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post #1 of 3 Old 01-12-2017, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Okay. My jeep cant go straight.

So I've got a 96 Zj. 4.0. 2wd. I want to get a 4wd Zj but the one is my baby and don't want to let it go. I'd rather fix it and drive it awhile. My problem is. After recently purchasing jeep. And roommates leaving without warning. I don't have as much money to dump into this as I once did. Basically this thing is all over the road. Pretty much every bushing is shot. And every zirc on the front end won't hold grease. I know it needs a full rebuild. Should I do a bushing kit? Or is there certain parts more crucial that I could replace one at a time? I'm looking for some guidance. Or should I sel it for a thousand bucks and get another jeep? Lol

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post #2 of 3 Old 01-13-2017, 07:13 AM
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First and foremost, I'd look at getting an alignment. Any decent alignment shop will tell you what bushings are worn down badly enough to warrant replacement to keep alignment.

As for actual bushngs, the Sway bar end links can do a lot. My Jeep didn't have any connected or even decent when I first bought it. Once replaced, the difference was noticeable, and not just in bodyroll.

After that, if Alignment is still an issue I'd look at CV axles, Wheel Bearing hubs, etc. Focusing on alignment system.

Speaking from Experience, I bought my ZJ for $900. That $900 was saved up over the course of about 4-5 months. I worked a part time, dead end pizza joint job. I could barely get by. But I made it work. You gotta be gentle. Figure out what's the biggest issues and work from there. For me, it was keeping the drive shaft in and replacing brakes to work. It's still a long road for me, but if you could compare how she drove over a year ago at my dead end pizza job to how she is today, it's a world of difference. Sometimes you gotta persist. God knows the number of times I was ready to say F it and start over.
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post #3 of 3 Old 01-13-2017, 06:25 PM
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First and foremost, I'd look at getting an alignment. Any decent alignment shop will tell you what bushings are worn down badly enough to warrant replacement to keep alignment.

As for actual bushngs, the Sway bar end links can do a lot. My Jeep didn't have any connected or even decent when I first bought it. Once replaced, the difference was noticeable, and not just in bodyroll.

After that, if Alignment is still an issue I'd look at CV axles, Wheel Bearing hubs, etc. Focusing on alignment system.

Speaking from Experience, I bought my ZJ for $900. That $900 was saved up over the course of about 4-5 months. I worked a part time, dead end pizza joint job. I could barely get by. But I made it work. You gotta be gentle. Figure out what's the biggest issues and work from there. For me, it was keeping the drive shaft in and replacing brakes to work. It's still a long road for me, but if you could compare how she drove over a year ago at my dead end pizza job to how she is today, it's a world of difference. Sometimes you gotta persist. God knows the number of times I was ready to say F it and start over.

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