Ever since I was a little kid I always wanted a Jeep Wrangler to drive, and to take off-road on trails. When I turned 16 or 17 I ended up getting a car instead, and the 4×4 bug left my head and was away a couple years. Then out of no where my car was stolen and my brother had a Jeep, and the Jeep / 4×4 bug hit me again. At first I was looking at cars to replace my stolen car (with insurance money luckily). However, after a while of looking at going 4-wheeling with my brother in his jeep I decided I wanted to get a jeep of my own.
I new I didn’t want an older jeep, and I new I didn’t want a carbureted one either. At the time the newer Jeep Wranglers (TJ) were just out, for a couple years, and very expensive. This left me only one choice, a Jeep Wrangler YJ! I started my search, and was hoping to find one with a few modifications to make it a perfect 4 wheeler. A few weeks went by and I finally got my first jeep.
First Jeep Wrangler YJ Specifications:
- 1994 dark blue YJ with spice interior
- Spring over axle lift with stock YJ Springs
- Stock D30 front with 4.10 gears.
- Stock D35 rear with 4.10 gears, and Detroit locker. (this would haunt me later!!)
- Stock NP231 with slip yoke eliminator.
- 35″ BFG Mud Terrains on black rock crawler rims (almost new)
- Tire Carrier on rear bumper w/spare 35″ BFG Mud Terrain
- Vent scoop (in front of windshield to increase air flow, and yes it really really works)
- Unknown Rocker guards that were more for looks than function.
- Fire extinguisher mounted on roll cage.
- CB antenna wire plumbed through windshield frame, and ran to back of jeep.
The jeep was nothing special, but it was a great start for me to get into four wheeling. At this time I had never really worked on any vehicle or fabricated anything. I was totaly new to welding, air tools, grinders, plasma cutters and all the other expensive tools this hobby makes you want
That is a picture of my Jeep Wrangler at Prairie City OHV park here in Sacramento County California. That is exactly how my jeep came when I bought it (used) except I had removed the front bumper, painted the tie-rod yellow, and cut the front parts of the fenders off. This was only the start to my 4×4 modifications for this jeep.
We live near the rocks and Rubicon Trail so it was only natural for us to start rock crawling, and playing in the mud a little.
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