Midnightluckey's 95 Chargold ZJ build
Over the next week or so, I'm going to put together my last 2 1/2 years of building and learning.
So to start, I bought my Chargold 1995 Grand Cherokee Limited off of ebay in June of 2008, with the intention of getting my hands dirty and becoming a mechanic in the process. Now, I really had no experience on cars in general - i had always been into bikes, but being 16 and buying insurance, 4 wheels suited my wallet better - so i really didn't know what exactly i was looking at. "Eh, Jeep, leather, v8, 4x4, lifted, a/c, $3000? Sure." After a bit of research, it became apparent to me that my Jeep came with this terrible back-yard redneck 3" lift slapped under it, consisting of 3" pieces of pipe welded to the top of the coil, running no isolators, some worn-out ranchos, and nothing else. However, it also became apparent that ZJ's were the single greatest godly mode of transportation bestowed upon mankind. I spent some time of Kevins, Rustys, IRO, and then in MC. So I decided I'd have to ditch everything under it and start over, buying a completely new lift, replacing all of the welded coils, all worn parts and bushings, getting my Jeep to ride better and be generally safer (and a little cooler! :2thumbsup:). It was at this point that Goldie Lox was born, and subsequently, my bank account cursed with a constant infinite black hole to which i will forever be dumping my money.
ok i want to see pictures of the **** lift
No pics of it installed. (I never really kept track of it until after i lifted it.) But here are the coils, control arm bushings, and shocks on my garage floor.
And here is how it sat back then.
My first real mod was my light bar and the 4 KC knockoffs.
So after that, I got the old IRO 4.5" budget kit, before they had the trackbar mount. Over the next 6 months i bought all adjustable control arms, one set at a time. The rear came first, with rough country arms, then the front with ironmanfab4x4 arms. During this time i also switched to a u-joint front driveshaft.
After i got the 4 adjustables, I bought 1" spacers for the front and rear, running 31's still at 5.5" of lift. As i ran this, getting the finishing touches on the lift, i built up the rack to what it is now.
The system also got set up during this time.
Then came 33's, cb radio and dual whips, shaved throttle body, and the dumped cherrybomb exhaust.
Over the next year i got some random finishing pieces for the suspension, steering, and driveline. And more recently, i bought a Rclwelding winch bumper and put an XRC-8 on it.
dude... i love it man. that thing is awesome. but i highly doubt you need that much of a drop hitch haha. i also like the 12v socket you put in along with the location of your cb. good work keep it up :thumbsup:
Yeah, lol, i usually run a 3/4" D-ring hitch, but i have that 9" billet aluminum drop that i bought at a scrap metal yard for $8. It's just fun to put on and judge people's reactions lol. And yeah, i got really done with having only 1 power socket.
MOD LIST (updated Nov 11)
SUSPENSION -Rough country sway bar disconnects
4.5" lift coils F/R
1" coil spacers in rear
1" coil spacers in front
Rough Country Hydro shocks F/R
Rancho Steering Stabilizer
IRO HD Adjustable Front Trac bar
IRO HD Fixed length Rear Trac bar
IRO sway bar links
Rear Rough Country Adjustable control arms Upper/Lower
Front Ironmanfabrication4x4 Adjustable control arms Upper/Lower
JKS Bar Pin Eliminators
Extended Bump stops for all 4 corners
Rustys SS brakelines
1" Transfer case drop
K&N Intake Drop-in
Changed from CV to U-joint Front Driveshaft
High volume water pump
A stock 5.2 throttle body that was shaved, ported and polished
Newish Hi-flow cat
Dumped Cherry bomb exhaust
Full skidplate package
Custom roof mount for tire
Custom roof mount for shovel
Custom roof mount for Hi-lift jack
Custom light bar
Jeep TJ gas bezel mod
Rlcwelding front winch bumper
Smittybilt XRC 8
Warn hook strap
Maglite lisence plate mod
Front D Rings
Front Tow Hooks
Rear Trailer hitch
Smittybilt rear D-ring receiver
4 daylighters on fairlead / mirrors
2 cheapo driving lights on lower rad. support/unibody
2 Navigator back up lights mounted to trailer hitch
2 4' Fiberglass CB whips
Dual 135 db airhorns
Painted Rear Window vents
Repainted rocker panel covers from a Laredo
Window vent visors on all 4 doors.
Some custom pinstiping down the pass side.
INTERIOR-OBA with 16' hose
Custom stainless steel bezel around cluster
Custom overlay glow gauges
2 12" Dual subs in a factory Dual Illuminite box
1000W Dual amp with power out for Illuminite box
Full 5 ga. wiring and .5 Farad Capacitor
Mounted Fire Extinguisher in rear nook
Some random blue LED's
Knife and Flashlight mounted under and beside seat
Aircraft switches for lights
Dual XDMR7710 head unit
A Cobra 18 WX ST II
18ft Cophase coax
Lockable yellow box for ropes, straps, tire inflator, portable winch, D-ring hitch, jumper cables etc.
AUX 12V on center console
Ipod Hookup on center console
LED strips for courtesy lights (under the dash)
15" black steel procomp series 52
33x12.5 R15 BFG Mud Terrains
33x12.5 R15 Super Swamper Interco spare on a stock limited rim
It was really easy and not hard at all to make it look clean. And yeah, i'll have to turn it into a rise sometime! But i doubt i'll be able to open the hatch with a 9" rise lol.
did you just buy a add on socket? eh you dont need to open a hatch haha
Yeah. It was like $7 or $8 at Pepboys. Works fine and now i have a free socket, since my GPS is always in the oem one.
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