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Unread 08-05-2012, 11:18 PM   #1
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CURRENT SPECIFICATION

Engine: 5.2L V8
Front Axle: D30
Rear Axle: D44a
Gear Ratio: 3.73
Transfer Case: NV242
Transmission: 44RE
Lift: Zone Offroad 4" Kit
Tire: Cooper Discoverer STT - 285/75R16
Armor: Factory Skid Plates
Bumper: Protofab Front Bumper
Recovery: Tabor 12k Winch / Hi-Lift Jack

VEHICLE LOG

6/8/2012 - 185760 miles
Vehicle Registration
Battery Purchase

6/16/2012 - 185820 miles
F/Passenger CV Axle Swap
Fuel Pump Swap

7/7/2012 - 186080 miles
Front Axle Swap
Front Differential Drain/Fill

7/14/2012 - 186160 miles
Transmission Fluid Drain/Fill
Engine Oil Drain/Fill

8/5/2012 - 186320 miles
Zone Offroad 4" Lift Kit

8/19/2012 - 186490 miles
NV242 Transfer Case Swap
Front Driveshaft Swap

8/20/2012 - 186510 miles
Cooper Discoverer STT 285/75R16 Tires

9/1/2012 - 186650 miles
Spidertrax 1.25" Wheel Spacers
Rear Differential Drain/Fill
Rear Driveshaft Swap
Re-Torque

9/8/2012 - 186700 miles
Seafoam TransTune

10/1/2012 - 186888 miles
Winterization
Engine Oil Change
Transmission Fluid Change
Transmission R/Band Adjustment
Muffler Crack Repair

10/3/2012 - 186709 miles
Transmission TV Cable Adjustment

10/5/2012 - 186709 miles
4.0L Disassembly

10/13/2012 - 187011 miles
Engine Oil Change (Due to Oil Filter Gasket Failure)

10/21/2012 - 187072 miles
Front Bumper + Winch

10/27/2012 - 187118 miles
Engine / Transfer Case / Fuel Tank Skid Plates

10/28/2012 - 187124 miles
Tip Over

11/04/2012 - 187176 miles
Coolant Flush
Thermostat Replacement
Window Repair

11/05/2012 - 187178 miles
Window Repair
HID Lights

11/09/2012
CB Radio
Dimmer Switch Repair

11/10/2012
1" Additional Front Coil Spacers

FUTURE PROJECTS
(non-prioritized)

- Install Hi-Lift Jack Mount
- Install Dual Battery Setup
- Replace Brake Rotors / Calipers

WISHLIST

- Roof Rack
- Spare Tire Carrier
- Autostart
- Air Locker

MAINTENANCE

- Head Gasket Repair
- Plenum Gasket Repair
- Dash Vent Repair
- Drag Link Adjustment
- Interior Lights Repair
- Heated Seats Repair

INDEX

18JUN2012 - First Ride
30JUN2012 - Camping Trip
05AUG2012 - 4" Lift
19AUG2012 - Xfer Case Swap + Misc
20AUG2012 - 33" Tires
25AUG2012 - Before/After Comparison
01SEP2012 - Spidertrax Wheel Spacers Installation
01SEP2012 - Rear Driveshaft/Differential Work
01SEP2012 - Random Musings
05OCT2012 - Round One
06OCT2012 - Round Two
13OCT2012 - Round Three
21OCT2012 - Front Bumper + Winch
27OCT2012 - Skid Plates
28OCT2012 - ROLLOVER!
01NOV2012 - Body Repair
04NOV2012 - Coolant Flush / Thermostat Replacement / Window Repair
05NOV2012 - Window Repair Continued / HID Lights
09NOV2012 - Heated Seats / CB Radio / Dimmer Switch
10NOV2012 - Coil Spacer Stack


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[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/isers-build-thread-1401938/"][B]MY BUILD THREAD LINK[/B] - [I]Updated on THU 23MAY2013[/I][/URL]

[B]Specs[/B]- 97 ZJ 5.2L - 4" Zone Lift - 285/75R16 Cooper STT
[B]Upcoming Projects[/B]- Front Axle Swap. On the look out for HP30.
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[B][I]"lead me, follow me or get the hell out of my way"[/I][/B]
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Unread 08-05-2012, 11:29 PM   #2
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18JUN2012 - First Ride

Bought the ZJ about a week before this. The weather was nice, so I took it out for a ride. Upto this point, the ZJ was going to be my disposable ride. I am leaving Alaska in a year so I wanted a throwaway vehicle. But, I had so much fun off-roading that day that I got hooked and decided to keep it.









the problem is that i ended up flooding it. and i guess the previous owner had a cat. the smell didn't come out until things got wet. then the entire jeep smelled like cat piss so i had to rip everything out.

