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Unread 01-06-2013, 10:37 AM   #1
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Help me dress up my 98 2x4

Just inherited the family jeep and it runs strong. 1998 2x4 4.0 and I want to show it some love. Maybe black out the grill and wheels, a lift or a lower (not decided yet), intake, exhaust, headers.... maybe even a chip. I need to know what manufactures make parts I can trust. Let the games begin! I was looking to start with ignition. New cap, wires, and coil. Who should I trust?

Thanks for your input, in advance.

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Unread 01-06-2013, 10:54 AM   #2
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The first thing I did when I got my ZJ was to get an Accel tune up kit from Advance Auto. Came with plugs nice red wires and an Accel cap and rotor. Also got an Accel coil to go with the kit.
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Unread 01-06-2013, 11:31 AM   #3
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Iron rock of road and the vendor kolak sell exhausts, I vote wither leave it stock height and a set of 30/9.5" tires or a 2" Bb and 31" tires

Chips don't really work because the computer just sort of starts to ignore and compensate for it. A real programmer may work though.
Instead of painting the wheels you should get a set of cragar steel wheels or summit knock offs
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Unread 01-06-2013, 11:37 AM   #4
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Iron rock of road and the vendor kolak sell exhausts, I vote wither leave it stock height and a set of 30/9.5" tires or a 2" Bb and 31" tires

Chips don't really work because the computer just sort of starts to ignore and compensate for it. A real programmer may work though.
Instead of painting the wheels you should get a set of cragar steel wheels or summit knock offs
If its a 2wd then just make it fast. A small lift would look good. You could get a rear locker and it would be somewhat capable off road. I wouldn't add steel wheels if you are trying to make it faster. Those weigh an awful lot. You are better off sticking with light weight alloy's.

Larger tires and more weight will just make the 4.0 slow as heck. You would want to re gear the axles.
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Unread 01-06-2013, 11:45 AM   #5
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No thinking about what polka said... ignore everything I said. (Except the exhaust part)

Build a stroker.
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Unread 01-06-2013, 05:57 PM   #6
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What niclopic said. With it being 2X4, what kind of GPM does it get, just curious. Not trying to start an other GPM thread.

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Unread 01-06-2013, 07:54 PM   #7
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You should make it an awesome street rig.

Swap a d44a and find one with an LSD. Build a stroker, a real CAI, a 99+ intake manifold, a throttle body, a header and an exhaust. Find like lowering springs or maybe upcountry coils if you can't find anything good. They are stiffer so less body roll but you'll be an inch taller. Bilstein shocks. Get all bushings for the suspension to tighten everything up.

Start lightening things, remove anything unnecessary

At least like the spare, back seats if you don't use them. All that sort of stuff
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Unread 01-06-2013, 08:01 PM   #8
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Get a more aggressive cam so you have some better top end power
Some good driving lights would be good
As I think of more I'll post it
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Unread 01-06-2013, 08:03 PM   #9
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Larger rims with more low profile tires to try to help body roll
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Unread 01-06-2013, 08:56 PM   #10
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Here's my ZJ with a blacked out grille and wheels. I like the look. (don't mind all the wheel weights)
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Unread 01-06-2013, 09:25 PM   #11
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Here's my ZJ with a blacked out grille and wheels. I like the look. (don't mind all the wheel weights)
Looks good
I got a back limited grille for my white ZJ and it looks awesome

Want to paint wheels but I want to turn my Laredo into a limited first
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Unread 01-07-2013, 03:09 AM   #12
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And wj front brakes to get you to stop, and good pads and rotors in the rear
Full cage and unibody stiffeners to reduce body flex and add safety.
Racing seats with harnesses.
Some fancy buttons and switches on the inside maybe

This would be a badass rig lol
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Unread 01-07-2013, 08:54 AM   #13
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TurboTPI put a turbo on his 4.0. Look at his build thread.
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Unread 01-07-2013, 06:12 PM   #14
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Here's my ZJ with a blacked out grille and wheels. I like the look. (don't mind all the wheel weights)
that is a crapload of wheel weights lmao
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Unread 01-07-2013, 06:39 PM   #15
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Avoid chips.
Put in a Tcase so you have 4wd.
Get a new front axle.

NEVER lower a jeep.

Never.
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