Well since I have a new project, I figured its time for a new build thread.
After spending the last three years in a first gen 4Runner I was really starting to miss my old ZJs. So after selling the 4Runner I started looking at numerous Jeeps. I ended up getting a very good deal on a 94 ZJ with a newer 4" Rough Country lift (I know, straying a little from my built not bought mindset but it was too good a deal to pass up)
I have a lot of plans for this ZJ (Budget Allowing ) so stay tuned to see whats in store! Hopefully some others might find some information useful as well.
First mod was my Walmart cargo basket. Nothing special, but for a hundred bucks it will sure work good until i can fab up something better. Its very secure and gives me some extra space. Plus it doesnt look too bad either!
The knobs that you can see in the picture have since been replaced with lockwashers and hex nuts for a little extra security and space.
Last edited by QuadraBeast; 08-02-2013 at 02:33 PM..
After my last two ZJs i found that the reverse lights were pretty dim at best, so i decided i needed a little more light output behind the jeep. I bought a pair of harbor freight utility lights, and modified them to fit my rack.
Simply disassemble the light, remove the mounting bolt and replace it with a 3/8 carriage bolt, and then fastened it tight with flat washers and a 3/8 hex nut. Then screw on an appropriate split ring hanger (the ones i needed were meant to hang 1/2" IPS Steel pipe) and then line the inside of the split ring with sticky backed foam to prevent it from sliding/rattling.
Light disassembled and new hardware in
Split Ring on and wound down tight
Painted with a little Rustoleum Truck Bed Coating (One of my favorites. Great texture without going overboard, and very durable.)
Ive looked at multiple ways to organize the spare fluids i keep in my rig. Half the time they end up flying all over the place and rolling around or leaking all over my carpet.
I stumbled across these organizers at Target one day and took two and walked over to the automotive aisle. Wouldnt you know, they were the perfect size for oil bottles, as well as spare coolant, brake fluid, etc.
These are the containers, you can find them at Target for $12 a piece.
Hit them with some truck bed coating
All stocked up and doing their job. I still have to remove those annoying cargo "rails" on the floor.
They work great and havent spilled over yet, i will be installing short strips of perforated angle steel to help keep them in line and give some extra support.
Next up was the discolored grille and the faded c-pillar "vents" that clearly needed some attention. Removed them all, scuffed them up and then wiped them clean of any excess dust, and then sprayed them with a few coats of SEM Flexible bumper coater. This stuff works miracles, and looks ten times better than any vinyl or fusion paint i have ever used. I used it at the Ford dealership i worked for and ive never found anything better.
Sadly this is the only before picture of the grille i have
Next on the agenda was the faded and scuffed Laredo cladding and bumpers. I always liked the gray cladding to be completely honest, but after painting it black, i think it looks a thousand times better.
For anyone looking for a similar look/paint color, once again i STRONGLY recommend the SEM Flexible bumper coater. It really does make a world of difference.
Just wash all the plastics thoroughly with soap and water, i used dawn because it pulls any excess oil or grease out. You can scuff it lightly if you want, but i personally didn't. The SEM bumper coater adheres very well without the need for any adhesion promoters.
Before, faded gray Laredo cladding:
And After! Huge difference in my opinion
Im very pleased with the outcome, and cant wait to continue with the mods!
Swaybar Quick Discos
New tires in 285/75R16 If i keep the Konig wheels, but i may sell them to get a set of 33s on 15" d windows or similar.
Rear Cargo Deck/Organizer
New headlights and clear corners.
I have a ton of ideas im tossing around in my head, i already mounted my lightbar today, i modified my Carr lightbar that was on my 4Runner... Pics of that coming tomorrow
X2 on the coupler. You might want to add a transfer case swap to the list.
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Yeah I may end up swapping the 249 out but im not 100% sure yet.
And I thought of a sooner to do.. a steering wheel cover to fix the infamous sticky steering wheel. All three of my ZJ's steering wheels were peeling and would get sticky on a damp day. Talk about irritating...
Originally Posted by dnuccio
if the viscous coupler wasnt trashed before, it will be after driving around with different tires on the front and the back. other than that, nice jeep
All four tires are the same size, just a different tread pattern. I have yet to notice any binding or slipping, and ive been paying close attention to that. Will the difference in tread pattern really make that much of a difference? Trust me I hate having mismatched tires, as well as having no spare But, tires will be the first thing to come as soon as I have the funds for it.