Detroit Diesel-powered Jeep Wrangler Might Be Coolest Ever

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Packed with unique and hand-built goodies, this Jeep aims to make a name for the oft-forgotten YJ.

In the hierarchy of Jeep Wranglers, the YJ might just be the most unappreciated of the bunch. But for many of us, it’s also the model that got us hooked on Jeep in the first place. And truthfully, there’s a ton of potential in this platform, even if there are others that are superior in the first place. For proof of that, look no further than the amazing ride featured in this video from BleepinJeep. If it isn’t the coolest YJ we’ve ever seen, it’s certainly the most unique.

For starters, this thing’s packing a 6.2-liter Detroit diesel under the hood with a Cummins turbo. That oil burner is backed up by an NP35 transmission, and the whole thing features a host of parts the owner scrapped together from various places. Up front, you’ll find a built Dana 60 axle. The steering setup is unique as well, with one ramp going to the knuckle and another going to the drag link. “The bigger the tires got, the harder it got to steer,” the owner explains. So this custom setup provided a solid solution.

YJ Jeep Wrangler

The rear axle is a 14-bolt the owner found in a junkyard on an old tow truck. The owner even welded on some tabs toward the bottom to protect the bolts, which is pretty cool. This Jeep rolls on some serious stuff too, including BAB beadlock wheels and massive 42-inch Pit Bull tires. And if all that isn’t enough, the Jeep also sports a hydraulic system that can raise or lower the front end when needed.

YJ Jeep Wrangler

All-in-all, one of the cooler and more unique Jeep YJs you’ll ever see. And proof that we shouldn’t sleep on this capable platform.

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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