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Old 08-01-2010, 12:56 AM
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95 yj build thread

so i got my yj a couple years ago, but never had time or money to put into it. now i have both. here it goes. 2.5, stick, 151l, next to no rust, great condition, mechanic owned and maintained. Started out all stock except for 31's x 10.5's. First order of business was resurfacing and repainting the soft top frame. Wasn't that bad but I wanted to do it.

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Old 08-01-2010, 01:12 AM
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here's the soft top frame pieces taken apart, sanded, primed, and repainted. I recommend leaving them as they are, because i don't think this is worth it. the only parts that seem to be able to rust are the bars with the elbow joints and a few bolts. I went for it anyway, and did flat black to blend better and wear better with scratches.
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next was the herculiner. not fun. make sure you set a lot of time ahead for prep and taping. cleaning is very essential. also, the scouring pad they gave me worked for a little bit off the truck, so then I moved to a wire brush, and then eventually sand paper. Make sure to get all surfaces you want, and take off as much stuff as you can. seatbelts, seatbelt mounts, door hinges, floor hooks, etc. the more you tape off, the better. my job was a little messy. if you get overflow or spills, do NOT RUB THEM OFF WHEN THEY ARE WET. best to let them dry and then peel them off. requires some work, but very effective. much like peeling glue off. also make sure you have a few days of sun to work with.
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here is the finished product, some before the tape is off, some after.
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next was the mirrors, which were full of gunk and needed to be cleaned out, resurfaced and re-painted, again, not something you have to do, but I am doing every thing I can within reason. Here's some pics for people who haven't taken the mirror apart. I have the parts stacked in order for people who might forget. The spring goes in first when you put it back together, and then the rest of the washer as I have them stacked go on top. There is a lot of gunk inside the mechanisms, and the bolt his really hard to get off. Had to stand on one end of it while using a rachet to get it off.
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tomorrow I will resurface and paint the mirror mounts, and put up new pictures. I will also have pictures of the bent up stock bumper, the one I have to replace it, and then the tow hooks I will mount. Also, a muffler hole repair that I did with tiger tape. Very easy. $4. The next few weeks I will have pictures of the soft-top frame mounted again, as well as other projects. Lift kit, bigger tires, high lift jack, and header to follow.
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full doors and hard top i got from donor for $300. what a steal.
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Congratz on all your work...I'm in the same stages, i've gutted my '87 and is ready for the liner. Yours is looking gr8...I have to do my mirrors too...then is off to pocket flares. Nice on the purchase, they look in very good condition.
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yeah I got them from a friend I know from grammar school. They are in good shape. but during the summer i ride with the half doors, or more often, no doors. We can build up shit together! I bought the wrong tow hooks and was pissed, because I need the ones with 3 holes and don't want to drill or order them online, but i found them online at sears so im going to the store tomorrow. Take your time with the herculiner, I hurried a bit and it got messy. Also, that stuff is really hard to get off your body. set up a thread and we can check back and forth.
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Sounds like a plan...Agree on 1/2 doors or none in the summer...what hooks did u finally go with? I'm looking @ some hefty ones. My rig's gonna get 33" tires and a 4"lift so I didn't want those puney hooks almost everyone gets from the autoparts...
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rugged ridge 10,000 pounds. You're going with 4" and 33's? I would suggest 3", because higher than that you might have to worry about changing transfer case angles and such. that's just my advice, and what my mechanic told me. He told me 3" and 33's.
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but yours is a 6 so maybe it's different.
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Oh, thanks for the advice...my lift has not been ordered but is 3rd on my list so thanks. I like the way 33"s look on a 4", I know the break lines gonna probably need to be extended or replace due to it. I got the tools and man power (buddies) to tackle the TC if it would be a problem but I'll research a bit more since u mentioned it...Yeah a 6 4.2l...and by the way it doesn't look like the profile pic anymore lol
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yeah im not an expert but look into it. get some pics up as you do your project.
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no is cool & thanks, yeah I got to start that thread
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thought i'd take off these buggers and evaporust them, but it turned into a bigger project than i thought. I had to go to the hospital and get stitches when the wrench slipped and my hand got sliced my a piece of metal under the fender. I got one off, finally, and then i got all but one bolt of the other one, which was bent, and had to cut the bolt. The evaporust worked alright(that's good stuff and non-toxic), but I looked them up, since one was already broken, and they were only 8.99 for the pair from quadratec. They are coming soon, along with my tow hooks
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I went to home depot to by all new hardware for the seats and such, nuts, bolts, etc. I bought a bunch of stuff, and realized that i would never get exactly what I wanted, and decided to evaporust the old stuff, and it came out great. Here's what they look like now, after 15 years of rust removed from them.
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farm jack that I got from tractor supply. Reese. 50 dollars, came with the top attachment. I actually liked it better when I compared it side by side to the hi lift. rated at 7000 lbs. here's the clevis shackles I bought, rated at 6500 lbs. 7.99 each
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Took the plastic pieces that are bolted in that hold the wires behind the door jamb, and made sure to spray bedliner in those tight spots. I wanted to get everything.
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Here is the bucket of parts and such that I have to try and remember where everything goes. I will be referring to some pictures I took to give me a hand. Also, some stuff I dipped into evaporust, including door jambs, to get rid of any rust debris and keep it more rustproof.
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Next was to put back in all the parts I took out, and I can't even remember where half of them go, and lost some. The way I figure, If I didn't notice them before, I don't need them now. Keeping the back seat out. Also, had to reinsulate the wires that run along the sides of the Jeep and make sure they are water proof.
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Next was to replace those crappy hood clasps, which were seemingly ok when I evaporusted them, but then since i didn't redip them and let them air dry, they ended up even worse. They were 10 bucks at the junkyard, or $8.99 new at quadratec. I'll take the new ones. Here's the old clasps, and then in the next post I will show the new ones installed.

Rugged Ridge 11210.01 - Rugged Ridge Hood Latch Set in Black for 42-95 Jeep® CJ & Wrangler YJ - Quadratec

Also, ordered these tow hooks from quadratec, they sent me some used greasy ones, and when I called, told me to keep the old ones and sent me new ones. Great service. They come as one though, so you must buy 2! it is not a set!

Original Replacement Parts 11236.02 - Tow Hook with Clip in Black for 76-95 Jeep® CJ & Wrangler YJ - Quadratec
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Engine could use a cleaning, just changed the oil and the air filter, about to get a tuneup.
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Tomorrow... mount the new bumper (got it second hand, but resurfaced and repainted it) mount the new tow hooks, resurface and repaint mirrors, put more pieces back into the Jeep. Resurface and repaint the seat mounts, which you can see are kind of rusty in the other pics. Then I still have to line the tailgate, and I am using the rustoleum spray for that. Also, install the Polk speakers I got for free, and new dash bulbs.

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lift-kit
header
cb radio
recovery straps
replace factory radio that has been crapped out due to rain
replace seatbelts that i destroyed with herculiner
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Looking great Cliffhanger. I myself have run out of things to do to my Jeep. I really like your decals too.
Just patiently waiting winter snows!!!
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this is fantastic! looks great and thanks for all the pics. i will refer to this post if i decide to do these things myself.
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thanks guys! more to do today, figure to be done by the end of August.
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Here is the new hood clasps on. Way better than the crap rusted ones you can see in the other pics.
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So I refinished the mirror mounts, and refinished and repainted the seat mounts. Took me all day to do a bunch of other random thinks. Put floor hooks and back seat hardware back in, even though I will not put the back seat in.
Here is some pics of what I did today.
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