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So I was at the Honda dealership the other day, helping my friend Sara buy her first new car ('13 Fit Sport with navi- sadly, she won't get the 5-speed :(), and I ran into my pastor and his wife, who mentioned they were selling their '94 Jeep. I had seen them in a YJ, so I asked if they meant the Wrangler, and they said yes. I asked for some details (they're very nice folks, and I happen to have a few bucks to spare, as I just sold two rifles). '94, 5-speed, 4.0L, 100-120K miles, hard and soft tops, just got new brake and fuel lines, clutch last year, and a bunch more. Just got inspected, and on the way back, the water pump started making noise- not weeping yet, but making noise. They have the new pump, but they're just not wanting to keep working on a car when they have two brand new ('12 CR-Z [6-speed! Go pastor! :)] and a just-bought '14 CR-V) cars that only need oil and fuel.
So, long and short, I'm dropping off the money this Sunday at church, and we'll work out the pickup from there (hopefully next week! Waiting on a check from the second rifle I sold).

So, being me, here's the list of questions:
1. What's the easiest, cheapest way to get rid of the D35 I'm assuming it has? As in, what other rear axle drops right in? Anything? My welding skills suck, so I'd want something bolt-in if possible. I'll work out the gearing when I get it. Just praying that somehow it has a D44 rear... :th_pray:
2. Is the Superlift 1.5" lift kit any good? I know it's cheap, but I'm not looking to go big with this rig YET. Not until I can afford to do it all- axles, tires, etc. I just want ~31" tires to play with.
3. Any good, cost-effective mods people can recommend? I haven't been in a YJ since my dad sold his back in '95!

Thanks all, and here's hoping the YJ is in good shape! I'm not too keen on the green, but I'll survive if it means I get to slang some mud again soon! :) Cheers- Mark W.
 

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I realize this thread is from January but seems no one took a stab at your questions.

1. Unfortunately if you want cheap the cheapest thing to do is put an 8.8 in it but that will require moving the perches on both sides ~5/8". With a 94 your rear drive shaft to axle should be a 1330 joint (unless it's been replaced at some point) which means it would fit in the flange adapter that comes on an explorer. You could get one with 4.10s and a limited slip and then find a 4 cylinder yj with 4.10s front to match your gears... that's probably the cheapest way to go. You could probably be out only $850 (front and rear with many new seals, fluids and brake parts) if you can cap the axle purchase at around $200 and get a complete front for ~ $250. If you want a bolt in 8.8 companies do provide bolt in housings such as east coast gear supply but you do pay more. Dana 44s were a VERY rare option in some Canadian YJs but don't count on happening... A dana 60 front from a 78-79 snowfighter will bolt in up front springover but that single axle will run you probably $1k-1.2k

2. No idea on the superlift kit itself. I am partial to low center of gravity builds and would recommend people to start clearancing rear fender wells and to look into some sort of tube fenders for the front. If you are trying to do things on a budget you could do a s10 bastard pack build. If you google yj bastard pack it should bring up a couple results. Make sure to adjust bumpstops and steering stops so you don't eat away new tires once you put 31s on it.

3. Cost effective... If you are going to be in the cooling system anyways go ahead and replace the thermostat with a fail safe one that fails in the open position instead of closed. Great for piece of mind that that piece won't contribute to overheating ever when it fails therefore leaving you stranded.
 

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If it's a 6cyl, , the electric sensors sometimes can go bad. The TPS and throttle sensors have a habit of not being cooperative.

the previous response was spot on for axles, the 8.8 is great and you could possibly find someone getting rid of a D44 for the front.

Should be a fun toy. After hitting the park yesterday, I'm looking forward to getting my CJ trail ready.
 
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