LJ Build - Slow & Steady

MSJKU11

Caught the Bug
Excited to finally be back in a Jeep, seems like a lifetime but really only a year and a half ago I was in my JKUR. Scaling back a bit and found an LJ and decided to pull the trigger. I always wanted a 2 door but needed a little more room for the family and I think this is going to be a fun platform to build on. Time to research and see where to go with this build. My ultimate goal is to go rock crawling but keep it road worthy for family outings. I kept my Warn 8274 and am debating on replacing the HS9500i that it currently has. Sitting on an unknown 4 inch lift with Blistein shocks. Everything else seems to be stock from what I can tell. Previous owner just rebuilt the transmission and it's sitting at 135k miles. Absolutely no rust can be found inside, which was a huge selling point for me. Any pointers are always welcomed if anyone has suggestions for a good direction to start. It's not a Rubicon so I've got a D30 in the front and 44 in the rear with 3.73 gearing.
 

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MSJKU11

Caught the Bug
First thing to add: Wayalife banner. Always excited to represent the best Jeeping community!

Removed the HS9500i and placed the Warn 8274. Looks like it will fit with the current bumper with a little modification.

Picked up some cheap YJ half doors. Decent condition and will drop off at a body shop soon to get repainted. Need to find some round frame uppers to fit.
 

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Cousin Clyde

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First thing to add: Wayalife banner. Always excited to represent the best Jeeping community!

Removed the HS9500i and placed the Warn 8274. Looks like it will fit with the current bumper with a little modification.

Picked up some cheap YJ half doors. Decent condition and will drop off at a body shop soon to get repainted. Need to find some round frame uppers to fit.

looks great. Damn I didn’t realize YJ 1/2 doors will just drop right into a TJ/LJ tub, that’s convenient. I feel like YJ 1/2 doors are not too hard to come by and always super cheap
 

MSJKU11

Caught the Bug
You do have to modify it a little bit. The strikers are different so I'll have to make it a pin style vs loop. I'll also have to trim the interior handle about an inch to use it because the console is in the way. You have to be careful on the uppers too. You have to find the rounded top vs the square top to make sure it fits correctly. TJ upper pins wont fit the YJ lowers unfortunately unless you reweld one of the pins. But the cheaper price tag on this set made it worth it for me to do the extra work hah.
 

MSJKU11

Caught the Bug
Finally getting some stuff in, ready to get this thing ready to crawl. Things on the to do list.

Adding chromoly shafts
Adding sway bar quick disconnects
Mounting and modifying my yj doors, still need to find uppers. Seems no one makes them and gotta find a used set.
Adding upper adjustable control arms
Adding oil pan/trans skid
Adding control arm skid
Adding steering box skid
Adding LED headlights
Switching to new wheels with 3.75 BS, hopefully will resolve my control arm rubbing some.
Adding Bumpstops
Extending brake lines
Installing rockjock currentlync
Adding 1-inch body lift
Switching to round rear LED tail lights
Adding slim fender flares
New hood latches
Extending rear shocks
Adding OX lockers front anf rear
And lastly, adding some round lights to the top
Gotta decide on gears and lockers now. It rides without any issues on the road at 70mph. Wondering if it's already been geared. Going to take it to a shop after everything is installed to find out.
 

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MSJKU11

Caught the Bug
Switched out the wheels today. Took off
the stock gladiator wheels and adapters and went with some polished metal, love shiny. Also went with some Cooper STT Pros. Brain lapse, didn't even check the rim size and bought 15s instead of 17s. But it worked out, much prefer this setup anyway and no rubbing now.

On a side note, decided to go with OX electronic lockers front and rear so adding that to the list. No one around here wanted to drill into the pumpkin so it's really my only option.
 

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bmkrinne

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Looks great! I’m excited to get back out on the trails with you! We need to plan a southeast meet up at Windrock once you get the LJ where you want it. Definitely need to hit up Stony Lonesome tho!!!
 

MSJKU11

Caught the Bug
Looks great! I’m excited to get back out on the trails with you! We need to plan a southeast meet up at Windrock once you get the LJ where you want it. Definitely need to hit up Stony Lonesome tho!!!
Absolutely! This will probably take me a couple months so let's shoot for spring of next year or after. Looking forward to it!
 

MSJKU11

Caught the Bug
Got the YJ doors fitted today. You definitely have to make some adjustments but nothing too hard. Removed the loop striker and took out the retaining plate. Ordered up some YJ striker bolts ahead of time. Had to open the hole a bit because the orientation of where the striker bolt was going to be didn't quite reach the door. Took 6 washers on each side and some hinge adjustments. Fits great now and time to get them painted. I'll have to trim the interior handle about 3/4 inch so it can be used to open the door inside.
 

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