1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ Restoration Project
Just after college I made my first major life purchase: A brand new soft top 1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ (YJ...hmm? "Yuppy Jeep"??). The purchase price was roughly equivalent to my annual take home pay at that time (see window sticker below). Finding a YJ with a 4.0 L AMC straight-6 engine and an AX15 transmission was not an easy task at the time due to high demand and limited supply. The YJ was nearing the end of its production run (Note: YJ production ended in 1995. There are no 1996 Wranglers.) and most of the 4.0 engines at the time were going into the more expensive Jeep Cherokee (XJ) line.
Sadly, life happens...family happens...and after eight+ years of abuse (OK....let's call it what it was: LOTS AND LOTS OF FUN!!!) the Wrangler feel into disarray and was no longer "road functional" (alternator, brakes, rust spots). The Jeep was put in the garage in 2005 pending a plan.
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1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ "as purchased new" specifications (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS)
Build Location: Toledo Assembly #2
Trim Level: SE
Height: 1826 mm / 71.9 inches
Length: 3886 mm / 153 inches
Width: 1676 mm / 66 inches
Wheel Base: 2372 mm / 93.4 inches
Ground Clearance: 213 mm / 8.4 inches
Estimated curb weight: 1390 kg / 3060 lbs
Tires: P225/75RF OWL A/T (5)
Wheel: 15" x 6-7.5" (LT Tires 6-7")
Circumference : 88.8"
Revolutions per mile: 713 (Note that a 33" tire has 630 revolutions per mile ...+~12%)
Wheelbase: 2373 mm / 93.4 inches
Front/rear track: 1473 mm / 58 inches
Turning Circle: 32.9 feet
Axle ratio: 3.07
Stock Wheel Size: 15-16", Lug Pattern: 5 x 4.5", Stud Size: 1/2 x 20, Hub Center Bore: 71.5
Towing capacity: 907kg (2,000lbs)
Sport Package #25F
Accelerations: 0-60mph in 7.9 seconds
Fuel consumption and mileage: 17 mpg (U.S.)
Origin: United States (1)
Make: Jeep (J)
Vehicle Type: ??? (4)
GVWR: 4001 to 5000 (F)
Model Line: Wrangler (Y)
Trim: Base (2)
Body Style: 2 Door Open (9)
Engine: 4.0L (S)
*Manufacturer Assigned*: (3)
Model Year: 1995 (S)
Assembly Plant: Toledo, Ohio Plant #2 (P)
Sequential Serial Number (Last six digits of VIN): ######
Window Sticker - August 1996
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Fast forward from 2005 to 2020......
My young son
So what exactly is being done to this Jeep?
Repaired the body...
Repaired the bottom side of tub: Noram Auto Body Parts 16130-R Passenger Side Replacement Steel Rocker Panel with Lower Cowl for 76-95 Jeep CJ-7 & Wrangler YJ and Noram Auto Body Parts 16130-L Drivers Side Replacement Steel Rocker Panel with Lower Cowl for 76-95 Jeep CJ-7 & Wrangler YJ.
Repaired drivers side floor: TBD
Rocker Guards: Barricade Rocker Guards with Step (J100299)
Hood Catch Kit in Black - Smittybilt 7601 SMI Hood Catch Kit in Black
Replaced the stock bumpers...
Added new shackles - TBD
Replaced the brake lines - OPR Stainless Steel Brake Line Kit (1995 2.5L Jeep Wrangler YJ w/ Power Disc Brakes w/o ABS) (J110276)
Parts (Click here for a list)
Lift Kit: Rubicon Express 4" Standard Suspension System with Twin Tube Shocks (Quadratec Part #: 16300.303 / Rubicon Express Part #: RE5515)
Wheels: Fuel Wheels Anza Gun Metal Wheel; 15x8 (87-95 Jeep Wrangler YJ) - Item J118563-YJ
Smittybilt 7601 SMI Hood Catch Kit in Black for 42-95 Jeep CJ & Wrangler YJ - Quadratec Part #: 13004.0402 - Smittybilt Part #: 7601 SMI
Noram Auto Body Parts 16130-R Passenger Side Replacement Steel Rocker Panel with Lower Cowl for 76-95 Jeep CJ-7 & Wrangler YJ - Quadratec Part #: 22522.02 - Noram Auto Body Parts Part #: 16130-R
Noram Auto Body Parts 16130-L Drivers Side Replacement Steel Rocker Panel with Lower Cowl for 76-95 Jeep CJ-7 & Wrangler YJ - Quadratec Part #: 22522.01 - Noram Auto Body Parts Part #: 16130-L
Hood: Smittybilt 7601 SMI Hood Catch Kit in Black for 42-95 Jeep CJ & Wrangler YJ - Quadratec Part #: 13004.0402 - Smittybilt Part #: 7601 SMI
Driver Side Fender:
Passenger Side Fender:
Dash Lights: TBD
Center Console: TBD