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post #1 of 4 Old 12-30-2006, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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help me build my ZJ

Ok, heres the deal....I have a bone stock 97 ZJ Limited (all options) V8, quadratrac, Dana 44 (aluminum) rear end, the Jeep has 165,000 miles. Body and interior are near perfect but the drive train is getting tired. I have about $10,000 to spend. I am thinking about a long arm with 33's, front and rear bumbers, winch and roof rack. Re-gear with possibly new axles and a Atlas t-case. It needs to be a very streetable set up but aggressive off-road.

I do all my own work except gear set-ups.

If you had $10,000 and a stock ZJ what would you do? And why?

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post #2 of 4 Old 12-30-2006, 03:28 PM
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A ZJ and $10,000?? mmmmmmmmmmmm, donut, er, ZJ
LAs, 33s (bigger with trimming), bumpers, winch, all sound good. You're going to want new axles (at least in the rear if you want a good selection of lockers). I'd replace the Quadra-Trac t-case simply because the VC is going to fail if it hasn't already, but unless you want twin-sticks or something you needn't look any further the a 242 or 231 case.

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post #3 of 4 Old 12-30-2006, 03:29 PM
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Go to Clayton's offroad for the LA setup, 33's or 35's work about the best, the rear axle should be fine or pick up a 8.8 or a 9". Pick you up some Arb air lockers, for a ZJ I like the ARB or Hanson bumpers and you'll want 4.56 gears. If you have the coin left, check out kevin's offroad for the roof rack, and for the winch check out the milemarker or warn. As far as the Atlas, it would be nice but you'll probably be getting close to your limit, and a 242 should hold up well or you could try a rebuild. Oh and I would also get with Tom Woods for new driveshafts. Just some general suggestions.


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post #4 of 4 Old 12-30-2006, 03:38 PM
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You contact Clayton and ask him how to spend it . He'd make you whatever you wanted if you had the money.

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