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09-27-2012, 09:21 PM
yj thunder is going to be a little different than the cj this one is gonna be kinda like a weekend wheeler jeep that drives on street and maybe able to do some expedition stuff
its a 1990 yj that somebody started to put a 350 in and bought all the parts and never finished it. I found a dana 44 front and a dana 60 rear that im going to put under it. The engine is a really clean 350 from a 1993 to 1996 truck i found a rebuilt 700r4 that is going to replace the 4l60e that was behind it then put a dana 300 behind the 700r4. its gonna roll on uncentered h1s and 37s.

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eventually i want it to look kind of like this

09-28-2012, 09:18 PM
just pulled the front axle and tomorow im going to enis to pick up the dana 60 and dana 44 axles hoping to put the front axle under it tommorow and figure out the front suspension

09-29-2012, 01:21 PM
just got back from getting the axles im probably going to figure out axle placment then tear down both axles inspect all the parts and repack the bearings

10-01-2012, 08:21 PM
just cleaned the axles and started to tear down the front axle. i also cut all the front suspension brackets in order to get ready to outboard the spings about 1.5 inches on either side.then painted the h1 rims and put one together its NOT gold its a cool metalic copper in all the pics it looks gold

10-01-2012, 09:49 PM
So your going to run spacers to clear the linkage?

10-01-2012, 10:11 PM
no im gonna try to get away with doing a high steer setup

10-01-2012, 10:55 PM
eventually i might have to run spacers but i was gonna try to do a high steer set up to get the steering out of the way of the h1's then mount the axle and see how much steering i have before the tire hets the leaf springs

10-02-2012, 01:03 AM
read up on 'ackerman" before you do

10-10-2012, 08:20 AM
ill just use wheel spacers
just got the front bumper mocked up now im gonna try to build a rear bumper then im gonna try to outboard the front springs and get the front axle mounted
i only need to outboard the springs about an inch on either side

10-10-2012, 11:08 AM
why do you do everything the hard way? Quite reinventing the wheel. How are you going to put shackle mounts on that bumper? Also, your ackerman angle can be corrected with the right Arms. Your main thing is going to be wheel movement. I think it will be close but each build seems to be different. Just take your time and do it in a hurry.

10-21-2012, 11:27 AM
Any more updates?

10-21-2012, 05:16 PM
yes just got busy prepping for the trees run this weekend ill post an update tommorow

10-25-2012, 05:28 PM
i started re wiring the yj since the previous guy kinda forced me to by cutting every wire he could see also got a 40 inch led light bar for some bling and got the front bumper mocked up

10-25-2012, 06:15 PM
why is the motor sitting like that?!?!?!

10-25-2012, 06:22 PM
i took the transmission out so i had the engine supported in the rear by a log and the jeep moved and the engine fell off

10-25-2012, 07:27 PM
$1000 light bar, but no jackstands or wheel chocks.... smh... :poke

10-25-2012, 07:34 PM
it wasnt $1000, but i get your point hopefully ill get the 4l60e to dana 300 adapter soon and get the trans and transfer case resting on a new skid plate

10-25-2012, 07:47 PM
Is the engine in mount? At that angle you better be careful not to mess them up. What did you find out about the transmission working with that engine and FI setup?

10-25-2012, 07:58 PM
the 4l60e should work with the chevy tpi and its probobly the cheapest option because i cant seem to find a cheap 700r4 and i already have the 4l60e all i need is a computer out of a 90s camero or corvette for the transmission anda speed sensor for it all the work with the tpi setup. i have a deal going with a guy in san antonio for a complete tpi setup with extra stuff in a box that he doesnt know what it is. He is driving and dropping all the stuff at the house either sunday or monday ill know better then

10-26-2012, 03:48 PM
yeah Im pretty those motor mounts are going to be trashed probably going to need to replace them

10-26-2012, 04:08 PM
there not trashed

11-09-2012, 05:40 PM
i got the front and rear axle mocked up now i just need ubolt plates and ubolts also got the majority of the tube fenders built and the rock sliders mounted

11-09-2012, 06:10 PM
Too high..... Those are lift springs.

11-09-2012, 06:15 PM
they are stock springs and stock shackles but the axles are soa

11-09-2012, 09:56 PM
You run numbers on them or are you just going by what the guy said?

11-10-2012, 02:07 AM
I think they are drooping Dan,still on jack stands.

11-16-2012, 05:29 PM
got the axles mounted i am defiantly gonna have to problem solve how to get the h1 rims to fit

11-16-2012, 05:59 PM
That does not show anything and what is the problem? Have you though about going with a good quality tire and rim since your going to be using this on the street? Are they hitting the springs?

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12-08-2012, 07:13 PM
this project isnt going to be finished theres only room for one car and i choose a 1968 corvette
contact me if you want any of the parts or want to buy the project as a whole

01-12-2013, 07:33 PM
never mind disregard my last post i found a chevy 4.3 and picked it up today hopefully the project will light its afterburners and start getting finished quickly