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A couple of summers ago my father, brother and I tore apart my dad's 95 YJ Wrangler that had a 4 cyl and a 5 speed. Here is what it looked like once the rust got cut out and test fitting the engine: Here it is with the frame, body, and firewall painted. The interior got a spray-in raptor bedliner. It was on 235s. Then we put the front fenders, grille, and rock-sliders on. It has the original steel body and the frame has been patched. Then we put the windshield and flares on. This is it all together with the 235s on it. We ended up needing to build a traction bar and putting in a slip yoke eliminator because, with the stock springs, the axle-wrap was terrible, so it broke 2 driveshafts and 2 stransfercases. In the garage is our 1959 Chevy wagon-nothing special, 350 and a 700r4. Then the 35s went on. You can see the tote lid under it catching fluid from the broken T-case. We then took it out and flexed it on our culvert some: (It whips good pavement donuts, don't ask) Here is a pic of the first ride it went on. It is the Jeep in the front. The other YJ is actually a CJ-5 with a custom front end. Last summer my dad worked on a YJ with a 4.2 and a 5-speed and 27,000 original miles. Here are some more recent shots of it in action. This bottom one is of the first time we had it on the road this year. Feel free to ask if you have any questions!
For those of us that still love our 4 screaming squirrels, here is a little necessary upgrade/Egr Delete The manifold I used was from a 2.5l yj ( a knock off pacesetter header from ebay) Header Link and EGR Block off plate There are going to have to be some modifications, the new mid pipe is shorter than the original, so you can either lengthen your new mid pipe or lengthen youe existing exhaust set up if you are going to reuse it It is short about 1-1.5 ft, so it gives you the opportunity to run a new exhaust if you want
EDIT: I guess the title should be more specific to the question about converting the front to leaf springs. Pardon my inaccurate problem description. I am kind of new to the off-roading modification scene. I am wondering what the deal is with people doing leaf conversions on the front end (SOA conversion, is that the term?) I've done a little bit of reading on the forums but cannot get a clear understanding. I don't understand the benefits or why someone would do it to their Comanche. I see it sometimes on Wranglers, and honestly with Wranglers the benefits seems more intuitive. But I'm curious about the Comanche. To me, it seems like it would drastically reduce articulation and turning radius (unless your wheels are sticking out a ton). I guess, specifically, I'm hesitant to buy a local Comanche that is for sale because it's got this SOA conversion on the front and I know nothing about. Seems like a ton of welding and whatnot, although it looks like it was done well. Says it's got Dana 44 and 60 and then 4" YJ leafs on the front. Is this front-end leaf conversion a normal thing? Just looking for some last-minute insight. Thanks much! These are the pics on the ad (you post it on the internet it becomes fair game, right B)). Image Not Found