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Old 09-16-2016, 06:46 PM   #1
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Simple projects for simple minds

I've managed to make a little progress on bringing the yj around.

I found a decent set of 1/2 doors on ebay.

These will help when I remove the hard top and go soft top next spring.


I'd been mulling removing the 2.5" lift and going back to stock springs. I finally quit mulling and swapped them out. It took me longer than I thought (about 4 1/2 hours). I'm a little disappointed, I thought it'd be lower.

Those 31 10.5's will be the next thing to go.

I sold the trailmaster springs and bought a set of stock wheels and centercaps. I'm going to find a set of smaller 30 9.5 15's and have them mounted.


I also pulled that rock crawler front bumper and bought a new stock one to bolt on.


Last but not least the top tank on the radiator started leaking. I found an all aluminum three row radiator on ebay for a decent price. I bought it and installed it just today.

That should take care of the leak.

Next project will be the heater box. It has one of the flapper doors froze up. My defrosters doesn't have a lot of air blowing out, I'm going to pull that box and give it a complete go through and see if I can't shake things up a little bit.
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Old 09-17-2016, 04:12 PM   #2
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It will get lower as time goes by and your new springs settle in.

I pulled the lift from my YJ, and installed new springs and shackles.

Went from 1 1/4" lift to 0" lift and very little difference on ride height .... for now.

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Old 09-18-2016, 05:35 PM   #3
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It'd be nice if it did settle a bit. I made sure I didn't tighten the shackle bolts until I had the springs compressed. I dunno if that helped any. I hope it looses another inch, inch and a half.

I'd asked in an earlier thread how large a tire one could run with stock suspension. 31 10.5 15s seemed to be the consensus. I was worried I'd have to change tires immediately upon changing the springs. My 31s don't even come close to rubbing.
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It'd be nice if it did settle a bit. I made sure I didn't tighten the shackle bolts until I had the springs compressed. I dunno if that helped any. I hope it looses another inch, inch and a half.

I'd asked in an earlier thread how large a tire one could run with stock suspension. 31 10.5 15s seemed to be the consensus. I was worried I'd have to change tires immediately upon changing the springs. My 31s don't even come close to rubbing.
You experience mirrors mine. I was wondering what change I would see with the existing tires, I was even thinking I might have to go back down to stock tires. I even have a set of wheels stripped and painted for stock tires.

One thing on mine that I do not like, the OP went from a 15" wheel to a 16" wheel but instead of getting the right lug spacing of 4.5 on 5 he went with 5 on 5 and wheel adapter. Problem with the wheel adapter is they are also like 1 1/4" spacers so the tires do stick out a bit more. I'd rather have them tucked up under the fends like they are supposed to be.

I do know that if I had left the lift shackles on, my Jeep would be taller than when I bought it ..... and I want it to drop a bit.


I think you did it the right way ..... I put everything on, barely snugging up the hardware. Then I put it all on the ground, and took the time to step on the fenders and jump up and down to make sure everything was moving and settled. The with it on the ground I torqued things to where I believe they should be.

I installed 0" shackles that came with polyurethane bushing and the manufacture said to torque them between 45 and 75 ft lbs ..... of course the higher the torque, the harder the ride.

Mine is definitely a 'work in progress' and hopefully I will live long enough to see it through to the end!
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Old 10-01-2016, 09:05 AM   #5
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I've managed to make a little progress on bringing the yj around. I found a decent set of 1/2 doors on ebay. These will help when I remove the hard top and go soft top next spring. I'd been mulling removing the 2.5" lift and going back to stock springs. I finally quit mulling and swapped them out. It took me longer than I thought (about 4 1/2 hours). I'm a little disappointed, I thought it'd be lower. Those 31 10.5's will be the next thing to go. I sold the trailmaster springs and bought a set of stock wheels and centercaps. I'm going to find a set of smaller 30 9.5 15's and have them mounted. I also pulled that rock crawler front bumper and bought a new stock one to bolt on. Last but not least the top tank on the radiator started leaking. I found an all aluminum three row radiator on ebay for a decent price. I bought it and installed it just today. That should take care of the leak. Next project will be the heater box. It has one of the flapper doors froze up. My defrosters doesn't have a lot of air blowing out, I'm going to pull that box and give it a complete go through and see if I can't shake things up a little bit.
I have a 93YJ that used to look just like that, time and rust have taken their toll. I think it looks just as it sits,
But every jeep owner I've met including myself have their own vision & track for their jeep.
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Old 10-05-2016, 11:30 PM   #6
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Where are you located? I might be interested in those wheels and tires you are taking off.
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Mike, I'm sorry man, I just signed in today and seen you had asked about those wheels and tires. They're still on the jeep, I just haven't had the shekels to go and buy 4 new tires.

I'm not close to Florida though, I'm in southern Indiana.

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