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Old 02-02-2014, 12:46 AM   #1
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"Pop's JP" 1988 YJ build

I've never done a build thread before so please bear with me on this.

How we got it...
I previously had a 1995 YJ 4 cylinder that was all stock with 31" tires that I loved. It was my first jeep and I had it just shy of a year. I never really cared about jeeps but had fallen in love with my wife's grand fathers "old jeep". I had tried for years to buy it from him but he never wanted to sell it. He always said that one day we'd get it (assuming he meant inherited). Well last year I decided to find one and came across the '95 by accident. I didn't do anything to it other than plastidipping the wheels, top and windshield. Much to our surprise we received the old jeep for Christmas. My son calls him Pop and we referred to the jeep as Pop's jeep so the name has kinda stuck with it.

It was your typical "old man" jeep. Stock suspension (oddly, though it was missing the rear track bar), interior and engine. It has an old Rockgear soft top and really nice paint. It had the stock white painted wheels with extremely wore out tires.
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Old 02-02-2014, 12:50 AM   #2
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The first thing I did was add some 31x10.5r15's on OEM Jeep canyon rims. The finish was pretty bad on the junk yard wheels so I plasti dipped them before install. I swapped out the old school dual knob radio for a later model Pioneer CD player and added some 6x9's in boxes on the rear fender wells. Sorry for the dark pic, but I think you can see the difference in how it looks.
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Old 02-02-2014, 01:02 AM   #3
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I got death wobble almost the first time I drove it so I replaced the steering stabilizer and it completely went away. I'm sure there are still some underlying issues that will be dealt with as time goes by, but for now I'm happy with how it steers.

I've also spent a lot of time "making it new" so to speak. Although it's in pretty good shape over all it has been a little neglected as fas a the little stuff. It had lots of wore out hoses, vacuum lines, belts and such so I always have something I can work on.

After spending lots of time on this site and others I found the nutter bypass. I completed it and I'm much happier with the idle. I think I may swap the carb eventually to a motorcraft though.

I found a fuel leak going from the fuel filter to the carb, which on this engine is right over the top of the engine, scary close to the exhaust manifold. Replaced the belts and one of the upper radiator hoses. Tightened the brake lines in the manifold under the brake booster. I need to replace just about every major seal from the valve cover gasket, axle seals on 2 different corners, the transfer case and I think the rear main seal.

I have found that the air tubes on the exhaust have rusted through and now that they aren't being used due to the nutter bypass I need to seal them back up. Not to mention the rest of the exhaust system is in rough shape.

The back window on the Rockgear top was secured on the sides with Velcro that had completely wore out and let a major draft come in from the back. I took it to a boat canvas shop and had them install some zippers.
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Because the tires rubbed so bad I decided on a lift. I only plan on some pretty easy trails so I don't need a real fancy suspension. Not to mention this is going to be my almost daily driver. I decided on the Zone Off-road 2" kit. Install was pretty straight forward, I bought new grade 8 bolts to replace all the spring to shackle/hanger bolts. It seems as though maybe the front right side of the frame is tweaked because we had a really hard time getting that spring on. The front shackle mount is a bit twisted so I'm going to have to take it to a fab shop and see what they can do with it. I love the way it looks, but these spring are so bouncy. I hope after they settle a little it the ride will smooth out. I even tightened all the spring bolts after setting it down on the ground.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:36 PM   #5
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I like it. What's next?
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:27 PM   #6
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I like it. What's next?
Thanks!

Next...I ordered some windshield pillar brackets so I'm looking for some D2 style LEDs to go there.
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I also really like it! I have a 94 YJ and couldn't be happier with it. I was originally planning on just doing a 2.5 inch suspension lift and going with 31" tires. Now, after realizing how much I love the trails, and how capable these vehicles are, I am leaning towards a 4" suspension lift with 33" inch tires. I have the 4.0 V6 so the bigger tires shouldn't bog down the engine. I'd actually love any input from anyone on the site if they would go with the smaller of bigger kit.
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I also really like it! I have a 94 YJ and couldn't be happier with it. I was originally planning on just doing a 2.5 inch suspension lift and going with 31" tires. Now, after realizing how much I love the trails, and how capable these vehicles are, I am leaning towards a 4" suspension lift with 33" inch tires. I have the 4.0 V6 so the bigger tires shouldn't bog down the engine. I'd actually love any input from anyone on the site if they would go with the smaller of bigger kit.
I'm now wishing I'd have gone with 33's and a 4 inch lift. The 31"a and 2 inch are nice but I think the 33's would have been much better off road.
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:24 PM   #9
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35's would be even better, but then again 37's would be great, don't get me started on 39's.
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I run 35's on my jeep and love it, never have any clearance issues or anything really. Now that I have the 35's id never run smaller
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I bought 35 and a four inch lift I don't know if they will fit
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A little fender trimming and they will. Mine bent up the sheet metal pretty good in the rear.

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