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Unread 09-26-2010, 12:22 AM   #1
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RussellZJ98 Build Thread

Spent years planning my jeep and reading build threads, so Its time I got around to making my own. I bought my 98 zj after totalling my 2wd jeep cherokee on the freeway when a tire blew out and put me into a wall enough to tweak my unibody pretty bad. This actually helped jump start lift planning because I was wanting to get a 4x4 jeep anyways. I spent months on the internet, and car-less,looking for the jeep I wanted, pretty much anything BUT a ZJ. When my dad told me about a better jeep than I'd been finding for a cheaper price as well, I had to check it out. After a quick inspection and drive, brought home my '98 Laredo with upcountry suspension. 6cyl 4.0, 242, 3.73 gears, hitch receiver, tow hooks, fog lights, skid plates. I wasn't much of a fan of the ZJs until after I got her home, but it really was a clean solid jeep and I couldn't beat it for its worth. I wanted an XJ so I could hack on it. I feel like this thing is to clean and luxurious to do too much to... yet. Here's the evolution up until now. She has a little bulking up to do

The first thing I did was tint the rear lights, and the corner lights. I wanted the black/green scheme so I wanted to murder this thing out. The grille would be next to become black. Next was a Rubicon Express Steering Stabilizer. After a cracked exhaust manifold, I replaced it with an aftermarket one and swapped out my stock muffler for a super 44 off road series. Nice Muffler. Just wish it wouldn't have turned white. I ran the stock exhaust pipe, but later would run a turn down after running into problems with the new trackbar hitting my tailpipe.

The TJ below is on 32s with a small suspension lift. Below, you'll also see my first offroad flat in the ZJ, and a little 3-wheelin!

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Unread 09-26-2010, 12:34 AM   #2
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With the new jeep came the Iron Rock Offroad Group buy. I had my order in on the first day and it became a big wait. The day I graduated highschool my boxes came to the door. 2 days later, I got to work. After a week and a half (had to wait on parts) she rolled out of the garage.

I got the IRO 4.5" premium kit with adjustable control arms. adjustable trackbars, and jks discos. Also picked up a 32 tooth speedo gear, and 32" bfg km2s to mount on my cragar soft 8s.

The first picture is Immediately after the lift I sat at 24 inches in the front (center of hub to fender), and 25 inches in the rear. 6" of lift in the front, 6.5" in the rear.

I then added 1" coil spring spacers to the front to make it sit at an even 25" all the way around. The last picture is of this setup, and the same height it sits today (7" front, 6.5" rear) after a few months of wheeling and daily driving. I expected it to break in a lot more and sag a bit, but I am actually quite happy that it didn't. This will leave some room for my bumpers to sag it out!

I'd also like to note: I had to take off my bumpstops from the post in order to get my coils on in the front, I didn't put them back on, and have not had any kind of issues with it. If I went 33s I would have to add longer ones, but the 32s can move about as much as they want in the wheel well. The only rubbing I had was on the back of the front bumper when my tires tuck. The 4th picture down you can actually see the bumper pushed off its mounting post.
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Unread 10-04-2010, 02:02 PM   #3
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Took a trip to Pancake Rock. discovered some more plastic needed to come off the bumper. My air box keeps coming loose and rattling so I think a K&N is just around the corner.
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Unread 10-04-2010, 02:35 PM   #4
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Looks great! Love the articulation.
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Unread 10-13-2010, 01:58 AM   #5
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Cut and folded some metal edges that were rubbing on my tires a little bit in the front wheel well, including the pinch seam in the back. I also took out the plastic wheel well liners in all 4 corners. In the front, I cut the liner in half, so the back half of the wheel well liner and the foam behind it are in place to keep debris out of the door jam. I used Walmart underbody spray to cover the folds and get all the wheel wells clean and black. I also sprayed the rocker panels, my shocks, and my chrome BMW license frame with the underbody coat. She's ready for 33s! But she'll be on 32's for a while longer. Probably until I can afford long arms for the front. I'll get pictures up tomorrow.
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Unread 10-13-2010, 02:43 AM   #6
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nice looking rig mate. nice thread too!
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Unread 10-13-2010, 04:45 AM   #7
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Very nice indeed. I'm feeling a strange quivering sensation all of a sudden... Lol. ;-)
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Unread 10-14-2010, 09:13 AM   #8
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Nice jeep. I have a 98 zj awd limited. I checked the drive shaft coming from my front axle to the transfer case and on the axle side its cv. Does your jeep have the cv style on the front axle to the transfer case?

