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post #1 of 8 Old 09-17-2017, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone running Notch Customs at stock height

Hey guys, I have a Niner I bought for driving back and forth from school while my 93 limited would remain as my hunting rig as it has a 3inch lift, 32s, roof rack, etc. Unsuprisingly I've fell in love with that 5.9 and my 5.2 is having some serious axle problems. I was considering swapping everything over from the 5.2 to the 5.9 but I don't have the best lift on the 5.2 and regret taking the cheap route. That said money and time is tight. I don't want to lift the Niner because that usually uncovers alot of hidden problems and leads to spending even more cash, so I'm considering getting the notch custom z-max flares and swapping my 32s over. They're mounted on some discontinued Pro Comp La Paz wheels that I think give me 3.5" backspacing and I also have 1.25" wheel spacers I can take off the 5.2. I think this will work, the Z-max flares allow you to run 35s with a 4.5" lift (this is the only specs I could find) if my redneck math is correct, that's 3 inches more than usual and theoretically I could run 33s at stock height. This means the only problem would be scrubbing on the CA and the sway bar which I think could be remedied with the wheels and wheel spacers. I usually don't see many Notch Customs flares because most people just go the sawzall route, but I like to keep my ZJs looking clean and close to stock. Let me know what you guys think.

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http://notchcustoms.com/product/z-max-fender-flares/

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-17-2017, 11:37 AM
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At $600 + paint, I would not cut up a niner. Get a 2" budget boost and some good shocks and save some money. 31/10.50 tires will fit with very minor trimming.

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Hers is stock, mine, OME shocks, BB, Aussie, 2x6 sliders, 31s, etc.
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-17-2017, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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At $600 + paint, I would not cut up a niner. Get a 2" budget boost and some good shocks and save some money. 31/10.50 tires will fit with very minor trimming.

GW
The idea behind it is that I already have the 32s on my 5.2 and I'm trying to avoid buy another set of tires. The fender is already dented up on one side (previous owner wrecked it) so if anything I feel the fender flares would clean it up. I also plan on repainting the Niner once I get my garage built so paint isn't an issue.

I originally wanted to keep the Niner stock but I can't take it anymore. Gotta get some mud tires on it
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-21-2017, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-21-2017, 08:46 AM
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I ran 32s with 1.75" BB with slightly opened up fender flares & bumpers, and 1" added bumpstopping. Front disconnected and wheeled for over a year before doing quite a bit more work on it.

Tires were brand-new 32 x 11.50 BFG MT KM2s on 15 x 8 steelies that had 4" BS.

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post #6 of 8 Old 09-21-2017, 12:27 PM
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Not at stock height, but my wife's been running Iceland Offroad flares (same as Notch; there's a history there) with just a spacer and 32"s for many years.
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-21-2017, 10:45 PM
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Notch flares look great if they are painted and installed correctly.
After all, it's just a fender. Every zj fender is the same.
You are not cutting anything special.
I'd say go for it.
One thing to remember is that the 5.9 is exceedingly rare and if you mud it and tear it up then it's a waste.
If I had another one I'd do a street rig with 408 stroker.
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-25-2017, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, so it does seem possible. I plan on running the Doestch Tech 8000s that IRO carries. I know they're stiffer than alot of people like but I'm going to be towing a boat and want minimal sagging in the rear.....also who doesn't want integrated bump stops. I don't plan on wheeling it, with the exception of an occasional wet field. It's mostly just for looks and if I need more height I'll go with spacers in the front. Hopefully I'll be able to do it around Christmas and I'll be sure to make a post about it. My ZJ will definitely stand out from the crowd when I'm done with it ?
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