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Unread 11-25-2013, 07:10 PM   #1
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The raw milk zj build

My 98 Grand Cherokee Laredo 5.2 V8 over the past year; this is my first vehicle; it's currently the daily driver.

Here is a list of all mods as of April 8, 2014:
3.5" lift - IRO coils in front, V8 coils in rear, IRO adjustable control arms, JKS rear track bar, RE front track bar and bracket, Doetsch Tech shocks, JKS swaybar disconnects
Steering - IRO heavy duty over the knuckle steering kit, Durango gearbox
Dana 30 - Spartan locker, Alloy USA x-joints and chromoly axle shafts
Bumpers - Front winch bumper, fascia removed and metal painted in rear
Tires & wheels - 285/75r16 Mickey Thompson MTZ on 16 x 8 Mickey Thompson Classic Beadlock (33s)
Sound - Kenwood stereo, Kicker speakers front and rear
Recovery - Smittybilt XRC8, D rings front and rear, recovery strap, mounted fire extinguisher
Miscellaneous - Fenders trimmed front and rear, Surco safari roof rack, Anzo USA 6" light bar, driver's seat from an '04 WJ, tinted headlights/corner lights, headliner removed, hood stripes, grill painted same color as bumper, bold statement on the windshield!

Photos in order of appearance:
#1 - stock, bought in December 2012 with 209,xxx miles

#2 - 31's and grille painted black

#3 - 3.5" IRO Foundation series lift (went for the jks discos and Doetsch Tech shocks), front winch bumper, Smittybilt XRC8 winch, tinted headlights

#4 - 15 x 10 American Racing Outlaws, 33 inch Pro Comps, Surco roof rack, suspension upgrades - jks rear track bar, full set of IRO adj. control arms

#5 - 6" Anzo USA led light bar mounted on the factory crossbar, fenders trimmed, hood panels painted, windshield decal; all current upgrades have been installed at this point; this is before the new tires and wheels

#6 & 7 - Flex

#8 - 285/75r16 MTZ tires on Classic Beadlock rims (not real beadlocks, but they look cool!)

#9 & 10 - *CURRENT* with the ARB Bullbar (that's my mommy in the photo)

That's about it for now. Feel free to comment/make suggestions. Thanks for lookin

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Unread 11-25-2013, 07:21 PM   #2
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Looks great, it has come a long way. Not sure about those chrome wheels though. I liked the black ones you had on before them. I was going to get those black headlight lenses to match my corners and signals, but was worried about the light output. Velcro would like 100% better then the duck tape for the switch. I need a heavy duty rear bumper as well.
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Unread 11-25-2013, 07:36 PM   #3
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Yeah, I don't know if I have the headlights adjusted right, but the light output does seem pretty weak; my old ones broke so I can't put them back. It's part of the reason I got the leds. oh and good call on the velcro
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Unread 11-25-2013, 07:41 PM   #4
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They actually look pretty yellow in the picture, could just need a new set of bulbs. I went with the clear euro ones because mine were so dingy. All my switches are Velcro. As for switch mounting, take out that worthless analog VIC and use that space for all your auxilliary and storage needs. That light bar is some serious lightage.
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Unread 12-28-2013, 11:26 AM   #5
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UPDATE: Installed IRO over the knuckle steering, cut fenders front and rear (need to weld rear shut still), picked up u-joint axle shafts from a 98 limited; in great condition with almost no rust and good splines, hopefully will install today, more pics coming soon

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Unread 12-28-2013, 11:44 AM   #6
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Picked em up from the local salvage yard for $54 (instead of $350 online). They're a good strength upgrade from my cv axles and should bolt right in
EDIT: these broke real quick
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Unread 12-28-2013, 11:56 AM   #7
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Unread 12-28-2013, 12:26 PM   #8
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Here's the steering: thick tie rod from knuckle to knuckle and drag link from passenger knuckle to pitman arm, uses high misalignment washers and some long bolts. (Iron Rock Offroad $350.) Installed pretty easily; will hopefully get a professional alignment this weekend or just do it with a tape measure when I put my axles in haha.
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Unread 12-28-2013, 05:13 PM   #9
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Mount your switch to the left of the steering wheel-where your left knee hits kinda under the steering column. There is plenty of room for all kinds of ****. I put my switches there.

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Unread 12-28-2013, 05:36 PM   #10
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Mount your switch to the left of the steering wheel-where your left knee hits kinda under the steering column. There is plenty of room for all kinds of ****. I put my switches there.

Nice rig chief
Yeah I switched to Velcro like j stebs suggested so I'll prolly move everything over there when I install Hellas hopefully soon.
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Unread 12-28-2013, 06:20 PM   #11
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How to break two breaker bars in one day: 1. place Snap-On 18 inch bar onto 36 mm axle jam nut on a rusted 95 xj 2. Jump up and down on bar in an attempt to break the nut loose 3. Break the pin holding the 1/2 inch drive onto the bar 4. Switch to craftsman breaker bar, give up, and move across the junkyard until you come across a 98 GC Limited that has u-joint axles in the Dana 30 5. Successfully remove the axle shafts 6. Get home and attempt to use the handle of a Hi-Lift jack for extra leverage when trying to break your old jam nuts loose 6. Break the 1/2 inch drive clear off of the bar 7. Borrow an impact gun from a friend

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Unread 12-28-2013, 07:19 PM   #12
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Save yourself the jumping next time and let the weight of the ZJ do the work. Brace the breaker bar on the ground and let the jack down. Or like you said, air tools.
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Unread 12-29-2013, 05:17 AM   #13
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Save yourself the jumping next time and let the weight of the ZJ do the work. Brace the breaker bar on the ground and let the jack down. Or like you said, air tools.
Never thought of that. I use a breaker bar and a six foot long poll. Works well enough.

Ot. Hey man lile the jeep, you broken a lotta cv shafts with that locked front with 33s? I locked my front but have cvs and 31s atm. (Might change with my new lift in the next few weeks). Just trying to find how durable these shafts are or aren't.
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Unread 12-31-2013, 11:37 AM   #14
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Never thought of that. I use a breaker bar and a six foot long poll. Works well enough.

Ot. Hey man lile the jeep, you broken a lotta cv shafts with that locked front with 33s? I locked my front but have cvs and 31s atm. (Might change with my new lift in the next few weeks). Just trying to find how durable these shafts are or aren't.
Nah I only broke one but I thought it'd be good to switch them out. It happened shortly after I put the locker in, with only one off road trip, so I would assume the cv's aren't that durable with the smaller moving parts.
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Unread 12-31-2013, 11:52 AM   #15
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Here's the current pics of the jeep with the fenders trimmed (before they were finished; still looking crappy in these pics). The alignment cost $283 because of the type of steering, which had to be taken off every time an adjustment was made. But the guy made sure the camber and caster and everything else was good. I also found out that I need a new steering gear box and engine and tranny mounts.

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He couldn't get the front pass. side perfect because I have a bent LCA mount. Might replace with more heavy duty ones.

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I got the rear bumper painted. I'm trying to get my dirt bike running so I can sell it and get a heavy duty bumper. If any one knows anything about Suzukis let me know.
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