The ZJ Turtle Build (56K warning) - JeepForum.com
Search  
Sign Up   Today's Posts
User: Pass: Remember?
Advertise Here
Jeep Home Jeep Forum Jeep Classifieds Jeep Registry JeepSpace Jeep Reviews Jeep Gallery Jeep Clubs Jeep Groups Jeep Videos Jeep Events Jeep Articles
Go Back JeepForum.com > Models > Jeep Grand Cherokee & Commander Forums > Grand Cherokee General Discussion > The ZJ Turtle Build (56K warning)

Rockridge 4WD IS Taking Zone Offroad Suspension Lift Kits OPTIC ARMOR WINDOWS all sale now !!!!!!!!2003-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Headlight Dark Background wi

Reply
Unread 03-26-2009, 06:02 PM   #1
besthaticouldo
Registered User
1994 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Laguna Niguel, CA
Posts: 584
The ZJ Turtle Build (56K warning)

so after i rolled my xj about 4 months ago i decided it might be a good time to upgrade. so i looked into 97+ cherokee classics but they were missing one thing, a good size motor to move that big suv. so i looked into ZJs. so i bought a 94 grand cherokee limited. 5.2, fully loaded. its only missing a sunroof and heated seats. but oh well. 133k and i paid 2100 for it. not too bad id say. it sat for a while so it needs some work, but thats the name of the game.

here are some stock pics




my first set of mods were a budget boost, bilstein HD shocks off craigslist, and 31x10.50x15 BFG all terrains...heres some pics, an alignment got rid of a nasty case of death wobble




here are the most recent pics. i picked up a turbo city intake off of ebay for 80 bux, i flushed the coolant, the motor, changed the oil to amsoil, replaced the thermostat and a few other small pieces and the plugs and it runs soooo much better now. the catalyst is rattling around inside the cat so i ordered a magnaflow 3" cat, muffler and tip, and im going to get a 3" tailpipe and get it all welded up. i was playing around and i got some flexy pics.







my next few mods will be new wheels to replace the stockers and get the rubbing to stop. then swap the 242 i have in the garage into her. pick up a roof rack. then i am getting a BDS 3" lift with rancho 9000xl shocks and jks discos and lower front control arms.

let me know what ya'll think.

thanks!

__________________
3.5 BDS, Rancho 9000xl shocks, 31x10.5x15 BFG A/Ts, KOR lower rad support, JKS quicker discos, Hella 500s, 3" magnaflow exhaust, KOR-alike Roof Rack, IRO tie rod...bunch of other stupid crap.

Greatest Thing You've Ever Seen
besthaticouldo is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-26-2009, 06:47 PM   #2
Katesdad
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Complete, Confusion
Posts: 1,772
Your starting on an expensive habit!
Katesdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-26-2009, 07:03 PM   #3
CaribouLouWJ
Registered User
2007 WK 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Yermoms house
Posts: 2,282
Nice primer spot bro .


Nice start....I like it man!
__________________
2007 WK Overland
5.7 Hemi, 18% tint, baby seats
2000 F350 PSD CC LB
2001.5 B5S4 500awhp gutted track car
2002 WJ Limited
4.7 HO, 6.5" LA, 37's, JK 44's SOLD
CaribouLouWJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-26-2009, 07:13 PM   #4
retroron
Registered User
1995 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: ma
Posts: 178
that intake is sucking in alot of heat..
retroron is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-26-2009, 07:14 PM   #5
besthaticouldo
Registered User
1994 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Laguna Niguel, CA
Posts: 584
thanks guys!

i know its an expensive habit lol. but i can't leave vehicles alone. its a crazy addiction i have. my svt focus had about 14k into it in about 3 years.
__________________
3.5 BDS, Rancho 9000xl shocks, 31x10.5x15 BFG A/Ts, KOR lower rad support, JKS quicker discos, Hella 500s, 3" magnaflow exhaust, KOR-alike Roof Rack, IRO tie rod...bunch of other stupid crap.

Greatest Thing You've Ever Seen
besthaticouldo is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-26-2009, 07:15 PM   #6
CaribouLouWJ
Registered User
2007 WK 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Yermoms house
Posts: 2,282
Quote:
Originally Posted by retroron View Post
that intake is sucking in alot of heat..
yeah, theyre not the best....
__________________
2007 WK Overland
5.7 Hemi, 18% tint, baby seats
2000 F350 PSD CC LB
2001.5 B5S4 500awhp gutted track car
2002 WJ Limited
4.7 HO, 6.5" LA, 37's, JK 44's SOLD
CaribouLouWJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-26-2009, 07:15 PM   #7
besthaticouldo
Registered User
1994 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Laguna Niguel, CA
Posts: 584
Quote:
Originally Posted by retroron View Post
that intake is sucking in alot of heat..
motor has never stumbled or had any problems during a long drive or under any hard acceleration. its fine thanks
__________________
3.5 BDS, Rancho 9000xl shocks, 31x10.5x15 BFG A/Ts, KOR lower rad support, JKS quicker discos, Hella 500s, 3" magnaflow exhaust, KOR-alike Roof Rack, IRO tie rod...bunch of other stupid crap.

