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1994 Jeep YJ Welding Axle - Wrecking Yard YJ

Posted in How To on November 13, 2007
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After we found what Currie Enterprises charged for cutting down an axle and axleshaft, we were sold. This is our short-side shaft in the CNC mill getting resplined.

Our '94 YJ has made a few cameos before, but because it's not a month-by-month kind of project vehicle, let us introduce it again.

This is the YJ with more than 350,000 miles on the clock, just as much rust as good metal, a four-cylinder engine, five-speed, about 1 1/2 inches of lift, and a soft top. It is not a trail monster but rather a daily driver that gets driven to the trail and then driven home.

We had just swapped a set of 33s onto the Jeep, and the stock 4.10 gears just weren't cutting it. We knew we wanted 5.14 gears and an axle we could wheel with all weekend and not worry about. We wanted to do this without breaking the bank or affecting the street manners of the Jeep. Basically, we were after fullsize-strength axles without the fullsize width or price.

This first part of the Wrecking Yard YJ will cover the rear axle, with the front axle being covered in the next issue. Follow along as we shoehorn some big axles under a little Jeep.

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Final Costs
While the axle didn't turn out as cheap as we were aiming for, it is still a decent price for an axle with a traction-aiding device that will take us to the trail and back without any fear of us destroying it. And don't forget the final tally includes everything needed to install it in the Jeep, ready to drive down the road.

Currie Enterprises:
11-inch rear brake kit$349.95
Fill plug$24.95
Heavy-duty retainer plate$14.95 (2)
Install axle bearings $19.95 (2)
Large tapered roller bearings$56.95 (2)
Shorten axlehousing${{{100}}}
Shorten axleshaft$70
Shock mounts$14.95 (2)
Spring pad$19.95 (2)
Spring plates (U-bolt skids)$89.95
Steel-abrade housing$49.95
U-bolts and nuts$5.95
JE Reel:
Driveshaft yoke$52.79
Conversion U-joint$20
Junkyard:
{{{Ford}}} 9-Inch axle assembly$78.89
{{{Summit}}} Racing:
Detroit Truetrac$456.99
Richmond 5.14 ring and pinion$181.88
Richmond setup kit$89.88
Crush-sleeve eliminator$16.39
Total Cost:$1,858.92
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Sources

Currie Enterprises
Corona, CA 92880
714-528-6957
http://www.currieenterprises.com
Eaton Corporation
800-386-1911
www.eaton.com
JE Reel Driveline Specialists
www.reeldriveline.com

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