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1989 YJ Wrangler - Real Steel

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1989 YJ Wrangler - Real Steel

As you may recall, our Real Steel YJ (formerly Gen IV YJ) was at MoTech in Las Vegas, Nevada, so they could install a GM Gen IV aluminum block 5.3L V-8 and 6L80 6-speed automatic overdrive transmission. MoTech was also going to install the YJ air conditioning we’d found at Collins Brothers. Just as the YJ arrived, the press that MoTech received started running in magazines and on the web. They became extremely busy, so Real Steel was fit in when there was time to work on it. It took a while, but while details still needed to be addressed, it was finally ready for its shakedown cruise.

Real Steel works, and works well. It’s easy to forget how well good ol’ leaf springs work. The addition of a 21st Century V-8, transmission, and transfer case transformed the Jeep. Currie Enterprises’ Ford 9-inch front and rearends brought back memories of the days we started upgrading Jeeps yet delivered modern-day performance. Check out the photos and captions to see what makes our resurrected 1989 YJ Wrangler such an outstanding Jeep.

Specifications
Vehicle: 1989 Jeep YJ Wrangler
Engine: GM 5.3L aluminum block V-8
Induction: MPFI
Transmission: GM 6L80 6-speed overdrive automatic
Transfer case/low range ratio: Advance Adapters Atlas/3.0:1
Front end: Currie Enterprises High Pinion Ford 9-inch
Rear end: Currie Enterprises High Pinion Ford 9-inch
Ring and Pinion: Yukon 4.88
Front Differential: Yukon Grizzly Locker
Rear Differential: Yukon Grizzly Locker
Suspension: BDS 4-inch leaf springs
Tires: LT315/70R17 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar
Wheels/Backspacing: 17x9.5 Raceline Monster Beadlocks with aluminum rings/4.0 inches

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Sources

Auto Meter
Sycamore, IL 60178
866-248-6356
www.autometer.com
Bestop
Broomfield, CO 80038
800-845-3567
www.bestop.com
Currie Enterprises
Corona, CA 92880
714-528-6957
http://www.currieenterprises.com
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Akron, OH
800-230-3030
SummitRacing.com
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Delta, CO 81416
877-533-7229
www.mountainoffroad.com
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Fruita, CO 81521
970-216-8179
www.davescustomsunlimited.com
Smittybilt
Compton, CA 90220
888-717-5797
www.smittybilt.com
Raceline Wheels
Garden Grove, CA 92841
800-529-4335
www.racelinewheels.com
Advance Adapters
Paso Robles, CA 93446
800-350-2223
www.advanceadapters.com
Quadratec
West Chester, PA 19380
800-745-2348
www.quadratec.com
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co
Akron, OH 44316
330-796-2121
www.goodyeartires.com
Odyssey Batteries
Reading, PA 19605
8005383627
http://www.odysseybattery.com
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Pomona, CA 91768
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Dixie 4 Wheel Drive
St. George, UT 84770
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517.279.2135
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