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    Converting YJ front clip to CJ, rad support questions

    I know I must get new fenders hood and grille, but will the CJ grille's rad support take a YJ radiator or are the supports too different? I just got a new rad, Im trying to avoid buying another one. BTW I have good cond fenders hood and grille for sale, check out marketplace.
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    The rads are the same.
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    Different part numbers tho

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    Might work but theyre not direct fit, thats what i was wondering.

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    Very minimal modding compared to over a bill for a new one

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    yj fenders work

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    from the "jeepskate" site....

    The fender conversion is a little bit tricky and requires a bit of bodywork. This is another item that many of the magazine guys will tell you can't be done, but it can and has been done. I measured it all up before I bought all of the parts, and I have also seen at least two CJ-7's in magazines with this setup. The first inclination is to just jump in and bolt everything together in the "stock" locations. But, you will end up with a healthy "under-bite". The YJ nose is about an inch longer than the CJ nose. So, you must move the CJ grill backward so that the second row of holes in the YJ fenders line up with the threaded inserts in the grill shell. You will of course require some bodywork to fill-in the unused holes that are left sticking out past the grill. You'll also need to drill a couple of holes in the fender to match with the threaded inserts in the grill shell, fill in the YJ hood catch holes, drill one new hole in each fender to match up with the catch locations on the CJ hood, drill new holes for the hood cushion pads, and grind a bit of the reinforcement lip off of each fender in order to get a flush fit against the grill. Alternately, you can cut and re-bend the rear edge of the fenders where they mount to the body, thereby shortening them back to CJ length. This would give you more tire clearance at the back edge of the fender opening.

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    With a cj? The fenders are different to conform to the curve of the grille of the cj versus the yj, arent they different?

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    Converting YJ front clip to CJ, rad support questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Pav1 View Post
    from the "jeepskate" site....

    The fender conversion is a little bit tricky and requires a bit of bodywork. This is another item that many of the magazine guys will tell you can't be done, but it can and has been done. I measured it all up before I bought all of the parts, and I have also seen at least two CJ-7's in magazines with this setup. The first inclination is to just jump in and bolt everything together in the "stock" locations. But, you will end up with a healthy "under-bite". The YJ nose is about an inch longer than the CJ nose. So, you must move the CJ grill backward so that the second row of holes in the YJ fenders line up with the threaded inserts in the grill shell. You will of course require some bodywork to fill-in the unused holes that are left sticking out past the grill. You'll also need to drill a couple of holes in the fender to match with the threaded inserts in the grill shell, fill in the YJ hood catch holes, drill one new hole in each fender to match up with the catch locations on the CJ hood, drill new holes for the hood cushion pads, and grind a bit of the reinforcement lip off of each fender in order to get a flush fit against the grill. Alternately, you can cut and re-bend the rear edge of the fenders where they mount to the body, thereby shortening them back to CJ length. This would give you more tire clearance at the back edge of the fender opening.
    So i understand what you have said but the right and left side of the grille, beside the headlights, where the side of the grille meets with the fender, arent the curves different? If i move the grille back, im going to run into my air box and get awful close to my fan. If i throw on stock cj hood fenders and grille then im okay. The hood is longer on the cj than it is on the yj by an inch and change? The yj grille starts to bend backwards half way up the grille and therefore shortens the hood length?

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    I got that info from the jeepskate site....

    the yj fenders work they are just 1" longer than the cj

    best thing is to unbolt your yj grill and bolt in the cj grill....you need to bolt the front bolts of the cj grill into the rear bolt holes of the yj fenders and then you can check for clearance, but it shouldn't be an issue.

    not sure about the air box though...never tried one

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    If i can find good cj fenders ill save the hassle, im going to paint the entire jeep this winter and im on a deadline so i may not have time to mess around with fenders but if i cant find much around then ill just do this.

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    Do not hold your breath waiting for used CJ fenders that are in good shape. Those will be non-existent. This would be a good opportunity to do tube fenders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnsonjeep101 View Post
    If i can find good cj fenders ill save the hassle, im going to paint the entire jeep this winter and im on a deadline so i may not have time to mess around with fenders but if i cant find much around then ill just do this.

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    If you are already painting the YJ, is filling in a couple of holes on the fenders really that much of a hassle? Otherwise, I'm with ^, get tube fenders.

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