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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:37 PM   #1
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ZJ build #2

Current specs:
98' 5.2 Limited
Clayton's longarms
4.5" IRO springs
KOR front trackbar
JKS disconnects
IRO OTK steering
KOR steering brace
KOR sliders
custom bumpers
HP30 and 8.8 each with Aussie locker and 4.10's
KOR radiator support
Borla headers
3" Magnaflow cat
3" super 44
Taurus E-fan with DCC controller
OBA using stock A/C compressor and rear bumper as a tank
33x12.50 BFG KM2's on soft 8's

This is my 2nd ZJ. The first was a 97' Laredo 4.0 that I owned for the past 4 years shown here:



Picked up a 98' 5.2 with 120k miles this past summer and swapped everything over to it.






Plans:
First off, install some of the parts I have had laying around for way too long (Claytons long arms and brake lines, extend bumpstops, front aussie locker) and trim the fenders. I will probably go up to 4.5" as well when I install the long arms. Also looking into fabbing some stuff, mainly tube doors and a front bumper. An 8.8 swap may be in the cards as well depending on what I find when I check out the 44a this weekend. Its been making some grinding noises lately.


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Unread 01-21-2010, 08:21 PM   #2
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looks good, how are those front fog lights mounted?
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Unread 01-21-2010, 10:15 PM   #3
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All black ZJ FTW! Do those 33's rub at all at 3.5"?
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Unread 01-21-2010, 10:17 PM   #4
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God black ZJ's look cool
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Unread 01-21-2010, 10:17 PM   #5
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^^^ That's why my ZJ is black
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Unread 01-22-2010, 03:06 PM   #6
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looks good, how are those front fog lights mounted?
They are mounted with the brackets they came with. Just instead of hanging below the bumper they go straight back.
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All black ZJ FTW! Do those 33's rub at all at 3.5"?
Definately loving the all black look. I didn't even realize it was debadged until like 2 days after I got it. As far as the 33's, for street driving, they're fine. The only thing I have done is flatten the pinch seam. I still need to trim more and work on the bumpstops before wheeling or flexing.
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Unread 01-22-2010, 04:31 PM   #7
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Looks great! I'm a big fan of all black too, mine is the same way.

Paint those wheel weights though! They stick out like a sore thumb.
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Unread 01-22-2010, 04:54 PM   #8
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I like the way the foglights were done, you have any better pictures of that?
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Unread 01-22-2010, 05:35 PM   #9
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Thats a great looking ZJ, I really like the way you mounted the foglights too. Black Jeeps FTW!
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Unread 01-22-2010, 09:19 PM   #10
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Nice lookin rig... The all black looks great. I'll get mine there one day...

Any chance you've got pictures of the rear? (tail lights in particular)
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Unread 01-22-2010, 11:32 PM   #11
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looking good. love black zj's.

btw, have those wheels re-balanced and have them put lead sticky weights on the inner side of the wheels. That's how I had mine done and they never show and keeps it a lot more clean looking without any weights sticking out on the outside
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Unread 01-23-2010, 12:25 PM   #12
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When you do that you have to use more weight, and it doesn't balance the wheel/tire as well due to it being farther inside of the wheel. Based on the amount of weight that is there, I don't think it would really balance very well inside. If you don't like the look, just paint them black.
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Unread 01-23-2010, 12:34 PM   #13
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When you do that you have to use more weight, and it doesn't balance the wheel/tire as well due to it being farther inside of the wheel. Based on the amount of weight that is there, I don't think it would really balance very well inside. If you don't like the look, just paint them black.
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Center balancing is the worse thing to do for your tires. I did that and my tires cupped on the inside. if you have large tires,
check out Centramatic
I bought a set of these for my big rig years ago and got over 200,000 miles on a set of tires. They sell these for Jp as well. Best investment you can do for your ride. And they will also improve you gas mileage as well.
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Unread 01-23-2010, 01:19 PM   #14
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When you do that you have to use more weight, and it doesn't balance the wheel/tire as well due to it being farther inside of the wheel. Based on the amount of weight that is there, I don't think it would really balance very well inside. If you don't like the look, just paint them black.
I don't know the way you're thinking of, but mine didn't use much weights, and they stick them to the inner well of the rim. not only the weights that tap on to the edge of the rim.
I also have no vibration issues at all either.
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(Sold) 1997 Grand Cherokee Limited: V8 5.2L, 2" BB, 31" Dick Cepeks.
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Unread 01-23-2010, 03:23 PM   #15
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Typically when using stick on weights, they are installed on the inner part of the wheels. Yours may have not used that much weight but every setup is different, and his does use quite a lot. On top of that, the stick on ones typically cost more, and are more likely to come off, although it does not happen often.
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