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Unread 02-21-2012, 08:17 PM   #16
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any advice will help! even the little things. thank you so much!
Welcome!

The best advice I can give you for a ZJ or anything else is to do it right the first time and never be in a hurry. You gotta realize if you buy an old ZJ you will always be working on it.

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Unread 02-21-2012, 08:22 PM   #17
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get ready to "ignore" your VIC when it starts beeping and flashing all the crap that is wrong with your jeep, but still works.

dash lights will go out , or work when they want.

change out your lift supports on your rear hatch, and glass.

etc...., etc....., etc......
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Unread 02-21-2012, 08:35 PM   #18
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get ready to "ignore" your VIC when it starts beeping and flashing all the crap that is wrong with your jeep, but still works.
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Unread 02-21-2012, 08:38 PM   #19
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Welcome!

The best advice I can give you for a ZJ or anything else is to do it right the first time and never be in a hurry.
x2 I cant tell you how many times I have worked on my exhaust and my door speakers. This past weekend, I was re-mounting my driver door speaker and I completely forgot to hook it up. Now I gotta go in there again and actually hook it up this time
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Unread 02-21-2012, 09:19 PM   #20
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Be prepared to spend lots of time and money working on it! Just got my ZJ two weeks ago and haven't had a day when I haven't worked on her in some way or another. If you like to tinker and keep busy, perfect vehicle!!! I absolutely adore mine.
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Unread 02-21-2012, 09:54 PM   #21
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You know I have owned a 98 ZJ since new (now with 136000 miles) two years ago I bought an 07 WK Limited Hemi, but couldn't stand to sell the ZJ, so I kept it as a second vehicle, and use it all the time. I put a new radiator and water pump in it last year, have made some minor repairs over the years, but outside of the ac evaporator, the trans seals (got a Reman Mopar trans under my ext warr) it's been a reliable vehicle. Easy to fix, simple, always starts.
some tips....
Shocks, Bilstein HDs work great on ZJs
brake rotors, don't need fancy slotted or drilled, plain old Wagner full cast iron ones work fine.
ATF+4, nothing else in the auto trans
transfer case you can use ATF+4, or Dexron ( I used to use Mobil 1 Dexron in my Transfer case, but now use ATF+4 since it's synthetic
Syn 75-140 gear oils in the front and rear differentials, mine have held up great with this oil (including towing a 4000 lb boat)....
Exhaust system, a Dynomax cat back is a good low cost exhaust for a ZJ....
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Unread 02-21-2012, 10:09 PM   #22
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Don't expect better than 12 or 13mpg if you live in town, too.
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Unread 02-22-2012, 06:03 AM   #23
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Don't expect better than 12 or 13mpg if you live in town, too.
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Unread 02-22-2012, 03:33 PM   #24
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just read your sig, and it says you have 32" BFGs and a 2" body?

might wanna swap that body lift out for a suspension lift. much safer.
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Unread 02-22-2012, 04:00 PM   #25
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Thanks so much everybody!!
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Unread 02-23-2012, 10:09 AM   #26
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just read your sig, and it says you have 32" BFGs and a 2" body?

might wanna swap that body lift out for a suspension lift. much safer.
You cant have a body lift on a ZJ. Its a unibody. I thought that a while ago when I had just gotten mine too so no worries!
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Unread 02-23-2012, 06:24 PM   #27
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You cant have a body lift on a ZJ. Its a unibody. I thought that a while ago when I had just gotten mine too so no worries!
what do you mean by i cant have it? like its physically impossible? or just not safe... because im sure i have one. i have serious tire rub too
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Unread 02-23-2012, 06:28 PM   #28
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Unread 02-23-2012, 06:35 PM   #29
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Physically impossible
im a little confused. i have receipts and everything and i think i can see it on the rear. and it definitely sits above stock. is there a way they could have boosted it using coil spacers? also for the record the previous owner had cut and trimmed all fenders to make room for tires (but they still rub on hard cut parking lot type turns)
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Unread 02-23-2012, 06:36 PM   #30
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A body lift is blocks between the frame and body.

A ZJ is a unibody, so the frame is welded directly to the body (simplified explanation), you can't unbolt the body and slide spacers between em.

Look on top of your springs. You're gonna see round, black blocks about two inches tall. That's your lift. It's called a budget boost. Some people might call them coil spacers.

Good luck with the truck
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