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Unread 01-18-2013, 01:41 PM   #1
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BoostinChick's ZeeJay Fix-It Thread

...really disguising a build thread

Borla Exhaust Install
Tune-Up Time!
KOR Steering Box Brace Install

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
Phase I:
- Replace cracked exhaust manfiold [ordered]
- 99+ Intake Manfiold [...on the hunt]
- Replace motor mounts [ordered]

Phase II:
- 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

Phase III:
- 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


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Unread 01-18-2013, 01:42 PM   #2
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Oh yea, so everyone now and again I got a CEL for "Emission Control Leak (gross leak)" and was all "WTF!" I was hanging around the front end while the motor was running with a propane torch (unlit) and no leaks. Stupid Jeep is stupid, thinks it has a leak....HA!

So, the other day while filling up with gas I saw a nice puddle as I was filling up. Got home, took the filler neck off and -

Stupid jeep not so stupid
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Unread 01-18-2013, 01:50 PM   #3
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Eek! Time for a trip to the junk yard! Might as well replace those hoses with new ones too. And if that crap disintegrated into the gas tank...

Also, Ill see about the shipping of the OME and Bilsteins this Saturday.
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Unread 01-18-2013, 02:00 PM   #4
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No problem, man! Take your time, I am away anyway. I actually found a replacement on eBay for under $50. It's been replaced already I removed the hoses completely and shook them out to get whatever I could. That reminds me, since all that was removed I decided it was a good time to get this done
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Unread 01-20-2013, 08:54 PM   #5
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So, looks like I will need to do do a Phase 1/2 Got a call from the shop and it looks like one of my axle u-joints has a good amount of play, and I need to replace the front brake/rotors. I won't pass the safety inspection without replacing these parts. Since I will be removing the axles to press out the u-joints may as well do a mini-refresh of the front end.

Phase 1/2 [COMPLETE]:
Spicer 5760X Axle U-Joints (non-greasable)
Timken Axle Hub Assembly
Wagner ThermoQuiet Ceramic Brake Pads
Wearever Front Rotors


Finished up getting these bits installed last week.
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Unread 02-09-2013, 06:12 PM   #6
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Front end now drives like butta', so decided to take it out during Snowstorm Nemo. You guys get stuck with my crappy cell pic since I forgot my good camera and tripod.


If the tax man is nice to me this year I may invest in a better lighting set up. PAFirefighter11 retrofitted HID's into the OE headlights, and hinted he would lend me a hand whenever I got the materials.

Teaser shot courtesy of JF Member: PAFirefighter11:
Linky: http://thespeedfreaks.net/showthread...HID-Conversion
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Unread 02-10-2013, 02:28 AM   #7
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That is a clean subura, I enjoy it! Good build plans also
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Unread 02-10-2013, 02:30 AM   #8
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Oh, and for the wood trim, did the remove it first? And was it spray on plastidip, or paint on? I'm thinking of doing the same thing, wood trim is sorta not my style
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Unread 02-10-2013, 09:41 AM   #9
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Oh, and for the wood trim, did the remove it first? And was it spray on plastidip, or paint on? I'm thinking of doing the same thing, wood trim is sorta not my style
Plasti Dip from a spray can. The wood trim is attached to the glove box, so I just removed the glove box and taped it off. Didnt feel like popping, or possibly breaking the clips in attempt to separate it from the glove box. The other trim surround pieces around the dash just pop off.
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Unread 02-10-2013, 10:15 AM   #10
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Coming along nicely Boostin..

I'm impressed with Ricks and the some of the other projector retrofits on this site, i'd like to eventually piece the kit together. I'll run my e-codes till then.
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Unread 05-18-2013, 09:34 PM   #11
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Phase I - Work in Progress

Finally had some down time to start working on this thing.

Phase I:

- Replace cracked exhaust manifold
- 99+ Intake Manfiold [...decided to hold off]
- Replace motor mounts

Took me about an hour to get down to this -


Typical exhaust crack -



IronMan4x4Fab Mounts vs. a semi-torn OE -


Getting the motor mounts back in took me longer than I would have liked (~3-hours), and it started to rain so had to stop here -



...will hopefully be able to button everything back up tomorrow and be on the road again. I was also debating whether or not to replace the freeze plugs since it's in front of me.

I also now have a transfer case leak I have to hunt down -
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Unread 05-19-2013, 08:45 AM   #12
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Fun, I had many of the same issues with mine when I bought it in 08. The trans seal leaked, cracked manifold, rear end growl, worn out motor and trans mounts. Good work.
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Unread 05-20-2013, 08:47 AM   #13
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Thanks! Coming along slowly, but surely. The weather decided to take a turn on me and rain all the day. Since I will be waiting for the weather to clear and more down time I decided it would be a good idea to replace the freeze/expansion plugs on the driver's side to be proactive. I figured for $20 would be good insurance for the mind. Went ahead and ordered these - http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...rm=freeze+plug

Dorman Part Number: 567-017
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Unread 05-23-2013, 01:49 PM   #14
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Went back at it today to replace the freeze plugs. Found out why I had a weird coolant smell. Whoever worked on it before saw the slight leak/crack in the freeze plug, and used JB weld to fix it. Must have worked just enough for them (JB Weld chunk on the right).

...did not have issues with the other 4, they came right out with a good whack o' the hammer.

All fresh! Put a light coat of Permatex Indian Head on the outer lip of the freeze plugs as some insurance. I also stuck the freeze plugs in the freezer for a few hours, and they popped right in during install. Just need a few light taps with a rubber mallet to get them seated flush.


This weekend is a Holiday weekend, so hoping to have this buttoned back up!
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Unread 05-23-2013, 03:45 PM   #15
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dang, you got a fixer there. Comin along nicely. I have an oil leak somewhere I gotta track down. Not looking forward to that
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