So it has been about a year since i bought my first Jeep and I figured now would be the perfect time to share with the world what i have done to it so far. It is a 95 YJ with the 4.0. I paid $1800 for it and it was in pretty rough shape. The interior was trashed, there was a lot of rust, and the outside was anything but pretty. Also at the time the speedo wasn't working and a rear shock mount was broke. However mechanically it was sound, and it did have low miles (90,000) compared to some of the other YJ's i had looked at. So i brought it home and the addiction started!
The first thing that needed fixed was the rusted shock mount. After all i was dying to drive this thing! So i ordered a pair of upper shock mounts made by Safe T Cap and a rear upper shock mount frame repair set. Because i didn't have a welder at the time and had no intentions of buying one, i had the shock mounts welded to the frame repair pieces by a friend who worked at a local shop. What i was then able to do was drill through the frame and bolt the metal plates to the frame rather than weld them on like they were intended. A little unorthodox i know, but its been a year and no problems yet! By the way it was not an easy task grinding the old shock mounts off. This was the first of the many headaches to come with this...
The next step was the rusted drivers side floor pan. Once again i didn't have a welder so i had to improvise. So I used some old diamond plate that was laying around my dads shop and decided to pop rivet it in place. I also decided to line the inside of the tub while i had everything stripped out of it. So i used Raptor Liner and it is awesome for the price! I highly recommend it.
The tires that were on the jeep were not only recaps, but they were also dry rotted so they needed to go. I ended up finding a set of 32" Super Swampers on Ion Alloy rims on Craigslist and swapped those on. And of course i had to test them out
It was almost time to go back to college which meant no more working on the Jeep until i came back home so i decided to spend a little more money and really give it a make over. First thing i did was get it painted. The black was just not doing it for me. I needed something bright, so yellow it was! After it was painted i decided to throw on some Smittybilt fender flares, a HD tire carrier to haul my spare, smoke taillights and signals along with new headlights, and finally some good ole Jeep stickers! I also put some diamond plate on the rockers and across the bottom of the windshield frame to cover up the rust. I painted them with Rustoleum truck bed liner along with the bumpers, headlight bezels, and a few other things. That stuff is the best!
I had never been more excited to come back home for Christmas break and get started on this thing once again! I put on neoprene seat covers, and a Smittybilt console. For Christmas my dad got me a new Clarion head unit, Polk dash speakers, a Polk amp, and 2 10" Polk subs for the back. Best present ever! I also figured it would be a good time to add a VDP 6 speaker sound bar...so i did. I also put in blue LED dash lights to match the lights on the head unit.
A few days before heading back i decide to go play in the snow. This is when i completely broke off my muffler so it was time for a new exhaust. I went with the Banks Torque Tube headers and a Banks Monster muffler. Probably the best upgrade done to date. Sounds awesome! I also decided to do a TJ front pipe mod which was super easy.
When i went home for spring break i decided to spend my tax return money on a Bestop Supertop. I got the soft upper and lower doors as well for the summer months. I could not be any happier. I also decided to add a vent scoop and some mirror relocation brackets for my new doors. I also painted the hinges with the bedliner to make them contrast with the yellow and added some "angry eyes" and my very own sticker which gets plenty of attention! This is currently what the Jeep looks like and hopefully now that i have my own garage Ill be able to keep the upgrades coming!
Finals week is over and i don't start my job for another week. So what better way to pass the time than to work on the Jeep! I had been wanting to get rid of that dull gray dash so I decided to paint it along with the visors. I also decided to do the steering wheel too until I put my grant in. Heres how it turned out: