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Old 05-10-2011, 07:04 PM
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My New YJ Project

Well I finally picked up a YJ as a daily driver / summer cruiser / project. Got it pretty cheap and for the most part it's in decent shape, although it does need a good amount of work.

It's a 93 4.0L 5 sp manual.

The good:
- Body is in solid shape, no rust in the tub
- Engine runs strong

The bad:
- The trans works, but needs to be double shifted to avoid grinding
- 5th gear pops out on the highway when laying off the gas
- Fenders have some rust
- Frame has light surface rust (guess this could be considered a positive that it's not rotted)
- Exhaust is missing muffler
- Windshield is cracked
- Due to the two aforementioned "bads," the car hasn't been inspected since 09
- Soft top and frame is shit
- Steering has a little play
- Handles in the doors don't work, but I don't want full hard doors anyway
- Bumpers are rusted

Immediate projects:
- Fix play in the steering as per link I found in the "yj guide."
- Get surface rust off with a wire brush or wheel and coat it with rustoleum
- Have a muffler welded in
- Replace windshield
- Get inspected
- Read more on this forum about rebuilding the trans, order a rebuild kit, and start wrenchin'!


Summer projects:
- Rip out the carpeting and coat the tub with rhino liner or something similar
- Pick up a better soft top and hardware
- Polish the wheels (I detail part time and have a solid kit for this)
- Install a higher lift (There appears to be a small lift, but due to me knowing absolutely nothing about this I'm not sure if it's a body lift or not)
- Get a larger set of tires
- Order and install tube fenders
- Replace bumpers
- Go wheelin!

I'll post updates as I go along, and in addition to all I'm learning on this forum I'll have plenty of questions hopefully some of the veterans can answer.

Happy to be a new member and looking forward to starting work on the project! Here are a few pics of her, as well as my other baby.

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Welcome. How much did you pick that up for?

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Looks like a shackle lift with a small lift spring, also definitely has a body lift.

Projects are fun huh?
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Lucky you. You got the ax15 np231 most likely. When you pull out the tranny it is probably an internal slave cylinder. You can get a newer bell housing and get an external slave so it doesn't poop out on you again and have to take it apart again. The frame looks real good. Mine is worse than that lol. And you don't have to deal with carburetors lol good deal man
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:37 PM
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$2600. 160k miles.

Will any of these kits do the trick?

AX15 JEEP 85-2000 TRANSMISSION REBUILD KIT wSYNCHROS OE | eBay

Jeep AX15 Transmission Bearing Overhaul Rebuild Kit | eBay

I also need to figure out if I have enough room to work under the jeep to get this trans out, and if not how I'm going to go about it....
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You have plenty of room to drop it, just make sure you take the shift rod out first.

Just swapped a trans in about a month ago.

Check CL for a trans. You can usually pick up an AX15 with 100kish on it for like 300 bucks. Be easier than rebuilding.
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i've been searching on craigslist but ax-15's have been much higher than 300. i'll search for a couple weeks and if nothing pops up I may just try a rebuild.
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Welcome!

Looks like a solid yj!
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i've been searching on craigslist but ax-15's have been much higher than 300. i'll search for a couple weeks and if nothing pops up I may just try a rebuild.
I paid 400 for mine on this forum and 100 for shipping so 500 all together they are a bit pricy sometimes
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Where in Jersey are you? Sometimes it's worth expanding your search. I was looking for a friend just a couple weeks ago and found one in the Binghamton NY area for $250.
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I'm in monmouth county. I'll def expand my search, hopefully that'll help.

Is it really a huge pain in the ass to rebuild? I'm decently mechanically inclined and if I can save some money for a few hours of work, it's worth it to me. I'm going to do some more reading on this forum regarding that topic.
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I've never done it, but I'm sure it's not that bad.

But for what you'd spend (or even less) to rebuild it, you can have a decent trans, you know?
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correct me if I'm wrong, but I can get a rebuild/synchro kit off ebay for $185:

AX15 MASTR REBUILD BEARING KIT AX-15 TRANSMISSION 90-ON | eBay

so $185 + my time vs. the cost of a used AX-15.

These are the AX-15's I've found so far:
$900 - junk yard
$545 - ebay

I also just found 2 on Craigslist. One for $150 that needs rebuilding, and another for $200 in good shape (so they say) that I immediately sent an email for.

I suppose if I can find a used ax-15 for around 200 bucks then it'd be worth it. But up until this listing I found, I've been looking at $185+time vs. $500+ bucks. Easy decision for me, and I learn a bunch in the process.
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BTW - the previous owner told me that there is a 3" body lift and that may be the cause of the gear grinding. Is there any validity to this? Would changing out my lift kit to an SOA or "Add-a-leaf" kit possibly remedy the grinding?

Thanks for any help or advice in advance.
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BTW - the previous owner told me that there is a 3" body lift and that may be the cause of the gear grinding. Is there any validity to this? Would changing out my lift kit to an SOA or "Add-a-leaf" kit possibly remedy the grinding?

Thanks for any help or advice in advance.
Maybe it's the mount? And if a tranny needs rebuilding be careful I don't think you get new gears in the rebuild kits just bearings. Something to think about.
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For a body lift, you need to cut some of the floor out so you can fully shift into 2, 4, R. A friend of mine blew a transmission because he put a body lift in and didn't cut the floor out.
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BTW - the previous owner told me that there is a 3" body lift and that may be the cause of the gear grinding. Is there any validity to this? Would changing out my lift kit to an SOA or "Add-a-leaf" kit possibly remedy the grinding?

Thanks for any help or advice in advance.
A fifth gear only scratch sounds kind of fishy to me, because that gear is typically used much less than the others. But ya never know...
It could be just be a shifter boot clearance problem from the BL. I would check the boot by removing it and driving it see if the problem still happens.
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so it doesn't poop out on you again
Got a real good laugh from that.

But yea man nice YJ. A little work itll be sweet.

And that top does look real beat
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For a body lift, you need to cut some of the floor out so you can fully shift into 2, 4, R. A friend of mine blew a transmission because he put a body lift in and didn't cut the floor out.
I'll check to see if it was cut out. I get grinding shifting into just about any gear unless I double shift. If I double shift, it is completely fine. If I can figure out the problem and avoid getting a trans, I'd be much happier. I did find one in the area for $200 with 85k miles on it yesterday though!

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A fifth gear only scratch sounds kind of fishy to me, because that gear is typically used much less than the others. But ya never know...
It could be just be a shifter boot clearance problem from the BL. I would check the boot by removing it and driving it see if the problem still happens.
It only pops out when cruising in 5th and completely letting off the gas. I'll give it a shot later today with the boot off and see if there's improvement.

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Got a real good laugh from that.

But yea man nice YJ. A little work itll be sweet.

And that top does look real beat
The top is a POS along with the brackets (probably in worse shape). The majority of the time I'll be driving doorless and topless, but if I can find a soft top and hardware in decent shape this summer I'll scoop them up.
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The majority of the time I'll be driving doorless and topless.
Im the same way. I cant stand the doors or top on
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Got a real good laugh from that.

But yea man nice YJ. A little work itll be sweet.

And that top does look real beat
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The top is a POS along with the brackets (probably in worse shape). The majority of the time I'll be driving doorless and topless, but if I can find a soft top and hardware in decent shape this summer I'll scoop them up.
yeah that's what I did with my top hardware isn't hard at all to install to be honest just time consuming, and dont rush it.

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