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Old 10-05-2011, 08:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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yj build in progress

Ok, so I have a 93 yj that is pretty much bone stock at the moment. The previous owner crashed it into a brick wall so I got it for pretty cheap.

What has been done so far:

replaced transfer case
replaced front driveline
replaced left front fender
repaired vacuum hoses that were shot
replaced PCV valve
installed light bar

This is all I have gotten done so far, but I am stationed 3 hours or so away from where it is, so I can only work on it a couple times a month.

Here are the plans, and I would appreciate criticism/advise so I do the right thing and have a solid rig.

V64.3L Engine out of a 91-95 Chevy S-10
SM465 4-speed Manual Trnsmission 73-91 K-5 Blazer
(I plan on using novak assemblies to assemble the driveline.)
I want to throw 37" on it but dont know the lift I will need to do so.
full cage
bumpers front and rear, with a stinger on front
tool box
rhino line the inside of the tub
locked front and rear

I am open to more ideas!
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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first picture is sort of what I want it to look like when it's all said and done.
second and third are as of 3 weeks ago, it now has a light bar and 4 lights.
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if your u lock it up and run the stock shafts you wont make it very far.. I would say 33's 35's max which is pushing it and a 2.5 in lift with some tube fenders. fairly resonbale buy a quality lift and it will be stable and look good and work good on the trail
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if your u lock it up and run the stock shafts you wont make it very far.. I would say 33's 35's max which is pushing it and a 2.5 in lift with some tube fenders. fairly resonbale buy a quality lift and it will be stable and look good and work good on the trail
Do you have any pictures of your rig? And I'm not sure about the tube fenders, I like the look of the flares. I know that the tube's are more practical, but the fflares look more aggressive.
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alright so i just checked the tranny and its for sure an AX-15, meaning it has a 23 spline output, and the NP231 tcase has a 23 spline input, so without dropping the tcase again or even with it really, what can I do to get my heep moving again?
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Old 10-10-2011, 01:10 AM   #6 (permalink)
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So the issue of no power through the tcase has been resolved, I believe. I finally broke down and pulled out the micrometer to check the width of the stickout spline. It was only 1" wide, where the input shaft on the new tcase was about 1 1/4". Thankfully I had another tcase sitting around that had the correct diameter input shaft, so I'm currently working on swapping the two.
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Ok, so here are the pictures of this weekend's work. They include my workbench(back of the heep),
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side view of the heep when I had the dash apart for some wiring,
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the open NP231 tcase,
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the old input shaft in hand next to tcase with new one installed,
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and just the tcase with the new shaft in.
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Got her moving again!
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Next comes a posi-lock installation and getting my cb hooked up.
Any tips for the posi install? I've heard things about replacing the shift for and actuator instead of using the current ones, for a complete parts replacement. Are there any disadvantages to NOT doing that?
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So, it's been some time since I have really had a chance to get on here and give an update, but this is what I have gotten done lately.
Got some 33" x 12.5" x 15" M/T tires, and different wheels.
Put all matching Navigator lights on the light bar and wrapped the wiring to prevent weather damage.
Put a windjammer and a tonneu cover on.
Installed a CB and firestick antenna.
Installed a Rampage center console and roll bar mount hard-wired dome light.
Replaced the stock spring antenna base and antenna with a static base antenna mount and new antenna.
Put in a new radio with new speakers and 2 10" subs behind the rear seat.
And fixed an exhaust leak at the manifold.

Got a little bit of tinkering left to do this weekend, and she will hopefully be on the road again.

Still have to figure out why the front drive-shaft still doesnt want to fit. Any ideas?
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Here's a couple recent pics...
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if your u lock it up and run the stock shafts you wont make it very far.. I would say 33's 35's max which is pushing it and a 2.5 in lift with some tube fenders. fairly resonbale buy a quality lift and it will be stable and look good and work good on the trail
You know, I've been thinking about the fenders for some time now, and I have decided that I am going to eventually go with GENRIGHT's 6" hi-line tubes. To hell with the plastic ones, they break way to easy from what I've seen.
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Old 03-19-2012, 02:37 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Major accomplishments this weekend:

Kill switch installed
Exhaust leak fixed
Oil leak fixed
Wiper motor replaced and re-connected

Now to smog her and get her reg updated, and we should be golden.

Next comes making her trail worthy.
____________________ ^^^^^ This is the part where I'm going to need advice.
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Don't put a single fucking nickle into that D35. Run it 'till she blows. When it does, which will be soon, buy an 8.8. The D30 should hold up fine if you keep it open. The 231 will be fine as well.

