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Unread 11-11-2014, 08:28 PM   #1
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feasiblity of a good handling ZJ?

not looking to be a Vette, but is it in the realm of possibilty to make my ZJ handle Respectively well?

honestly, it does not seem terrible as it is, i push it pretty hard for a lifted SUV.

Looking to possibly V8 swap with a chevy LS based engine, and make it handled well. not looking to be super fast, just more power to make it more fun and handle better.

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Unread 12-13-2014, 01:04 AM   #2
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The ZJ's handling can be dramatically improved with the proper upgrades -

High pressure monotube shocks such as Bilsteins and larger diameter Addco swaybars make a great improvement.

Following that you can get lower profile tires, solid control arms, and upgraded trackbar bushings.

PM me if you'd like to chat further - I have a nice selection of upgrades available.
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Unread 12-20-2014, 01:38 PM   #3
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planning on dropping it about 2-3" below stock, so about a 5" drop from its current ride height with the UC springs and BB. Going with some 16-18" wheels depending on what i can find. 17 and 18 greatly open up tire size options, but 16's seem to be easier to find used. lower profile tires for sure, and upgraded front sway bar and simply reinstall my factory rear one.

as for control arms, going to go with poly bushings to firm it up a bit. and even though i just did swap in my 231 t case over the summer, may throw the 249 back in for AWD shenanigans. Keeping the 4.0 for the time being, but if it ever gives up ghost a v8 swap is in store.

i know it won't be fast, and i know it won't be track king, just hoping it is fun to drive and sling around back roads.
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