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post #1 of 108 Old 04-30-2013, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Doorjamm's WJ build thread

Originally picked up the 2000 GC 4.7L V8 Limited for $750 when I was 15 because the PO stated it had a rod knock. The engine had about 218,000 on it iirc. I decided I would fix it for my first car and have it running by the time I got a license. Rebuilt the motor and was content with the Jeep. I saw wjwheelin's jeep on a youtube video, and that inspired me to keep my WJ instead of selling it for a car. I decided that since the wj is lifted now, I might as well start my build thread.

UPDATE: Things got serious when I started building the Jeep for SEMA '16. Changed the build name to Grandzilla and opened a website @ grandzilla.com

Current Build List:
Color:
-Custom Grandzilla Eastwood metallic/pearl single stage burgundy
-Primastic Powders golden brown applied by PowderCraft in Loomis, CA

Suspension:
-RuffStuff rear double triangulated 4 link
-RuffStuff front radius arms
-Bilstein B8 8125 Coilovers (14" front / 12" short body rear)
-Eibach springs (F: 200/250, R: 300/350)
-RuffStuff Track Bar

Steering:
-RuffStuff 1 ton tie rod / drag link
-Reid Racing SuperDuty high steer knuckle
-Artec Industries high steer arm

Engine/cooling:
-4.7L V8 w/ custom wire tucked harness
-JEGS chevy aluminum radiator
-K&N intake

Drivetrain:
-SuperDuty BallJoint Dana 60 front axle / Sterling 10.5" rear axle
-242HD swap with IRO hack'n'tap SYE
-545rfe transmission
-Warn SuperDuty 60 locking hubs
-Drivelines by Driveline Service of West Sacramento

Armor:
-Custom front winch bumper
-Custom rear bumper
-RuffStuff differential covers
-2x6x3/16" rock sliders

Recovery:
-Warn ZEON 12s winch
-Warn control box relocation
-Warn wireless winch remote
-Factor 55 Hawse 1.0 Fairlead
-Factor 55 ProLink
-Hi-Lift XTreme

Wheels:
-TrailReady Beadlocks HD20 20"x9.5" w/ World Series rock rings
-37"x13.5"x20" Radar Renegade R7 MT tires

Cargo/Storage:
-TruckVault
-CargoGlide 1500XL

LED:
-Engo 40" LED bar
-Engo 30" LED bar
-Engo spot LED pods
-Engo flood LED pods
-Engo flush mount LED pods

Headlights:
-TheRetrofitSource Morimoto Mini D2S HID square projectors w/ custom lense etching (low)
-TRS 4banger LED pods (high)
-TRS Apollo 1.0 square shrouds
-TRS square switchback halos
-TRS switchback strips (12")
-TRS 5 LED DRL

Taillights:
-Anzo LED smoked taillights

Exterior:
-Custom cladding delete doors
-Custom clearance bumpers
-Armadillo Liners M91 High Pressure burgundy protective coating
-Eastwood single stage metallic/pearl burgundy
-Custom Grandzilla badges by Adams4x4
-Custom grill

Radio:
-Kenwood stereo deck
-Uniden Bearcat 680 CB w/ PA

Accessories:
-Wild Boar 2WayAir tire inflation/deflation system
-Viair Heavy Duty OBA kit, dual compressors

Other:
-Tank tuck
-Grandzilla frame stiffeners



Here is when I first purchased the car and started the dismantling of the motor

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post #2 of 108 Old 04-30-2013, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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The very first drive! Decided to "take it offroad" and go up a hill on the side of the freeway
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It was at these points that I figured out that my jeep (although it looked like a minivan) needed a lift.
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post #4 of 108 Old 05-01-2013, 12:02 AM
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Moar pics of the light bar.

I've been thinking of getting a 20 or something for the front bumper when Greg builds me one. Hah. You did the engine with the front clip still in??

99 WJ hp44, 3 link, Eaton e locker, 14" foa coilovers in the front. 14 bolt, 4 link, grizzly locker, 12" foa coilovers in the rear. 5.38s and 37s
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Moar pics of the light bar.

I've been thinking of getting a 20 or something for the front bumper when Greg builds me one. Hah. You did the engine with the front clip still in??
I started the thread and forgot most of my pictures are still on my phone. Will be posting a bunch here soon. And yeah, haha. First time ever working on a car, don't give me too hard of a time!
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post #6 of 108 Old 05-01-2013, 09:17 AM
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I'm either gunna need to rebuild or replace my 4.7 soon so I'll be doing the same thing.

Get sliders.

99 WJ hp44, 3 link, Eaton e locker, 14" foa coilovers in the front. 14 bolt, 4 link, grizzly locker, 12" foa coilovers in the rear. 5.38s and 37s
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I'm either gunna need to rebuild or replace my 4.7 soon so I'll be doing the same thing.

Get sliders.
I'll get you the lightbar pictures tonight. And I measured everything for sliders yesterday. Trying to figure out whether I want it like IRO where they had the 2x2 square with DOM coming off it, or just same design with all DOM tubing
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post #8 of 108 Old 05-01-2013, 04:05 PM
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I have trail gear sliders, before they put their stupid logo on the front step. They fit perfectly.

99 WJ hp44, 3 link, Eaton e locker, 14" foa coilovers in the front. 14 bolt, 4 link, grizzly locker, 12" foa coilovers in the rear. 5.38s and 37s
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post #9 of 108 Old 05-01-2013, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Put on Saguaro d rings, rage roof rack, avs bug shield, rough country wheel spacers, 2" fat bobs spacers. Painted the antenna mount and d rings green.
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Then got an Engo 40" LED Light bar on sale (guess it was so cheap due to the minor scratches in it that they covered up in sharpie). Installed that quite quickly and tested it out.
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Heres a few more photos of the bar for you mtnmarc. For some reason, it isnt allowing me to upload a couple that I wanted to.
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post #12 of 108 Old 05-01-2013, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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Picked up a set of used 35x12.5x17 toyo open country mud terrains for $50 in West Sacramento. Then saw a member selling his 17" Mickey thompsons and 32" tires on the classifieds here. I asked for the rims, he replied offering me the rims, tires and a 4.5" iro critical path kit for 1100 in all. Couldnt pass the deal up and instantly went over to get it
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post #13 of 108 Old 05-01-2013, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Called up my friend the next day and asked to borrow his shop later that week to install the lift. He offered to help out with it and we knocked it out in about 4-5 hours. The control arm brackets definitely were the most annoying part of the installation
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Was so excited to see it done. Les Schwab refused to align it because I didn't have a drop pitman arm. I said if I did that I would need a track bar drop bracket, and the guy replied that I didn't. I was taught the drag link and track bar have to be parallel point to point, am I mistaken? So to "cure" (I use that term lightly) my 45mph+ death wobble, I replaced my completely shot oem, 240k mile steering stabilizer with a standard one from Napa. At that point, I was free to drive it up to the cabin for the weekend!
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post #15 of 108 Old 05-04-2013, 08:00 AM
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you are correct....dude is a moron. dont use a drop pitman without also dropping the track bar. They will fall out of parallel and your bump steer will be terrible.


Looks good BTW

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