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Old June 22nd, 2011, 11:17 AM   #1
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This Jeep has had many names through the last couple years but its latest name came from a co-worker and I think it fits "FrankenJeep".

Thanks to a couple friends in high places The Jeep build will still continue even with my crazy disordered schedule! I can't thank you guys enough trust me!

Lets start out with photos of day I bought it:

When I bought it, it had 33" A/T and a 4" lift that was still SUA this thing was stiff!!
A couple months later my good buddy Mike helped me install a 8.8 in the rear and we regeared the front and rear from 3.07 to 4.56. I installed a winch and 35" KM2's at this point.

Then things started getting out of hand Again Mike helped me along with a good buddy of mine (Jason) to install a SOA lift with what we thought were stock springs but it turned out they had add a leafs. I traded my 35's for some 37" MTR's. Two pictures here to show the change in flex:




I than installed a PSC Stinger and SmittyBilt Rear Flares (Not Pictured) :



I decided I wanted to go full width and run with the big boys. I started really getting into crawling so I bought a 1979 F250 for the axles. After thinking about it long and hard I have decided to run the Dana 60 rear but I just wasn't going to be happy with the 44.

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Ok so now for some specs:

Stock 4.0L with roughly 95k on it
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Dana 60 Rear 5.38 gears, Spool, Disc Brakes.
Dana 60 HP Front Fully Rebuilt,5.38 Gears, Spartan Locker, Crossover Steering
Tires: 39.5-13.5-15 Irok's
RCI Fuel Cell
Comp Cut Corners
4 Link Rear with stretch = 108" Wheelbase
Tom Woods Drive Shafts front and rear

Here are some more current pictures we took very few during the actual build. In all actuality we did this in the matter of about 14 days. We worked on it on the weekends since it was at my buddies house 2 hours north of me.
Full Heim Steering will be here tomorrow from RuffStuff. Drive shafts will be here Monday. Then I can find all the little issues (Already found one we outboarded my rear coils thinking we had tons of room due to my offset wheels. Turns out I need to trim about 1 1/2" of the bracket which is no big deal)






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Old June 22nd, 2011, 11:30 AM   #2
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That's a great looking YJ! One day I plan on stretching and swapping some one tons onto my YJ.
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 06:17 PM   #3
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 08:49 PM   #4
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wow this thing turned out great, looks like you have been very busy with it.
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 09:47 PM   #5
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looks good paul
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Looks pretty good.
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Bring that back to the guy who sold that to you to show him. I did that with the donor YJ I purchased when I was rebuilding mine, and the guy was pretty happy I showed up.

Nice rig
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 08:02 AM   #9
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Thanks guys! I can't wait to go out and do some testing with this thing. So much has changed since I drove it last. I have high expectations!!

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Bring that back to the guy who sold that to you to show him. I did that with the donor YJ I purchased when I was rebuilding mine, and the guy was pretty happy I showed up.

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He saw it when it was on 37's and couldn't believe how much was done to it. He had a lot of problems with it when he had it. He couldn't seem to keep a transfer case in it. I had a problem with the transfer case at Jeep Blessing two years ago and had to replace the shift fork and chain. Let's just say I can see why he had problems with it, whoever he took it to had no idea what they were doing. There were snap rings and misc. pieces just sitting in the bottom of the case
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 09:54 AM   #10
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Nice job!
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Old June 28th, 2011, 11:44 AM   #11
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Looks good man!! Make sure you get some videos when get it out on the trail.
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Old June 30th, 2011, 07:31 AM   #12
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Well I got the steering installed last night. Did the proportioning valve mod hoping to squeak by with my stock MC for now. No luck! I get them fully bled and the pedal is nice and firm, as soon as I start the Jeep it goes right to the floor.

Gonna be ordering a Grand Marquis MC today. Is there anyone out there running their stock MC with this setup? It just seems like they aren't fully bled but I went around this thing about 5 times last night and I'm getting no air.
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Old June 30th, 2011, 07:42 AM   #13
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I am running a D60/14bolt with disc breaks and a stock MC. my breaks are okay. It stop good, just not as much pedal as I would like.
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i have super duty dual piston calipers on the front and explorer discs on the rear i swapped in a 1987 ish E350 master cylinder and it stop great i am very happy with it
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I have seen write ups for the E-350 also. I thought I read somewhere that it was better for using rear drums but I may be wrong.

The brakes work but not very well. I wouldn't want to take it out of the driveway right now..lol
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Old June 30th, 2011, 06:57 PM   #16
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fuck ya man that thing rox! i wish i could trust my xj unibody to do some serious offroading. oh well, i guess that just means i gotta get another wrangler! bahaha

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Thanks

I ended up going with a 1999 Dodge 2500 MC. Turns out the 95 YJ has the same booster setup as the TJ. It pretty much bolted right in! Even the brake lines bolted right in! I have to get a longer adjustment screw to get the pedal height where I want it.
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Old July 5th, 2011, 03:20 PM   #18
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99 dodge ram 2500 MC huh? I have one of those I would not mind swapping in. Let us know how it works after a drive.

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Old July 5th, 2011, 03:38 PM   #19
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It works awesome!!!

I can lock them up no problem and I have great pedal feel. I drove it all weekend and I had no issues at all. The cap on the reservoir JUST touches the hood. I don't see any issue with this as it just touches and does not interfere with the hood closing at all.
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Get that thing out on the trail! Whats the first trip out going to be? The silver lake trip that is coming up?
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