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post #1 of 77 Old 12-27-2009, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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My first Jeep build. 96 ZJ Limited

Hello everyone. Ive been browsing around this forum for awhile now and figured I would start my own thread for my ZJ I just bought.I owned a 92 XJ about a year ago but ended up selling it. Then I realized how much I missed having something I could take other than the street. (My other vehicle is a lowered Mustang). So i definatly wanted something to drive everyday in that was comfotable. I came across this ZJ and got the buyer down to $800. Im pretty sure its called Moss green and has the Pimp Daddy Gold package. The body is pretty nice and interior needs some work. Has 221,996 on the odometer the morning after I bought it. Let me know what you think.









I knew something was wrong with the rear end before I bought it so I tore it apart and found a blown wheel bearing and a grooved axle.




So I have one in the mail and then I can assemble all of that together and get it back on the road. While I was at the junkyard trying to find a axle for it I came across some tow hooks and grabbed them.



I had to fix a few sensors like the liftgate one, coolant temp sensor and a few others. But the motor runs really smooth and doesnt leak any oil. The tranny shifts really smooth and 4wheel drive works. It does need a catalytec coverter. I plan on a new headlight kit, tint front windows, new headliner, carpet, and newer door panels. Any opinions welcome. I am not a fan of all the gold and am thinking of taking off the badges. Hope you enjoy.

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post #2 of 77 Old 12-31-2009, 11:09 PM
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im not a fan of the gold ether, maybe you can try and paint it? i would try and keep them and paint it. but a good looking solid jeep, i like it haha

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post #3 of 77 Old 12-31-2009, 11:31 PM
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that looks a lot like my zj did when i first got it, seems like you did good for the price

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post #4 of 77 Old 01-01-2010, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Yea the body is in great shape for the price I paid. Got the axle in the mail the other day and got it all put back together today.
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post #5 of 77 Old 02-18-2010, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Well its been awhile and Ive been a little busy. But I managed to upgrade my exahust. The catalytec converter was SHOT and the muffler had a whole so I ordered a stainless magnaflow cat and stainless magnaflow muffler and put them in tonight. It sounds amazing. I installed new headlights and cleaned it up a bit. I should be installing my tow hooks tomorrow. Cant wait for lift and tires.

BTW, I will get a video of the exhaust tomorrow.
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post #6 of 77 Old 02-21-2010, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Ok heres a couple pics and a video of the exhaust. New headlights and tow hooks are in. The exhaust is a Magnaflow direct replacement catalytec converter with a Magnaflow muffler. Revs were to 2300 max. Hope you all like it. 3.5 IRO lift and 32" tires coming soon.



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post #7 of 77 Old 02-22-2010, 12:50 PM
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sounds great buddy. i had fun doing your axle seals and bearings. always love kicking my own *** with a slide hammer.

everyone here good with the doestec shocks? or would you recommend him order the lift no shocks and get procomp mx6's through kolak?

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post #8 of 77 Old 03-01-2010, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Got a few things done recently. Took out the seats and cleaned up some stains on the carpet. Also got a pretty nice carpet for the rear. ( Didnt have one when I bought it.) Also got a cargo net and put it all together. Mounted up a mag light in the side of the back. Got my jeepforum sticker and put that on and lightly tinted my tails. Here are a few picks. Saving for my lift and hopefully getting that this month.



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post #9 of 77 Old 03-02-2010, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Went and got a fire extinguisher today from lowes. Mounted it next to my mag light.
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post #10 of 77 Old 03-02-2010, 08:43 PM
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the interior looks like it cleaned up nice

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post #11 of 77 Old 03-02-2010, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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yea alot of the stains came out but not all. oh well. Im on the look out for a set of door panels due to mine falling apart.
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post #12 of 77 Old 03-05-2010, 07:29 AM Thread Starter
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Ordered mt cb radio stuff. It all should get here Tuesday. Got the Midland 1001z with a 2 foot firestik and a mount for on the side of the roof rack.

96 ZJ Limited 5.2 - IRO 3.5 lift, 32" Mud Rovers, 242 swapped, skids, 232,xxx miles and counting.~Build Thread~

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post #13 of 77 Old 07-27-2010, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Well its been awhile since I have posted up but I have gotten a few things done on the Jeep. I got the CB all wired up and working. Put d windows with Goodyear tires on it that I got for a steal. The front windows are now tinted to 35%. I am currently working on the plenum gasket. Here are some pictures.

CB Stuff.



Wheels and tires.



Working on the plenum.




96 ZJ Limited 5.2 - IRO 3.5 lift, 32" Mud Rovers, 242 swapped, skids, 232,xxx miles and counting.~Build Thread~

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post #14 of 77 Old 11-15-2010, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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Had a chance to go to my friends river house and drive around a bit. Got a stocker flex pic on a log and a few others.






96 ZJ Limited 5.2 - IRO 3.5 lift, 32" Mud Rovers, 242 swapped, skids, 232,xxx miles and counting.~Build Thread~

WTB Black 5.9 ZJ Grill

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post #15 of 77 Old 11-15-2010, 07:09 PM
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looking good man

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