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Old 06-10-2009, 09:48 PM   #1
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Default CJ front end swap on a YJ - lots of pics!

Well, this started out of need for tire coverage. My cut up front fenders were getting looks from the cops and to be honest the rooster tails in the rain were getting old. After hunting for rust free YJ fenders for a few months I gave up when I found a deal on a complete front end from a CJ7 for a nice price.



First step was disassembly.




Next was trimming the CJ fenders to fit around the shock towers. Cut a little, check the fit, repeat.




Once I was able to line them up after trimming, I couldn't believe how well they fit. The bolts/holes from the fenders to the tub and even the supports lined right up. The hood was a direct bolt on as well.






The resiviors for coolant and washer fluid bolted up like they were meant to be there.

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Old 06-10-2009, 09:49 PM   #2
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Got the fenders in place with a couple bolts in.





Time to start on the grill. Biggest issue was the steering box. Had to notch it to clear the lines. I'm going through cutting wheels like candy.





Now it's fitting a bit better.



From what I've read the radiator was going to be the biggest hassle so I decided from the beginning to use a CJ radiator for a better finished look and so it would be a bolt in...or so I thought.

The CJ rad is in front.



I ended up having to notch the mounting bracket to clear the steering box as well.



Since the YJ is an auto I have the trans lines through the radiator, figured it was a good time to eliminate that (especially since the CJ rad. was from a manual) so I got a trans cooler for a motorhome, 26,000 GVW



Installing the rad. and the mounting holes did not line up so I ended up using two of the drop brackets from my body lift to remedy it.



Another issue I found is that on the YJ the upper hose is smaller on the radiator side (1") so took a trip to Buy Right Auto, they were awesome at finding me a hose with two 1 1/4" ends. Not many stores can do anything without the computer these days, but they could.



Next was the fan shroud, this had to be notched as well.


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Old 06-10-2009, 09:49 PM   #3
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All that was really left was lights, the headlights were straight forward , but the park/turn lights have two wires and the YJ has a three wire socket. Just don't reuse the ground from the YJ wiring and all is good.





And the before and after


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Old 06-10-2009, 10:03 PM   #4
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Sweet!!!
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:46 PM   #5
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You're like a wizard with a grinding wheel lol
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Old 06-10-2009, 11:34 PM   #6
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Looks great. may be the way i'll go in the future since the hood and fenders on my rig are dented to hell n e way. how much shorter is the nose on the CJ compared to the YJ. does the grill to frame mount line up? is there a big gap on the frame in front of the grill? N E Pics of that??
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Old 06-10-2009, 11:48 PM   #7
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I wanted to do something like that but use a 1" BL and the grill from a DJ-5... along with a CJ hood and CJ flat fenders...
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I was going to do this but the radiator I bought for a V8 CJ was much wider than the one pictured above. I would have had to either relocate the steering box, switch to full hydro, or notch both the grill and the radiator. I really didnt like the idea of notching the radiator tank. I couldnt afford to go full hydro. I dont have the experience yet to relocate the box. It all factored in to me not swapping the stuff over.

Lesson learned dont use the wide CJ Radiator when doing a front clip swap.
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Old 06-11-2009, 11:35 PM   #9
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You can use the YJ radiator, you just have to make a pair of simple brackets.

BTW, it should be noted that I have a 1" body lift. Need it to make room for the height of the CJ grill.
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Old 08-01-2009, 08:50 AM   #10
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did you paint it yet?
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Old 08-02-2009, 07:34 PM   #11
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Yep, just spray bombed the front for now.

http://www.jeeps-offroad.com/f151/jj...79/index4.html
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Exclamation 95 wrangler w/cj7 front end sheetmetal radiator questions?

I got a 95 wrangler and I'm about to attempt the cj7 front sheetmetal swap. Im gonna be running a 03' Chevy 4.8 Gen III motor. My question is do I need a V8 conversion radiator to fit the CJ& front clip or one that fits the 95 Wrangler? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:06 AM   #13
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Looking great Jesse. Did you paint it already. it would be great if you can post photos with the new paint of it
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