Why not upgrade to the V8 tie rod at least while you're doing all this. Seems like a small thing for stronger components.
1996 ZJ Green Laredo V8, 2.5" OME and Bilsteins, 33's, Holes drilled in the roof.
1998 ZJ Platinum Limited 5.9, Backyard parts fodder
1987 Mercedes 300D Turbo, the diesel daily, 30mpg in style
Originally Posted by Texas ZJ1
I heard someone yell "mall crawler" from the back porch. I'll go see who said that. Be right back.
Just got around to reading your finish coralman. Great job and looks really nice! Definitely worth referring other members to!
Originally Posted by ZeeJay1997
Something that pulls well behind a motor home. Planning to make move to the four corners area and live a nomadic lifestyle as a precursor to retirement. Trying to transfer.
Best of luck to you Zee and I was going to move out west when younger. Could kick myself for not doing it sooner but it's never too late! Believe I could get off in doing a little gold mining and searching for precious stones.
Well,I learned something about tires in doing this. The new tires were all nice and clean ,but within a few days they developed this brown residue on them. So I scrubbed the stuff off and it came back. It was nasty looking. Come to find out it is a compound they are adding to new tires called an "antizonant". Its seeps out of the rubber as you drive it to prevent oxidation of the rubber. Info said you can't stop it but can minimze by using tire dressing. Went to wally word got some brand called "california pro tire dressing" and it looks good. Not tooo shiny. Another fact I forgot to mention was the niner wheel/tire combo is 8lbs heavier than the original rims and tires. so thats 40 more pounds counting the spare.
Wow! What a project. Nice work. But you were seriously deprived of the experience of chasing rust around every corner and asking yourself, "hmm. Should I wire wheel that bracket before I reinstall that control arm? Or is the steel too thin to survive?"
Thanks! Yeah I have always felt bad for the guys who have to deal with the salt. Jeep could've done more to protest the underside. I think it was RAT who said something about if the salt didn't get you the A/C draining into the frame would. Currently working on solving that among other piles. This weekend is leaking tstat gasket, coolant temp sensor, on the WJ, it never ends.
In here, ZJ bodies last pretty much forever, they're going to junkyards after either hitting a kangaroo/other car, or after 42RE tranny crapping out.
However, I've seen a few XJ's with rust around the windshield frame.
Plus sometimes rust gets'em it the owner lives on a coast too.
Sorry to bring this post back from the semi dead but I must comment on a wonderful job. Thoroughly enjoyed reading through it and seeing a job well done. Hate that you had to have it towed after doing so much work.
1994 ZJ-I6 w/216,000 mi
1998 ZJ 5.9 w/65,155 mi Slate Black
2004 KJ w/90,300 mi