Originally Posted by casey_doyle5
Title says it. What do you all think are the most important things to first address when looking to upgrade a stock ZJ... Things that will have the best benefit for the least money.
It depends what kind of handling/ride comfort you want. As a minimum this is what I'd do:
1) replace the control arm bushings, if the are original, they are toast by now. You can get the "clevite" solid rubber bushings from Kolak (vendor here). Or for less hassle maybe some aftermarket control arms.
2) Check all the steering linkages, replace with quality parts (Moog, TRW, MOPAR) as needed.
3) Replace the sway bar bushings.
4) Add a Hard-KOR steering brace.
These will get you back more or less to the stock handling
5) For better handling (but slightly harsher ride), get Up Country springs from a junkyard or someone on here. They do pop up from time to time in the classifieds.
6) Get new shocks. I'd recommend Monotube shocks. I went with Monroe Reflex Monotubes (not the regular Monroe Reflex, which are twin tubed). Quite popular but a bit pricier are the MX6 shocks. Your passenger won't need to use the "oh ****" handle when negotiating sharp turns.
Nose dip under heavy braking is reduced as well.
7) Get a rear Addco sway bar with Energy Suspension frame bushings. Again less body roll.
And get an alignment.
This is for a stock, non heavily lifted vehicle (2" lift max). I'm sure someone will chime in if you want to go more extreme.