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Unread 06-19-2015, 09:54 PM   #1
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Embers makeover

My first vehicle was a 98 red ZJ I6 with 230,000 miles on it. For $800 it was mine. I swapped the bad engine and transmission in it and eventually replaced all the bushings on the front end to eliminate the DW and it has been my daily driver since. Today I bought a new to me 95 GC Limited V8 5.2 with a lift , front bumper and 33s for $500. My plan is to take the lift tires and bumper from the 95 and put them on my 98 since I know and trust the Jeep I have driven for 3 years now. Along the way I might toy with the idea of making a set of half doors from the limited doors. This will be a build as cheap as I can , but also as much quality as I can due to the fact that it will remain my DD with 95% road and 5% trail driving. Any advice you gents have to offer along the way certainly is welcome.

PS I will try to add pics but for some reason my app isn't working well.

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Unread 06-19-2015, 10:03 PM   #2
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The 95 GC ( I call her Scarlett ) looks like it has a 3.5 or 4.5 coils with 2 inch spacers on top with what looks like RC shocks. I am going to just install the shocks and coils on my 98 and leave the spacers off.
Also I will need to purchase IRO double shear adjustable front track bar, adjustable rear track bar and I am looking at the RC quick discos But haven't settled on those yet. I have also looked at JKS quicker discos but the price is a little steep for me right now. My question is do the discos make a lot of noise while driving? I have heard mixed reports, and since this is mostly a DD with the ability to off-road when I feel like it, the noise is of concern to me.
The front bumper is not mounted properly so when I mount it I will be using the sandwich method to bolt it to the frame rails
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Unread 06-20-2015, 05:50 AM   #3
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Nice buy! I have the JKS quicker disconnects on mine. I've probably only put on about 600 miles so far but theirs no noise from them yet.
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Unread 06-20-2015, 07:45 AM   #4
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Well bought! The bumper and wheels/tires are worth $500, alone.
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Unread 06-20-2015, 09:04 AM   #5
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While looking up under the 95 I noticed this , they appear to be home made, only in the passengers front and rear , drivers looks stock. Anyone ever see anything like this ?
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Unread 06-25-2015, 08:00 PM   #6
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It's time for an update. I have removed the coils and shocks from the V8 as well as the poorly mounted bumper. I can't reuse the shocks because 2 were bad. This is how she sits now

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It's killing me leaving it so low but I can't have it up on jack stands, I don't think the base housing office would like that too much.

While I was working on the suspension I also started to toss around the idea of swapping the axles from the v8 ( 3.73 ) to my I6 ( 3.55 ) to give me so more power with the 33s I plan on running. Thoughts? I know it's not as good as 4.56 or 4.11 but I don't have the $$ to re gear and it will be better than the 3.55s I have now. Again any advice would be welcome
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Unread 06-25-2015, 08:02 PM   #7
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Also the other day I received my new shocks

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Thanks to Kolak for pairing me with the best shocks for my budget. I can't wait to install them
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Unread 06-25-2015, 09:08 PM   #8
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Also the other day I received my new shocks

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Thanks to Kolak for pairing me with the best shocks for my budget. I can't wait to install them
I've got the same shocks, also from Kolak. They were way better than my old beat up ones. Best of luck on your build!
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Unread 07-11-2015, 05:55 PM   #9
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Finally get it lifted. Had a little trouble adjusting the double shear track bar but tomorrow the alignment shop will dial it in for me. Couldn't be happier with the way it sits
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Unread 08-08-2015, 06:09 PM   #10
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I have been making plans for my new axles. Before they go under the Jeep I want to replace the ball joints, upper control arm bushings, new fluid and maybe a Aussie locker in the front. Are there any good brake upgrades out there? I don't have enough money to lock the D44a but an Aussie for the front is not that expensive.
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Unread 08-09-2015, 02:00 PM   #11
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The WJ knuckle swap is the good **** when it comes to brake upgrades. Huge improvement in steering as well.

If you don't have the cash/tools to do that then good pads and rotors are as good as it will get. I had no problem locking up 31's with stock brakes, but once I got to 33's it started to be a bit less than I wanted.
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I heard someone yell "mall crawler" from the back porch. I'll go see who said that. Be right back.
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Unread 08-09-2015, 02:08 PM   #12
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Any good write ups on the knuckle swap that you would suggest?
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Unread 08-09-2015, 03:03 PM   #13
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This is a good starting point: http://www.naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=1087010

Note that you don't *need* to go OTK when you do it but it's not a bad plan. You can also get WJ rotors that have been redrilled from IRO if you don't want to deal with the exploder ones.

Timo's build has a lot of good stuff in it, he starts wj knuckle swapping here: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f197/...l#post13514644
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Unread 08-09-2015, 08:39 PM   #14
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I'm going to have to do more research on this but that looks like a good upgrade. Correct me if I'm wrong but it looks like if you ran wj knuckles and stock rotors and regular steering there wouldn't be much you would have to mod for the install
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Unread 08-09-2015, 10:01 PM   #15
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The stock rotors wouldn't work, they'll be the wrong dimensions. Just buy a set from IRO: http://www.ironrockoffroad.com/10474.html

You can run the stock steering until you have the ability to upgrade it though.
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