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Old 03-14-2016, 10:25 AM
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92 YJ Phase 1 Parts list

So my wife and I picked up a YJ this winter for a new project. It's a spare vehicle for us and will also be used for wheeling at our local off-read park.

Now that the temps are warming up it's time to get started. We have a few minor issues to address first and then our focus will be on phase 1 of the project (the lift). We have our parts list together but wanted to get some feedback before we start buying anything. Please take a look at the list below and let us know if you see anything we may be missing. Thanks!

BDS 4-1/2" Lift
Advance Adapters SYE
Tom Woods Rear Drive Shaft
Cragar 397 Wheels
33x12.5R15 Wrangler MT/R Tires

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So my wife and I picked up a YJ this winter for a new project. It's a spare vehicle for us and will also be used for wheeling at our local off-read park.

Now that the temps are warming up it's time to get started. We have a few minor issues to address first and then our focus will be on phase 1 of the project (the lift). We have our parts list together but wanted to get some feedback before we start buying anything. Please take a look at the list below and let us know if you see anything we may be missing. Thanks!

BDS 4-1/2" Lift
Advance Adapters SYE
Tom Woods Rear Drive Shaft
Cragar 397 Wheels
33x12.5R15 Wrangler MT/R Tires
This is one of the best posts ever:

It's great that you are doing the SYE up front - very, very nice!

Tom Woods is awesome - good choice.

I have the MT/R tires (35"), and love them - good choice.

Make sure you get the wheels with about 3.75" of backspacing. You'll need it for the 12.5" wide tires.

Some other things to think about:

1) You probably don't need 4.5" of lift for 33s. I personally like to keep my COG lower - I have 35" tires, 2.5" springs and 1" body lift. There are different thoughts on this.

2) The spare tire - the weight of a 33" tire will quickly destroy the stock tailgate. But you can always carry a smaller spare.

3) Gearing - 33" tires are much larger than stock, and may cause performance issues

4) Brakes - the YJ brakes aren't great, but should be okay for 33" tires. There's not a real cost-effective upgrade for them. Maybe the double diaphragm booster upgrade.

5) Rear Dana 35 - it's a weak axle. I personally wouldn't wheel it on 33" tires, but others have and continue to do so.

6) Dana 30 front u-joints - you may want to upgrade to a one-piece passenger shaft (CAD delete), and also upgrade the driver's side at the same time to get larger u-joints.

There are a ton of threads on all these issues.

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Old 03-14-2016, 02:28 PM
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This is one of the best posts ever:

It's great that you are doing the SYE up front - very, very nice!

Tom Woods is awesome - good choice.

I have the MT/R tires (35"), and love them - good choice.

Make sure you get the wheels with about 3.75" of backspacing. You'll need it for the 12.5" wide tires.

Some other things to think about:

1) You probably don't need 4.5" of lift for 33s. I personally like to keep my COG lower - I have 35" tires, 2.5" springs and 1" body lift. There are different thoughts on this.

2) The spare tire - the weight of a 33" tire will quickly destroy the stock tailgate. But you can always carry a smaller spare.

3) Gearing - 33" tires are much larger than stock, and may cause performance issues

4) Brakes - the YJ brakes aren't great, but should be okay for 33" tires. There's not a real cost-effective upgrade for them. Maybe the double diaphragm booster upgrade.

5) Rear Dana 35 - it's a weak axle. I personally wouldn't wheel it on 33" tires, but others have and continue to do so.

6) Dana 30 front u-joints - you may want to upgrade to a one-piece passenger shaft (CAD delete), and also upgrade the driver's side at the same time to get larger u-joints.

There are a ton of threads on all these issues.
Thanks! I take the "one of the best posts ever" as a huge compliment since it's my first post. I appreciate the thorough response. My comments are below

1)Good to know. I went with BDS's recommendation on lift size for 33s. If we have a bunch of space left we may look at larger tires when we do the axle swap later.

2)Shortly after the lift is done we will be replacing the bumpers. What ever we put on the rear will have a swing out tire carrier to carry a full size spare.

3)Agree. The plan was to try to hold off on re-gearing until we do the axle swap later but if it's an issue we will address it.

4)My first jeep was a 88 YJ back in college. It was also on 33's and the brakes were right on the edge of where I felt comfortable. I think we will be ok but I definitely would do brakes if we ever go larger than 33s.

5) Agree, it's a weak axle. If it breaks it's just an excuse to do the axle swap sooner. That said I am pretty light on the gas and we aren't doing any "heavy" wheeling till after the axle swap so I think it will hold up short term.

6)Good call. That is something I hadn't considered. I will add it to my list.

Thanks again for the feedback! It's always good to get advice from someone with more experience.
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For the d35 I'd say get a ford 8.8 with something like 4.10s. I think that's what you're going to want if you have the 4.0L. If you have the either of the other two engines your going I want something like 5.56s(? Anybody agree with me here?). Good luck with your build, and have fun!
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For the d35 I'd say get a ford 8.8 with something like 4.10s. I think that's what you're going to want if you have the 4.0L. If you have the either of the other two engines your going I want something like 5.56s(? Anybody agree with me here?). Good luck with your build, and have fun!
Yes it's a 4.0 and we were thinking an 8.8 in the rear as well. We haven't decided on a ratio yet (the axle swap is probably another year or two out).
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I looked well at the advanced adapters SYE verses the JB conversion SYE In the end I chose the JB conversion SYE. If you will pull the t-case apart to install the sye you may think about A wide chain kit, or swapping the three-pinion planetary to the six-pinion unit. I am installing the JB SYE probably next weekend as well as a JB Partial master rebuild kit.
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I looked well at the advanced adapters SYE verses the JB conversion SYE In the end I chose the JB conversion SYE. If you will pull the t-case apart to install the sye you may think about A wide chain kit, or swapping the three-pinion planetary to the six-pinion unit. I am installing the JB SYE probably next weekend as well as a JB Partial master rebuild kit.
I'll take a look at the JB SYE kit as well as the wide chain kit and six-pinion planetary gear. We aren't planning on pulling the transfer case apart right now but I'll add it to my future upgrades list. Thanks!
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What do you plan on doing with the stock springs?
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What do you plan on doing with the stock springs?
Do you need a set?
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What do you plan on doing with the stock springs?
Sorry I didn't answer this sooner. I never received an email that there was a new post.

Anyway I plan to just sell them on Craigslist.

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