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Old 07-22-2013, 10:28 PM   #1
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Novice yj build

Hey guys I've been reminiscing about the yj my dad had when I was a kid. Well I'm not a kid now I just got my diploma and a good career path growing and I'm thinking with a lot of patience time and advice I could build a yj. The 87 jeep that sat in the driveway was sold when I was 13 and I miss it like crazy. Basically I'd like to hear from y'all some tips or tricks or whatever else I could be expecting. Here's what I had planned (just like dads jeep) Dana 44 front 9' rear depending on money 4.56 gears locked front and rear. 327 small block chevy with a th350 transmission and probably a np205 transfer case. I'm in the process of finding the right yj right now but this is the general idea. I've got the resources to do all this Id just like to know from more experienced people what I could be expecting with swapping the drivetrain. I know there might be some better drivetrain to put under this thing but like I said, I'd like to make it like my dads. Thanks for any advice or tips and hope to hear from y'all!

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Old 07-22-2013, 10:38 PM   #2
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get a 94-95 chevy 350 tbi, easier on smog being obd1 and good solid fuel injection system. The turbo 350 tranny is a good choice because it is shorter than other chevy tranny's. The 9' is harder to find(thank the muscle car crowd) and an 8.8 out of a ford explorer is a great candidate(easy to find, has disc brakes, close to the D35 width, and 5 on 4.5 lug pattern already) the np205 is a bit on the long side for a wrangler at higher speeds, and if you get a wrangler with the np231, I'd keep it. You might also consider a dana 300 if you want gear driven over chain. Just my 2 cents

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Old 07-23-2013, 05:52 PM   #3
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Been there, done that! If you have the money go with OBDII motor and call Novak. I couldn't have done it without them. Get ready to drop $4000+ with motor and parts.

You can get D44's of an old Wagoneer. Same width but different bolt pattern. Mine are working great!

Here is my write up. Worth every penny!

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f8/95-y...-141156-7.html
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:35 AM   #4
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I was going to just stick with a 327 carbureted being my dad had a 327 in his. If I had to I could ask him but I'd rather do my own thing, fuel injection seems kind of complicated so I'm going to try and keep simple. I've heard great things about the 9" rear being able to handle up too 37" tires comfortably and If I found a 9" rear (which I know where a few are) they already have a matching Dana44 front. I'm probably going to be running 35s though.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:37 AM   #5
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Also last night I found a pretty good deal on a 1980 CJ7. How much harder or easier would a CJ be too build compared to a yj?
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:44 PM   #6
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If it had a good frame and body (very minor rust), it would be easier with all of your wanted swaps, but it's the little parts that add up quick on jeeps, I'm a broke college student and have spent about $5000 total on my jeep, and I still need about another $2000 more before I'm done

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