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Unread 10-14-2010, 09:35 AM   #9
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95' Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, 148k, 5.2, NP242, 46RH, 4" RC lift, all new adjustable ca's(2 IRO front uppers and the rest RC adjustables), nitro shocks, JKS TB's, Jet Chip, Dynamax cat back, Magnaflow cat, GTP hood vents. 31" Pro Comps with Rock Krawler "D"s. Westin brush/grill guard with Hella 500s, 411's, Solid diff covers, detroit locker rear, power lock in front, SYE and Tom Wood's front/rear shafts, RE discos, BPE's, d-rings front and back, factory tc and rad skid, hitch, Sliders next.
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2000' Ford Superduty, F250, 7.3, 198K, 37's, too much to list.

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Unread 10-15-2010, 01:02 PM   #10
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Nice jeep. I have a 98 zj awd limited. I checked the drive shaft coming from my front axle to the transfer case and on the axle side its cv. Does your jeep have the cv style on the front axle to the transfer case?
No it does not, the front drive shaft has only U joints. I am also running a transfer case drop that came with the lift kit, and 8 adjustable control arms for pinion adjustment. I also have the 242 transfer case. No vibrations whatsoever.
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Unread 10-29-2010, 08:09 PM   #11
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No rock is safe.
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Unread 10-29-2010, 08:44 PM   #12
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Like the progress, move to the general discussion section, that where most of the build threads are
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5.2-242 tcase-44a-30x9.50x15 MT/R-American Racing Burst Rims -[COLOR="Red"]Optima[/COLOR] -E3 plugs-[COLOR="DarkGreen"]Cu[/COLOR]st[COLOR="DarkGreen"]om[/COLOR] Pa[COLOR="DarkGreen"]in[/COLOR]t-Amsoil-Addco Front and Rear-polyurethane bushings

[B]To be installed[/B]: RE gen2 discos, military battery terminals
[B]To be rebuilt:[/B] HP30
[B]To be received:[/B]
[B]To be paid for:[/B]

[B]Next on the list:[/B] complete redo of brakes and
lines
[B]Needed:[/B] fittings, coil of brake tubing, Russel speed bleeders

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Unread 11-01-2010, 03:40 PM   #13
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Contemplating bushwackers. I'm just not sure how BIG they're going to be. Have a cheap set of 33s at the ready to fill the extra space. I'm talking more the size of the flairs themselves as opposed to the new space, though. And power up hills sucks as it is with the 32s. I don't like the look of just cut fenders but want a little more room.
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Unread 11-02-2010, 11:30 PM   #14
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Took apart the entire front end today, adjusted all the control arms a bit to ensure equal lengths, reinstalled my bumpstops, got an allignment done and filled up the tank. Who's offroading this week? I'm hoping to get some killer video sometime this week! Just wish some extra cash would fall into my hands, but who owns a jeep and doesn't right?

What are your guys' opinions on buying used tires? I can get a set of 5 33" procomp x-terrains off an xj for $200. Half tread on 4, new full size spare. Assuming the tires ave been run offroad at low PSI frequently, I'd hate to pick them up and have them not balance correctly and start getting DW on my DD. What do I need to look for when buying used tires?

And how do I go about moving an entire thread?i
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Unread 11-03-2010, 07:34 PM   #15
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5.2-242 tcase-44a-30x9.50x15 MT/R-American Racing Burst Rims -[COLOR="Red"]Optima[/COLOR] -E3 plugs-[COLOR="DarkGreen"]Cu[/COLOR]st[COLOR="DarkGreen"]om[/COLOR] Pa[COLOR="DarkGreen"]in[/COLOR]t-Amsoil-Addco Front and Rear-polyurethane bushings

[B]To be installed[/B]: RE gen2 discos, military battery terminals
[B]To be rebuilt:[/B] HP30
[B]To be received:[/B]
[B]To be paid for:[/B]

[B]Next on the list:[/B] complete redo of brakes and
lines
[B]Needed:[/B] fittings, coil of brake tubing, Russel speed bleeders

Zombie Outbreak Response Unit #75
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