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Bateman

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Figured I would keep track of this Jeep I acquired with a build thread. I’m sure I’ll need some help or opinions soon enough.

93 YJ. I bought it from a friend for $500. Originally a 4 cylinder, but a previous owner swapped in a new 4.0 from Jasper. AX-15 Trans and 4.10 gears. I proceeded to demolish the Dana 35 in no time at all so the Jeep ended up on jack stands and I started a “build” yet again.

The goal for this Jeep is to be low and stable. It most likely won’t do anything great, but I want it to be well rounded enough to bash some trails, crawl some rock pits and drive to the beach at 70mph.

Parts I have acquired:

8.8 rear axle with LSD and 4.10’s.
RuffStuff brackets and hardware.
Using factory high pinion 30 up front for now.
CAD deleted and using TJ shafts up front for bigger u joints.
General Spring Wagoneer 7 leafs for roughly 2” of lift and 4” of total stretch.
Parts Mike steering box relocation bracket.
Jeep came with a SYE and Adam’s driveshaft.
Stainless braided brake lines.
Poly bushings for the suspension.
1/2” lift boomerang shackles.

I’ve cut a ton of metal out of the fender areas for clearance. Will do a 1” body lift if I need more uptravel clearance.

So far I’ve got about $1700 in the whole thing.
 
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Bateman

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This is the day I bought it. Pretty ugly and was running on 5 cylinders, no heater, no blinkers and no 4x4. Stopped on my way home and fixed an injector clip and it ran perfect. Got the rest working once home for $0. Just needed some TLC.
 

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Bateman

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The inevitable breakage of the welded Dana 35 was pretty much instant. Broke a front axle just afterwards trying to get out of the woods. Loaded it up and took it to my garage.
 

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Bateman

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I know the jack stand situation is not optimal lol. I’ve got the front diff out to install some seals now that I don’t have CAD. Hopefully I can start getting the rear axle fitted and ready to weld up. The RuffStuff brackets look real nice.
 

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Bateman

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Went to Johnson City yesterday for some wheels and tires. 35” km3’s and pro comp beadlocks.
 

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felipecj

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Went to Johnson City yesterday for some wheels and tires. 35” km3’s and pro comp beadlocks.
You might have just doubled the money you have in this project... ha

I like this low budget build. Looking forward to keeping up with this one.
 

Bateman

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Haha definitely doubled the investment. I believe it will be ready to hit the road by end of April with less than $5k in it.

After a couple beach trips I will have another round of upgrades to do. For now, it has to be drivable for the beach. After being spoiled with driving to the water with all my gear and two big dogs, I’ll never walk again.
 

Bateman

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Slowly getting the rear set up and ready to weld. Any tips on pinion angle? I’ve got it pretty much dead straight with the drive shaft (double cardan) thinking I might need to put a couple degrees down for axle wrap on the throttle.
 

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