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post #1 of 82 Old 10-11-2010, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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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

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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.



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post #2 of 82 Old 10-11-2010, 07:34 PM
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Looks Good!

1993 ZJ 4.0L AX-15 2" BB Rola Roof Rack, Warn 8274, 235/75/R15 BFG AT's, that's about all for now...
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post #3 of 82 Old 10-11-2010, 07:49 PM
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Now you need a winch, lol

1997 ZJ Laredo
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post #4 of 82 Old 10-11-2010, 08:00 PM
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says he has a warn 9.5ti

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post #5 of 82 Old 10-11-2010, 09:45 PM
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could you post some more pics/ different angles of your front bumper
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post #6 of 82 Old 10-12-2010, 07:02 AM Thread Starter
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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!











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post #7 of 82 Old 10-12-2010, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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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.





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post #8 of 82 Old 10-12-2010, 06:25 PM
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time to trim your fenders! looks good though man!

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post #9 of 82 Old 10-12-2010, 07:13 PM
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I like it. I always liked the Chargold ZJ's.

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post #10 of 82 Old 10-12-2010, 09:30 PM
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paint that cladding black or take it off!

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f197/camo-beast-975063/

5.2-242 tcase-44a-30x9.50x15 MT/R-American Racing Burst Rims -Optima -E3 plugs-Custom Paint-Amsoil-Addco Front and Rear-polyurethane bushings

To be installed: RE gen2 discos, military battery terminals
To be rebuilt: HP30
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Next on the list: complete redo of brakes and
lines
Needed: fittings, coil of brake tubing, Russel speed bleeders

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post #11 of 82 Old 10-12-2010, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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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?
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post #12 of 82 Old 10-13-2010, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #13 of 82 Old 10-19-2010, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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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.....

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

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



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post #14 of 82 Old 10-19-2010, 05:51 PM
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Thats one of the cleanest zj's I have ever seen. That front bumper looks sweet

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post #15 of 82 Old 10-19-2010, 09:08 PM
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Thats one of the cleanest zj's I have ever seen.
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