Jeep Stretch YJ "Might as well" Build

SSR

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Santaquin, UT
Received my 125lb upper springs for the front and got them installed. Ride height looks closer to where I want it now, maybe a little tall, still have the winch and heavy skid that will bring it down some.

Had to cut the hood a bit more to fit over the coilovers, I ordered some Daystar hood pins to keep it down.
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Started to mock up the recovery points and winch. I was thinking I could recess the winch down into the bumper a bit, as it is the steering box and pitman won't allow it.
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SSR

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Santaquin, UT
I had trouble with cooling when I had my winch blocking radiator airflow. Curious how that works for you. Looks good !
I'm concerned about it as well, I really should have went with the model winch that has the solenoid mounted to the side, just to give me every advantage.
 
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That was one of the reasons I went with one that had a detachable noid. I mounted my box inside the bay. It's another $75 in wire, but I'm digging it now. But I probably drive min eon the highway more than you will, so I don't know that it will make a ton of difference for you.
 

SSR

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Location
Santaquin, UT
Big push prior to Winter 4x4 Jamboree to get it ready.

Winch and recovery points finished.
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My wife found some booster pads for my boys that fit nicely in the PRP seat. Gets their shoulders up in the harness better.
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Not enough time to figure out my hydraulic bumps stops so I threw a couple of poly bumps under the frame in front. Still so much to do... but there's no more time, it was time to leave for the event.
 

SSR

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Santaquin, UT
I was really anxious the first morning of the event. Excited to get it on the trail, but couldn't shake the concerns of how it would perform. First day went very well, gaining comfort and confidence with each obstacle. There was a brief period of panic when I cleared a obstacle and a 1/2" lock washer rolled out from under the jeep and down off the ledge, never found where it came from, still hoping it was a spare I dropped during the build process. IMG_6644.JPG
 

Greg

Wanderlusting
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Having your rig with me on my last 2 days of the event was definitely a highlight. Solid driving both days. And the fact that you pulled off Wall of Doom at all, let alone your second day wheeling it is a huge accomplishment. So fun to watch!! I love the stance, wheelbase, sound of the engine and overall simplicity of the build. Nice work man!
 

SSR

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Location
Santaquin, UT
Having your rig with me on my last 2 days of the event was definitely a highlight. Solid driving both days. And the fact that you pulled off Wall of Doom at all, let alone your second day wheeling it is a huge accomplishment. So fun to watch!! I love the stance, wheelbase, sound of the engine and overall simplicity of the build. Nice work man!
It was a lot of fun! Thanks for showing us the trails, impressive seeing you drive all that stuff without a spotter.
 
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