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Unread 03-04-2014, 10:20 AM   #1
Chronic442
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"Sorta" New guy saying hi

Hello everybody,

I joined this forum... well, a long time ago. I don't think I have ever posted anything. I've had two ZJs in my lifetime, the current one is a 98 Larado with the trusty 4.0. Until recently, I was thinking of selling it. I figured it is only worth about $1000 in the condition it is in now, so why not fix it up!

Main issues are rocker rust, front end damage (thanks mom), and neglected maintenance (shocks, fluids, ball joints, etc).

I'm a life long car guy. My other cars that suck up all my fun money are a 2000 Camaro SS - Kooks SS headers, 224 cam, ported and milled 243 heads, LS6 intake.
And, my 2009 Pontiac G8 - LS3 swap, ported and milled 821 heads, custom ground cam, FAST intake, Kooks 1 3/4" headers to a custom built 3" exhaust with Magnaflow mufflers, and a GXP 3.27 rear diff
All work done by me

I hope to learn some new things, and hopefully contribute a bit. For the moment, I have an injured hand and its too darn cold to work outside. So I'll probably start collecting parts, and checking out build threads.

Edit: Pic of other toys

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Unread 03-04-2014, 10:40 AM   #2
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Welcome. Sounds like you have some cool toys.
What are some of your plans for the ZJ?
Pics?
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Unread 03-04-2014, 12:57 PM   #3
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Welcome. Sounds like you have some cool toys.
What are some of your plans for the ZJ?
Pics?
Thanks!

Besides the basics, I would like to do a rocker replacement. While, a stock replacement would be the obvious, I have been admiring some of the work done with metal sliders replacing the rockers. Other mods I have in mind include replacing the entire A/C system which hasn't worked in about 6 years. I'll probably do a write up when I do that one. The Jeep is my DD, but more fun mods would be a small lift (2" or less), updated aftermaket steel bumpers, and a rear posi.

While it is tempting to imagine the stroker/LA/LSX swap, experience has shown me that stock parts have trouble dealing with stock power sometimes. I'm trying to maintain a budget. That being said, if I can find some cheap and easy ways to gain a little horsepower, that wouldn't be off the table.
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Unread 03-04-2014, 01:42 PM   #4
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Thanks!

Besides the basics, I would like to do a rocker replacement. While, a stock replacement would be the obvious, I have been admiring some of the work done with metal sliders replacing the rockers. Other mods I have in mind include replacing the entire A/C system which hasn't worked in about 6 years. I'll probably do a write up when I do that one. The Jeep is my DD, but more fun mods would be a small lift (2" or less), updated aftermaket steel bumpers, and a rear posi.

While it is tempting to imagine the stroker/LA/LSX swap, experience has shown me that stock parts have trouble dealing with stock power sometimes. I'm trying to maintain a budget. That being said, if I can find some cheap and easy ways to gain a little horsepower, that wouldn't be off the table.
The rockers are pretty easy. My dad and I replaced one of mine. $35 for a OEM style off ebay.
I'm sitting on a 2.25" BB and 31" tires. I LOVE it. I am trying to piece a 3.5" lift together but it's taking some time.
Cheap HP.... You could do a 99+ intake manifold swap. That's on my bucket list. Some gained 5-25 HP depending on other mods. You could also pair that with some Dodge Neon 703 injectors.
Here is my little "build thread"
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Unread 03-04-2014, 02:19 PM   #5
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The rockers are pretty easy. My dad and I replaced one of mine. $35 for a OEM style off ebay.
I'm sitting on a 2.25" BB and 31" tires. I LOVE it. I am trying to piece a 3.5" lift together but it's taking some time.
Cheap HP.... You could do a 99+ intake manifold swap. That's on my bucket list. Some gained 5-25 HP depending on other mods. You could also pair that with some Dodge Neon 703 injectors.
Here is my little "build thread"
Dumb question, but did your replacement rocker panels include the inner parts, or did you have to fab those? Did you cut them off where the rot ends and overlap? I'm not a body guy, so anything requiring cutting, welding and painting seems daunting to me.
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Unread 03-04-2014, 02:42 PM   #6
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Dumb question, but did your replacement rocker panels include the inner parts, or did you have to fab those? Did you cut them off where the rot ends and overlap? I'm not a body guy, so anything requiring cutting, welding and painting seems daunting to me.
That's a good question actually. They do not come with the inner parts. It's just the outer curved part. My rust was so bad, we had to rebuild the inner "pinch seam" with some flat iron. It wasn't perfect when we were done but lucky for me, I have a Laredo and it comes with rocker covers
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Unread 03-09-2014, 08:34 PM   #7
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The rockers are pretty easy. My dad and I replaced one of mine. $35 for a OEM style off ebay.
I'm sitting on a 2.25" BB and 31" tires. I LOVE it. I am trying to piece a 3.5" lift together but it's taking some time.
Cheap HP.... You could do a 99+ intake manifold swap. That's on my bucket list. Some gained 5-25 HP depending on other mods. You could also pair that with some Dodge Neon 703 injectors.
Here is my little "build thread"
Just picked up a 04 manifold, injectors, rail, and TB for $75 bucks. Thanks for the heads up!!

I'll post some pics soon. My Jeep is kind of a basket case. I'm going to start a build thread when I start collecting more parts and putting them on.
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Unread 04-20-2014, 04:20 PM   #8
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I'm in the midst of a Jeep make over. Recently replaced the stock shocks (165k miles worth) and this thing rides like new. Also upgraded to a dynomax exhaust. Got the dynomax with he mandrel bent pipe for $100. That's a great deal considering a generic pipe and muffler cost about 60-70. Sounds throaty outside the car, but really quiet inside.

Will probably start a build thread in the near future. Planning on reworking the entire A/C system. Think it would be a pretty good write up.
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