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Unread 11-10-2011, 08:07 AM   #5521
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Hi. first post i see all of the mods and add ons everyone gets i have a more basic question. This is my first jeep zj 96 4.0 I6 it has 251,000 miles on it for that i dont want to mess with jackin it up or some big swampers had that on my ram.

Where is the best place to start returning a vehicle to the day it drove off the lot?
Just looking to get the most life out of her.......thanks guys

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Unread 11-10-2011, 08:28 AM   #5522
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A flux capacitor and a delorean
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Unread 11-10-2011, 08:49 AM   #5523
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replace a hub bearing, and the front driver side axle shaft. Was scared at one point because the axle nut came off really easy. Like really easy glad I fixed that.
Good you got it fixed, but a loose cv nut poses no danger.

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Unread 11-10-2011, 09:02 AM   #5524
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A flux capacitor and a delorean
holy ****......LMAO....
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Unread 11-10-2011, 09:06 AM   #5525
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Hi. first post i see all of the mods and add ons everyone gets i have a more basic question. This is my first jeep zj 96 4.0 I6 it has 251,000 miles on it for that i dont want to mess with jackin it up or some big swampers had that on my ram.

Where is the best place to start returning a vehicle to the day it drove off the lot?
Just looking to get the most life out of her.......thanks guys
It all depends on what you want it for. Offroad or DD. if DD, start fixing all the little things like locks, windows, clean it, paint job, engine overhaul, etc, etc....TOO MUCH$$$$

If Offroad, why fix it. if it runs, keep it running.
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Unread 11-10-2011, 09:16 AM   #5526
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it was payment for work that was done by the sweetest old woman spotless interior would like to turn it into my DD to save the money im burnin through with my pickup.
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Unread 11-10-2011, 09:18 AM   #5527
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holy ****......LMAO....
why is this so funny

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Unread 11-10-2011, 09:31 AM   #5528
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why is this so funny
Haha dont pay attention to bull**** posts like that. People mess around/make fun of eachother on here.

Is anything wrong mechanically? Any weird noises?
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Unread 11-10-2011, 09:47 AM   #5529
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dont get all antsy in your pantsies
if you want to DD it to save money then just make your money count in the way it runs

just keep in mind how long it will take you to recoop any money you spend on efficiency
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Unread 11-10-2011, 10:42 AM   #5530
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havent really gotten under it yet drove it home 31 miles than for another 20 approx. no visible leaks just new to jeeps seein if there was a pecking order people follow
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Unread 11-10-2011, 10:57 AM   #5531
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havent really gotten under it yet drove it home 31 miles than for another 20 approx. no visible leaks just new to jeeps seein if there was a pecking order people follow
start with the norm, change oil, check all fluids for wear or burnt smell (including differentials), check plugs, battery terminals,....etc. then evaluate by importance
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Unread 11-10-2011, 11:09 AM   #5532
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Hi. first post i see all of the mods and add ons everyone gets i have a more basic question. This is my first jeep zj 96 4.0 I6 it has 251,000 miles on it for that i dont want to mess with jackin it up or some big swampers had that on my ram.

Where is the best place to start returning a vehicle to the day it drove off the lot?
Just looking to get the most life out of her.......thanks guys
If you plan on keeping her for the long haul, then here's my list of things that I would strongly recommend. Take care of it and it will take care of you.

-Spark plugs, plug wires, distributor rotor and cap. Use OE replacements and nothing else. NAPA makes good components. Champion copper plugs only!
-Engine Oil+filter change - Conventional 10w30 valvoline and a purolator one (not the generic purolator) filter.
-diff fluid change - standard OE replacement oil
-Trans fluid + filter change. (do NOT flush. changing the fluid is enough) - ATF +4 and a nice filter. It will take a bit of extra fluid to clear the old fluid out of the torque converter.
-Power steering fluid change. Same deal as the trans, run all of the old fluid out of it and fill with the new.
-Brake fluid is often overlooked. Replace with new DOT 3 and bleed thoroughly.
-Oxygen sensors and maybe even the catalytic converter.

Check the brakes, all suspension bushings, and tie rod ends in the steering. The steering gear is probably out of adjustment so that's a good place to start.

If it needs tires, then replace them. Michelin MTX M/S2's are expensive but are a fantastic tire. My sister's ZJ has done 90k miles on them and they still have plenty of life left. Best road tire in my opinion, hands down.

If it needs other major work, have somebody you know well and trust to do it. People get screwed with shop work far too often. If you can do the work yourself, research well and do it. Sooner or later, you'll be able to do everything on your own.
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Unread 11-10-2011, 02:03 PM   #5533
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more tire carrier junk
heating the sleeve to get the bearing races in

more swingout, but i need a fill piece

this will do

part of the latch, had to space it upwards with this peice of tube(i think i'm getting better with my welds...)

gonna use the 2x2 notched and slid over the 2x3 for the center support. then the side supports will be more 2x3

btw no the swingout arm isnt crazy off angle, just the angle that its swung out during the picture.
might finish it up today, just have to go pick up more gun tips as i lost one and the other two have wire stuck in them.
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Unread 11-10-2011, 02:31 PM   #5534
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My taillight liked to shut off randomly. Here's why.
The positive wire was held on by one strand.
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Unread 11-10-2011, 03:03 PM   #5535
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If it needs other major work, have somebody you know well and trust to do it. People get screwed with shop work far too often. If you can do the work yourself, research well and do it. Sooner or later, you'll be able to do everything on your own.
AGREED 100%. Most of the time, any business that has the name Jeep, Brakes, or specialist in their name is going to rip you a new one every time you go back. Once you start taking the ZJ apart, you'll find it's not hard to work on at all - plus you can justify buying the tools you'll need with the labor savings you'll incur.
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