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Unread 08-13-2013, 01:51 PM   #1
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Greetz from OH-IO

Hey all wanted to drop a note and see if there were any CMH jeepers out there. I'm not a typical enthusiast and not all that knowledgeable but I can make my way around the underbelly of my ZJ.

Brief background: Bought my 96ZJ in 99 as a daily driver, seems that poor maintenance+np249 = bad front axle. Ground to a halt in in 04 on the highway. Swapped out the front axle with an HP30 (free, but wrong gears) and nv242 (from 99XJ i believe) and got it back on the road in 2wd mode only.

Anyway, jeep has been neglected but recently the wifie approved its conversion to something more awesome (I was not specific, sticker shock would kill this deal trust me). I'm thinking the typical lift+tires, but am undecided on what to do with axles. Also a buddy of mine is a professional welder so I was thinking of building front/rear bumpers. That may be beyond my ability though, well see.

Anyway, it looks like this forum is pretty active so looking forward to your response. Thanks.

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Unread 08-13-2013, 02:24 PM   #2
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Hello!

Post up some pictures of your ride for our reference

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Unread 08-13-2013, 02:30 PM   #3
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Howdy! I'm from Columbus but live up near Cleveland now.
Welcome to the forum.

Go Buckeyes!
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Unread 08-13-2013, 02:54 PM   #4
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What were you thinking of in terms of lift? There is a few thousand dollar difference between a 2” spacer lift and a full long arm kit. What kind of wheeling do you plan on doing? What kind of budget are you working under?
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Unread 08-13-2013, 05:33 PM   #5
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Howdy! I didnt really set a budget aside. I probably wont spend more than 2k over the next year though. That should set some basic idea of my limits

My priority right now is get it back up and running. I used to run it once a week to work, then i got lazy and it sat for some time. Now it wont start, and I'm down to crank position sensor, but pretty sure its not a deeper problem than that.

After that, I have some general maintenance (drive train seals), followed with getting 4x4 back up (front axle is wrong gear). I havnt decided if i'm going to regear the front axle (HP30) to match 3.55 the rear, or regear both to 3.73, or just buy a straight bolt on 3.55. If someone local is around who knows how to gear i promise to have my fridge stocked

At this point I'm only interested in 31"s. I havnt even looked to see how much lift i need, but def not longarms. IDK, maybe 3" skyjacker? http://www.quadratec.com/products/76017_710.htm Again, still havnt done any research here so suggestions welcome.

Here is a pic of my poor neglected jeep:

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Unread 08-14-2013, 04:41 AM   #6
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Howdy. I'm from Bellefontaine. It's about an hour from Columbus going towards Indiana. Welcome to the forums!

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Unread 08-14-2013, 06:44 AM   #7
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Awesome, I go through Bellefontaine on my way to Lima (my folks live there).
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Unread 08-14-2013, 06:56 AM   #8
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Let me know when your gonna go through next time and you can stop by and well talk jeeps. And if your old enough my fridge is always stocked!

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Unread 08-14-2013, 08:25 AM   #9
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Welcome and I'm about 25 miles SE of downtown Columbus outside of Canal Winchester. All my Jeeps are stock and don't really go off-road.

Also have a 96 4.0 and if it just won't start from sitting are you sure it doesn't just have a bad battery? Read through the couple links in my signature which includes the dirty dozen for stall/no-start and a multimeter crank sensor test. Good luck!
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Unread 08-14-2013, 08:38 AM   #10
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Welcome and I'm about 25 miles SE of downtown Columbus outside of Canal Winchester. All my Jeeps are stock and don't really go off-road.

Also have a 96 4.0 and if it just won't start from sitting are you sure it doesn't just have a bad battery? Read through the couple links in my signature which includes the dirty dozen for stall/no-start and a multimeter crank sensor test. Good luck!
The dirty dozen has helped a lot of people definitely run through the list. You could also have a parasitic battery draw somewhere. Electrical is always a pita to diagnose. maybe Korea will come out of his monks oath silence now that I mentioned electrical >.<

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Unread 08-14-2013, 11:25 AM   #11
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Hey thanks guys. I'm going through this list now. I have had what you call a "parasitic" battery draw since a remote car starter was put in around 02 (and still after it was removed in 2010). So when it sits the battery comes out and lives on the trickle charger.

However, because of that my battery is always suspect. I'm even on autozones list of no replace under warranty . I'll let you know how it goes.

@RagTag: definitely! I'm 36 and have 3 kids, I think that qualifies me for a brew
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Unread 08-14-2013, 11:33 AM   #12
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Definitely. If I'm not at work I'm home gimme a shout! Lol

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