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Old 03-03-2016, 01:14 PM
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'94 4.0 YJ build - new to yj, but not new to jeep

I always liked to read jeep forum and wrangler forum for fun..but I didn't even have an account until today, but what better time than right after buying your first Jeep right? I would like to document this experience for myself and others, so if you have a comment, good or bad, don't hesitate.

I bought this thing last night. I'm young and need a car for driving to college, work and wherever (don't worry, I'll still have the typical jeep fun in it too). Could have gotten a cheaper civic or focus or something, but I figured, why buy a car if I don't like it? So I got something I know I will have for a long time. My father owns an 92 XJ, which I usually take if I need to drive anywhere. I knew I had to have a jeep and a YJ seemed best for me. So many have I4s though..I'm not hating on I4, but coming from an XJ, I knew I'd miss that power and reliability. I was thinking of doing an engine swap with the XJ, but then I came across this. In the pics it looks blue but in real life its more teal. 1994, manual, just under 180k miles and an I6 that so far seems to run just as strong as my XJ, and that thing is immortal. Of course there's a lot of aftermarket stuff on it and there's some more work to be done: frame, body, electrical, paint, etc..I'll put in more details later. I'm at work right now.

Here's a pic of my new friend along with a few engine bay shots because why not.

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Old 03-03-2016, 01:17 PM
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And already the issues have started..are you able to edit posts on here? and how the heck do I continue a post the way I see everyone else do on here?? Is it just by comments? I may be a teenager, but I am SO technologically inept..

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Mystery lift

Light was fading and I was too tired after work to look into my yj too much. I inspected it a bit more and took some pics on my father's phone. I'll upload them later.

Here's a few more details about this yj:
-Front tow hooks
-31" Pro Comp Mud Terrain Tires
-3" or 4" suspension lift..The po I bought it from didn't remember, even though he installed it ..(weird but whatevs)
-Rugged Ridge All Terrain fender flares
-Alpine Bluetooth headunit
-Polk audio 6x4s in front with 10" sub box in back
-Aftermarket locking center console

That's all I can think of for now. Now about that lift..I really want to find out where its from..I looked at the shocks to see if I could get an idea and there was no branding on it at all. However, I believe in small print it said made in Mexico?? Anybody know what that may be about?

I can't wait til the weekend so I can truly start this build..Until then, here's a lovely pic of my Jeep next to my father's.
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Nice looking JY. What are you tackleing first?

You can edit your own posts, but I believe there is a short window of oppertunity to do so. Not sure of the time frame. After you submit your post you will see a "edit" button. Just click on the button and modify away.
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Old 03-07-2016, 02:22 PM
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For now, the major concern is the frame. On the passenger side, in the rear, I need to replace a segment. I have the piece, but I just need the time to cut and weld it in. I'm going to show my welder friend tomorrow. Also, the shock mount is gone on that side too. after getting those out of the way, I'm going to wash it down (the underside is quite muddy, making it difficult to see other issues) and get as much rust out as possible. Then Ill go from there.
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Oh yeah I figured out the lift. It was too muddy to tell before, but I hosed it down yesterday and saw "Rough Country" on it. Thank god because the po did say it was either rough or tuff...and Ive heard many bad things about tuff, but not so much about rough. I cant figure out the exact height because my yj is parked in saggy dirt. Does Rough Country make 3" lifts at all? Or even 3.5"? because if not, this is definitely a 4.
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Clean. I like it
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Rough Country has 2.5", 4", and 4.5" I believe? This is mine with 4", 33's..this is some older tires in this pic

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Update

So things have been going kinda slow recently, but that is because of work and a bunch of other stuff. The most urgent issue is the frame. My welder friend said that he can do it in two weeks. In the mean time, I'm going to order some parts. Both rear shock mounts, sway bar links, maybe the bar too cause it aint that pretty...at all..rust removing and protecting stuff and a few other things. I washed the Jeep a tiny bit better today because it was SO HOT LIKE WHAT THE HECK NEW ENGLAND. I'm not complaining though! The mud was quite caked on so there is more to do. I was also really tired and couldn't be bothered with holding a leaky hose and bending in a puddle forever. Oh yeah, and it is official. I have a 4" Rough country.


