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Jones 01-25-2009 10:00 PM

Build Thread - Project Lowis
 
Table of Contents

Page 1: Custom roof rack, 3 wheeling trips, Cobra CB in center console, custom sway bar disco mounts, beginnings of a custom bumper.
Page 13: Rear track bar issues, bar pin eliminators installed.
Page 23: Aussie Locker that never got installed.
Page 25: New rear track bar from IRO.
Page 28: Clayton front long arms arrive, removed all stickers.
Page 29: Long arms installed.
Page 30-31: Rear track bar damage, wheeling trip, custom roof rack sold.
Page 37: Found a KOR tire carrier bumper for half price on Craigslist.
Page 47: Replacement brakes (rotors and pads)
Page 48: Rear bumper gets powder coated.
Page 49: Rear bumper installed.
Page 51-52: I finally get a CB antenna.
Page 56: License plate mount.
Page 57: Another Craigslist bumper - ARB Bull Bar.
Page 63: Some progress pictures.
Page 65: KOR Sliders installed.
Page 73: Inspiration for axle build, more progress pictures.
Page 84: Burn out video in Moab after I lost my front driveshaft.
Page 88: Picked up some 1986 Wagoneer Dana 44's.
Page 89-91: Axle build begins.
Page 94: Riddler diff covers arrive.
Page 98: TnT Dana 44 Truss arrives.
Page 101: More parts arrive, Clayton front double shear track bar and missing brackets from the TnT order.
Page 102: Front bumper gets straightened out.
Page 104: I make my jeep look like a 5.9 again with a new roof rack.


Specs/Mods

Iron Rock Offroad 4.5" lift kit with 8 adjustable control arms - IRON ROCK OFF ROAD: ZJ 4.5" Premium Lift Kit
Clayton Offroad front long arms - Clayton Off Road - 1993-95 ZJ Long Arm Upgrade Kit - Front Half ONLY
Clayton Offroad front double shear track bar - Clayton Off Road - Adjustable Trackbar & Drop Bracket
TnT (Treks) Dana 44 truss - Treks Offroad Products - Front Axle Truss for swapping Wagoneer axle
Riddler Diff Covers - Ordered through Moonworks offroad.
ARB Bull Bar - Can be ordered through Kolak.
Kevin's Offroad Stealth Tire Carrier rear bumper - JK, TJ, WJ, ZJ, XJ, MJ, WK, XK, KJ - Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Wrangler Accessories by KevinsOffroad.com
Kevins's Offroad Tube Sliders - Rock Sliders Rocker Panel Protection - Hard-KOR RockSliderz for Jeep - Lifetime Warranty
KOR License Plate Relocation Bracket - Licence Plate Relocation bracket License Plate relcator [KOR-LPB] - $49.97 : Hard-KOR Jeep Accessories for Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Commander, Liberty, and Cherokee by KevinsOffroad.com, Rubicon Tested, Moab Approved
Cobra Blue Tooth CB Radio - Purchased at Radio Shack
IRO Heavy Duty Tie Rod Conversion Kit - IRON ROCK OFF ROAD: Heavy Duty Tie Rod
Bar Pin Eliminators - IRON ROCK OFF ROAD: Shock Absorber "Bar Pin Eliminators™" (JKS)
JKS Quick Disco's - IRON ROCK OFF ROAD: JKS Quicker Disconnects
15x8 Black Soft 8's with 4" backspacing - Purchased at Discount Tire for $46 each
33x12.50x15 BFGoodrich KM1's - Discount Tire


ZJ Websites

Kevins Offroad Hard-KOR Jeep Accessories by KevinsOffroad.com for Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Liberty, Commander, and Cherokee
Moonworks OffroadHome Page
IRO IRON ROCK OFF ROAD
Csl Offroad ZJ XJ WJ WK MJ TJ - Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SPECIALISTS!
www.tntcustoms.com
Rubicon Express Jeep Lift Kits and Suspension Products direct from Rubicon Express
MallCrawlin MallCrawlin HomePage
Nagca NAGCA

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I bought my rig back in March of 08. I was in the process of lifting my 1993 4.slow laredo that my sister gave me. I decided I wasn't getting enough power out of it, and knew it would only get worse after the lift. So I sold that to a friend and got my 5.9, found my jeep on craigslist.

