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Unread 01-16-2010, 10:44 PM   #1
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Cadillac Build Thread

Alright, I've been wanting to make a build thread on here for a while. I think I can finally make one now that i have a Jeep is "worthy". OK, so I bought this jeep over craigslist for $1800. This was a good deal because I sold my old heep for $2000. I wanted a ZJ because the interior is AWESOME, plus I wanted a V8 and rear coils vs. leafs. Besides, this ZJ has 145,000 and my old XJ had 225,000. Right after I got the new Jeep I wet-sanded all the pin striping off and debadged it. It looks sooooo much better IMO. I fixed the exhaust because the PO just had the factory cat on there. I added a muffler and a tailpipe. I also shortened the hanger on the pipe so its tucked up nice and close to the bumper. I put some JY front hub units in the D30 because they were HORRIBLE!! You could literally see the balls in the bearings, when they are supposed to be a sealed bearing. Then I had it in North Dakota for a few months because I was working for my uncle during harvest. I also picked up a TC skid and some rear tow hooks for free from another JF member. I picked up a hitch too for $40 from ANOTHER JF member. When i got back, it was time for the lift! I ordered some IRO 3.5" front coils, and some nice Bilstein 5125 shocks (Thanks Spife!). I also threw some Treadwright 31x10.5 Guard Dog M/T's (Goodyear Wrangler MT/R Style). I've had it lifted for a couple months now and I love it. As soon as I can afford it, im going to get the 5.5" Critical Path kit from IRO. So far between the lift, tires, and Jeep itself, I've only put about $2600 into it! I have many plans for this truck in the future, I just need to make more money before I can get too far! Here are the pics, I will be updating on all upgrades. I attached some Photobucket links to see my full albums for the Jeeps! THANKS FOR LOOKING!

HOW THE JEEP SITS CURRENTLY




-OLD JEEP-

-NEW JEEP-


Day i picked it up.


Got some new wheels!




No stripe or badges



Lift installed





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1997 Grand Cherokee 5.2 Limited - D44a Trussed 4.10 Gears - HP30 4.10 Gears - NP242 - IRO HnT - IRO Custom Drive Shaft - 4.5" lift - JKS Quicker Disconnects -
RC Front ADJ. Trackbar - IRO Rear ADJ. Trackbar - Rusty's Lower ADJ. CA's - Front tow hooks - Rear OE Hitch - T-Case Skid -
Gas Tank Skid - Bilstein 5125's - 31" MTR's - Magnaflow SS Muffler - 1.25" Wheel Spacers - Custom Rock Sliders - Cobra 19 DXIV


I am an Authorized IRO dealer!!

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Unread 01-16-2010, 10:48 PM   #2
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Nice jeep!!
Whats next?
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Unread 01-16-2010, 10:51 PM   #3
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Next is the F&R adj trackbars, 1in spacer upfront, and hockey puck bumpstops. Then, I want to do and Aussie in back. After that I want to go another inch higher and do longarms.
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1997 Grand Cherokee 5.2 Limited - D44a Trussed 4.10 Gears - HP30 4.10 Gears - NP242 - IRO HnT - IRO Custom Drive Shaft - 4.5" lift - JKS Quicker Disconnects -
RC Front ADJ. Trackbar - IRO Rear ADJ. Trackbar - Rusty's Lower ADJ. CA's - Front tow hooks - Rear OE Hitch - T-Case Skid -
Gas Tank Skid - Bilstein 5125's - 31" MTR's - Magnaflow SS Muffler - 1.25" Wheel Spacers - Custom Rock Sliders - Cobra 19 DXIV


I am an Authorized IRO dealer!!
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Unread 01-16-2010, 10:53 PM   #4
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Next is the F&R adj trackbars, 1in spacer upfront, and hockey puck bumpstops. Then, I want to do and Aussie in back. After that I want to go another inch higher and do longarms.
Sweet deal. I plan to order my lift soon. Im going with rustys coil springs.. Yea thats as far as I got. xD
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Unread 01-16-2010, 10:59 PM   #5
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Haha, it took me months to do this. Dont feel bad LOL
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1997 Grand Cherokee 5.2 Limited - D44a Trussed 4.10 Gears - HP30 4.10 Gears - NP242 - IRO HnT - IRO Custom Drive Shaft - 4.5" lift - JKS Quicker Disconnects -
RC Front ADJ. Trackbar - IRO Rear ADJ. Trackbar - Rusty's Lower ADJ. CA's - Front tow hooks - Rear OE Hitch - T-Case Skid -
Gas Tank Skid - Bilstein 5125's - 31" MTR's - Magnaflow SS Muffler - 1.25" Wheel Spacers - Custom Rock Sliders - Cobra 19 DXIV


I am an Authorized IRO dealer!!
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Unread 01-17-2010, 03:58 PM   #6
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Good to finally see you in the Grand section.

