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Unread 10-08-2013, 06:51 PM   #16
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Have any of you guys played with the idea of lowering and going with the race jeep idea I never have seen a lowered ZJ but with a v8 in it and being naturally lighter then a 4x4 I think It could be pretty fast

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Unread 10-08-2013, 07:00 PM   #17
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I've thought about cutting a coil off each spring and seeing what it looks like. If I do it I'll be sure to post up pics but I don't see it happening until it's painted. If somebody already has I'd love to see pics.
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Unread 10-08-2013, 07:03 PM   #18
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I didn't know the made 2wd jeeps!
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Unread 10-08-2013, 07:22 PM   #19
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I've thought about cutting a coil off each spring and seeing what it looks like. If I do it I'll be sure to post up pics but I don't see it happening until it's painted. If somebody already has I'd love to see pics.
Do not cut an entire coil off once you go too low you have to replace the coil start with a little and test to see if its gonna work. I watch alot of car building shows lol seen it happen before.
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Unread 10-08-2013, 07:36 PM   #20
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I bought my 2wd ZJ in 2006. I have often thought of looking for a '98 4wd, but I have invested a lot of sweat equity in mine and just can't imagine selling to somebody who will probably trash it. I almost have it right...just one more repair.

My 4.0L engine has all the power I need for daily driving and unlike what some people have said about the 4.0L, I don't have any trouble with power on the Interstate. Also pulls a small trailer like a champ. I have not been off road much, just a few trails. Not much weather related need for 4wd here in Alabama.
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Unread 10-08-2013, 08:14 PM   #21
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A 5.2 2WD would be pretty fun on the street. I had my front driveshaft out before and it was a lot of fun, even with the added weight of the front diff and TC.
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Unread 10-08-2013, 08:31 PM   #22
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A 5.2 2WD would be pretty fun on the street.
There was one, same color, same trim level, same price, on the lot beside my 4.o when i bought it new. i chose the 4.0 because i thought it would get better mileage and i like the durability of the engine. besides, i'm a dodge man from way back and i've had several 318s. the rings wore out in all of them after about 125k. must admit i like the power they provide a small sedan.
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Unread 10-08-2013, 08:58 PM   #23
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Do not cut an entire coil off once you go too low you have to replace the coil start with a little and test to see if its gonna work. I watch alot of car building shows lol seen it happen before.
True but at least there are a LOT of ZJ springs in junkyards. I'd probably buy a spare set and cut those while keeping my stock ones if I don't like the change.

I would love to find a 2WD 5.2L ZJ and drop in a mildly built 408 stroker and have the ultimate sleeper.
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Unread 10-08-2013, 09:43 PM   #24
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I was thinking of saving you $$ but im sure zj springs are a dime a dozen lol.
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Unread 10-08-2013, 11:59 PM   #25
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Theres a couple of guys on tsf with 9ers that have gutted t-cases and no front shaft. A bunch of lowered ones too.
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Unread 10-09-2013, 01:41 AM   #26
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LOTS of 2wd jeeps in general down here, not just grands
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Unread 10-09-2013, 02:18 AM   #27
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I have a 95'4.0 2wd. Had about 270,000 miles on it and still runs amazing. I even flat tow my wrangler with it.
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Unread 10-09-2013, 10:12 AM   #28
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Theres a couple of guys on tsf with 9ers that have gutted t-cases and no front shaft. A bunch of lowered ones too.
What is tsf?
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Unread 10-09-2013, 04:36 PM   #29
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Unread 10-11-2013, 08:43 PM   #30
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I have a 96 2wd 4.0 liter ZJ. Has 184,000 miles and still runs like a champ. It has a mashed in rear quarter panel, but other than that it's a good DD. Not sure how everyone gets such high mpg numbers, but I'm lucky to get 16 on the interstate using cruise control. Perhaps it's time for a tune-up.

This will be my 3rd winter and here in S. Indiana we get all kinds of screwy weather in the winter. So far I've never had a problem getting around in the snow. I also use it to occasionally pull a 16 hole dog trailer with an a/c unit on it and it runs down the road like that trailer isn't even there.

I may go for a 4wd the next time I'm vehicle shopping, but I'm satisfied with my ZJ for now.
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