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Old 9th August 2009, 19:28   #1
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Default Jeep Wrangler YJ Buildup

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Presenting you my project "Jeep Wrangler YJ" buildup.This project was done last year. But I thought it will be of interest to all Team-bhp 4x4 enthusiasts.
Hence posting it now.

Here is the pic of my Jeep Wrangler 1991 as obtained. Please note this is a special edition called YJ islander which came only in yellow colour IIRC.

I will posting pictures of the full rebuild soon...just need to search them and upload.
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Old 9th August 2009, 19:49   #2
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One Day I decided to take the soft top off and see how my YJ look like.
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Nice jeep dude. IMO, unless you want to retain the 'originality' of the vehicle, you should get rid of those 80's alloys and go for something more butch and mud terrain tyres...will transform the jeep. Also, this era saw the 'rectangular' headlights which are not to my taste. If this was a restoration job to make it all original, I think its a very good job. Congrats!
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Since summer was just three months away, the next item in my shopping list was a Hard Top. I was searching through all the UAE 4x4 forums as well as scrap yards.

Finally after three months of desparate search I found a good Hardtop for my YJ. But I am still going to retain my softtop for winter.

When I took my Jeep to by friends garage to swap my softop with the newly obtained hardtop. He just confirmed that he has a Rubicon Express Lif Kit in stock. So I decided to go for a 2.5 Rubicon Express lift with bigger tyres and -ve offset alloy wheels.

Following are the components used for the 2.5" Rubicon Express Lift kit.
Please note its a 100% bolt on lift kit.

1) Replaced stock leaf springs with Rubicon Express Springs.
2) Replaced stock shock absorbers with heavy Rancho shock absorbers.
3) New heavyduty U clamps
4) New balance rod extenders
5) Extended brake pipes

Attaching more pics to get a better idea of the full build up.
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congrats on owning a jeep and doing it up as per your taste.

if i may ask, how much you paid for the jeep and where all you did your modifications, Offroad zone or Robbies?

cant wait to see the photos of your jeep after the dressing it up!
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Welcome Shibu - aka Jeep Captain. Nice to see you on here.
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Captain...please post pics of the Jeep post mods....wheels tyres etc..am sure it looks stunning
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Hey Captain,

The Building in Pic 1 is surely Oasis Residence, please can you tell me from which angle is this picture taken.??

your picture has reminded me of the 9 years spent in Dubai.

Cheers!
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Hey Captain,

The Building in Pic 1 is surely Oasis Residence, please can you tell me from which angle is this picture taken.??

your picture has reminded me of the 9 years spent in Dubai.

Cheers!
Karama has changed a lot since last 1 year!
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Are you telling me that this bldg is al Maskan .?!!

for some strange reason I was pretty sure that this was OASIS RESIDENCE.
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Hey Captain,

The Building in Pic 1 is surely Oasis Residence, please can you tell me from which angle is this picture taken.??

your picture has reminded me of the 9 years spent in Dubai.

Cheers!
Shivshanker,
The pic is taken in Qusais in a new parking area next to Shk Rashid colony. and I dont know the name of the building in the background. But its the one next teh Eppco petrol pump and KFC.


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Its taken in Al Qusais not Karama.
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Welcome Shibu - aka Jeep Captain. Nice to see you on here.
Hi Spitfire/Abhi


Thanks a ton. Nice to see you here in teambhp
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Finally the lifting was done and Hardtop installed, but the tyres were taking a bit longer than expected. So I decided to take the Jeep out for couple of days till the tyres were ready.
Also one more issue creeped up. I was planning to keep the half steel doors with upper soft door. But with the new Hardtop the softdoor wasnt fitting properly on the half door.So I had it take it off leaving the driver and codriver in 40+ degrees arabian summer. I have to look for full doors aswel.. and more expenses. :(

Look at the pic of my YJ with liftkit and Hardtop and open (half) doors.
Attaching pic of the tyre which I am gonna get. Cooper Discoverer STT
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Nice jeep dude. IMO, unless you want to retain the 'originality' of the vehicle, you should get rid of those 80's alloys and go for something more butch and mud terrain tyres...will transform the jeep. Also, this era saw the 'rectangular' headlights which are not to my taste. If this was a restoration job to make it all original, I think its a very good job. Congrats!
NIP, I am not doing restoration. I am building up my Jeep to make it an extreme offroader.
Rectangular lights are the signature of Jeep YJ' so I have no plans to change it.
I chose to go for a YJ becauue Jeep Wrangler YJ is still a hot favourite of offroaders around the world (whereever its available) due to its torquey inline 6 engine and cheap & simple trail repairable suspension.
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NIP, I am not doing restoration. I am building up my Jeep to make it an extreme offroader.
Rectangular lights are the signature of Jeep YJ' so I have no plans to change it.
I chose to go for a YJ becauue Jeep Wrangler YJ is still a hot favourite of offroaders around the world (whereever its available) due to its torquey inline 6 engine and cheap & simple trail repairable suspension.
Agreed ! Also, it looks awesome with the lift and sweet hardtop there...only needs those tyres ! Go for 'em captain !
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