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    Pic and Info on my 89 YJ Project

    Hi to all, just thought I would start a small build thread. My Jeep is comming along quite well and am glad I have it mostly torn down and am starting to put it back together. I am just goin to start with some pics and will give some info along the way. Comments and suggestions are encouraged.
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    The next jobs are to remove my transfer case, rear springs, and put the gears in the rear diff, and I will also be pulling the cover of the front diff. Once the transfer case is out I will be splitting it open so I can install my slip yoke eliminator kit. The rear springs are shot and will be putting in a different set, up front when I changed them it brought the front end up almost 4" they were very badly bent. I will have a new learning experience as this will be the first time doing gears. When checking the front U-Joint I noticed that there was to much play in the shaft so I would guess that the bearing on the output shaft is in need of replacement.
    I also included a pic of my daily driver 02 Corolla.
    Later,
    CY
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    Do you need the front and rear track bar? I the one pic you can see I found a crack in the frame. I have to cut the braket off for the rear also noticed on the front track bar the bolt was snapped in half so I am just going to remove it. Do I have to replace them before it is ok to drive?
    Cant wait to pick up and get my new mud treads on!
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    what r u planning to do about the crack in the frame? Looks bad... This would be top priority. IMO

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    Shawn was thinking the same thing , dont worry about shoes

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    As soon as I saw the crack that was number one proirity. I made arrangements for someone to come over and weld it. I had to remove the rear track bar to get the back side of the frame fixed. There is a whole spider web of cracks. I am having a new metal box welded to support the frame there. I have removed the shock and exhaust today to give as much room as possible to get a solid weld in there. That is why I am asking about the rear track bar Do I need to weld it back to my new "frame"? I cant put of the shoes because this project needs to be completed ASAP. Hoping the weld gets done tomorrow and I can put the last new spring in and start checking off the completed things instead of adding to the list. Going to do a search on a couple of things like frame repair and track bar.
    Thanks for making sure that The frame was being looked after,
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    I just recently cut both my track bars in half and disconnected my anti sway bars and have been driving for a few weeks like that now. I like it better. From what I've read, the leafs do a fine job of locating the axle and so the trac bars are not needed. The anti-sway bars should be connected however. I'm going to connect mine as soon as I'm done this beer. Or maybe after the next one.
    A minute passed then another. Then another minute. Then - another minute passed. Then another minute passed and another. A further minute passed quickly followed by another minute when suddenly -a different minute passed followed by another different minute and another and yet another further different minute, passed.

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    That is what I have read as well. Yesterday I removed the anti sway bar and have thrown it in the pile "to be determined later". Thought about getting quick discontects but figured I would never hook them up anyways. I am using it as a toy and will likely only drive it on the hwy if going to a trail. I just noticed I dont have much info about the suspension here. I have a Spring over and a 2" body lift. I am going to be putting on some 33" Boggers. In the pics it has 31" BFG All Terains. Thinking for the exhaust I will just put on a cheap cherry bomb.

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    Thought I would just put a quick update on here so I could read it later.lol
    I have scrapped the cherry bomb idea and decided I will deal with exhaust next year and just get a header and flowmaster. Have had a few welders come by and think I have found the guy I want to weld it up. (the last guy became a little to busy and just ended up not working for us). I have the complete inside tub painted with paintable undercaoting. I did use 2 coats of primer, 2 of undercaoting and a layer of paint which I didnt like so 2 more of undercoat. Looking for a bench seat to put in it, and an aftermarket carb.
    I have the rear diff rebuilt and just put new u joints in the old shafts to take it for a drive for the break in time for the gears, then will get the transfer case and SYE in.
    Here are some pics
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    Nice build , good job !! I also just bought a 89 YJ , and its alittle rough , your build is very inspireing . I need to do alot of the same stuff ...lol...must be a YJ thing.

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    Just some pics. Looks like I might even get to drive the jeep soon!
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    Thought I would do a little update. I have taken a week off from the build to spend time with the kid. Completed all the paper work and few more hours of work and it will be a drivable project.
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    good looking yj. it looked like hell though until you did the most important mod... the national 4 wheel drive stickers

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    So round two here, after driving it around for a little bit I have decided to tear it down and make a few changes. I have changed the timing cleaned the carb and set it a bit as I found out it had a stalling problem. Threw another rear drive shaft and still had yet to put the SYE kit on. Today was a producive day, I took out the transfer case and because I had to drain the tranny (nice clean fluid and filter was alright to) finaly something I didnt have to fix. I cleaned it up and put a new tranny filter on. Have the transfer case ready to split in 2 but didnt have a 12 point 10mm. I put it hand tight and am going to take the transfer case to the car wash.
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    Long lost thread some updated pics of my never ending YJ build
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