Looking good so far!
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Unread 01-17-2010, 04:23 PM   #7
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Great looking Jeep! And what a steal! Kinda makes me a little sick...thinking about what I paid for mine back in the day, and how much I want a V8 now.
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Unread 01-17-2010, 11:03 PM   #8
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haha thanks for the compliments. Yeah I did get a good deal on it. Good thing I was able to find a V8 ZJ for this price or i might not have gotten one!! you know I AM OLNY 17!!





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1997 Grand Cherokee 5.2 Limited - D44a Trussed 4.10 Gears - HP30 4.10 Gears - NP242 - IRO HnT - IRO Custom Drive Shaft - 4.5" lift - JKS Quicker Disconnects -
RC Front ADJ. Trackbar - IRO Rear ADJ. Trackbar - Rusty's Lower ADJ. CA's - Front tow hooks - Rear OE Hitch - T-Case Skid -
Gas Tank Skid - Bilstein 5125's - 31" MTR's - Magnaflow SS Muffler - 1.25" Wheel Spacers - Custom Rock Sliders - Cobra 19 DXIV


I am an Authorized IRO dealer!!
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Unread 01-17-2010, 11:20 PM   #9
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looks sweet. nice e30 too.
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Unread 01-17-2010, 11:27 PM   #10
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looks sweet. nice e30 too.
Haha, funny you mention that. It's a '84 318i.... My dad restored it about 10 years ago. Sitll running strong after over 300,000 miles and thats with being run completly dry on oil TWICE!! We had a real neighborly neighbor who liked to unscrew our oil drain plug and filter... I drive it occasionly when i feel like getting 30MPG, even though my jeep could outrun it
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1997 Grand Cherokee 5.2 Limited - D44a Trussed 4.10 Gears - HP30 4.10 Gears - NP242 - IRO HnT - IRO Custom Drive Shaft - 4.5" lift - JKS Quicker Disconnects -
RC Front ADJ. Trackbar - IRO Rear ADJ. Trackbar - Rusty's Lower ADJ. CA's - Front tow hooks - Rear OE Hitch - T-Case Skid -
Gas Tank Skid - Bilstein 5125's - 31" MTR's - Magnaflow SS Muffler - 1.25" Wheel Spacers - Custom Rock Sliders - Cobra 19 DXIV


I am an Authorized IRO dealer!!
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Unread 01-17-2010, 11:29 PM   #11
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got a close up on those guard dogs? i've been considering a pair for awhile
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Unread 01-17-2010, 11:32 PM   #12
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This is the best i got..... They are a great tire, especially for the price ($85 a tire) This is my second set, my brother also had a set. We both have loved them.

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1997 Grand Cherokee 5.2 Limited - D44a Trussed 4.10 Gears - HP30 4.10 Gears - NP242 - IRO HnT - IRO Custom Drive Shaft - 4.5" lift - JKS Quicker Disconnects -
RC Front ADJ. Trackbar - IRO Rear ADJ. Trackbar - Rusty's Lower ADJ. CA's - Front tow hooks - Rear OE Hitch - T-Case Skid -
Gas Tank Skid - Bilstein 5125's - 31" MTR's - Magnaflow SS Muffler - 1.25" Wheel Spacers - Custom Rock Sliders - Cobra 19 DXIV


I am an Authorized IRO dealer!!
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Unread 01-17-2010, 11:37 PM   #13
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I've got a e30 too! Jeeps n e30's a perfect combo.
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Unread 01-17-2010, 11:44 PM   #14
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Haha, not my style.... I dont like it. Its wayyy to slow for me. Im saving for an LT1/LS1 F-Body. This is my brothers TA... We want matching cars to take to the track. Oh yeah, he is putting down 375 to the rear wheels. CC503 Cam and 3.73's are on the spring list for him. He should be in the neighborhood of 425RWHP then. The fun part is when I get to drive, it holds me over till i get mine.


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1997 Grand Cherokee 5.2 Limited - D44a Trussed 4.10 Gears - HP30 4.10 Gears - NP242 - IRO HnT - IRO Custom Drive Shaft - 4.5" lift - JKS Quicker Disconnects -
RC Front ADJ. Trackbar - IRO Rear ADJ. Trackbar - Rusty's Lower ADJ. CA's - Front tow hooks - Rear OE Hitch - T-Case Skid -
Gas Tank Skid - Bilstein 5125's - 31" MTR's - Magnaflow SS Muffler - 1.25" Wheel Spacers - Custom Rock Sliders - Cobra 19 DXIV


I am an Authorized IRO dealer!!
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Unread 01-18-2010, 05:27 PM   #15
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You don't like the e30! Maybe because it has the m10. You need to do an m42, m20, or m50 swap in it.
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