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solomon8718 05-21-2010 03:07 PM

Solomon8718's build thread - "Muddy Gorilla"
Hey guys. This is me starting my first ever build thread. I haven't really done anything yet, except for creating a rudimentary custom quick disconnect for my front swaybar links. So here it goes!

Here's what I got
1997 Grand Cherokee Limited with sunroof and the full Up Country package. The package included taller shocks and springs to give an extra inch of lift, as well as gas, TC, and radiator skid plates, and front tow hooks. I've also been very impressed with what my Firestone Destination A/T tires have been able to do. They've lived up to my expectations and more. :)

Custom quick discos
IRO 2" budget boost
IRO over-the-knuckle steering upgrade
IRO double sheer trackbar conversion
IRO extended rear swaybar links
Swapped out the 249 Quadra-Trac for a 242 Selec-Trac and external slip yolk

My planned upgrade path - Suggestions appreciated!
Custom front swaybar links - DONE
Crager soft 8 wheels w/ 31-32" tires
E-fan conversion
Full 3" exhaust upgrade - IN PROGRESS
249 -> 242 swap - DONE
Lockers + truss + maybe regear
3.5" - 4.5" lift (replacing spacers)
Long arm upgrade
Note: list will be actively updated

Latest pic with 2" BB

Mudding pics from late 2009

solomon8718 05-21-2010 03:11 PM

Here is an pic of my custom quick disconnects. It consists of a simple pin and some washers. Both my links were shot so I decided to do this when I replaced them. :D

solomon8718 05-21-2010 03:27 PM

Oh, I forgot to mention that along with my new goodies I ordered, I plan on making my own adjustable, quick disconnecting, swaybar links. The basic design will utilize two rod ends on each side of a threaded rod. This means that as I add lift height down the road, all I need to do is get longer threaded rods. ;)
I'm basing my design off of scotch740's design:

So far I've purchased my rod ends from QA1, along with all 7/16's hardware: grade 8 bolts/nuts/washers/lock washers/lock nuts. Here is a link to the rod ends I purchased. Part Number HFR7T, HF-T Rod Ends on QA1 Precision Products, Inc.
I also purchased the IRON ROCK OFF ROAD: Sway Bar Link U-Bracket to convert the ball joint attachment.

: All my hardware and rod ends :

BlackDaddyZJ 05-21-2010 10:08 PM

i like what your doing so far its pretty good. i like the uc package, wish mine had the full uc setup, only have the springs from one with the uc package on mine. keep this goin and keep the pics comin:thumbsup:

solomon8718 05-24-2010 09:29 AM


Originally Posted by BlackDaddyZJ (Post 9503563)
i like what your doing so far its pretty good. i like the uc package, wish mine had the full uc setup, only have the springs from one with the uc package on mine. keep this goin and keep the pics comin:thumbsup:

Thanks BlackDaddyZJ. I've got so many plans/ideas jumbling around in my head. Its pretty sweet. :D

solomon8718 05-24-2010 09:34 AM

Alright, so I hit a rut with the custom discos. I realized that 7/16-20 threaded rods are impossible to come across locally where I am, so thats something else I'll have to order online. Do you guys think a Grade 2 rod is going to be strong enough for this application? I'm not really seeing anything stronger... The other options are 304 stainless, low carbon steel, and b7 alloy. I'm not an expert in metals so your opinions would be appreciated. Thanks!

solomon8718 05-25-2010 07:51 AM

Alright, since I wasn't getting any answers in this thread, I re-posted the question in the technical forum. So far my internet searches haven't been too fruitful, but there is a local company called fastenal in town who was referred to me by the guy I talked to at ACE hardware. Ill give them a call today.
Oh, I almost forgot, I'm looking specifically for a 7/16-20 grade 8 threaded rod.

solomon8718 05-25-2010 12:42 PM

Yes! Just got the invoice for my IRO group buy purchase! :thumbsup:

Here's what I ordered:
XJ /ZJ Adjustable Double Shear Track Bar Conversion Kit
Heavy Duty Over the Knuckle Steering TJ/ZJ/XJ
ZJ budget boost
XJ / ZJ Coil Spring Isolator, pair
ZJ Rear Coil Spring Isolator, Pair
ZJ Rear Sway Bar Links
Sway Bar Link U-Bracket
"" Decals
Iron Rock Off Road 4" Tire Logo Decals

MoonyJohn 05-25-2010 01:02 PM

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Nice! Why not splurge for the 3.5" front springs and use your old ones for the rear?

solomon8718 05-25-2010 01:05 PM

haha, budget. Besides with my Up country springs and shocks ill have 3", only a 1/2" difference. ;)

solomon8718 05-26-2010 01:35 PM

Well, I got a hold of fastenal. They can order the 7/16-20 threaded rod, but the best they can do is a B7 alloy. This seems to be the trend wherever I've looked, so I might just go with that. I'm not seeing that Grade 8 threaded rods even exist.

solomon8718 06-23-2010 12:22 PM

Well, Its been awhile since I've posted anything new, but it also took a couple weeks to receive my IRO group buy order. But I just received the parts yesterday and I'm stoked to put them on this weekend!

I am however still looking for some grade 8 7/16-20 all-thread. This stuff basically doesn't exist from what I can tell.

solomon8718 06-24-2010 03:14 PM

Some pics of my semi-unboxed parts

solomon8718 06-24-2010 03:15 PM

At first I was a little worried about not having instructions to install by bb, but I realized with my haynes manual handy it shouldn't be too difficult.

I plan on getting things started after work tomorrow. Ill be sure to document with pictures as I go. :D

dynasty_v6 06-24-2010 10:48 PM

This will be fricken Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! I am hopefully building a roof rack with lights, and maybe getting a front bumber soon!

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