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Unread 01-10-2013, 09:59 AM   #1
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1998 Jeep Cherokee ZJ Build

Hey guys I am about to buy a '98 cherokee and looking to turn it into a monster. Any ideas on how much a project like this would cost?? ball park estimates? Im talking in total after 8'+ lift, steering, axles, transmission, wheels, tires, etc. etc. etc. any ideas?? thanks!

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Unread 01-10-2013, 10:06 AM   #2
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Many thousands.

Usual big lifts are 6 and 7 inches. Look at Clayton Offroad.

What size tire you want to run determines the lift youll need. 4.5 - 7 inches in the typical range for 35s.

Tire size also determines your axle options.

Checking Craigslist regularly for axles/tires/wheels is the cheapest route.

Id suggest looking at some build threads here for ideas:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f197/

and here as well for looks you want:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/l...-pics-1089263/
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Unread 01-10-2013, 10:10 AM   #3
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$15k+

Provided you do your own work.
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Unread 01-10-2013, 02:07 PM   #4
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I like this truck... only $5k minus a few parts 2yrs ago.

http://mallcrawlin.com/forum/showthr...37-s-Long-Arms

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Unread 01-10-2013, 02:18 PM   #5
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Wayyy more than $5k in that Jeep considering Pat works/worked at IRO.

He also never did the axles in it. D30/44a still

Lift kit for the OP will be $3.5k alone, plus labor if he can't weld.
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Unread 01-10-2013, 04:06 PM   #6
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Look at my sig. I have stuck about $15,000 into it after buying the ZJ. I installed the lift and all the other goodies except the gear setup. I've got about the same into the TJ. It's a lot of fun to do, but get the check book out, as everything will cost more now.
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Awesome thanks for te input! What kind of suspension, axle, tranny, steering upgrades would you guys recommend??
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Unread 01-13-2013, 11:34 AM   #8
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Awesome thanks for te input! What kind of suspension, axle, tranny, steering upgrades would you guys recommend??
Clayton Offroad for suspension, works with any axles.
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Unread 01-13-2013, 10:55 PM   #9
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Awesome thanks for te input! What kind of suspension, axle, tranny, steering upgrades would you guys recommend??
claytons 7" long arm kit
rear 8.8 ford axle
front HPD30 both diffs with ARB air lockers and 4.88 gears
35" tires
currie steering.
tranny's fine; its a ZJ so eventually it'll crap out anyways; then you can rebuild it then.
also, if you don't have a 2WD transfer case swap in a 242 or 231.

NOT cheap; but could be fairly cool when you're done
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Unread 01-14-2013, 08:09 PM   #10
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Which vehicle do you get your 8.8 out of? Can the ford ABS sensors be used?
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Which vehicle do you get your 8.8 out of? Can the ford ABS sensors be used?
95(?)-01 explorer, and someone recently made the abs work, so its possible.
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Unread 01-16-2013, 12:21 PM   #12
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95(?)-01 explorer, and someone recently made the abs work, so its possible.
Why the ford axel?
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Unread 01-16-2013, 12:59 PM   #13
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The 8.8 is a great axle ford is known for there rear ends. Your brake components swap right over or you can use the explorer components, most of them are 3.73 gear ratio, there's a lot of aftermarket support, theres a lot of reasons why. I'd say its the most common axle used for swaps hell I got one I'm planning on swapping in my 5.9
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Unread 01-17-2013, 06:38 AM   #14
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Awesome that sounds like a plan to me! Are those pretty expensive?
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Unread 01-17-2013, 11:11 AM   #15
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claytons 7" long arm kit
rear 8.8 ford axle
front HPD30 both diffs with ARB air lockers and 4.88 gears
35" tires
currie steering.
tranny's fine; its a ZJ so eventually it'll crap out anyways; then you can rebuild it then.
also, if you don't have a 2WD transfer case swap in a 242 or 231.

NOT cheap; but could be fairly cool when you're done

This is the basic package I have too except for the steering which I built myself and added hydraulic assist. Makes it easier to turn the 35" wheels/tires in the rocks and takes half of the load away from the steering sector shaft. Then for the overkill, I went to an Atlas tc for a lower ratio. I should knock on some wood now, but I have never broken any component after the build and the AZ rock trails are some of the toughest in the country. Build it with the best and never look back.

edit: the 8.8 from an explorer cost me $150, but I have heard some are less.
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97 TJ Juggy, 350 V8, 700R4, D60, 14 bolt, locked, 14" ORI Struts, 113" wb, 42" Pit Bulls, Stazworks beadlocks, F&R winches, caged, Anti-Rock, PSI full hyd steering,
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