New '94 YJ owner. - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > YJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > YJ General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today

Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on
Old 04-25-2015, 01:47 PM
Thread Starter
baptizo's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Uniontown/Green, OH (NEO)
Posts: 35
New '94 YJ owner.

I've just picked up my first Jeep, and I'm trying to get up to speed on the YJ, but it is going to need a lot of work on the body and frame to deal with the rust. In retrospect, I should have kept looking for a cleaner specimen but living in Ohio that is like finding hen's teeth and this one was local. I primarily bought it for some of the mod's but compromised when it came to the rust on the body and frame - I'm sort of regretting it now.

So, first, what is the best approach to dealing with body rot? Buy complete replacement panels or weld in new steel after cutting out the rust? I'm also thinking of going with tube fenders up front to help with clearance on 35's but both rear quarters and corners as well as the rear valance below the tailgate are in bad shape.

The frame checks out to be solid but it won't be long before the inside completely fails - chunks of metal can be pried out through the frame holes on both sides in the rear. Can this be slowed down with POR-15 or should I save up to have the frame repaired correctly? I can make it through one more winter but it'll be much worse by next year if I don't at least add some protection to the frame.

But, despite the buyers remorse, the YJ is still a lot of fun to drive and I've started with an oil/filter change, new serpentine belt, wipers, replaced burned out bulbs, and got the tire pressure corrected in the 35's so it doesn't wander as much driving down the road.

baptizo is offline   Quote
Old 04-25-2015, 02:39 PM   #2
Arcticjeep's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Michigan
Posts: 217
I feel your pain, living here in michigan. As far as the rot and rust, I suggest replacement panels. And frame sections. It can be cheaper than you think, if you look hard enough for the parts. I dont need frame sections, but I'm gonna be doing multiple body panels this summer my self. Good luck, and let us know how it goes.

Arcticjeep is offline   Quote
Old 04-25-2015, 02:55 PM   #3
mijeeper80's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 2,016
Yea us Michiganders know all about the salt n rust. Depending on your skill level it is always better to cut the rot out. Getting as much of the rust scale off and cleaning as much as possible and then using some por-15 should buy you some time. I can also relate to the buyers remorse, my last yj seemed great for the first 6 months than the true problems began to show through the po's attempt to hide it. Keeping your eye out for a donor tub and frame is always a decent option also. GL
mijeeper80 is offline   Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 04-25-2015, 08:19 PM
Thread Starter
baptizo's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Uniontown/Green, OH (NEO)
Posts: 35
You're right about the replacement panels being affordable but I'll need to learn how to weld. LOL
baptizo is offline   Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:54 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, Gladiator, Mopar and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to FCA US LLC. is not in any way associated with FCA US LLC.