05-25-2018, 05:18 PM
Join Date: May 2018
New user, new project.......
I'm starting a new build, I'm likely to have a lot of questions soon. I have the remains of a 95 YJ, it was stolen, then totaled. DUe to sentimental reassons, I'm not letting it go and am planning on a complete restoration.
I've secure a new chassis, my son is working on taking a wire rotary to the fram, clean it up and give it a spray of rustoleum, followed up by a nice coating of KBS .... blacktop I think it was called.
We had pretty much a stock suspension with a 4" lift, the front is completely trashed and my son and I are looking at it as an opportunity to do some upgrades to the suspension. I figure as long as we have to buy parts, might as well make it fun right?
At the moment, I have been giving myself migraines trying to research the subject online. 3/4 ton, 1 ton, full width axles, rock crawler etc. that I have not suffered a fatal aneurysm yet is a miracle. I want to at least keep the vehicle street legal, and I suspected that a full width was out of the question. I'd like to stay reasonably within "stock" widths...open to a little give here and there.
Ford is narrower than the jeep and requires spacers rom what I understand, Ford F350 super duty is way too wide for me to take seriously. Then I see tons of articles implying I really shouldn't do it, it's not cost effective, too much money blah blah blah.
To date, I've seen the following mentioned:
Ford 8.8 and 9
F150/250/350 Super Duty
Any others I should be looking at that are reasonably close in size to the width of the stock YJ?
I'm planning on 37" tires on 17" rims to go on this. stock fenderrs, not planning on being a rock crawler, but I do plan to use it off road on our property in New Mexico, which is a touch on the rough side.