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[B]Specs[/B]- 97 ZJ 5.2L - 4" Zone Lift - 285/75R16 Cooper STT
[B]Upcoming Projects[/B]- Front Axle Swap. On the look out for HP30.
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[B][I]"lead me, follow me or get the hell out of my way"[/I][/B]
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Unread 08-05-2012, 11:31 PM   #3
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30JUN2012 - Camping Trip

At about 10pm one night, I was bored. So I packed my things and went camping. I find a cool spot but eventually I couldn't go any further and turned around. I vowed to lift my jeep asap. Found a nice spot by the river, started fire and read for awhile. It was a nice relaxing night.







Everything was fun and I had a great time, until the ride back. There was a leak in the differential, and I drove it dry for about 50-60 miles at highway speed. Not good. My differential got grenaded so i had to pull an axle from a junkyard.

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[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/isers-build-thread-1401938/"][B]MY BUILD THREAD LINK[/B] - [I]Updated on THU 23MAY2013[/I][/URL]

[B]Specs[/B]- 97 ZJ 5.2L - 4" Zone Lift - 285/75R16 Cooper STT
[B]Upcoming Projects[/B]- Front Axle Swap. On the look out for HP30.
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[B][I]"lead me, follow me or get the hell out of my way"[/I][/B]
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Unread 08-05-2012, 11:34 PM   #4
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5AUG2012 - Lift

i didn't bring the camera the first day, so i didn't get any 'before' pictures in.











also, new tires coming soon!!!
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[B]Specs[/B]- 97 ZJ 5.2L - 4" Zone Lift - 285/75R16 Cooper STT
[B]Upcoming Projects[/B]- Front Axle Swap. On the look out for HP30.
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[B][I]"lead me, follow me or get the hell out of my way"[/I][/B]
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Unread 08-05-2012, 11:41 PM   #5
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Looks good, now that I see it I would grab a set of 1.25" Spidertrax spacers and run JK Rubi takeoffs on it.

IMO it would be a perfect fit and look.
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Unread 08-05-2012, 11:49 PM   #6
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Did you power wash your carpets (I assume you knew what urinefor) or did you buy a new carpet kit from somewhere? How did things end up?
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Unread 08-06-2012, 12:07 AM   #7
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how are spacers for off-roading? someone was telling me that it adds additional point of failure and it's just better to get new wheels.

also, i took it by the hose and got on my hands and knees with a scrub brush and carpet soap. scrub and rinse and repeat several times. got the smell out. and i actually got to learn a lot about the wiring under the carpet. also took the opportunity to paint the center console and it turned out better than i expected.
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[B]Specs[/B]- 97 ZJ 5.2L - 4" Zone Lift - 285/75R16 Cooper STT
[B]Upcoming Projects[/B]- Front Axle Swap. On the look out for HP30.
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[B][I]"lead me, follow me or get the hell out of my way"[/I][/B]
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Unread 08-06-2012, 12:09 AM   #8
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Properly torqued with lock-tite, they are 100% fine. No more stress than a wheel with more backspacing. I ran mine for about 20k or so and no issues.
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Unread 08-19-2012, 10:44 PM   #9
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19AUG2012 - XFER CASE SWAP + MISC WORK

finally swapped my 249 with 242 today!









then i decided to trim my fenders a little bit to get ready for my 33"











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[B]Specs[/B]- 97 ZJ 5.2L - 4" Zone Lift - 285/75R16 Cooper STT
[B]Upcoming Projects[/B]- Front Axle Swap. On the look out for HP30.
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[B][I]"lead me, follow me or get the hell out of my way"[/I][/B]
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Unread 08-20-2012, 09:05 AM   #10
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Looks good cant wait to see the 33s on there.
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Unread 08-20-2012, 09:55 AM   #11
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picking them up as soon as the i receive the wheel spacers from kolak. hopefully that will be thu/fri.
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[B]Specs[/B]- 97 ZJ 5.2L - 4" Zone Lift - 285/75R16 Cooper STT
[B]Upcoming Projects[/B]- Front Axle Swap. On the look out for HP30.
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[B][I]"lead me, follow me or get the hell out of my way"[/I][/B]
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Unread 08-20-2012, 10:00 AM   #12
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You're gonna love the Coopers.

Mine are in there 3rd year, finally showing some wear and making a bit of noise on the freeway.
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Unread 08-20-2012, 10:19 AM   #13
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Lookin good man! I myself LOVE black Zj's, and black vehicles in general, just flat out the best imo. Have any more pics of your fender trimming? I need to do some so that When i flex out my suspension my sidewalls don't rub on any jagged edge.
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Unread 08-20-2012, 11:35 AM   #14
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Awesome looking Jeep! Are you at Wainwright?
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Unread 08-20-2012, 12:06 PM   #15
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yep on FWA. i'm with 1-24in.
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[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/isers-build-thread-1401938/"][B]MY BUILD THREAD LINK[/B] - [I]Updated on THU 23MAY2013[/I][/URL]

[B]Specs[/B]- 97 ZJ 5.2L - 4" Zone Lift - 285/75R16 Cooper STT
[B]Upcoming Projects[/B]- Front Axle Swap. On the look out for HP30.
_______________________________________________

[B][I]"lead me, follow me or get the hell out of my way"[/I][/B]
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