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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:59 pm 
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I picked up this YJ a few months back from Ryan2L with the intention of building it up in stages over the next few years.

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8.8 rear axle with super 8.8 kit installed, 4.88 gears and detroit locker, diff cover guard
Rubicon Express 4.5" Extreme Duty lift kit with shocks, stainless braided brake lines, ubolts flipped front and rear (rear with dynatrac kit)
35" Goodyear MTR's on Procomp wheels with matching spare
Hi-Steer with all 1-ton tie rod ends and beefy tie rod and drag link
Genright rocker guards and rear corner guards with welded on 3" rear flare
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Softtop with tinted rear windows, bikini top, wind jammer, duster cover, safari top
Full roll cage (factory with aftermarket tube added on)
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200k miles on Jeep. Engine/transmission/t-case were all removed 1,500 miles ago and all leaks were fixed so nothing leaks. Lift/axles/most aftermarket stuff has no more than 3,500 miles on it.


Jonni (Jonasson Motorsports) John (Bell Off Road) and I put together a plan for what we wanted to do, build a trail capable YJ, but keep it as light as possible. We decided on coil overs F/R, tons of new armor, custom roll cage, and a good amount of front and rear stretch.

Since the eventual plan is to repaint the rig we started by stripping it and cleaning the tub, and removing all of the old wiring, alarm system, and sound mods that had been done:

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When we looked at the rear wheel wells we realized that when the corners were mounted the area was trimmed just a bit too much. Jonni built a bracket using some sheet metal and plug welded it back to the tub:

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Jonni shot the tub black with an epoxy primer for now:

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Our armor from Barnes 4wd came in, we will be using aluminum corners, F/R bumpers and steel rockers to help save weight where we can:

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Jonni and I started bending tubes and messing with the angles on the cage:

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You can see the rear seat in this picture, since I had a spare PRP shorty bucket we will be using that along with a pair of PRP front Daily Drivers:

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:24 pm 
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Nice, I'm looking forward to watching your progress. :thumbsup:


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:42 pm 
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Jonni (Jonasson Motorsports) has been doing most of the fab work on this project, he and I have been working on building a flat belly using a Barnes 4wd skid plate. We added M.O.R.E. 1" motor mounts and then Jonni custom built this transmission mount:

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:32 am 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:19 pm 
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Jonni ended up building a new transmission mount today:

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This one uses a larger bushing and will be able to adjust to the angle the transmission is at.

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You can adjust the angle of the transmission with the mount? :f2:

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:31 pm 
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Avanteone wrote:
You can adjust the angle of the transmission with the mount? :f2:


Read what I wrote, you can adjust the angle of the mount to match the angle the transmission is sitting at.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:31 pm 
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:squint: Hmm... I think it looks nice, but I am curious to see how that mount does over time. The way that your pivot point is going(perpendicular to the trans) seems to be kind of illogical. There is never any natural movement on that axis. The trans will turn on its longitudinal axis from the torque of the engine, that has now become a solid mount. I would be afraid to break the transmission case where this new mount attaches.

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Hmmm...


*should* work, although most of the twist is held by the motor mounts. The transmission, when the mount is worn out, likes to bounce up and down. So I'm thinking it will be fine. I used standard $5 GM trans mounts on mine with a tube running across the frame to get a flat belly with an np435 and I still had to raise the motor 1". He should be able to get away with this, although I'm not really sure why it needs to rotate in the first place.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:47 pm 
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I think it "should" work also. I'm thinking of how it would apply to my setup which is pretty much the worst possible. Manual trans, with leaf springs. My axle wrap bar is still on the floor @ ACRO so, I get a little flex there :eek2:

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Looks good :thumbsup:

Are yo going to put a rear support on the tcase as well?

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What material are the bushings your using?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:53 am 
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Poly. :dunno:

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Jonni has been chipping away at the cage and a few other projects. He bent a few different rear bars so we could choose the one we liked the best:

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Put the a PRP seat in there:

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Then I practiced welding on part of the skid plate:

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Assuming you have poly or MORE engine mounts I wouldn't be too worried about the torsion on the mount/case. Why not just buy the Daystar 1.5" poly mount and be done with it though? Or throw the stock one in the press and make it fit?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:03 pm 
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Are your floor plates from somewhere or did Jonni make them?

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Are your floor plates from somewhere or did Jonni make them?


I believe he made them.

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I made them, 4 inch 3/16ths flat stock cut down to 4x4 inch plates and then put on the drill press to make the holes.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:56 pm 
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More progress, just have the seat sliders and roof spreaders to finish up:

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Got a pic from the side?

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Why is there a stand mixer on the tool cabinet? Do you bake cookies or something?

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Why is there a stand mixer on the tool cabinet? Do you bake cookies or something?


Everyone has to eat.

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Why is there a stand mixer on the tool cabinet? Do you bake cookies or something?


Large batches of bean dip.

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Got a pic from the side?


This work for now?

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Yea. Jonni has a tendency to do that when he is thinking. :cool:

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Out for welding, FOA air bumps coilovers will be here tuesday. :thumbsup:

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The FOA coilovers came in early this morning:

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We puled apart the suspension and started to clean up the axles. The rear is looking like it will be around 6 inches of stretch once we are all said and done:

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Unwrapped all my Johnny Joints to assemble the Clayton Off Road links:

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Jonni built these grab handles that are slightly angled, and also added a top gusset tube:

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