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Unread 03-27-2014, 09:15 PM   #31306
95knight
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Any one ever use that new zMax stuff for transmissions?
Saw a commercial today for it, says it improves shifting with use, and mine isn't the strongest tranny either, PO towed a 6k lb boat, with OD on...a lot too

Here's a link too, i would also do this when i drop the pan then fill back up add this.
2nd on on list.
http://www.zmax.com/why/how_to/

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Unread 03-27-2014, 09:19 PM   #31307
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Put washer fluid in it, I'm pretty much the best mechanic in the world haha
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Unread 03-27-2014, 09:38 PM   #31308
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Put washer fluid in it, I'm pretty much the best mechanic in the world haha
I shall kneel before you, oh master mechanic! I am not worthy!


Ugh... hmm. Don't really feel comfortable dropping $1k on lift components... but that Bill Me Later. Hmm.

OK well if anyone see's this, are the RC lower control arms that come with the 3.5" kit longer than stock? I thought I read they weren't for some reason. And the shocks... can they accommodate 5" lift?

I wanted to order that, an adjustable rear TB and upper adjustable arms f/r. Just want it to fit skinny 33's and be able to wheel.
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Unread 03-27-2014, 09:40 PM   #31309
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Well I managed to change my oil ( or my sludge ). Just got the zj last December and just now getting the fluids changed.
I did have a few problems with doing the oil change and the first one was a real pain but short lived and that was because the drain plug was on real tight ended up putting the ratchet on it and used my jack to push to get it loose. The other problem is the filter was almost as bad all I could do to barely move it the first 1/2 turn then it was fine. The oil that came out was almost a thick black sludge that I thought about using as an under coating but thought that would not be to environmentally friendly and still have to grab one more bottle to to of the oil before I drive it then keep a close eye on it . Never seen oil that bad before! Don't know when it was done last but it does have over 300000 km on it
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Unread 03-27-2014, 09:57 PM   #31310
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I found a hole in my unibody frame rail... Or whatever you wanna call it... But it looks structural and important... Probably need to patch it but I'll let myself forget about for now
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Unread 03-28-2014, 02:30 AM   #31311
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Bought a Texas OHV sticker for it. Now I can go offroading in Texas state OHV parks.
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Unread 03-28-2014, 04:45 AM   #31312
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235k here its in miles I think that's double yours?


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i'll let you know when i reach that. but i'll prolly have to change the spark plugs till then. as for the rest, still all original parts. (except the lift and some aftermarket engine parts)
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Unread 03-28-2014, 05:16 AM   #31313
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Try checking the heater hose that runs along the passenger side around the valve cover. My buddy's had a small leak from that one that took us about a month to track down
Thanks. I'll check that. It does appear that they did some work on the hoses from what I remember without looking at it. I think they spliced it in the middle of the one you're talking about. Could be it.

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Unread 03-28-2014, 07:53 AM   #31314
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Thanks. I'll check that. It does appear that they did some work on the hoses from what I remember without looking at it. I think they spliced it in the middle of the one you're talking about. Could be it.

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The splice in the heater hose on the pass side of a V8 ZJ is actually a factory splice. Not sure why it's there, but they all came that way. One of the clamps may be weak though (especially if it's a factory spring clamp, they do wear out eventually).
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Unread 03-28-2014, 08:10 AM   #31315
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Bought 97 ZJ 4.0 170K miles

In the last week:

Fixed stall. Cleaned PCM contacts and applied Di electric grease.
Fixed dome light on all the time. Replaced drivers contact switch
New battery
Changed all Fluids
Flushed radiator
Spark plugs, cap, rotor, wires.
New brakes. Pads, rotors, flushed system
New Monroematic gas shocks. $12 at Rock auto (Transformed the ride)
New rear struts.
New tires, lug nuts
New drivers seat from salvage yard.
Painted hood and roof.

Next up:
Fix leak at top of gas tank.
Differential bearings
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Unread 03-28-2014, 09:32 AM   #31316
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Front end feels better with the new axle side bushings but it still wanders. Now that all the control arms are good I've narrowed the wander down to the rear and feel it's because I can't adjust the track bar anymore(it's all the way in). Almost feels like 4 wheel steering slightly when turning left. Only adjustment I did on the arms was adjust the rear pinion angle. Starting to wish I didn't throw away my stock rear track bar so I could throw it on and confirm my suspicions. I have Energy Suspension isolators/.75 spacers to still put in, maybe that'll give me just enough that the rear bar is useful and finally center the axle.

Sorry for the long post just thinking out loud lol..
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Unread 03-28-2014, 09:44 AM   #31317
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Front end feels better with the new axle side bushings but it still wanders. Now that all the control arms are good I've narrowed the wander down to the rear and feel it's because I can't adjust the track bar anymore(it's all the way in). Almost feels like 4 wheel steering slightly when turning left. Only adjustment I did on the arms was adjust the rear pinion angle. Starting to wish I didn't throw away my stock rear track bar so I could throw it on and confirm my suspicions. I have Energy Suspension isolators/.75 spacers to still put in, maybe that'll give me just enough that the rear bar is useful and finally center the axle.

Sorry for the long post just thinking out loud lol..
Mine used to wander until I did all control arm bushings, addco sways front and rear, PSC steering gear, tie rod ends, and IRO double sheer. Now it's super straight and corners like a fat car.
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Unread 03-28-2014, 09:45 AM   #31318
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Front end feels better with the new axle side bushings but it still wanders. Now that all the control arms are good I've narrowed the wander down to the rear and feel it's because I can't adjust the track bar anymore(it's all the way in). Almost feels like 4 wheel steering slightly when turning left. Only adjustment I did on the arms was adjust the rear pinion angle. Starting to wish I didn't throw away my stock rear track bar so I could throw it on and confirm my suspicions. I have Energy Suspension isolators/.75 spacers to still put in, maybe that'll give me just enough that the rear bar is useful and finally center the axle.

Sorry for the long post just thinking out loud lol..
If you have a decent bit of body roll, a lifted ZJ will have somewhat of a passive 4 wheel steer due to the rear suspension geometry. As the body rolls in a turn, the rear end will be steered slightly towards the outside of the turn.
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Unread 03-28-2014, 10:33 AM   #31319
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Mine used to wander until I did all control arm bushings, addco sways front and rear, PSC steering gear, tie rod ends, and IRO double sheer. Now it's super straight and corners like a fat car.
I have the full IRO 3.5 lift with all adjustable short arms and track bars. Just did the front axle side control arm bushings yesterday so all arms have less than 500 miles on them now. TRE's are good but the steering gear box is a little loose. Addco rear bar is on the top of my list.

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If you have a decent bit of body roll, a lifted ZJ will have somewhat of a passive 4 wheel steer due to the rear suspension geometry. As the body rolls in a turn, the rear end will be steered slightly towards the outside of the turn.
Hmm maybe it's handling like it should then. I'm just so used to it when it was only a 2" bb lol.
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Unread 03-28-2014, 10:47 AM   #31320
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I have the full IRO 3.5 lift with all adjustable short arms and track bars. Just did the front axle side control arm bushings yesterday so all arms have less than 500 miles on them now. TRE's are good but the steering gear box is a little loose. Addco rear bar is on the top of my list.



Hmm maybe it's handling like it should then. I'm just so used to it when it was only a 2" bb lol.
Do you have good shocks?
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