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Unread 03-05-2011, 03:59 PM   #1
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MossyOak711 Build Thread

Well I bought my ZJ about this time last year. I payed 600.00 with blown motor. I was hopping it was a starter or something dumb.The guy who owned it wasn't the brightest or most fit, so he never looked at it or anything. But it was blown crank melted right in to main cap/bearing. Got a motor out of a dodge truck 95 I think, had about 70,000. Then got it on the road and two days later a bad whining noises, front diff. Pinon bearing,carrier bearing, axle, ring & pinon and all seals. Then it wasn't a month later had to do the same to the rear. Oh, by the way I learned about the vent tube being plugged when I did the rear... I also installed skyjacker hydro 8000, duratrac 235/75/15. I just last week installed the winch and winch bracket(witch I bought mount last year) and an K&N intake system. I have on the way 4" Rough County Kit with the adjustable control arm and new johnny joints. Hopefully pic's next weekend of that. Also in the works making roof rack and swinging rear tire gate( few more week until stating this just drew some stuff up and ordered metal, so if you have any input lets here it) I will have to keep the 235/75/15 for a few weeks I want duratrac again but they don't have 32" and not sure I really want 33" I drive it every day.

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Unread 03-11-2011, 11:42 PM   #2
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Well got the kit at 4:45pm this afternoon. I was hoping for an AM delivery but what can you do. I worked on it until 12am. We got about six hours of work in so far. The front is done, thankfully no broke bolts up front. Afraid I wont be able to say the same for the rear. Well I will find out in the AM. Probably another 4 hours or so. Hopefully have pics up tomorrow.
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Unread 03-12-2011, 10:31 PM   #3
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Started working on it today at 9:30 am. Pulled it of the hoist at 3pm. Total of 11.5 hours and only one broke bolt, rear track bar lower bolt.... But it pretty smooth other than that. Alignment Monday morning, wish I could go wheeling tomorrow!

Here is a few pics First all the goodies, It was Christmas in March for me lol. Then some of the new look.
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Unread 03-12-2011, 11:31 PM   #4
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Unread 03-13-2011, 03:08 AM   #5
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Looks great what size tire are you going with?
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Unread 03-13-2011, 08:27 AM   #6
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Looks great! Im installing an RC 3.5" kit on my 98ZJ next weekend! Yeah, I also went with the Duratracs, great reviews. Cant wait to get 'em on. Hey, you got stickers with yer kit? No fair.
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Unread 03-13-2011, 10:09 AM   #7
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Looks great! Im installing an RC 3.5" kit on my 98ZJ next weekend! Yeah, I also went with the Duratracs, great reviews. Cant wait to get 'em on. Hey, you got stickers with yer kit? No fair.
I love my duratrac's. Getting new 31x11.5 pretty soon. Also the did send stickers.
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Unread 03-13-2011, 11:24 AM   #8
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nice man, quick moving build thread... gonna look good with those 31's
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Unread 03-13-2011, 06:22 PM   #9
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Got to take it out for a test today!
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Unread 03-16-2011, 06:12 PM   #10
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Got the shackle tow points made and mounted today!



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Unread 03-17-2011, 09:35 PM   #11
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Spent about 3 hours welding broke driver door hing and putting new pin and bushings, also had to weld door up around the latch. It had been messed up for so long it was tearing the metal. No more broke door now! Sorry no pics of it finished, I will try to get some tomorrow. It was getting late on me.

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Unread 03-18-2011, 09:46 PM   #12
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Finished shackle mounts for winch plate today.





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Unread 03-19-2011, 07:03 AM   #13
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Where did you get that winch mount??
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Unread 03-19-2011, 07:58 AM   #14
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This is where I got it!

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Unread 04-18-2011, 09:24 PM   #15
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Put the big boy shoes on it today! New wheels and tires went with 31x10.5x15 DuruTrac and 15 in MB wheels.
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