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Old 02-25-2014, 08:53 PM   #1
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Project "Chump Change" a 95 YJ build

Figured i would start a build thread on here to keep track of my build and all my pics and get some feedback from others.

I started this build in 2012 but a wedding, new house, job change and life held me up till now

Here is what i started with, a very worn and beat 95 YJ 4.0/5spd/4in lift/35s/8.8 rear and 4.10s 200k and lots of rust.

The day we brought it home


A few mods later


Setup worked great but the frame was toast and so was the body may not look like it but there were only 2 mounts holding the body on to the frame.

Tore the old one down and decided to start over with a new frame, tub and a few other parts

Tear down




New parts










New frame and the shitty YJ tub that came with it.




(more pics to come)

The ultimate goal for this build is the have a low stable wheeler that can still be driven on the street on a Saturday afternoon.

Build specs:
-95 YJ frame
-2000 TJ tub
-Camed and tuned 5.3 LS/ built 700R4/241C
-60's front and rear 5.38s locked
-3link front
-leaf spring rear(SUA or SOA to be decided)
-118" wheel base, 24" belly height, 4D's
-Full hydro

I have the motor and trans in for mock up, motor mounts are done working on the trans mount and getting the front suspension mocked up this weekend. Will post more pics as i upload them

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Old 03-01-2014, 07:34 AM   #2
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SWEET! Good Luck and Fun. Will be keeping a eye on this thread.

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Old 03-01-2014, 10:14 PM   #3
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I also have a 95 YJ... So I'm dying to see what you do... mine is still stock but I plan on starting soon.
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:18 AM   #4
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Thanks. Have not had a chance to do much recently work and cold weather have put a damper on things. Did get my front truss done for the 60 and all the little parts for the 5.3 ordered.

Also had a friend of mine plasma out all my brackets for the suspension and trans mount.

Got the cam installed the weekend and the deck surface all cleaned up and ready for the assembly of the engine this Saturday.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:07 PM   #5
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update. After a few weekends of with some friends and some quality wrench time.

Got the engine all buttoned up waiting to put the intake on till i get the tub on. plan it to run it backward so the intake/filter is sitting the open pocket of the cowl. The valve covers are on just not in the pics

(this is an old pic but just so you get the idea for the intake placment)



My acc brackets will be here this week and will get it and the water pump on.






Got my truss from my buddy 1/2in plate should be enough



Didn't get all my parts in for my 60 yet. Bottom bearing caps are backordered but will be here on Wed. And with warm weather coming in and no OT this week ill make some progress. Got a few things on knuckles and high steer arms. Going to be machining my own tho and will be just like Arctech double sheer arms. prolly be out of stainless if i can come across some



Here is the cam specs if anyone is interested.


Also got the rear mocked in as well. Some pics, still dont know if im going spring under or spring over it depends on where the front sits when everything is in place.



More updates to follow. Like i said this is a slow build, Im on a big overtime kick, work 3rds and am a sub for a local tech school so im busy! oh yea i also have a honey do list as well...
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:40 PM   #6
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Awesome build. I will be following.
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:51 PM   #7
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Thanks, its going to be a long build. But i cant wait for the final result

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