Its been forever since I ve been on the forum, life's been crazy.
A brief update of the jeep, at least what i can remember.
Not a whole lot has been done since the deer suicide, i am still out of pocket over 4000$ among a bunch of other legal fights. the jeep was finally all back together after 9 months later, then i got hit and run in a parking lot, i had witnesses and knew who did it, ended up pressing charges and suing the man who did it, thanks to my sliders only the door cladding was damaged, could of been worse, my jeep was parked on snow, and the *** end was moved over 5 feet after he hit my jeep 3 times. the man was extremely belligerent, after a verbal fight in a coffee shop, the police had to become involved. after charges, a law suit and countless hours, it only cost 400$ for the body shop to refinish the cladding and pain my sliders.
a bunch of stuff was replaced such as ball joints, hubs..... after the deer impact; but as far as upgrades:
Ditched the IRO steering for the Currie Steering, couldn't stand the heims anymore, even after i got sealed grease-able ones they wore out extremely fast. The currie isn't exactly the best, but it works fine, has no dead spot, it very beefy, and best of all is TRE's.
I ditched the 242's awful open center diff and put a new VC and re-built my 249, very happy with it, i regret ever putting a 242 under my jeep.
Put new bilstines out back, they were leaking very bad, and one had internal damage, it wouldn't compress near all the way. Not sure why, they are the correct length and are bump stopped and limited correctly.
Installed HID's, proper ones, with a ballist and such, proper set up, no blinding purple light, dont worry
My awful edelbrock headers cracked once again, after countless weld and patch jobs, i near started fresh just using the flanges, more work than i ever wanted to invest in exhaust, but its done now.
Jeeps now at 7.5''s and rolling on 35x13 Nitto Dune Grapplers.
no matter what you read on this forum, 33's are the perfect size for a ZJ, you CANNOT clear 35's on 6 inches of lift without massve amounts of trimming. In no way does the extra inch of ground clearance make up for what it takes to run them properly. I beyond regret going to 35's, i will eventually go back to 33's, it was a poor decision, not helped by the fact i was told by many people on this forum that 6''s is too high for 33's and i need 35's.
Anyways once i get the big brakes on it will be all good, but in the end not worth it.
Thats about it for the jeep, I had a new SRT 8 on order, got screwed over by the local dealer, got pissed off and bought a new 2013 VW GTI, went in to buy a cheap 20k golf diesel and left with the fastest most over priced VW there is.
I bought it a little over 2 weeks ago, i already have 3000 km on it, and i love it, its stupid fast, drives amazing, and even when i beat on it it still returns awesome gas milage. It shares the 2.0L turbo with audi, which is an awesome platform, the car is going in tomorrow to get an exhaust, intake and tune for the engine and DSG gear box. Eventually it will get a bigger turbo and such, but dont want to go crazy since the car isn't even a month old.
once my bank account recovers a bit (havent been working much since january, got hurt) i plan to get new tires on the GTI, it has horrible P Zero pirelli tires on it now, which cannot even put the power i have now down.
then put properly geared heavier axels under the jeep, new steering box, and some heads, rockers and a cam.
I will do my best to keep this a little more current, but i thought i should give a quick not so quick update.