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Escout03 10-11-2010 08:21 PM

I guess its time for my build thread, "Build thread."
1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
5.2L, Auto, NP249
Chargold exterior/ Black leather interior

Purchased in March of 2006 with 119K for $2500 with a slipping transmission, after a complete rebuild it served as my DD until June of this year. I did install a 2" BB in June of 2006 and slapped on a set of 245/75R16 BFG Long Trails T/A's.

Current Mods:
Optima Yellowtop
RLC Welding high clearance front winch bumper
Warn M8000
Custom Splice blue synthetic rope
Hella 700FF's driving
Billet aluminum fairlead
Alpine CDA-105 w/ IPOD cable in glovebox
Huskey Liners front and rear
Radioshack 40-Channel CB
3ft Firestick CB antenna
20lb. CO2 with PolyPerformance mount
Additional recovery gear (D-rings, 30K tow strap, winchline extension etc.)
3.5" Lift using parts from Rubicon Express (adjustible CA's, Rear TB, JKS disco's, Claytons front TB, RC shocks).
JKS front stainless brake lines

Parts needed/ Planned:
231 transfercase swap
Homemade sliders
Unibody stiffeners
Gas tank skid

Current Photo:

Sorry for the poor cell phone shots, they won't all be this terrible.

This is how she spent her first four years as my wife and I's DD.

Fast forward to May '10 and I picked up the set of 5 JK Moabs/ BFG Mt takeoffs for $300, 75% tread!

Then around the same time I got up with James of RLC on Pirate and ordered on of his "higher clearance" front winch bumpers.

1993ZJ 10-11-2010 08:34 PM

Looks Good!

1stblack97ZJ 10-11-2010 08:49 PM

Now you need a winch, lol

chicagoniner 10-11-2010 09:00 PM

says he has a warn 9.5ti

zjzach 10-11-2010 10:45 PM

could you post some more pics/ different angles of your front bumper:thumbsup:

Escout03 10-12-2010 08:02 AM

zjzach, I'll get some this afternoon and throw them up.

Here are a few more overall shots, I'm hoping to use this thread to show the transition from stock.

I have the 9.5ti sitting on my work bench waiting for new solenoids, I should have it back on by the end of the week. Time is hard to come by with a 9month old and a family business!

Escout03 10-12-2010 03:45 PM

Here are a few better pictures of the front bumper, I had to do a lot of trimming to allow the bumper to sit in place. I also still need to relocate my charcoal canister.

biggoofy 10-12-2010 07:25 PM

time to trim your fenders! looks good though man!

squashman702 10-12-2010 08:13 PM

I like it. I always liked the Chargold ZJ's.

Spike300 10-12-2010 10:30 PM

paint that cladding black or take it off!

Escout03 10-12-2010 10:37 PM

To each his own I guess! I could never do that I think the color matched cladding keeps it looking clean.

I ordered a set of cheapo hyrdo shocks today, now I'm down to needing disconnects before I can get this lift installed. There is a local place I'll be having my brake lines made shouldnt run more than $40.

I plan to have the lift on and transfercase swapped by Thanksgiving since I've got an annual hunting trip planned to PA.

Any one selling a set of used discos?

Escout03 10-13-2010 07:06 PM

:2thumbsup:I got my Warn reassembled and wired up this afternoon with my new rope. I plan to get on the bumper this weekend along with some routine maintence.

Escout03 10-19-2010 06:33 PM

Not a whole lot to update but I did get my winch installed and wired up. I also cut new sandwhich plates for the front bumper and stitched them on. In total its held on with 12 grade 8 bolts. I am a little worried that it leaves the radiator support exposed, I need to figure something out there.

We've been busy at work finished two cars for SEMA which is the week after next. Once those cars hit the road I'll be able to get the Jeep on the lift and get all of my suspension parts installed! Even though its our family business customers come first.....:rtft:

I did get my shocks in though, however my to-do list keeps growing...

UJoint D30 shafts
Rustys Intake tube
Fab second Optima Yellowtop mount in existing airbox location
mount CO2 in hatch

redfoxbody 10-19-2010 06:51 PM

Thats one of the cleanest zj's I have ever seen. That front bumper looks sweet :thumbsup:

WillMcD 10-19-2010 10:08 PM


Originally Posted by redfoxbody (Post 10308740)
Thats one of the cleanest zj's I have ever seen.


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