YJ and other projects

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YJ and other projects

Postby Calvynandhobbs » Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:14 am

Many of you know that a few years ago I built a motorized bicycle. It has been a lot of fun and 100mpg has been great, but as I get older I decided that I like suspension so I sold this bike for $300 this past Saturday.
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Before I sold that bike I picked up this "handyman special" from a local Honda dealer for $75. Somebody turned it in to buy new motorcycle. The dealership said they won't do any work on these chinese bikes and try to get them running because they can't put a warranty on them. All he could tell me is that it had no spark. I took it home last Thursday and did some electrical troubleshooting on Saturday. Borrowed a friend's 5 pin CDI and it fired right up and runs great. Just have to do some plastic fixing sometime in the future, but for right now it runs great. Hydraulic disc front brakes, suspension and 17" wheels. Should still be able to get 80-90mpg.
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Now for the YJ. I haven't really started doing any work on it, but I've been collecting parts. I have a Waggy 44 for the front with spool and chromoly shafts along with a welded 8.8 with 4.88 gears to put in it, both already set up for a YJ SOA. The 8.8 is going to be converted to ARB prior to install. Also have custom cage, UCF high clearance skid, NP231 w/SYE and Terra 2-low kit, 35x12.5x15 TrXus MTs, tube fenders front and rear and a bunch of other stuff. I have to run electricity to the barn next month and then the Jeep will be my winter build. Here are a couple pics.

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Re: YJ and other projects

Postby jeepster95 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:31 pm

Very nice!
The YJ looks to be a good project Too
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Re: YJ and other projects

Postby lk2dson » Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:11 pm

Wow Roger, nice YJ build. Keep this thread posted with pic's!

That first motor-bike was about as awesome of any bike I've ever seen. My favorite pic of that thing was the one you posted a while back at the biker ralley! ahahah.. Man that was awesome!
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Re: YJ and other projects

Postby Calvynandhobbs » Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:55 am

Updating this thread after a really long time of not working on the YJ. It sat idle in the barn in pieces for the past year and a half. I just get too sidetracked with all the other things that have to be done around the house and the YJ never seems to be the high priority. Had a few guys from my 4x4 club at the house last Saturday. We removed the previous owner 3" body lift and put in a 1" body lift, put in a MML and mounted the axles and springs. They wanted to see what it would look like with tires on so we put it on wheels for the first time in 2 years. Still have to do brake lines, fenders and a lot of other things. Here's a pic of what it looked like Saturday morning and then at the end of the day.

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Re: YJ and other projects

Postby wolverine 00 xj » Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:13 pm

Looks great! That thing is huge!
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Re: YJ and other projects

Postby Calvynandhobbs » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:23 am

wolverine 00 xj wrote:Looks great! That thing is huge!


It's really too tall, but I need to get it on the road and then I can do fine tuning on things. I've been practicing with my welder on little things on the Jeep and some scrap metal and hope that next winter I'll have the time to drop it by a couple inches by frenching in the spring hangers. I also have a D300 and a spare 231 in the garage and depending on how it drives with the current gearing I may build a doubler in the future on the bench, but that will be a long time off.
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Re: YJ and other projects

Postby lk2dson » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:10 am

That is awesome Roger! Progress! You must be really looking forward to some open air trail rides during February snow storms again. Don't need heat. Just need habanero cookies to keep you warm!!

It's nice to see the YJ on wheels again! So close! :driving:
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Re: YJ and other projects

Postby Calvynandhobbs » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:54 am

lk2dson wrote:That is awesome Roger! Progress! You must be really looking forward to some open air trail rides during February snow storms again. Don't need heat. Just need habanero cookies to keep you warm!!

It's nice to see the YJ on wheels again! So close! :driving:



Exactly. The club out here and my church know my habanero cookies well.
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Re: YJ and other projects

Postby jeepster95 » Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:55 am

I like it the yj looks great!
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Re: YJ and other projects

Postby Calvynandhobbs » Thu Jul 21, 2016 7:57 am

It's been over a year since my last update and I still don't have it driving on a daily basis. I have driven it around the neighborhood a few times, but still need to mount the rock sliders, rear fenders and lower the seat. I've been painting as I go.

With my step-son and daughter getting married last year and my step-daughter getting married in a couple weeks time has slipped past me with around the house projects and not the YJ. I also installed a wood boiler at the house 2 years ago and wood cutting has taken up more time than I thought it would.

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Re: YJ and other projects

Postby DaveKerwin » Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:45 pm

fun!
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Re: YJ and other projects

Postby jeepster95 » Wed Aug 10, 2016 11:02 am

looks great! the YJ has come along great since the last update!
I agree with the wood cutting! it takes a lot of weekends and afternoons splitting and stacking too.
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Re: YJ and other projects

Postby Calvynandhobbs » Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:49 pm

Took it in the yard tonight to flex it a little bit and check for binding, rubbing or odd noises. Wheeling Saturday and it did find driving it around the yard. Tie rod almost comes in contact with the top of the springs and the drag link when flexed hard, but it doesn't appear to be binding.

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Re: YJ and other projects

Postby DaveKerwin » Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:32 pm

fun!
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Re: YJ and other projects

Postby lk2dson » Thu Nov 10, 2016 3:24 pm

Nice build Roger!! That is awesome!
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Re: YJ and other projects

Postby Calvynandhobbs » Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:04 pm

The YJ has now wheeled Rausch Creek and been to the Mohawk Mountains as well as a couple Saturdays local wheeling. . Look-wise I'm done for now except I'm going to build a rack to go over the rear area that will sit directly above a tonneau cover. When I go larger than 35s that will be my spare tire carrier. Until then it will be where I put tools and spare parts.
I got the Miata put back on wheels and out of the back of the barn last Saturday so I thought I'd take a picture of it and the YJ together.
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Re: YJ and other projects

Postby lk2dson » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:37 pm

No doubt. That YJ came out great!!
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Re: YJ and other projects

Postby Calvynandhobbs » Sun Aug 27, 2017 2:21 pm

Haven't updated this in a long time, but I have upgraded to 37x13.5x15 Pitbull Rockers and built some DIY beadlocks for the rig. I am now also in possession of a 78 F150 HP D44 that I plan to cut down this winter and build to replace the LP D44. I drag my front driveshaft in the rocks way too much. Hope these work now that Photobucket doesn't work.

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Re: YJ and other projects

Postby ATallJeeper » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:07 pm

Man, I wish our YJ looked that beefy
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Re: YJ and other projects

Postby lk2dson » Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:25 pm

Wow, that rig is looking awesome! Nicely done!!

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