I was going to take some pics of the major problem spots when it was light, but I forgot. So they are a bit lame. Basically they are:
1) The rear part of the frame where it's bad
2) The worse of the two rear shock mounts (or lack thereof)
3) A detached and bent sway bar link
4) The worst body rotted area on my YJ
5) The fender flare sections that I mounted in my room because I was worried that if I continued to keep them in the living room, my destructive brother would accidentally damage them. I know its silly, but it will prevent warping as well. I'll put them on the Jeep after painting.

Speaking of painting, I love this glamour turquoise going on, but my vision was always to have a matte black YJ. If I didn't like the color when I bought it, I would have done something permanent, like bedliner. But since I do like it, I was considering plastidip. One of my friends at work highly suggested bedline. Does anyone here know what the best option may be? Or is it really based on whether I want to be able to have the glamour turquoise when I want?
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Subbed. Reading your post about editing made me laugh, I too am a teen but not good around technology. I guess that's why I bought an old Jeep, there really isn't much techno stuff in them!
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Old 03-09-2016, 10:23 PM
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Subbed. Reading your post about editing made me laugh, I too am a teen but not good around technology. I guess that's why I bought an old Jeep, there really isn't much techno stuff in them!
Dude, if only you could see the faults I make in real life, you'd really laugh then! And yeah, I hate how much technology is in cars these days..especially rear view cameras. It is so dumb. They wouldn't even be necessary if the windows weren't so small in the back! Another good thing about older vehicles.
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Dude, if only you could see the faults I make in real life, you'd really laugh then! And yeah, I hate how much technology is in cars these days..especially rear view cameras. It is so dumb. They wouldn't even be necessary if the windows weren't so small in the back! Another good thing about older vehicles.
My dads new ram truck has both a heater and air conditioner in the seat. In the freaking seat, like who needs an air conditioner for their butt?! And I would immagine if those units ever go out the repair parts and service will have a not so friendly price tag.
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Nobody needs a heater or AC in their seats, but as someone with a generally low body temp who also lives in an area with very cold winters, I understand why someone would want it. I must agree with you though. It is completely unnecessary. None of the cars in my family have heated seats. In fact, the regular heat and AC barely works, and I still manage because I dress for the weather or deal with it like all the other living things in the world do. Same with AC. On those super hot days, you don't want to be stuck in a car with sweaty legs. Therefore, cooling seats are a nice thing to have, but SO unnecessary.

These days, driving seems to be portrayed as a hassle, so companies want to make it feel as comfortable and non-driving like as possible. Therefore, the more technology and distractions, the better. Pretty soon, cars will start being completely autonomous. Tesla is practically there already. It saddens me to witness what is becoming of cars these days. And if someone really hates the act of driving that much, why not just save energy and take a bus or train?!
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I tell you the one bit of modern tech in cars that I wish i could put in my truck is a heated/cooled steering wheel. You don't realized h ow nice they are until you use one. My mom's new hyundai has it and its awesome on those cold Colorado winter mornings.
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Not Jeep related funny story,
Had a buddy tell me a while back he was in his wife's car he did not know that she had just turned on the heated seats. He passed gas and freaked out when has rear warmed up all the sudden. He Thought there was something wrong with him..
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I've got similar frame rust not quite as bad and a Rust hole under the door. Ill tackle that after the swap. But that will mean I have to wash it haven't washed it in about three years.
I like your door step its unique gives it character I have not seen any like it is it sturdy?
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I've got similar frame rust not quite as bad and a Rust hole under the door. Ill tackle that after the swap. But that will mean I have to wash it haven't washed it in about three years.
I like your door step its unique gives it character I have not seen any like it is it sturdy?
Is it unique? I didn't notice. But thanks! And it is quite sturdy in my opinion. I cannot really qualify as a heavy person, but I don't feel any sign of weakness at all when I stand on it.
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Update