This is the only picture I have of her when she was stock, it was only stock for a week. I took this the night I got her and really wish I would have taken more. If you look on the far right of the picture you can see the edge of the new tires waiting to go on.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...406081114a.jpg

Right after the first IRO 4.5" lift and 33's were put on.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...517081710a.jpg

Took off the bumpers, cladding and stock roof rack because I was putting tube bumpers on (that never happened), and a roof rack.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...81121-1254.jpg

The roof rack.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...ofrackison.jpg

Sold the roof rack and bought the KOR rear bumper, the Claytons and ARB came soon after that. It stayed like this for about 2 years.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...90529-1347.jpg

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a..._/IMG_1867.jpg

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...3_/HR_0011.jpg

This one is facing the wrong way but it's the only one I have with the Iceland bumper with no flares.
http://i986.photobucket.com/albums/a...3/b2769ce9.jpg

With the Iceland flares and 33's.
http://i986.photobucket.com/albums/a...3/22266fcc.jpg

Most recently on 5.5" lift and 35's. I'm thinking about taking the 1" spacers out because the 35's still look kind of small with the flares.
http://i986.photobucket.com/albums/a...3/b94994a7.jpg

http://i986.photobucket.com/albums/a...3/3de5f910.jpg

Jones 01-25-2009 10:01 PM

Roof Rack!

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a.../RoofRack1.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a.../RoofRack2.jpghttp://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a.../RoofRack6.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a.../RoofRack4.jpghttp://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a.../RoofRack3.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a.../RoofRack5.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a.../RoofRack7.jpg

Jones 01-25-2009 10:01 PM

Broke the bolt that mounts the track bar to the axle then bent the track bar between a rock and my axle, oops. We tied the track bar to the axle using my friend’s belt so it wouldn't scrape on the ground. I limped out to the main road and hitched a tow from my sister’s boyfriend. I told him he needs to get a sticker that says Grand Cherokee recovery team, lol. I need a new track bar, got a new custom track bar that will be discussed later, I had an Ironrockoffroad one before.

A few pics, didn't take any actual wheelin shots cause I didn't feel like it.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...13_/JEEPIN.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...1221081701.jpg

Ghetto rigged
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a..._/JEEPIN-2.jpg

Made it back though.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...81221-2116.jpg

Jones 01-25-2009 10:02 PM

CB and light switches for roof rack.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...MoUs13_/CB.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...81230-1540.jpg

Lights wired up.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...81230-1541.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...oUs13_/CBB.jpg

Disconnect if I ever need to take off the roof rack.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...oUs13_/CB2.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...oUs13_/Cb3.jpg

New trackbar with gussets.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...s13_/t-bar.jpg

BIG bolt now.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...13_/t-bar2.jpg

And got the Disconnects finished so no more zip ties!
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...s13_/disco.jpg

Night shot.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...13_/LIGHTS.jpg

Jones 01-25-2009 10:03 PM

First day of back to back wheelin trips.

Not that bad of flex for short arms
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...3_/Butcher.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a..._/Butcher1.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a..._/Butcher2.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a..._/Butcher3.jpg

Jones 01-25-2009 10:03 PM

Second day of back to back wheelin trips.

I love that silver LJ in this picture.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...MoUs13_/CK.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...oUs13_/CK2.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...oUs13_/CK3.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...oUs13_/CK4.jpg

Jones 01-25-2009 10:04 PM

More from Crown King.

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a..._/100_2293.jpg

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a..._/100_2377.jpg

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a..._/100_2381.jpg

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a..._/100_2490.jpg

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a..._/100_2517.jpg

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a..._/100_2545.jpg
Going around the stuck Mercury Mountaineer.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a..._/100_2587.jpg

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a..._/100_2588.jpg

Jones 01-25-2009 10:04 PM

Some more Crown King.

Like this one alot.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a..._/101_2437.jpg

Don't tell me what to do.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a..._/101_2438.jpg

Stop it.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a..._/101_2439.jpg

Ok you were right.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a..._/101_2442.jpg

Jones 01-25-2009 10:05 PM

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a..._/100_2703.jpg

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a..._/100_2707.jpg

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a..._/100_2716.jpg

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a..._/100_2749.jpg

Jones 01-25-2009 10:05 PM

Front bumper is about half way done. There's gunna be a skid plate and other little goodies, and of course it will be black. You'll have to check back for more. Can't decide if I want a stinger thingy or not yet.


http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...67214_7846.jpg

Next two show how it is mounted. One bolt will be added to each mount later.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...67215_2217.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...30367216_8.jpg

See how it follows the fender line.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...67217_8923.jpg

Last one. Also, remember there will be a skid plate on this so no more ugly radiator.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...67218_3903.jpg

Jones 01-25-2009 10:06 PM

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...67300_5584.jpg

MoonyJohn 01-25-2009 10:09 PM

I've enjoyed your build for some time now. Keep it up :thumbsup:

zippome 01-25-2009 10:16 PM

lovin the black on black. and you should definatly go with a stinger

BLACKzj52 01-25-2009 10:21 PM

man u gotta tint ur tails ;)
bumper is looking good buddy

cb2630 01-25-2009 10:40 PM

Looks great man, keep goin........you're brotha-n-law fabricatin' all that stuff for ya??????


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