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ZJNewbi3 04-22-2013 10:53 AM

My 5.2 Build Thread
 
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Bought it Mid-October for $1900 had 170k miles. The guy didn't like American made vehicles and had to drive distances to work. He already had a Toyota sitting in his drive.

Positives: New breaks, new muffler, new cat (neither are anything fancy), new 4WD switch, new headers, newer spark wires, new Die Hard Gold battery, and other little things.

Negatives: Plastic bumper is cracked (but stable), oil pan gasket leak, multiple dead interior lights, VIC being a VIC, crappy aftermarket radio, all 4 Infinity speakers blown, front leather seats are ripped, Good Year tires all with low & different tread wear & LEAKY, factory spare tire, VERY first owner was a smoker, dash heat doesn't work (floor and windshield work), A/C needs to be re-charged, front door pins need replacing, small/normal Wisconsin rust spots, rims weren't well taken care of, and probably other minor things.

Found the date on the PCM and Infinity amp of March 23, 1995. I'm assuming this is when she was born?

How she sat after buying:

DevonsJeep 04-22-2013 10:58 AM

Congrats.
So whats first on the agenda?

ZJNewbi3 04-22-2013 11:06 AM

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The inside was cleaned out nicely, i spread baking soda everywhere on the floor to get rid of the minor smokers smell. It wasn't even bad when I bought it.

Fixed/Added list:

new lamps in the head lights
camo seat covers for the front
new BFG Rugged Terrain's (235/75/15)
good rim clean up
new fuel pump & filter, new PCM (both un-needed but keeping in anyway)
New 25A mini fuse (reason I replaced PCM and fuel pump)
paint touch up's over small rust spots
new rear wiper arm
JVC head unit
4 Pioneer speakers
compact Kenwood subwoofer
sawed off antenna and ran an internal one
replaced rusted interior panel screws
fixed loose tailgate panel
took out the VIC and made a cubby
repaired the loose center counsel
Stop leak in radiator

This is how she sits now:

StrateLOSS 04-22-2013 12:17 PM

pretty nice, is this your primary vehicle?


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ZJNewbi3 04-22-2013 12:19 PM

As you can see she's got the leaking cardboard under her :( don't want to ruin the drive anymore than I did already haha. So as Devon asked heres a list of things to do!

Get new radiator installed (graduation gift)
Fix door pins
Plasti-Dip rims black OR get them professionally cleaned up
Red LED interior lights (everything but the dash lights for now)
2" BB with new shocks from IRO
Front tow points
Hitch
AUX rear back-up light
Custom air intake (don't want the factory and don't want to pay a lot for one)
MAYBE a single 10" kicker...nothing too over-kill...
MAYBE front sway quick disconnects

The lights will be going in once they come in the mail. This is my daily driver. My family owns a cabin in the Upper Michigan, and I'll be doing some trailing there.


Random question: The worst rust spot I have is on the bottom of the running board near front fender where no one can see, would I be able to get away with plasti-dipping this to slow down the rust? What else can I do to help slow it down? After driving in the winter, once I parked at work, I'd take my snow brush and brush the whole underside to get ride of the built up snow/slush/ice :D

ZJNewbi3 04-23-2013 07:39 AM

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Listed I took out my VIC and made a cubby heres a pic of it with my iTouch 4th Generation in it for size comparison. I pretty much took out the screen and two circuit boards then trimmed out some of the plastic in the basket, finally neatly put some Gorilla Duct Tape all around for grip and looks.

Midnightluckey 04-23-2013 03:11 PM

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Originally Posted by ZJNewbi3
Listed I took out my VIC and made a cubby heres a pic of it with my iTouch 4th Generation in it for size comparison. I pretty much took out the screen and two circuit boards then trimmed out some of the plastic in the basket, finally neatly put some Gorilla Duct Tape all around for grip and looks.

You know 2wd zjs came from the factory with a cubby, right? Like $5-$10 at a junkyard, and it looks a lot better than a gutted Vic. :D

Myusername1674 04-23-2013 09:17 PM

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Originally Posted by ZJNewbi3 (Post 15334989)
Listed I took out my VIC and made a cubby heres a pic of it with my iTouch 4th Generation in it for size comparison. I pretty much took out the screen and two circuit boards then trimmed out some of the plastic in the basket, finally neatly put some Gorilla Duct Tape all around for grip and looks.

