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My zj is my first jeep and i have no real end plan for it at the moment (which is probably dangerous to my wallet and mental health but oh well) but I figured I would start a thread of it to track progress and have feedback as I go. The truck is a 98 Laredo i6 auto, originally bought it with 112,xxx miles on it for 1100 from some guy in Brooklyn who had no clue what he had. The entire frame was in immaculate condition and it's only flaws were some dings and dents, a couple minor electrical issues, and a random stall issue (which I quickly diagnosed as the PCM being shorted and loosened the screws holding it in place to remedy) These are some pics of it stock before anything was done

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First thing I had done to the truck was a little face lift because I was bored, broke, and had some spray paint Name:  image-4121957928.jpg
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Size:  464.7 KB That's when I realized I made my first mistake in believing that 31x12.5s were going to clear on stock height, so I ordered a 2 inch coil spacer lift and went through all of the fun of installing it at 1 in the morning when it was 30 degrees out Name:  image-1992146172.jpg
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Size:  411.8 KB Even with the lift the tires still rubbed hard on the bumper, but It was driveable and I took it out for some fun just to see if it could handle the local trails and snow piles Name:  image-1415784229.jpg
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Size:  469.2 KB Eventually I ended up taking off the front bumper entirely and will probably continue running no bumper until I have the time to fab a new one Name:  image-909184248.jpg
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Size:  525.8 KB The last thing that's happened/is happening is while on a local trail I got beyond stuck and realized afterwards that I didn't have any stock tow points (every zj I've seen but mine has two hooks so this sucked), I ended up having to get yanked out by the front axle (yikes I know) and it completely destroyed the stock tie rod, which led me to replace it with the v8 upgrade instead Name:  image-4261444024.jpg
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Size:  492.2 KB I don't have any pictures of the new tie rod installed but will post them as soon as I have the time, and that's officially everything that's happened since I've picked up the truck back in November, I'll post as I go and feedback/tips would be greatly appreciated! Thanks - tom

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