Well, I think that I have done enough to create a build thread so I can show off what I have put into my ZJ. Dang proud of how far it has come in the last years. I have had it for 4 years now, but the majority of the changes have come since stumbling upon JF and realizing the infinite possibilities of these Grand Cherokees.
Bone stock 4 years ago I was a Sr. in H.S., 107400 miles, 5.2L V8, 249 T-case, Mopar stock spare tire carrier, and Mopar running boards. Radiant Fire KRC red. Stock rims, Bald liberator tires.
I then decided on my own I needed a roof rack and a grill guard/brush guard. So I went to work building them out of what I could find in the shop. The gaurd is made from DOM steel tube that was from my uncle who owns a farm equipment repair shop, the center parts of it are actually the blade from a road maintainer. This is a heavy grille guard but it is held on by two posts welded to the uni body and held by grade 3 bolts so they have some give in case of a collision. It weighs oh about 60 lbs I have bounced off a couple of things and suffered no damage and it has been useful for pushing ppl int he Iowa winters, I have a strip of rubber on each of the vertical plates.
As for my roof rack, that is made from a combination of cattle fencing and a ton of steel tubing that comes from the top of overhead doors(my dad installs them for a living) and it is 1" tubing and can be bent with a conduit bender. Use what you got I guess. It hold a ton of stuff, and my 5 dollar a piece tractor lights do pretty good. It secures to the rack by a couple of 5/16 bolts through the crossmembers on the roof.
This is what it roughly was then for about a year and a half. I had to update my tires because my other ones were shot. Good tires, just a little too small
really dare I say, Kinda Fugly looking....
After I discovered JF, I got the bug to lift it, but since the place I was living didn't allow me to really work on it in the parking lot I tired to do the o'l 249~242 swap...but it was an udder failure. We had PARTS all over, I had gotten a 242 from a 02' liberty, which was way wrong for my 94
. But we tried and to no avail, 12 hours later we realized it wasn't going to work. I thought I had pics. but why post failure pics. A new 242 from a 94 is on its way and will be in shortly. I did get a cold air intake on the 5.2, help it breathe a little better, 70 bucks on eBay.
So once I got situated into a place where i was able to wrench on it (house with a garage) I decided it was time for a 2.25 BB after lots of research and some
questions. sorry, Kinda crappy picture. Thanks to all who put up with a dumb question from time to time from me.
I got the shocks with it (Skyjacker hydro 7000) the bushings fell apart in my hand, I ended up going to advanced and cutting down some of the standard ones they had on the shelves. The ride wasn't all that smooth either, I am hopping to find some better replacements in the future. But they were better than my old stock ones.
Ended up going ahead and selling my old tires and getting different rims (American Racing Baja)painting them black, and getting a hold of some 31-10.50-15 Treadwrights: BF Goodrich AllTerrain T/A I am very pleased with them, they have been great. I even got another one because I found a crack I was not 100% sure about. they have great customer service.
After getting that, decided I needed a different bumper, only because I went playing on some rock piles once I got my new tires to test them out. Apparently I am as not as nimble with my jeep as I thought I was and tore my old bumper off, why not? that's a good enough reason to get a new bumper. So I started and designed one on Solidworks and built it in my garage.
Here is the thread for the bumper:
It was this:
I ran into weight issues on the bumper and tire carrier, I am in the middle of a redesign. The tire carrier was causing a twist in the bumper, I need to find a better way to get it attached to the "frame" of the jeep to get a little more support. I just re coated it this weekend with an additional 2 layers of Hurculier So here is it in its current state: I sprayed it with Krylon after it dried to see if that works as a UV protector...if not, I'll buy the protector