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1994 Jeep Wrangler - YJ’s Rule!

Posted in Features on October 1, 2011
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I thought this was going to be affordable!

It’s readily available and easy to modify, and if you get the 4.0L inline-six, it has a great engine. Oh yeah, it’s inexpensive. It’s the YJ Wrangler, the Jeep that makes it “hip to be square.”

One of the best new trends is to keep the tires big and the ride height low. This requires body mods. One method is to cut your hood and use a set of high-cut fenders to match. Another way to go is to use Metalcloak’s “Overline” fenders which arch above the hood’s lower line and give you the clearance you’re after sans hood mods. Mark uses Bilstein’s monotube shocks on all four corners.

Lakeside, California’s Mark Saxton can tell you all about it. Mark picked up the ’94 YJ secondhand for $3,000. It was bone stock when purchased, giving Mark a clean canvas on which to craft his trail rig. The low purchase price left cash in his pocket to make some big-ticket upgrades, improving the YJ by addressing some factory-supplied weaknesses.

The windshield banner may say “Redneck Rollercoaster,” but you don’t have to be a redneck to enjoy a YJ. You just have to be smart enough to build one.

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Vehicle: 1994 Jeep YJ Wrangler
Owner/Hometown: Mark Saxton/Lakeside, California
Engine: 4.0L I-6, K&N intake, Borla headers, performance chip
Transmission: AX-15 five-speed
Transfer case: NP231 with SYE
Front suspension: spring-over with stock YJ springs, Bilstein shocks
Rear suspension: spring-over with stock YJ springs, Bilstein shocks, custom anti-wrap bar
Axles: Currie Dana 44 housings, Superior axle shafts
Ring and Pinion: 4:88:1
Differentials: ARB Air Lockers
Tires: 33x12.50R15 Pro Comp Mud Terrain
Wheels: 15x8 Allied Wheel Rock 8 beadlocks
Wistful quote: “I thought this was going to be affordable!”

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