Greatest Thing You've Ever Seen
besthaticouldo is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-26-2009, 08:15 PM   #8
rustynail
Registered User
1996 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, British Columbia
Posts: 1,109
If you were to have problems it would likely be at idle stuck in traffic or while wheeling in low 1st gear. The tires sure made those wheels look better. The performance mod on a car called a cold air intake is called that for a reason.
__________________
- Russ
5.9 ORVIS 33x12.5 MTR-Kevlar, 7" fr adj IR LA's, 7" rr adj RE SF SA's, adj JKS TB's, RE SB disc, RE Springs, JKS ACOS, 13" RS9000XL's, OME SS, NP231, Durango box, IR Sliders, IR Skid, 3" Flowmaster 70, K&N, Superwinch EPi9.0, Optima Yel, 2 air comp, Alpine, Garmin, Sunroof
rustynail is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-26-2009, 08:18 PM   #9
Eldoradoman
Registered User
1998 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Ontario
Posts: 621
Looks great, leave the cold air intake unless you plan on rock crawling in 110 degree heat or idling in traffic for hours on end.
__________________
1998 Bright Platinum 5.9, 242 swap, go-fast goodies ,and 3" exhaust w/Super 40, SCT Tuner, 4" hybrid lift, 33" Claw TTC Radials
Eldoradoman is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-26-2009, 08:28 PM   #10
rustynail
Registered User
1996 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, British Columbia
Posts: 1,109
How is that a cold air intake, it takes in air from under the hood? Anyhow it does look cool.
__________________
- Russ
5.9 ORVIS 33x12.5 MTR-Kevlar, 7" fr adj IR LA's, 7" rr adj RE SF SA's, adj JKS TB's, RE SB disc, RE Springs, JKS ACOS, 13" RS9000XL's, OME SS, NP231, Durango box, IR Sliders, IR Skid, 3" Flowmaster 70, K&N, Superwinch EPi9.0, Optima Yel, 2 air comp, Alpine, Garmin, Sunroof
rustynail is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-26-2009, 08:31 PM   #11
Eldoradoman
Registered User
1998 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Ontario
Posts: 621
Quote:
Originally Posted by ZJ-Orvis View Post
How is that a cold air intake, it takes in air from under the hood?
okay, lukewarm air intake...

where'd the antenna go? any plans to de-gold?
__________________
1998 Bright Platinum 5.9, 242 swap, go-fast goodies ,and 3" exhaust w/Super 40, SCT Tuner, 4" hybrid lift, 33" Claw TTC Radials
Eldoradoman is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-26-2009, 08:35 PM   #12
besthaticouldo
Registered User
1994 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Laguna Niguel, CA
Posts: 584
i haven't had any problems in traffic at all...sitting in traffic to san diego on the 5 at 4:30pm too.

and i plan on degolding it and i have the power antenna. it retracts when the keys off.

thanks guys.

i like the intake. i don't do rock crawling, its more an expedition and camping rig.
__________________
3.5 BDS, Rancho 9000xl shocks, 31x10.5x15 BFG A/Ts, KOR lower rad support, JKS quicker discos, Hella 500s, 3" magnaflow exhaust, KOR-alike Roof Rack, IRO tie rod...bunch of other stupid crap.

Greatest Thing You've Ever Seen
besthaticouldo is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-26-2009, 09:27 PM   #13
Ridin' Around
Registered User
1999 WJ 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Rochester, Illinois
Posts: 2,212
Looking good, I like!
Ridin' Around is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-26-2009, 09:53 PM   #14
rooster51
Registered User
1997 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Virginia Beach
Posts: 1,634
Dats Niiice.
rooster51 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-26-2009, 11:26 PM   #15
country_boy454
Registered User
1996 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Mt. Iron, MN~10 mins from Gilbert OHV
Posts: 224
Coming along great!
__________________
1996 XJ 6.5" Rusty's, 34" LTB's, 220 amp alt, #1 wire upgrade, 4.0, AW4, NP231 NON SYE, CB 1996 ZJ Plum Broke Limited 5.2, SCT Tuned, Dual exhaust, CAI, Audivox Prestige APS997a alarm, Performance Distributors Ignition Upgrade, KOR BB + Up Country Springs, 52mm TB, 24lb/hr Ford Racing Injectors Plum Broke Build thread
country_boy454 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Suggested Threads





Jeep, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and other models are copyrighted and trademarked to Jeep/Chrysler Corporation. JeepForum.com is not in any way associated with Jeep or the Chrysler Corp.