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8 Must-Do Mods For Your YJ

King of the Hammers 2020 inspired these build tips for your ’87-’95 Jeep Wrangler

We met Wyatt McAllister and his '88 YJ Sahara while futzing around Hammertown during King of the Hammers 2020. Nothing about his Jeep is ordinary and every piece is thought-provoking.

2020 Hammertown Action

Need some air? How about a side-mounted shackle?

Onboard Air

Bumper-mounted air chuck gives easy access to the air compressor for filling tires and any jobs requiring a blast of compressed gas.

Super lower control arms.

Super-Thick Control Arms

Wyatt used Rubicon Express ends and Johnny Joints for his links, but everything in between is custom-built and incredibly armored. He explained that the lower links are so thick and reinforced he routinely lands a significant amount of the Jeep's weight on them without worry.

Bags are the rear suspension, the coilovers out back are for minor damoing purposes.

Bagged Rearend

Wyatt explained how the coilovers are really just there for damping and the rear suspension comes from a set of Motor Coach Industries bus tag axle airbags. He keeps the Jeep level with a level ride valve at each rear corner. Because of the bags, the rear suspension links were built without misalignment.

6.2 liters of Detroit Diesel power under the hood.

Diesel Jeep

For maximum torque output and crowd-pleasing rumbles, you need a 6.2L Detroit diesel under the hood. Wyatt upgraded the injection pump and added a turbo from a 5.9L Cummins.

Wyatt raises and lowers his YJ body via a quartet of garbage truck hydraulic pistons, one at each corner.

Hydraulic Corners

Wyatt controls the height and lean of the YJ's body with hydraulic pumps at each corner. The pumps are repurposed from a garbage truck.

Can your console do this?

Cooler Console

How many cans of trail soda can your console hold? Five? Well, Wyatt's Hammertown-inspired console is a cooler so it holds many more than five sodas while also maintaining the chill factor.

Frontend with Xterra steering box and custom-built axletubes.

Nissan Xterra Steering Box

Due to space constraints, the steering box needed to move to the front bumper. What's stronger than aftermarket steering boxes? The box from a Nissan Xterra.

Backhoe Rams

Forget your out-of-the-box steering rams, Wyatt repurposed a pair of steering rams from a Case 580 backhoe to help aim the Pit Bull Rockers. While we're up here, Wyatt fabbed his own front axletubes and connected them to the Dynatrac ProRock 60 centersection.

Stay tuned to fourwheeler.com as well as our social channels for more coverage of the 2020 King of the Hammers machines found throughout the wonderful village of Hammertown.

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