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Hi everyone! I've followed these forums for some time now and have always come here if I've had an issue with my build, and I figured I should probably sign up and be able to communicate things! Anyway, I figured what better to way to introduce myself than to post my build.

THE BASICS:

-1995 Wrangler YJ
-4.0L
-Automatic


How I bought it ^

Bought this thing toward the beginning of Summer 2011 for $3,000 from an old friend of my dad's. The thing had been sittin in his dad's towing garage for 3 years with nothing done to it. I knew it was gonna need a lotta work, but if you don't wanna put the work into a jeep, you shouldn't own one.

DISCLAIMER: Before owning this vehicle I had minimal-to-none-at-all knowledge of motor vehicles and how they worked. If it weren't for my dad, I would've been royally screwed for all of this. Even still, this is a learning experience for me that I absolutely freakin love.

First thing we did to it gut the entire interior and bring up the carpets. We scrubbed the carpets to get some oil stains out, and scratched up the floor to spray it with a couple layers of bed liner. We also did some minor touch ups like repaint the hardware for the seats.


Gutted everything and scratched it up^ (No, I'm not an alcoholic, the red cups were just to put parts in their corresponding areas without losing them haha)


There was some pretty bad rust spots on the front floor panels because a lot of water sits there when you bring it in with your shoes or whatever^


The interior after the coatings dried^


After scratching up as much rust as I could, the bed liner covered and sealed up whatever was left^

After we put the thing back together, what we did was put a 2" body lift on it with new Dick Cepek alloy rims and 31" Goodyear tires. (Parents would let me do anymore than 2 inches, and my dad told me suspension lifts were significantly more difficult and expensive) Installing the lift kit ended up being a multiple day project. We faced two major problems:

-Stubborn bolts
-The middle of the 3 bolts on the passenger side frame kept spinning and wouldn't come out. We ended up following the advice of someone on the forum and cutting a small flap directly above the bolt in the floor pan and actually cut the bolt out, pushing the cut flap back down in place.


It was startin to come together^

Next thing on the list was a new top. The one on there when I bought it was (I'm pretty sure) stock and was REALLLLY stretched and was hardly even watertight anymore. We hit 60 on the highway and the thing started flying off, no joke. SO we ordered a black Bestop Replace-a-top and put it on ASAP! God was that thing a pain to stretch on, but it's great. At this point, since the thing was pretty much blacked out on the exterior, I decided to adopt the name "Black Betty".


Black Betty with the new top on^

For the sound system, I put in a Pioneer head unit, replaced the two factory front speakers (which were shot) with Sony Xplod speakers...had to unbolt the whole windshield...and mounted two 6x9 speaker boxes on the rear wheel wells. Also, I put a 600-watt Sony amp under the backseat to power it all :D
Oh yeah! My dad found an old CB in my g-parents basement that used to be my Pop-pops before he passed away and so he gave it to me. I mounted it under the head unit using industrial strength velcro. I just bought a magnetic antenna and ran the wire tucked up above one of the hinges for the door on the passenger side.


The head unit and CB^


Right rear 6x9 speaker, the left is mounted the same kinda way^


Amp I hid and mounted under the backseat^

Somewhere among all of this, I bought a cheap seat cover set (by cheap I mean good quality but no Wet Okele covers) to cover up a few smaller rips in the original seats and a console to put in between the two front seats.


Covers in the back are the same as these^

Along with a LOT of replacement parts, grab handles, and a new muffler/exhaust that I don't have a picture of, this is the sum of what I've done to the rig so far.

For my next big purchase (when job money and allowance add up) I plan on buying Smittybilt SRC front and rear bumpers and a cargo carrier that goes into the receiver hitch to haul some camping gear and what not.

SO lemme know what you guys think! Ideas, opinions, criticism, suggestions, whatever! Thanks!

P.S. I wanna keep this thing going as I add stuff on :thumb:
 

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Looks great,just ripped my carpet out to do the be liner thing.
 

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yjjeepYj- as far as I can tell the frame's pretty sturdy, haven't done any major wheeling or anything yet but some of the roads around here may as well be terrain haha and it holds up.

kdub- I definitely recommend it as I'm sure anyone else here would, it'll save you a lot of issues in the long run, especially if you wanna get off the roads
 

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Looks good to me!
 

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I've read a lot of reviews on that kit and the responses have been mixed. A lot of people are saying that it looks good and is good for the money, but isn't great for a lot of offroading and gives a rough ride. I've also seen things like needing more parts after putting it in, and things breaking. I WANT to put more lift, and I don't have unlimited funds, but I also don't want to buy something that is going to suck haha

And on a side note, how does increasing the lift affect mpg? Granted, my mpg isn't great as is, but again, highschool budget only allows so much money and gas isn't exactly the most affordable thing out there =P
 

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I hate to double post, but I read all of the Lift Kit reviews for YJ's and the RC 4" kit seems pretty solid. My only concern now is that I'll have to do some changing up with the drive shaft/train and buy a SYE or something else like that. Will the 2" lift I already have installed be an issue?
 

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well two things you should learn before you get too deep into jeeping. MPGs are gone. And so is ride comfort. Your young so you can put up with the bumpy ride, but your gunna have to learn how to squeeze some mpgs out and stay ontop of it before you run out of cash/gas.
 

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lol d.w. you most likely wont. I have the 2.5 manual on 33s with stock gears and i get 11-12. i fill up every 9-ish days and thats doing about 120 miles. auto might give you a little worse but i dont see it being below 10-11
 

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okay so it's a slow Saturday afternoon and I've got nothing to do so I wanted to start to repaint my fender flares, but I'm not too sure how to take them off without destroying them...they're stock, and new ones are in the faaaaar distant future and way out of my price range.

Any suggestions on how to repsray them black without damaging them?
 

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So I decided against destroying my flares^

And I went with a simpler alternative. I took out my under dash ashtray. I figured since I don't use it, I may as well free up some space for whatever I decide to put there (probably some switches once I get lights)



Dash without the ash tray^

Also, I started replacing the spark plugs with my dad which went swimmingly, and then we decided to continue the tune up and moved on to the distributor. We tried taking the distributor cap off, and found the screws were stripped, so we used a ratchet to take them out and they broke off and it got to this point.



We tried drilling out what was left of the screws but ended up stripping the threading on the bottom part of the distributor...I suggested running a bolt up and popping a but on to hold it, but the drill walked off the one screw base and broke the loop part where the screw goes in...calling it a day, Pops finds a solution as always and runs some special screws through to seal it up...NOTHING EVER GOES SMOOTHLY
 

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You can paint your flares without taking them off. Just get some news paper. Slide it in between the flare and body, tape it off and spray. :)
 
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