you a list of the fluids I used, also heres a link for changing stuff:

for the tranny and tcase:
Jeep NV3550 Transmission & NP231 Transfer Case Service



theres more stuff here:
Jeep TJ Installation Write-Ups by 4x4xplor.com


Interesting post. I just bought a 89 YJ myself. What are the "differentials"?
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Old 08-12-2010, 02:26 PM   #22
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differentials are the front and rear "pumpkins" where the drive shaft(s) connects to the axle. via ring and pinion gears
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Interesting post. I just bought a 89 YJ myself. What are the "differentials"?
info on diffs:
HowStuffWorks "How Differentials Work"

heres some jeep specific diff fluid info:
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:59 PM   #24
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Welcome to the forum. That is a real nice looking YJ. I just bought a 92 and it doesn't look like that. I wanted to thank all of you for these posts. Lots of valuable info..We appreciate it!
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Old 08-13-2010, 08:30 PM   #25
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Thanks and welcome to you as well. The jeep got a new bigger radiator, new hoses, serp belt and thermostat. Ran down the freeway 60-70 and it was 110 and the jeep never clicked over 210. Some of that time was at almost a stand still.

So i feel a lot more comfortable driving it now. So after i save up again next will be a rough country 2.5" lift kit. In the mean time i will probably service the diffs, tranny and TC.

And i thought my quad took all my money lol.

Thanks again guys for all the help.
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Wasomma ...awesome post. Great information..thanks.
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Really nice and clean YJ...Dont keep it clean for to long.
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:13 AM   #28
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Welcome to Jeepin' 101

Beautiful Jeep,
I have a 93 yj heavily modified. It's a Four cylinder 5 speed. So, I got a pretty good idea what you're headed for.

First up "the Lift", There are a few to choose from; Spring lifts from 1.5" to 10", Spring Over Axle(my choice), And the Coilover conversion. all three of these have their pros and cons. Any lift of 4" or more you're going to want a Slip Yoke Eliminator kit and Constant-Velocity drive shaft. This will lengthen your drive shaft and lessen the angle. To help lessen the vibration. Then there are shocks, brake line extensions, drop pitman arm and brackets. You might want to check the kits that are available, some are pretty complete.

Gearing; You probly have 4.10 or 4.11 gears these are good enough for up to 33" tires.

Cooling: Replace the radiator and thermostat(195degree). Check for air in the system. I tossed the fan and shroud and purchased a Flex-a-lite Wrangler X-Treme electric fan(part #485). This thing moves 3300 cu.ft./per min. just setting still. Getting rid of the fan frees' up horse power. Mine never gets over 195 now.

Good luck with your project. If you can't find the inforation your looking for on WranglerForum.com, it aint out there. The members here know there stuff.
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:42 AM   #29
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Thanks Ben, i might look into an electric fan. I see its about 340 bucks from jegs. thats the first place i looked to probably could find it cheaper.

I have read and read and read on lift kits and i think im going to start with the 2.5 RC lift kit. I would like the 4" but i dont really like the look of big lift with out tires to fill the wells. Im not going to be doing any rockcrawling so the 2.5" with 31's/32's will work fine for me.
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IM GONNA DRIVE THIS POS OFF A CLIFF!


now the evap system passed emissions but not the CO! CO passed last time!

UGGHHH

So now i got to figure out how to lean it out .5 of a point. This shit is really pissing me off.

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