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
Bumper-mounted air chuck gives easy access to the air compressor for filling tires and any jobs requiring a blast of compressed gas.
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.
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.
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 controls the height and lean of the YJ's body with hydraulic pumps at each corner. The pumps are repurposed from a garbage truck.
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.
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.
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.