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02-19-2011 12:04 PM
jeepjunky92yj sweet yj love a red jeep.looks real good just one suggestion make a plate to go across the back to cover up the body lift will look 100 times better then the gap you have now.
02-19-2011 12:20 AM
02-15-2011 10:57 PM
Originally Posted by austin1869 View Post
Got lucky yesterday, a friend of mines dad had some take off rims and a factory back bumper he wanted gone. The rims look just like the ones I have on there but they are 20 years newer is the only upside for the time being. I tore off the homemade pipe bumper on it yesterday and put the factory bumper on. Who would have ever thought that a factory bumper would make it look so much better. I will try to post pictures after church.
Are those rims off a 2004?
are they 15 x 8 ?
02-15-2011 09:14 AM
tnjeeprider Awesome deal, keep us posted as you make changes.
02-15-2011 01:35 AM
burton09 Looking good. What kind of exhaust did you put on?
02-01-2011 10:06 AM
austin1869 New Exhaust went on this weekend! Wow what a difference, runs better, sounds alot better and there aren't a bunch of fumes flowing into the cab!

I am hoping to get a new center console ordered this week that locks and has a slot for the cd player. I am going to fill the radio slot in the dash with a spot for toggle switches and I am thinking about redoing the bedliner inside the Jeep, the Liner that is in already is starting to look rough and worn through in some places.
01-23-2011 08:02 PM
tracy looks good
01-23-2011 06:59 PM
toshpate Jealous
01-23-2011 06:36 PM
OklaTJ Yeah it's looking good
01-23-2011 06:17 PM
drbandkgb Looking good man!
01-23-2011 06:05 PM
austin1869 Ok got a couple of after pictures with the new tires and wheels and the new top with tinted windows. A couple of them still have the old windows in because I was heading into the woods and didnt want to scratch them.

01-04-2011 09:46 PM
austin1869 Ok, got the new top on with the tinted windows, sound bar and a new set of rims with 33x12.5x15 Mickey Thompson Baja Claws and I have to say I didn't realize how much difference it would make in the overall apperance of the Jeep. I put everything on and steped back and it looked like a whole new Jeep!

I was worried about the tires because everyone told me I wouldn't use 5th gear again and I wouldn't get over 55 mph and I am glad they were wrong. On the Highway it tops out in 5th gear at around 72 to 75 mph.

I have to admit that going from 30 inch all-terrains to 33 inch mudders is a major improvement on the road and in the woods. I actually idled through the mud holes instead of hooking up a running start.

I am hoping to have time to get the pictures on here by the end of the week.
12-29-2010 12:41 AM
austin1869 Been a while since I have posted but I just got a new top with tinted windows and a sound bar to for Christmas. Hopefully I can get pictures on here by the end of the weekend.
05-27-2010 11:05 PM
hannahuffster You shouldnt have to regear until you are ready to get what you want. I have a 93 yj 2.5 (with the stock 4.11 gears - yours should be the same) with front locker and welded STOCK rearend runnin 34 x 10.50 on an 8 inch wheel with no problems at all. I get about 50 to 60 easy on the highway (never see 5th gear). I am a big time heavy trail rider (almost every weekend) and havent had any trouble. I do plan to do the 8.8 switch by next summer. I think you should be ok as long as you watch your u joints & just dont do stupid stuff like power stalls on the street.
05-27-2010 04:47 PM
Razorus New plugs and plug wires made a big difference for my 4-banger from a performance standpoint.
05-27-2010 11:01 AM
OklaTJ Not around here I will be moving close to Ft Smith AR in 4-6 weeks I know there are places there!
05-27-2010 10:58 AM
MudWrangler You can find the axle ratio by the VIN#....Do you have a service manual or Jeep dealer can tell you what ratio it is if ya give them the VIN.

05-27-2010 10:50 AM
OklaTJ MudWrangler:

I have no idea I got my jeep apx 4 months ago first one! its a 97
05-27-2010 10:45 AM
Originally Posted by Wrangler V8 View Post
Okay that sounds like good info! Now the front and back axle's have to match right?
Gear ratoi wise yeas they have to match.

What gears to do have as of now...usually they are 4:10 in a stock 4 banger.

I know in my part of the country there are a ton of 8.8 axles out there in that ratio.....from a Ford Explorers.

