Here is my build thread for my 1996 ZJ. I am going to try and keep it as up to date as I can. Feel free to comment and give suggestions on my build.
Axle Gear Ratio:
Stock 3.73 for now
7in Clayton Long Arm Lift, Pitman Drop Arm, Adj Trackbar,Ext Brake Lines
Mickey Thompson Baja Claw
Homemade Rock Sliders, Diff Shields, ARB Deluxe Bumper
Warn Winch, Tow Strap, Hi-Lift, Shovel, Clevis Hooks
Hella 500FF, Kargo Master Roof Rack, Rhino Lined, Saferi Snorkel,
Regear to 4.56 or 4.88, Lockers, Hella 1000FF and Pro Comp 130W lights, Rear Tire Carrier, Engine Skid, Gas Tank Skid, TC Skid
Well here is my Jeep. My first Jeep was a 2000 XJ that I sank in a 5.5ft deep water hole after that happened I began my search for a new Jeep.
I found this one in a Local Classified, I went and test drove it and decided to buy it, I bought it for $3,000 knowing it needed some work.
What I knew it needed
Passenger Quarter Window and molding
I needed to put the Front Driveshaft in
What it looked like the Day I bought it
Sitting in front of my Mechanics shop during the last snow storm
I later found out that I had a Tom Woods Front Drive shaft that was shot after I put it back in and I started going down the road and got some real bad driveline vibrations and then I lost all power, it turns out that the front driveshaft separeted and caused the transfer case to grenade so my transfer case was in 3 pieces while I was sitting on the side of a major road waiting to get towed. I got it towed out and then bought a NP242 Transfer Case and stock Rear Drive Shaft I had a Front Drive Shaft made for me and it is super beefy it makes the Tom Woods look like a twig. I got the rear window installed also.
The first time I was going to wheel it I found out that the previous owner decided to make there own Discos out of Bar Stock and they were held in place using Hitch Pins. The hitch Pins were bent in the manner that you would expect Cotter pins to be so I cut the hitch pins of using a Dremel and then found out that I cant rotate the homade discos to get them out of the way so I just took them off and I have some Discos on order.
First Time Wheeling
I went to a buddies house so that if something happened I wouldnt be out in the middle of nowhere.
While Wheelin I found out that I need to get the linkage looked at for the Transfer Case, everything except 4Lo is good but 4Lo will occusionally slip out. I also found out that I need to work on the Winch, the winch motor is fine but the line appears to have not been spooled correctly last time because there a a bite of line that is not wrapped but has line on top of it and it the process of trying to get it the line appears to have come off the spool, I can see a broke terminal end on the line so it looks like that is all that is wrong with it.
First Time Hi-Centered
The snow covered up a huge rock and I ended up catching my front passenger side long arm on it we ended jacking the Jeep up with the Hi-Lift and placing logs under the front tire to drive off of it, I got the front long arm off only to get the rear long arm caught so we jacked it up again and put the logs under it I drove off again.
First Time testing the flex
I didnt quite max out the rear I have about 2 inches left and about 3 inches in the front.
When I drove up on it I didnt think I was flexing, my buddie told me to drove up on it to see how much I can get and once I was up on it I told Im dont think its flexing much but we got out and looked and it was flexing almost max.
The day that I was testing out the jeep I hit a 3 foot mound of what I thought was snow but it had compacted into ice and I ended up breaking my steering box. I took the Jeep to Merchants cause I thought it was just a busted rubber gasket and my normal mechanic was closed for New Years and they told me that it was going to cost 1012 to fix, I took it to my Mechanic on Monday I found a Steering Box from a local Junkyard for $65 so for parts, fluids and labor I ended up paying $330 to fix it.
I will try and keep this fairly up to date if you have any questions let me know