...really disguising a build thread
Hey folks! Been lurking and posting where I can for some time now, just thought it would be an oppurtune time to show my ride. The original intention for this ZJ was to be my winter beater, and road trip cruiser to avoid racking up miles on my Subaru. I am also a fan of 4x4's, love mudding in the Pine Barrens, and camping. That's how these stories always start, right?
Pick up this 97' gem (saying this in the most sarcastic way possible), and paid good coin for it too -
Test drove it, and all and everything seemed fine. Drove it around town, maybe put 50 miles on it before I started noticing some pops and creaks. First thing I checked was the suspension and looky what I found -
Replaced with Moog parts, and thought I would be on my way. Then I remembered it's a Jeep, and found some nice ATF+4 leaks. I started joking with my Jeep friends that mine was just having a visit from Aunt Flow
Decided it was time to do routine maintanence
...also did front/rear diff fluid changes as well, and used Lube Locker gaskets.
I was not into the wood interior accents, felt it was a bit older than my tastes. PlastiDip cured this
Same with the grill, although this is not too custom
So, after all that still had ATF leaking and pinged my Jeep buddies about it. They made me aware that the rear output shaft seal is notorious for going bad. With their help to drop the transfer case, turns out they were right.
They also found out that the transmission was JB welded at the tranmission cooler port. FUN TIMES! Luckily, I was able to score a 42RE AND NP231 combo for cheap on Craigslist! NP231 was complete with shifter gate, linkage, bezel, etc.
When it was time to swap out the transmission, decided to keep the NP242. I feel it was better suited for daily driving in the New England states. I will hold onto the NP231 and rebuild if/when the NP242 decides to let go.
Also decided to thhrow these bad boys in
Just when I think everything is hunky-dory I start to hone in that rear diff howls. Do some research on JF, my rear diff is going. Had it confirmed by a shop. So now the plans for the Ford 8.8 rear start to forumulate.
My to-do list this far
- Replace cracked exhaust manfiold [ordered]
- 99+ Intake Manfiold [...on the hunt]
- Replace motor mounts [ordered]
- Lift it!
Still back and forth between OME HD + Bilsteins or the IRO 3.5" Benchmark kit with new rear springs. I have a couple feelers out for used kits, but if that falls through, will contact Kolak.
- Adjustable Track Bar
I am between IRO and KOR on this one. The KOR kit is pricey, but everywhere I read it's well worth the price. I am open to suggestions on other brands as well (JKS, RE, etc.)
- Adjustable LCA
- If my rear diff has lasted through this, let the Ford 8.8 build commence!
...also big shout out to F.A.S.T of West Chester (which just happens to be down the street from Quadratec
)This shop has pretty much fixed all my mistakes, or got me out of a rut when I was stuck trying to figure out what the heck was wrong.
Oh! And the Scooby (Subaru) for anyone that bothered to stick with me in this thread for this long