Also keep it low as possible. If you don't link it and keep the leafs, I'd try to stay SUA.

I wouldn't start replacing motors and transmissions just yet. Run it like it is. I just got through replacing all the parts on my Samurai and its been a fucking headache. Try to stick to one part at a time. Run the motor until she blows. The AX-15 should be alright for awhile as well.

Replace the parts as they break with stronger ones.

Also check for frame rot by the rear rear shackle mount. It gets REALLY bad there.

I miss my YJ. Had a lot of fun with it. Best of luck to you.
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Looks good. i will be following your build closely as i hope to be starting on a yj build very soon!
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Also, anyone have any advice on locking the d30? As in go for it and get such and such to do so, or don't do it and why.
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You know, I've been thinking about the fenders for some time now, and I have decided that I am going to eventually go with GENRIGHT's 6" hi-line tubes. To hell with the plastic ones, they break way to easy from what I've seen.


agreed!!! sorry i never got back to ya i didnt subscribe to your thread and forgot i posted. i got pics but mine has no fenders at all. lol keep it low and put some good leafs on it. cheap simple and affective. good luck!
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Also, anyone have any advice on locking the d30? As in go for it and get such and such to do so, or don't do it and why.
Put an Aussie locker in it.
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Update:
So I'm going on leave to do the finishing touches to the rig this week.
Latest that has been done:
- Installed center console
- Installed new static mount am/fm antenna

To-do's this week:
- Replace oil pan seal
- Install fuel pump kill switch
- Build and install custom bumper
- Install CB radio, and tune antenna
- Build dash addition from dash to floorboard in middle
- Install 4x6 touch screen pioneer radio and sub box
- Install roll-bar dome light
- Possibly cut the front driveline to fit, because it's too long for whatever reason
- Find a way to tighten my fan belt... It's wayne too loose
- Get plates!

By the way, anyone have the smittybilt cargo net style top? If you do, how do you have it set up? I want to have that on the back, with the windjammer and bikini top on. I PCS in 2 weeks, and need the cargo top so all my boxes fit in the back on my 2,000 mile drive.
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I want to throw 37" on it but dont know the lift I will need to do so.
SOA on Rubicon Express springs (or stock yj + adda leaf, but the RE springs are MUCH better) So right around 7" over stock.

Then tube fenders.

Or add 2" body to stick with stock flares.

Set my shocks @ 6" up 10" down....performs amazingly well.

(lift springs suck for .. well everything)
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Also, anyone have any advice on locking the d30? As in go for it and get such and such to do so, or don't do it and why.
In my opinion, unless your rig is going to see 90% offroad duty or more, you MUST have a selectable front locker.

Anything else will make you miserable.

Ox, E Locker, Arb... they all have their strengths and weaknesses.

But I wouldn't spend that kinda money on a D30.

A good "cheap" way to do a yj is go find a 86 era Waggoneer and use the F/R axles out of that. You can usually get them for $200 each or less, its a serious strength upgrade, better gearing which will service you until you can start dumping $$$ into them. Add Chromo shafts and they will handle those 37's you want with no real issues.

I have bracket templates for a waggy D44 Springover front so there is no real mods you have to do to the axle. Makes it fairly easy.

Or yes you can do the ford 8.8 out back...and match the waggy to it with a knuckle/spindle swap.
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Looks good, your off to a good start!
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Here is my yj on 37's... based on the OP seems close to where you wanna end up.

Full cage... stak... 44's... soa.. etc etc.

Tows great, does 75mph comfortably... drives over stuff.





Now moar pictures from you .
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She's smogged! Going to get plates in a few hours! I'll post up some pics this evening.
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Here's my POS '93. I'm SOA w custom Deaver springs and Fox 2.0's, Waggy 44 front w Superior chromo shafts & a Detroit, Reid flat top knuckles w Ballistic heimed steering - 8.8 rear (31spl), Detroit, Superior chromos shafts, blah, blah. Dana 300 w Lo Max 4:1 twin sticked. 35's (going 37's next), Gen Right tube fenders and a bunch of other crap.



It does this...

(pay no attention to the squeaky heimed steering)
Big Red Gettin' Flexy in the "Cake Walk" V-Notch 4-1-12 - YouTube

Listen to the above advice and don't spend any dough on the 30 & 35. Do it once and do it right. Good luck with your build!

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