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This is going to take a bit to get to current date but I’ll start at the beginning when I purchased my YJ in December of 2016 for $6000.

I bought this Jeep while my home was being built and stayed in an apartment for a couple months. I bought the Jeep as a project and something to take on the trails. I’m not mechanically inclined but I figured this would give me a good lesson. The Jeep was in good shape with only a small trans issue (yet to fix still). Could’ve been a good weekend warrior in its original form but that’s not me.

1995 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
218K Miles
Stock except for wheels and tires.
Used as a tow behind a RV.

Pic from Craigslist


First day of ownership.
 

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After looking the Jeep over it was apparent that the Jeep still had the original springs that were really worn and rusty. First purchase was for a 2.5” TrailMaster lift kit.

Thoughts on this lift is that the shocks were trash and a 1” transfer case drop was needed. After the lift, I was up around 4” of total lift. It has settled some since.



Next purchase was to get decent tires to go with the lift. I picked up a set of 33” BFG KO2s



Buddy took me out on a few local trails to test out the Jeep. Did pretty well and had a good time.

 

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As my plans are to make this Jeep capable on the trails I decided on replacing the D35 with an 8.8 with 4:10 gears and LSD. While at it I had the D30 regeared as well and added a Aussie locker.



After the install I took the Jeep out to Uwharrie and the springs are still pretty stiff and after this trip I realized I had to change out the shocks. I picked up a set of Bilsteins.

 

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My mom purchased a TJ right before I bought my YJ. She actually met the prior owner of my YJ when deciding if she should buy one or not. She had met him while he was doing some work on our church. Ironically I purchased the Jeep a month later.





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Occasionally I’ll take the YJ to work, only when it’s not extremely hot outside as Charlotte can get.


The tires were bumping against the rear flares so I decided to replace them with some steel fenders. It would be a while before the front got replaced.



After driving the Jeep I realized I had a decent exhaust leak and replaced it with new Dynomax muffler. Sounds similar to stock which is what I was hoping for.




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A buddy was selling his ARB bumper off his TJ for $200. It was a direct swap except for a little trimming near the shackle.





Entered into a contest with Motobilt and won the rear tag relocator. Added a new third brake light as well.


While on vacation in Asheville I stopped by Barnes 4wd and picked up a new rear bumper. The guys there are great and really know their stuff when it comes to Jeeps.



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Added rear armor to cover the damage to the tub and replaced the rear tail lights.

Took the Jeep back out to Uwharrie with the Jeep club.



My buddy’s TJ



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Getting back from Uwharrie I realized that my steering needed to get replaced. I swapped in new stock steering for now.


Took a cruise and one of the stops was to Cuba and saw some pretty old Jeeps. This Willy’s and a cool Toyota in Havana.


 

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I bought a set of front fenders from Wizard Works that are basically bolt on. The only issues are the washer fluid reservoir doesn’t fit as well as the air box. Forgive me for the redneck K&N on the intake.







 

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This was the last picture of the Jeep with the original engine. Freedom 4wd was set to install a 4.7L Stroker! I had new motor mounts and a radiator added as well.











After the install there has been a persistent leak that looks like a rear main seal. Had the shop install 2 separate seals and it still leaks. Doesn’t look like the oil pan or valve cover.


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Decided to finish up the interior and put down Bedrug in the interior. The front had some sort of nasty vinyl while the rear had the original spice carpet. The front floor was in good condition other than the drivers pan.

The rear was in amazing shape down to the paint. Now I’ll just need to rewire the rear speakers to the stereo and the interior will be done.

Hopefully I’ll get some interior pics soon. While fixing the floor pan I’ve also noticed the seat riser for the driver seat is cracked. It’s always something to fix.






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So how does it run compared to the stock 4.0. What did they do other than strocking it? Cam, porting etc....

Curious because I have a spare yj 4.0 im going to build into a stroker. And would like to hear your thoughts.
 

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So how does it run compared to the stock 4.0. What did they do other than strocking it? Cam, porting etc....

Curious because I have a spare yj 4.0 im going to build into a stroker. And would like to hear your thoughts.


This was a complete engine swap, so I’m not exactly sure the specifics. I do know it’s got a Comp Cam and I added 24lb fuel injectors. Eventually going to add a 62mm throttle body.

Honestly, I wasn’t exactly blown away by the added power. Definitely a noticeable increase, but I guess I had expected more after reading through comments and reviews on it. I think I’m a bit spoiled by my JL which has a turbo.




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Man, nice post. You certainly have done a bunch on this jeep. Good work and keep on Jeep'en!


Thanks! It sure has changed a lot in the 2.5 years I’ve had it.



Took the Jeep out today to get more miles on the engine before the 500 mile oil change. Drove fine the entire time till I was heading to the gas station. Was about to pull in when I saw smoke coming from under the hood. Popped the hood and saw oil dripping down onto the exhaust below. This time it was a lot more oil than before. On further inspection it seems that it’s the valve cover is leaking. Engine is still under warranty so taking it back on Wednesday for a new valve cover.


In the pic above you can see the oil pooled by the bolt.


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Haven’t driven the YJ in over a week due to my work schedule as well as the weather. I’ve removed the soft top for the summer and plan on using an Alien sunshade. I really need to look into replacing the soft top frame for my YJ.

Anyway the leak seems to be fixed at the moment the shop put in a new valve cover gasket and hasn’t leaked since. Hoping to put some more miles on the Jeep this weekend.

Also the old 4.0L found a new home with a CJ. A friend needed a new engine and mine was in great shape so he’s doing the swap.


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This is the top I’m going to run for the summer. It’s actually a JK top as i mistakenly bought the wrong one. It fits great though, so no complaints.


Jeep had been driving good till I took it over to my parents and it decided to pour coolant all over the place. I can’t determine the source yet but going to pressure test the water pump. Ironically I had just replaced it last year.


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This was a complete engine swap, so I’m not exactly sure the specifics. I do know it’s got a Comp Cam and I added 24lb fuel injectors. Eventually going to add a 62mm throttle body.

Honestly, I wasn’t exactly blown away by the added power. Definitely a noticeable increase, but I guess I had expected more after reading through comments and reviews on it. I think I’m a bit spoiled by my JL which has a turbo.




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If I may, I’m in the middle of putting a 4.7 with comp cam and 10:1 compression. I noticed your post mentions new injectors. Would you let me know which injectors you used? Maybe a part number?

And did you have to do any computer changes to run the bigger injectors?

Thank you! I sure like the changes you are making on your YJ.
 
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