05-27-2010 10:40 AM
austin1869 No worries those speakers are no longer in there. I will try to post pictures of the new ones soon.
05-27-2010 10:38 AM
Originally Posted by MudWrangler View Post
You may also want to consider swapping in a Ford 8.8 rear end prior to the V-8.
I was blowing up Dana 35's with just my 4 banger and a locked rear....but I did run 35's too.

The gear swap and the 8.8 swap was the best investment I've made!!!!

Okay that sounds like good info! Now the front and back axle's have to match right?
05-27-2010 10:33 AM
sevenservices Lookin' great!

I used to detail cars and could'nt help but noticing how nasty your speakers are. A good trick for cleaning those out is to use a paint brush, 1-2 inches wide. It will flick most of the dust out of the cracks, if you need liquid to help get it all out of the cracks, dip your paint brush in a little rubbing alcohol first. It will get all the crap out of the cracks and the alcohol evaporates quick.
05-27-2010 10:25 AM
MudWrangler You may also want to consider swapping in a Ford 8.8 rear end prior to the V-8.
I was blowing up Dana 35's with just my 4 banger and a locked rear....but I did run 35's too.

The gear swap and the 8.8 swap was the best investment I've made!!!!

05-27-2010 10:18 AM
Originally Posted by MudWrangler View Post
Are you running a V-8???

No it's the inline 4 I want to put a V8 in soon but $ is tight right now So its not the main thing right now!
05-27-2010 10:15 AM
Originally Posted by Wrangler V8 View Post
I have 31 10.50 15's on mine it does ok 65,70 mph is about it.
Are you running a V-8???

05-27-2010 10:12 AM
Originally Posted by austin1869 View Post

There we go, I got one on here. Now that I know how to work it I will try and get more this afternoon. at least this way you can at least get a look at the Jeep.

Lykanjt - I read your Project forum yesterday and the Jeep you built is awesome. I hope that mine looks that good someday.

Schlaug - I am planning on some 31's for the time being but would eventually like to move up to 35's. I will not put the 35's on until after I put a bigger motor in though so hopefully the 31's will not be to bad.
I have 31 10.50 15's on mine it does ok 65,70 mph is about it.
05-27-2010 10:04 AM
MudWrangler I have a "90 Wrangler with a 4 banger,anemic no matter what mods you do. As far as a swap you are looking at a pretty good amount of fab work to swap to a 6 cylinder that is not really worth it.

Gearing is where it is at...I'm running 35's with a 5-6" spring over lift and had 4:10's which was tolerable at anything but highway speeds...just have to wind the hell outta of them and forget about 4 and 5th gear.

If ya do decide to do a V-8 swap remember that those Dana 35 axles in the rear have a tendency to explode at higher HP and torque...hell even the larger tire are pushing it.

Also if ya still have the vacuum assisted axle locker in the front you may want to consider switching out to a cable actuated system of a solid axle from a XJ,you'll just have to install a seal in the housing if ya do that.

My thoughts on well spent money would be a moderate suspension lift, (get rid of the BL),increase air intake and exhaust flow, lower gear ratios,33" tires max.,and drive it at higher RPM's

05-27-2010 09:56 AM
austin1869 Got some off road lights hooked up last night, Man what an increase in visibility. I bet these guys increased my line of sight but 50 yards easy.

On another note I have what is supposed to be 4 inches of lift. 2 inch body and 2 inch suspension. I personally don't like the boday lift and my springs are almost flat. I think I am going to order a 3.5 to 4 inch suspension lift and just pull the body lift out all together. Anyone have any ideas or advice? What brand of lift should I get? It is 20 years old so I am going to buy a kit with shocks and all. I want to put 15 x 10 inch rims with about a 33 inch tire. I know I am going to have to regear it when I do so if anyone knows an estimate of what I am going to be spending on regearing the axles it would be much appreciated. I haven't had much time to study the process and I don't even know where I am going to start yet so I will take all pointers to the right direction you can give me.

Also I want to put a cable locker on the front axle. What do ya'll think?
05-27-2010 09:09 AM
austin1869 Yeah I was playing with the edit button and I didn't think it worked so I quit. Not to worried about people getting my license number but I saw a few other people were blacking theirs out so I figured I would follow trend.

Salam - Yeah I plan on investing in a few tuffy storage options just wanna get some mechanical done before I invest to much.
05-27-2010 12:35 AM
Ageless Stranger Back bumper is much better. Also, If you feel like you should blot out your license plate, you'll probably want to do it on all of the pictures.
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