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Unread 03-26-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
iambg
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My (kinda) Build Thread

Hey all, rather than fully hijacking this thread
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/e...67/index3.html

I thought it may be useful to start a new thread on my next venture(s). My jeep is a 98 Limited 5.2 V8. I purchased several years back after I wrecked my toyota camry. It has been somewhat of a lifesaver and needless to say, I love the car. I purchased it for $500 knowing full and well that it would need work. Off the bat I was warned that it was unable to do 4WD as the "axle" had been modified. I have come to find out that the front driveshaft was removed. To make a long story short, the jeep was used as a landscaping truck. It hauled all sorts of equipment so the carpet was torn up, it stunk to high heaven and was virtually destroyed on the interior.

The problems:
Tires (replaced)
Battery (replaced)
Oil Leaks (potentially solved, see linked thread)
Air Conditioning (replaced evaporator, canister and lines-needs freon recharge)
Overheating (replaced heater core & thermostat)
Destroyed Carpet (replaced)
Various broken interior items (getting to all)
Electrical Issues (headlights and interior - specifically with DTRL enabled)
Bumper Repair (started)
Suspension (will be replacing all springs, shocks and lifting 2.5")
Missing front driveshaft (purchased replacement)
Front Diff issue (inspected and cleaned)

I will update with pics all the modifications and describe my method of attack so perhaps it helps someone like me (a novice) in the future. Any suggestions or corrections yall see fit, don't hold back. I am by no means a mechanic or "car" guy. I have enjoyed tinkering and I hope to have this jeep back up and running at it's best. It is currently at 185K

Here she is as of last month:


3/25/13
In the past few weeks, I have replaced the rear main seal, oil pump, oil pan gasket and valve cover gaskets. Will be tightening everything up and filling up all fluids. In the process of those repairs, I did discover a Trans fluid leak at where the transmission meets transfer case.

Currently, I am installing 4 Old man Emu Coil Springs, Billstein Shocks and new coil isolators, but I am unsure as to whether or not I should do anything about my bump stops. They are stock. See pic



I did pick up these from the local Advance.



I cannot find OEM bumpstops anywhere? Searched these forums and I see many talking about cutting or extending. I am unsure if I should even do either.

Any suggestions?


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Unread 05-03-2013, 07:02 AM   #2
PeteNnewburg
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Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Newburg, PA
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Originally Posted by iambg View Post
Hey all, rather than fully hijacking this thread
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/e...67/index3.html

I thought it may be useful to start a new thread on my next venture(s). My jeep is a 98 Limited 5.2 V8. I purchased several years back after I wrecked my toyota camry. It has been somewhat of a lifesaver and needless to say, I love the car. I purchased it for $500 knowing full and well that it would need work. Off the bat I was warned that it was unable to do 4WD as the "axle" had been modified. I have come to find out that the front driveshaft was removed. To make a long story short, the jeep was used as a landscaping truck. It hauled all sorts of equipment so the carpet was torn up, it stunk to high heaven and was virtually destroyed on the interior.

The problems:
Tires (replaced)
Battery (replaced)
Oil Leaks (potentially solved, see linked thread)
Air Conditioning (replaced evaporator, canister and lines-needs freon recharge)
Overheating (replaced heater core & thermostat)
Destroyed Carpet (replaced)
Various broken interior items (getting to all)
Electrical Issues (headlights and interior - specifically with DTRL enabled)
Bumper Repair (started)
Suspension (will be replacing all springs, shocks and lifting 2.5")
Missing front driveshaft (purchased replacement)
Front Diff issue (inspected and cleaned)

I will update with pics all the modifications and describe my method of attack so perhaps it helps someone like me (a novice) in the future. Any suggestions or corrections yall see fit, don't hold back. I am by no means a mechanic or "car" guy. I have enjoyed tinkering and I hope to have this jeep back up and running at it's best. It is currently at 185K

Here she is as of last month:


3/25/13
In the past few weeks, I have replaced the rear main seal, oil pump, oil pan gasket and valve cover gaskets. Will be tightening everything up and filling up all fluids. In the process of those repairs, I did discover a Trans fluid leak at where the transmission meets transfer case.

Currently, I am installing 4 Old man Emu Coil Springs, Billstein Shocks and new coil isolators, but I am unsure as to whether or not I should do anything about my bump stops. They are stock. See pic



I did pick up these from the local Advance.



I cannot find OEM bumpstops anywhere? Searched these forums and I see many talking about cutting or extending. I am unsure if I should even do either.

Any suggestions?
How did you make out with the axle bumpers/ stops? I've seen several different universal type stops. Shyjackers "Economy ZJ Kit" has the lift pucks as well as axle bumpers. I'm trying to contact them about just buying the stops.

UPDATE! I found them at SUMMIT; Daystar brand, #DYS-KU09022BK $33
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