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Unread 02-03-2015, 02:41 PM   #1
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rescued 5.9 turned light wheeler/ product showcase

Found a pair of 5.9's in a boneyard and bought both. A black and white. The white one had irreparable side damage, but the slate had only a buckled frame rail from the firewall forward, and a bad hood/fender and fascia.

I combined the frame rail from the white one to the black one, and managed to make it all one piece again. Sold off parts from the stone white and re-cooped all I spent on it. Ended up with a 900$ Niner plus headers, and a few other bolt-ons to pretty it up.

The plan is:
32" JK takeoff tires with Moab wheels: Check
WJ axles for added width. front: Check
Fender flares
Custom mid length arms for smoother ride, added flex, but retained on-road drivability.
WJ steering and brakes for more handling comfort: Check
Swing out tire carrier while retaining stock bumper cover.

I also want to use this for a mock-up vehicle for future parts I want to produce, and as a showcase for a few other parts.

Started with beautifying the engine and getting ready to drop it in after welding the new frame rail in:





Towed the white parts Jeep out of the way with the newly drivable Slate.

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Getting the WJ axle all cleaned and welded for install.

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Decided I needed a bumper.

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Waiting on fender flares before I put these on (will be the anchor point for the rear tire carrier

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Built a slick steering box brace with a bearing block for smooth steering.

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Ordering parts this week to get started on the mid arm setup, that's when the real tech will start.

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Unread 02-03-2015, 06:13 PM   #2
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Awesome... Wish I was a handy guy...lol.. Ill check in for updates.
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Unread 02-03-2015, 06:20 PM   #3
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BTW, sick bumper. You design that?
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Unread 02-03-2015, 06:23 PM   #4
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Looking good so far man
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Unread 02-03-2015, 08:04 PM   #5
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You're making me want to buy the thing when it's done. Though I suppose it won't be for sale.
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Unread 02-04-2015, 10:23 PM   #6
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Unread 02-06-2015, 02:59 AM   #7
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Ordering parts this week to get started on the mid arm setup, that's when the real tech will start.
Are you planning on keeping both front & rear as a 4 -link + panhard, or front as a 3-link (I see both upper link posts on the front axle)?

I've been thinking of using JK front & rear links because they are slightly longer than the ZJ/TJ arms, but short enough to be fairly easy to modify for use on the ZJ. Would need to do the 4-link calculations for correct anti-squat/ brake-dive/ pinion angle change etc., but I'm pretty sure it should come out better than OEM setup.


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Unread 02-06-2015, 03:13 AM   #8
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Very nice. I've always loved the 5.9 Magnum. So much support and so receptive to mods. Looks like a great start to an awesome ZJ!
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Unread 02-07-2015, 11:47 AM   #9
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Nice showcase vehicle. Looking forward to those new front fenders.
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Unread 02-13-2015, 07:29 AM   #10
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Working on trying to put my front links in today. Wish me luck. Hope it all goes smoothly.

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Unread 02-14-2015, 06:45 PM   #11
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How much for the bumper and the gaurds?
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Unread 03-20-2015, 10:02 AM   #12
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Got my four link mid arms in, rides like a Cadillac up front now. Got my bushwhackers mounted too. Still need to swap the rear WJ axle in for the extra width. I'm beginning to LOVE driving this thing now!
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Unread 03-21-2015, 04:51 PM   #13
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Going to need some spacers.
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Going to need some spacers.
Why?

He's installing a WJ rear axle as well, which will push the rear tires out by about 2" per side. WJ WMS-WMS width is about 4" wider than ZJ WMS-WMS.
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Those rear corner guards are awesome! I wouldn't mind seeing a set for a WJ!
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