Hey that's a good idea, free to. I may do this.

I would just go to a yard, but I really have yet to find a good one in my area.

Like the Jeep! Looks exactly like mine when I first got it. Look forward to seeing the progress!

OH, And I would suggest dipping the rims, much cheaper. I wouldn't think it would be worth the money to get them painted the right way.

ZJNewbi3 04-24-2013 08:34 AM

Thanks man! And I probably will end up dipping the rims. Hopefully it will happen soon along with my BB! Just need the money for it :brickwall

ZJNewbi3 05-03-2013 11:37 AM

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Ah finally got all my LED's. After consulting with my supervisor (degree in advertising art so she should have good color taste right?) I chose red. Looks pretty awesome honestly! I did just about everything BUT the dash lights/switch panels AND the lights on the front doors (drivers side doesn't work will fix it later). I also made a custom T-case shifter bezel. Forgot to open the glove box but I replaced that with a white LED because its more practical. Will do the dash in red eventually...

Bought from: http://www.superbrightleds.com

List of replaced lights:
Glove box...........................(194 wedge)
Lighter...............................(194 wedge)
A/C & Heat controls..............(x4 4mm high power neo bulbs)
Shifter...............................(194 wedge)
T-case shifter......................(194 wedge)
Ignition ring light.................(74 wedge)
Front foot well lights............(BA15S bulb)
Front ceiling lights...............(x2 578 Festoon)
Back seat ceiling lights.........(x2 194 wedge OR x2 906 wedge + 561 festoon [DIFFERENT THAN 578!])
Cargo light.........................(578 Festoon)

Total cost: $43.78 w/ shipping

Myusername1674 05-03-2013 11:41 AM

Nice! I really like that deep red color. Looks great!

KyleSekora 05-03-2013 01:22 PM

If you open up your drivers door. There will be a sticker which should tell you the manufacturing date. :D
And most of the guys on here will tell you to keep that factory box! But to do the Durango air hat swap.
For the rust most people I have talked to say use some steel wool and get the really bad rust off. Then prime and paint it. I don't see why plastidip wouldn't work.
Looks good man. Look forward to following this build.

moparlover1992 05-03-2013 05:13 PM

for the rust under my jeep i did it the right way(at least what works for someone who lives in one of the saltiest states). wire brush it as much as you can, clean it up, por 15 it(using their cleaner and metal prep of course), then light sand and undercoat. i did this to the underneath of my jeep and looks awesome. next will be to do it to the rockers and bottoms of the doors only instead of undercoating it will get self etching primer and factory paint :2thumbsup: should have easy access when the cladding is off getting painted lol. por 15 bonds to rust like noting ive ever seen. however if there are holes, then fiberglass bondo is your friend :laugh:

ZJNewbi3 05-03-2013 06:33 PM

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for the rust under my jeep i did it the right way(at least what works for someone who lives in one of the saltiest states). wire brush it as much as you can, clean it up, por 15 it(using their cleaner and metal prep of course), then light sand and undercoat. i did this to the underneath of my jeep and looks awesome. next will be to do it to the rockers and bottoms of the doors only instead of undercoating it will get self etching primer and factory paint :2thumbsup: should have easy access when the cladding is off getting painted lol. por 15 bonds to rust like noting ive ever seen. however if there are holes, then fiberglass bondo is your friend :laugh:

Yea I might have to bondo it. My dad bought me some "rust converter" chemical to try. I'm thinking of using it on the lip of the hood (open it up, look right under the Jeep logo) and the whole bottom lip of the tail gate. They aren't BAD but I just don't want it to get worse. Where can I find Por 15? Just did a quick search online and Menards nor Home Cheapo have it.

ZJNewbi3 05-03-2013 06:40 PM

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Originally Posted by KyleSekora (Post 15384516)
If you open up your drivers door. There will be a sticker which should tell you the manufacturing date. :D
And most of the guys on here will tell you to keep that factory box! But to do the Durango air hat swap.
For the rust most people I have talked to say use some steel wool and get the really bad rust off. Then prime and paint it. I don't see why plastidip wouldn't work.
Looks good man. Look forward to following this build.

Just found a link about the air hat might follow through if I can find a nice you-pull-yard in/around Milwaukee. What I was thinking was getting a cone filter setting it up in the box (leaving the top off) then get better high flow plumbing from the hat to the box. NOT sure if this would even do anything for me?


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