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Old 11-11-2006, 08:46 PM   #1
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YJ Progect! Need your input

Okay, where to start. So i finally got a junky daily driver and the insurance is coming off my jeep in a week or two(1995, 6 cyl, manual). I am planning on building up my YJ to a trail monster.

My plans at first was to never drive the rig on the street again, just trailor it. That is because i was planning on doing a SOA. FULL WIDTH Dana 60 rear, locked and a locked FULL WIDTH dana 44 front. I was antipicating running 40 something inch tires, maybe 44. Once i did a reality check i dont think that would be plausible(sp?).I would hate to never drive it on the road again. So at the moment this is what im planning to do.......

Because i want to drive it on the street after im done with the build-up, these are my plans and would like to know what you think.....

I am planning on purchasing the 6' lift kit from SkyJacker. Yes, i know its a mono-leaf spring pack and all i have read were along these lines, "i bet they wouldnt flex great". Have any of you guys heard of read about the lift? Im gonna need new drive shafts for the front and rear and luckily i have a few driveshaft shops around my area so thats no big problem to worry about. SYE. I want to purchase Teraflex revolver shackles and would like your input on those as well. Im not planning on swapping the engine or transfer case. As for the axles, i have decided on a detroit locked 8.8 rear and keeping the front dana 30 with a true trac or something along those lines. What would you recommened for a front locker that is going to be a daily driver? What do you think of 37's on a dana 30? From what i understand, they are suprisingly strong. I am planning on running 37' tires so i am assuming i am going to need a body lift. 1 or 2 inch at the most. Would you think the 8.8 will 'grenade' if i regear it to 4.88 or 5.13, same as the front obviously. Im going to gut the interrior, herc. the tub, take out stock front seats and install some Baja seats. Make a durable roll cage. Im also gonna body armor it pretty good and dont need input on that.

I think that is it for the time. I may have forgot some things here and there, it is getting late and im getting tired. I also have a bonus so to speak. I have $2000 to spend at the Jeep dealership. I know this may strange but i cant think of anything i need from the dealership besides a new starter because mine is gonna go sooner or later. Would i be able to buy aftermarket products from the dealership? If not what would you recommened me getting? I never thought that i cant spend $2000 at the jeep dealership. If i can order aftermarket parts that will be a different story.

Okay guys, need your input. What would you do different? What looks like a good idea? What looks like a bad idea?


If i went with an 8.8 in the rear and a dana 44 in the front i would need a new transfer case, right? I remember reading something regarding that set-up but im not 100 percent sure.


I dont have my notes in front of me at the time being, once i take a look i'll see what i forgot to mention and add it. Thanks guys.

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Pretty much everything is going to be going on sale soon thats in my sig. So keep an eye out for that...

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Old 11-16-2006, 09:41 PM   #3
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Okay, If your going with 37's then I would look for axle our of either a CJ-7. 86 model year has the dana 44 or a mid 80's grand wagoneer has 44's as well. And I think the drop is on the correct side. 2nd if you do decide you want to run big meants like 40's. Then you want a 14 bolt in the rear and and 60 up front. I would also look into doing a spring over using 1-2" lift springs vs mono leaf by sky jacker, as it would seem one good bounce and they are bent. other things to upgrade or think about:

1. steering setup, pump, etc tire rod drag link
2. brake's.
3. gears, with 37's would say 4.88 as a starting point
4. Lockers, ARB or another selectible
5. Roll cage
6. Longer brake lines
7. While you have the t-case open what about a 4:1 low range gear set?
8. Replace your stock spring hangers


Just a few things off the top of my head....
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Hey. Thanks for your input. But as i stated earlier im no longer going SOA and am planning on getting the 6' SJ kit, which i plan on writing a review on because i am assuming they are not going to flex that well. As for the steering set up, a hi-steer should do it and and gears are a given as well as lockers. I wasnt plannning on doing anything with the rolll cage as of yet. I also didnt really consider number 7.....i'll see what i can do
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Im planning on using the teraflex fiberflex kit. If you have never used a mono leaf before dont be so fast to dissmis it. Skyjacker and teraflex have spent alot of time on these lifts and I know teraflex is lifetime against sag. Is your spring pack? Any way im just saying that for a company to put these products out they do alot of testing, just because they are new and there are few writeups on them does not mean there are not quality.
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I found a 1976 grand wagoneer with rear centered dana 44 and the drivers drop front dana 44 for 250. They are out there just keep looking. I have not taken a close look at them yet but I have been told that they are only about 3/4 of an in. bigger on each side than the yj axles.
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Im planning on using the teraflex fiberflex kit. If you have never used a mono leaf before dont be so fast to dissmis it. Skyjacker and teraflex have spent alot of time on these lifts and I know teraflex is lifetime against sag. Is your spring pack? Any way im just saying that for a company to put these products out they do alot of testing, just because they are new and there are few writeups on them does not mean there are not quality.
I have no problem with the mono, and the tera kit is SOA, which would seem to work better, as The SJ kit just has way to much arch for me, seems down drop will be limited. Time will tell with both of them. I converterd over to the dark side many years ago with the coils springs so no issues with leafs for me.

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