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Unread 10-24-2011, 08:57 AM   #61
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Nice looking zj!

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Unread 10-24-2011, 01:06 PM   #62
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Looks good man so after wheeling an XJ compared to a ZJ, which do you prefer? Same with auto to stick. For me it just seemed like the ZJ did better all around. More stable, more comfortable, I'm just debating on picking up an XJ or another ZJ for a beater after I get my truck. Really leaning towards another ZJ
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Unread 10-24-2011, 06:14 PM   #63
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Thanks for the compliments guys.

As far as ZJ vs XJ, I'm not 100% because it's a fairly uneven comparison of my two. I started wheeling a ZJ too, 4.5" on 33's open/open. Comparing my XJ when I started, 3"/33's open open to the first ZJ, I have to say ZJ I think. The suspension flexes much better with fewer mods, and obviously doesn't have any annoying spring wrap. It's also a LOT nicer inside.

Stick vs auto, hands down stick is better. It's much more of a challenge than auto, but that's what the sports all about right? It wasn't as difficult as I expected, though I did stall 7 times, but it did give me a lot more control over the rig. I think once I get better at picking the right gear in 4 low for the obstacle I'll like it even more. So my advice is find an OBD1 ZJ 4.0 and swap an AX-15 in, or if you get lucky like I did find a real one in decent shape.

Now for some bad news. I forgot to run a breather line, and the rear axle filled with crap. On the way to/from work today it was howling like a banshee when I was on the throttle, and quiet when I got off it. I changed the fluid tonight, and it's still loud at speeds and it growls when I go ~15mph. Seems like I'm going to be rebuilding the 8.8 sooner than I thought. Do you guys think I should
A. Pick up a V8 ZJ from a friend for $200, steal the axles, then junk it. Possibly Aussie the 44A
B. Rebuild the 8.8 with a free LS
C. Rebuild the 8.8 with a Detroit, like I planned when I go to 4.56's
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Unread 10-24-2011, 06:16 PM   #64
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thanks for the compliments guys.

As far as zj vs xj, i'm not 100% because it's a fairly uneven comparison of my two. I started wheeling a zj too, 4.5" on 33's open/open. Comparing my xj when i started, 3"/33's open open to the first zj, i have to say zj i think. The suspension flexes much better with fewer mods, and obviously doesn't have any annoying spring wrap. It's also a lot nicer inside.

Stick vs auto, hands down stick is better. It's much more of a challenge than auto, but that's what the sports all about right? It wasn't as difficult as i expected, though i did stall 7 times, but it did give me a lot more control over the rig. I think once i get better at picking the right gear in 4 low for the obstacle i'll like it even more. So my advice is find an obd1 zj 4.0 and swap an ax-15 in, or if you get lucky like i did find a real one in decent shape.

Now for some bad news. I forgot to run a breather line, and the rear axle filled with crap. On the way to/from work today it was howling like a banshee when i was on the throttle, and quiet when i got off it. I changed the fluid tonight, and it's still loud at speeds and it growls when i go ~15mph. Seems like i'm going to be rebuilding the 8.8 sooner than i thought. Do you guys think i should
a. Pick up a v8 zj from a friend for $200, steal the axles, then junk it. Possibly aussie the 44a
b. Rebuild the 8.8 with a free ls
c. Rebuild the 8.8 with a detroit, like i planned when i go to 4.56's

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Unread 10-24-2011, 06:38 PM   #65
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zj's looking good. where are you wheeling in those pics? might have to go there some time
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Unread 10-24-2011, 09:05 PM   #66
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keep the 8.8
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Unread 10-24-2011, 09:25 PM   #67
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definitely option b or c
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Unread 10-25-2011, 03:24 PM   #68
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B or C were my main choices, it just depends on my budget. If I can sell the 2 D60 lockers I have, then I'll definitely go Detroit, otherwise it would be a few weeks before I could cough up the ~$800 for a Detroit and overhaul kit. Not sure I really want to spend that much on a toy right now, but we'll see. I'd consider a lunchbox, but I've had bad luck with them in the past. Thanks for the input guys.

EDIT: My only other 'concern' with putting in a Detroit now is that I eventually want to run 33 or 35 spline Dutchman's in the rear, and it would be a shame to have to buy a new locker when I do that. Maybe double packing the LS is my best bet for now...
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Unread 10-28-2011, 04:30 PM   #69
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I ended up going with option B to save some cash and get the axle done faster. I ordered the install kit and a lubelocker today from ECGS, only ~$130 total with shipping. I'm planning to get into it 2 weeks from now because I have some side work lined up next Saturday, until then I'll just cross my fingers and hope she doesn't blow her guts on the highway. Between now and then I'll double pack the factory L/S I got from Squash to get a little more oomph out of it.
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Unread 10-29-2011, 08:30 AM   #70
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Maybe these, opinions?
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Unread 10-29-2011, 09:32 AM   #71
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Maybe.
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Unread 10-29-2011, 10:00 AM   #72
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I think they look sick in the black/silver, but the offset is terrible.

Also, it looks like I have a trade lined up for a 231 with a RR SYE already installed. I really wanted a D300, but this will work for now.
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Unread 11-03-2011, 05:23 PM   #73
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Some goodies came in today from ECGS, so now I have all the parts to rebuild the 8.8, but still no dial indicator. The MAC guy at work promised me a nice digital one for next week, but it turns out they're back ordered and anything else he offers is well over 2hunge. It turns out I can get an indicator and a stand with on/off switch from ECGS for $45, which is less than half the MAC price. I wish I'd known that last week....

Also tonight I fixed the clunk in the front end I've had since wheeling. I guess I wasted the stock trackbar, so I threw my Rusty's adjustable one in, with a new TRE instead of the conversion bushing. I replaced the axle end bushing too, I figured 3 seasons of hard wheeling were enough for it. I have to say that despite how much **** people talk about Rusty's quality, I've never had an issue. This trackbar has been in three Jeeps now, two of which were jumped multiple times, and it's still straight as the day I took it out of the box. Their customer service is excellent too, I called the other day to make sure this trackbar would work under 4" of lift and they were very polite and knew the answer without having to look anything up and make me wait. Big ol' thumbs up to them.
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Unread 11-03-2011, 05:29 PM   #74
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I like em.
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Unread 11-04-2011, 09:39 PM   #75
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I love red laredos.. I want mine back now. Anxious to see this build!
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