1993 Jeep Wrangler (YJ)

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(Yea, I know square headlights)




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  The MIJC gathered at Dukes for a little Independence Weekend off-road wheeling fun.  I drove the YJ down and back to go wheeling.  I averaged 16.8 MPG on the drive, the YJ ran great down and back.  This was the first wheeling trip with the Jeep since the "transmission job", and it was a good breakdown run.  I forgot to disconnect the front sway bar on the morning run, and did well, but had to bypass two trails as I could not flex enough, and needed a front locker.  I did not have to get pulled out or break out the winch, so that was good.  I was surprised though that I actually had the rear tires rub my tub wheel opening I'd enlarged.  When the rear tire was stubbed in, it was contacting the bump stop and the wheel opening at the same time.  Looks like I either try and open the wheel well more, or add a small spacer to the bump stop.  The front seems to clear well, except for rubbing the fender flares, which is no big deal.  I now have a better idea on what I need to do next to improve the Jeeps capabilities, and that would be a front locker, and rear disc brakes.  Lower gears won't hurt, but I had plenty of power to spin the tires and sling mud high and far.  It was as always a great time at Dukes place, and with the exception of both front bumper ends getting bent, and one off-road light getting tweaked, I think I came out relatively unscaved.  2013-07-06