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Old 04-13-2014, 08:16 PM   #1
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94 YJ upkeep and improvment project

So, I have had my 94 YJ for about 3 weeks now so I decided I would start a thread here. I was looking for as close to stock of a jeep as I could get but I could not find anything that was worth the prices people ask around here. After some searching I came across the 94 YJ, 2.5 low output, AX-5 5 speed, lifted 4" on a rough country lift and sits on 33" MT baja claws. It also has a new top, Rampage soft top in spice. Unfortunately this one is a little more done up by the PO but I don't mind because I like the way it sits as is. Also has an overhead KC light bar plus two KC lights on the front bumper and a Rugged Ridge winch. The jeep was originally white, painted a green by a PO and it could use a respray. Overall in good shape, a few rust spots here and there but nothing major.

My plans are to clean the guy up and get all maintenance in order. The driver seat needs a recover and debating whether or not to put a carpet back in it. I plan to pick up a hardtop as well. There won't be many changes but wanted to start this thread to track my progress and ask questions when they come up here so I don't have to keep creating new threads.

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Old 04-13-2014, 08:18 PM   #2
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So I picked up some full steel doors over the weekend. They don't fit too well so I need to adjust the hinges. Some of the torx bolts are very soft and some have rounded out. Anyone else experience this? If so, what did you do to get the bolts out? I am planning on buying all new door hinges so I just want these ones off.

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Old 04-14-2014, 07:17 AM   #3
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I had to grind the bolts and lower hinge half off, so I am looking for a better way of removing these without stripping them as well. Hopefully someone will chime in.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:39 AM   #4
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I had to grind the bolts and lower hinge half off, so I am looking for a better way of removing these without stripping them as well. Hopefully someone will chime in.

My thought was to drill them out. I don't want to damage the holes or the doors. It sucks because they didn't just strip, they actually rounded out so I'm not sure I can get anything in there that will bite.
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Easiest way to get them out is to weld a nut out the head of the stripped bolt and then you can get a wrench on them.

If you don't have or cant weld, then the next best thing is a left handed drill bit with a reversible drill. put a wrench on the inside and as you drill, it will release and come out.

Or, take a die grinder or a dremel tool, and cut a slot across the head of the bolt and use a large regular screw driver to hold the bolt and turn the wrench.
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:02 AM   #6
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Easiest way to get them out is to weld a nut out the head of the stripped bolt and then you can get a wrench on them.

If you don't have or cant weld, then the next best thing is a left handed drill bit with a reversible drill. put a wrench on the inside and as you drill, it will release and come out.

Or, take a die grinder or a dremel tool, and cut a slot across the head of the bolt and use a large regular screw driver to hold the bolt and turn the wrench.

Thanks for the advice. I don't have a welder nor can I weld so that is out.

I will try the left hand drill bit.
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:47 AM   #7
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So my driver seat is in pretty bad shape and I would like to get it replaced, however coming across a stock one that matches is hard to do. I've also been looking for original replacement seat skins but have had no luck. Does anyone know if you can source those covers or are they NLA? The rest of my seats are mint and I really don't like the look of aftermarket seat covers no matter how nice some of them are.
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Old 04-19-2014, 10:59 PM   #8
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I had to adjust the Dr door on mine when I got full doors. 3 torx bolts came out 3 rounded. I drilled them an got a beefy extractor from tractor supply for 4 bucks. Pass side lined up OK. My Dr seat had a broken seat back on one side an would lean. I did the cavalier replacement. Getting the old one out was a pain but the bolt holes on the cav seat lined up perfectly.
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:03 AM   #9
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Great looking jeep! Almost identical to mine, but i have a hardtop. I am about to start maintenance on mine also. Welcome!
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:10 PM   #10
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Great looking jeep! Almost identical to mine, but i have a hardtop. I am about to start maintenance on mine also. Welcome!

Thanks. I was set to pick up a hard top I found on craigslist for $150 but before I could get to it someone else bought it.
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L-hand drill bit should work or cutting a slit in it for a flathead screwdriver would also. Since you can't weld. That would have been my first suggestion.
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:59 PM   #12
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So I haven't done too much lately to my rig. I have a question that might have a very simple answer, are yj driver/passenger seats interchangeable? My driver seat is in pretty bad shape and I've found a good passenger seat that matches locally. If you take them apart can you mount a passenger seat onto a driver side frame? I know the recline lever would be on the wrong side, can that be taken off my current driver seat and put on a passenger seat base on the right side?
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:41 PM   #13
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I had to heat my torx bolts from the inside of the door. I had the panels off allready so I used a plumbing propane torch. Hit them with a impact wrench and out they came!
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Old 01-19-2015, 09:50 PM   #14
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Been a while since I last posted in my thread and largely because there has been nothing new going one. However, I did pick up a hardtop for $50, it needs some work and is missing the back hatch/glass. The guy who sold it to me had no idea what year jeep it came off of so I took a shot at it, for $50 why not, as it turns out it is a YJ hardtop. In any event, I have been trying to source the back glass and all I have been able to find is a piece on quadratec for $199 here: PPR Industries 3099019095 - Replacement Hard Top Lift Gate Glass without Defrost for 90-95 Jeep® Wrangler YJ - Quadratec. I am assuming this is what I need? I'm not looking for a hatch with defrost since my YJ didn't come with a factory hardtop so I have no defrost switches or wiper switches. Does anyone know where to find a cheaper one?
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This'll save ya $40.

Hardtop Liftgate Glass, Seals & Replacement Parts for Wrangler YJ and Jeep CJ7 & CJ8



Interesting you have the 2.5, but have the factory sidesteps that came on 4.0s
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Old 01-19-2015, 10:16 PM   #16
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This'll save ya $40.

Hardtop Liftgate Glass, Seals & Replacement Parts for Wrangler YJ and Jeep CJ7 & CJ8



Interesting you have the 2.5, but have the factory sidesteps that came on 4.0s
Thanks. Do these only come in black? I have a spice hardtop. If they only come in black no biggie I'll just plasti-dip the top black.

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