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Old 10-17-2016, 09:58 PM
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1993 YJ resto rebuild what to look for

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I will be working on a 1993 YJ this winter that has been in my family since basicly new. Its a bare bones 2.5L 5speed....bone stock. The intended use is going to be mostly for taking my kids camping up in northern Wi, exploring old logging trails and the like. No serious off road beating by any means and Im keeping the stock wheel and tire size. I am going to yank the tub off to do the body work and clean up the running gear side of things. Planning to do the usual replacement of brake and fuel lines, rubber parts, hoses, mounts, skid plate nutserts, de-rust and pant. Basicly a quick rolling chassis resto. While I was this far I was contemplating adding a limited slip rear spool in. I have heard they are nice in the snow, any thoughts on this? Any real bennefit to either the dana or detroit style? Also from your experience is there anything you would change or replace while I am at this point? Believe it or not the Vacuum CAD system never failed on us, so I was just planning or replacing the lines for good measure. I was planning on a new clutch and slave cylinder though since ill be right there and its and internal one. Basicly looking for reliability here. Thanks for the collective input!

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While I was this far I was contemplating adding a limited slip rear spool in. I have heard they are nice in the snow, any thoughts on this?
Locked axles are good in snow but horrible on slick pavement. If you are going to drive on slick roads a lot be prepared to change your driving habits and go slower than FWD cars. Rear wheel drive short wheel based vehicles with a locked rear end will put you in the ditch before you know it.

I avoided driving my YJ in the winter due to road salt and it's rust free today because of it. But i did take it out on occasion with open diff and after i put a locker in it. I never put it in the ditch with a locker but i came close a few times it definitely does not feel safe. My winter beater is a 1996 Honda Accord it handles winter weather way better than my jeep. And i don't have to worry about the rockers frame and floor boards rotting out because i don't care.

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Locked axles are good in snow but horrible on slick pavement. If you are going to drive on slick roads a lot be prepared to change your driving habits and go slower than FWD cars. Rear wheel drive short wheel based vehicles with a locked rear end will put you in the ditch before you know it.

I avoided driving my YJ in the winter due to road salt and it's rust free today because of it. But i did take it out on occasion with open diff and after i put a locker in it. I never put it in the ditch with a locker but i came close a few times it definitely does not feel safe. My winter beater is a 1996 Honda Accord it handles winter weather way better than my jeep. And i don't have to worry about the rockers frame and floor boards rotting out because i don't care.
Hi thanks for the reply. Yeah I was not thinking of a locker, but instead just a limited slip setup such as was the option from the factory. I have driven this for years in the snow as an open without issue, just curious if the limited slip would be better or worse.
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I would replace the sending unit/fuel pump in the tank....way easier to do with the tub off.
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Yep fuel pump was on the list for sure! I am thinking at this point Ill stick with the open diffs, I can always change to a LSD later if I want to. Appreciate the input!
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Hey all!

I will be working on a 1993 YJ this winter that has been in my family since basicly new. Its a bare bones 2.5L 5speed....bone stock. The intended use is going to be mostly for taking my kids camping up in northern Wi, exploring old logging trails and the like. No serious off road beating by any means and Im keeping the stock wheel and tire size. I am going to yank the tub off to do the body work and clean up the running gear side of things. Planning to do the usual replacement of brake and fuel lines, rubber parts, hoses, mounts, skid plate nutserts, de-rust and pant. Basicly a quick rolling chassis resto. While I was this far I was contemplating adding a limited slip rear spool in. I have heard they are nice in the snow, any thoughts on this? Any real bennefit to either the dana or detroit style? Also from your experience is there anything you would change or replace while I am at this point? Believe it or not the Vacuum CAD system never failed on us, so I was just planning or replacing the lines for good measure. I was planning on a new clutch and slave cylinder though since ill be right there and its and internal one. Basicly looking for reliability here. Thanks for the collective input!
Posilok cable for front diff. Life saver. Get rid of vacuum system and headaches. X2 on fuel pump and filter. Shocks are cheap insurance. Boom shackles allow for some softer flex. Good brakes. Shouldnt have to explain that. Always carry a way of communication. :] just finished my 93 restore

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Posilok cable for front diff. Life saver.
Disagree. Especially the "lifesaver" part.
A marginally maintained vacuum CAD works just fine. It also wont rust or freeze like a cable can.

The posilok is only a perceived upgrade for those unsure of/unfamiliar with the vacuum setup and has its own vulnerabilities and complications

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