I know it's been awhile..I've just been so busy with many things. This past weekend, I managed to get a lot of caked mud off of the underside though. Now I need to wash it again before seeing what else needs to come off by hand. I was also going to take my sway bar off because it is useless and rusty, but the bolt for the track bar is preventing one sway bar bolt from coming off. I'll either get a star wrench from work to remove that, or just saw off the end of the sway bar bolt. I don't know yet but I have time because it will be rainy all week and I keep my YJ outside. Don't worry, the major repairs will be done indoors

Another issue that I had noticed from the beginning is that when I accelerate, just after shifting to 4th, I experience vibrations. It is not death wobble level scary, but it's enough to be concerning to me. As soon as I go over 45mph, everything is fine again. I do have a 4" suspension lift, and I read about another user on here with similar problems who was advised to get a SYE. I want to drive it around that speed a bit more before jumping to that conclusion though, in case it just turns out to be an alignment issue or something simpler. Does anyone have any other ideas as to what it may be?
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The vibe is probably the rear driveshaft angles. Post pics. You may be able to solve them with shims in the springs, or you could go all the way and do the SYE.($$$)
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I'll either get a star wrench from work to remove that, or just saw off the end of the sway bar bolt.
If I recall correctly, I removed the nut and pounded the bolt out. Obviously, the nut is going to be easier to spin than the bolt, especially a pan head torx bit bolt.


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Another issue that I had noticed from the beginning is that when I accelerate, just after shifting to 4th, I experience vibrations. It is not death wobble level scary, but it's enough to be concerning to me. As soon as I go over 45mph, everything is fine again. I do have a 4" suspension lift, and I read about another user on here with similar problems who was advised to get a SYE. I want to drive it around that speed a bit more before jumping to that conclusion though, in case it just turns out to be an alignment issue or something simpler. Does anyone have any other ideas as to what it may be?
First, easiest, and cheapest thing to check is the bolts on your universal joint straps. They can loosen up and cause your vibration. If they are loose pull them out and reinsert them with some Loctite on the threads.
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Old 04-02-2016, 09:50 PM
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It's Been Awhile

I know, I know..I haven't made a post in forever..I bet everyone forgot about this..I've been caught up in so many things recently, but now things are looking good. Next week my welder friend is going to do the stuff I need finally (frame, shock mounts, body spot). Today, my family was out visiting a college for the lil bro. So I had the entire day to myself. However, the weather was as nice as the new Comanche concept: ATROCIOUS!..Except for the couple lucky hours of sun and warmth..So during that time, I managed to take out all of the carpeting and clean the tub of dirt that had been collected. I also did this because I wanted to make sure that there were absolutely no rust holes. I did check before purchasing, but of course you can't see every little spot without taking everything out. Luckily, the tub was spotless! **sigh of relief** I did find one area where water had collected. When the rain began again, I sat in the Jeep to see if anything was leaking. Found nothing. Then it hailed so I went inside. I will check again tomorrow morning to see if anything has changed.

Threads are always more interesting with pics. These are not much, but then again, nothing major was done today. So enjoy these lame tub shots.
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However, the weather was as nice as the new Comanche concept: ATROCIOUS!..
don't get me started on that fiat POS.
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I think Im gonna ditch this thread and start a new build thread. This one is too much blahblah and not enough work.. for my liking at least. And I've discovered a lot of information about my Jeep that the PO forgot or just didn't know, so some of my initial info is now wrong. I know there's probably nothing majorly bad about this thread, but I'm a perfectionist so..ya..and I've been doing SOME stuff for the jeep, but not as much as i like because it's been stuck at my welder friends house until he is done..which he still isn't, since we kept discovering more things that needed fixing, and he has other projects that he is working on as well. My time was also spent doing stuff on my dads XJ..

Anyway, you will see what I've done to my yj in my new thread, so keep a look out! I'll probably start it closer to when I get my jeep back..fingers crossed it's this weekend.

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