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Unread 05-19-2012, 05:18 PM   #1
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ZJZach's ZJ 2.0 Project Evergreen

Here's my new wheelin', picture, and build thread for my second ZJ.











some stocker poser 'before' shots of when I first got it, May '12



one of both ZJs as they're sitting right now.





and the 3.5'' RE superflex/JKS hybrid lift that'll be moved over.

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Unread 05-19-2012, 05:23 PM   #2
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got some RE superflex adj front lower control arms from kolak, cant praise him enough.



should have had these on the first time around as dw got pretty bad after the lift.
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Unread 05-19-2012, 05:33 PM   #3
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specs and story time

RIP, '97 4.0, no joke blew the motor on the first wheelin trip after I put the lift on back in May '11

rode my bike to work for a year, was saving for repairs and then found this one.

'93 5.2 156k and the guy had over a grand in receipts for work done in the last year, and was still having issues with it and just wanted it gone, so I took it off his hands for a grand.

less miles then I had on my 4.0 and the 5.2 starts first crank every time, plus the receipts for stuff I would have needed to do anyway, not including an engine swap.

to be continued, gotta go to work
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Unread 05-20-2012, 01:14 AM   #4
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so yeah, list of stuff to do still

move the lift over and add the lower control arms
replace the cv joints with u joints
flex tests to look at the brake lines
take more pics
go wheelin

stuff done
242 swap

lift stuff
RE 3.5'' coils
RE mono tube shocks
JKS quicker discos
JKS front and rear trac bars
Rancho HD SS

need to get
front recovery, thinking custom 2'' receiver with multi mount winch
rock rails, either JCR stage 3s or something home brew
cb
selectable lockers and regearing, maybe a super 30 up front or full axle swaps, dunno yet, we'll see what happens down the road
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Unread 05-22-2012, 05:28 AM   #5
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I have rear upper adj ca's from RE for sale if you're interested.
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[QUOTE=bddisi;6376248]Glad you are ok. If you were a cat, you would be down to 8.:D[/QUOTE]


[QUOTE=Greengc4x4;10782815]Everything looks great, Hellen Keller! :D[/QUOTE]


[QUOTE=rritch;10960201]plastic + Fuel + Ignition = "Bubba wake up this is gonna be good" :rofl:[/QUOTE]


[CENTER][COLOR="Purple"]RIP William Anthony Kolich(DAD)
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Unread 05-22-2012, 11:51 PM   #6
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I have rear upper adj ca's from RE for sale if you're interested.
man im so broke right now but thanks for the offer

i dont want to spend a ton of money on adj shortys, well maybe in the back, but if i decide to go higher its definitely geting LAd in the front.

ill remember it tho and if you still have them when the money tree blooms ill send you a pm.
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Unread 06-10-2012, 02:31 AM   #7
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copy and pasting this from the A pillar light mount thread for later
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Call Detours USA: (606) 845-0024 and order over the phone, just tell him you want the ZJ A-pillar mounts. $47.50 shipped
something I've been wanting to do for awhile. piece of cake for wranglers but only ever seen a handful of XJ and GCs with them
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Unread 06-10-2012, 04:14 PM   #8
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'93 5.2 156k and the guy had over a grand in receipts for work done in the last year, and was still having issues with it and just wanted it gone, so I took it off his hands for a grand.
So you got a Grand, for a grand, with a grand worth of work done. Call it the 3Grand Cherokee? Grand-Cubed maybe?
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Unread 06-11-2012, 06:02 AM   #9
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So you got a Grand, for a grand, with a grand worth of work done. Call it the 3Grand Cherokee? Grand-Cubed maybe?
good names
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Unread 06-12-2012, 04:02 PM   #10
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So you got a Grand, for a grand, with a grand worth of work done. Call it the 3Grand Cherokee? Grand-Cubed maybe?
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good names
G3 so far probably be G8 by the time I feel close to done

its all just grand, life's grand.


came across this earlier, with good detailed instruction pics, Im thinking about using the mounting brackets and some of the winch plate to make a custom 2'' receiver hitch for a multi mount winch.
http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep-zj-...late_1049.html
I like how it looks clean and flush if you want to keep the bumper cover, but with adding a hitch, and probably a custom prerunner style tube bumper with lights, I think it could come out really clean and functional
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Unread 07-01-2012, 11:30 AM   #11
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http://www.flatland4x4.com/product3.html
front bumper mount cad plans, still looking for someone who just sells them, but at least finding this is a solid lead for getting whatever bumper plans I come up with rolling.

been a spell since I've had a chance to work on either jeep, hoping to get over and trade a little work for the guy who owns the shop/yard both rigs are at. trying to match our schedules to get anything done has been tough, but hopefully I'll have some positive progress to post soon.
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Unread 11-15-2012, 04:17 PM   #12
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been awhile. got my dana 30 spicer rebuild kit for the front end from kolak. still need to install it, but once thats all in the new ZJ should be streetworthy. hopefully drive it for a week or so, give that and the transfer case swap a good shake down, then move the 3.5'' lift over off the silver one and have everything operational again.
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Unread 12-11-2012, 03:01 AM   #13
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Jeep evolution, Ill add a better caption later
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Unread 12-11-2012, 03:04 AM   #14
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If a picture's worth a thousand words, then this will save a lot of time if you've ever heard me tell Jeep stories. top to bottom; '89 Cherokee/2'' lift/30'' tires/sold with 270k miles, '97 Grand Cherokee/stock/same 30'' tires, 3rd pic/3.5''lift/31'' tires/RIP/blown motor/parting out, 4th pic/'93 Grand Cherokee/stock, bottom pic/transfer case swap/rebuilt front end/same wheels and tires/awaiting 3.5'' lift and other goodies. Thank you to everyone who's helped me a long the way. There's been a lot of ups and downs, good and bad times, hold my beer and watch this, and ah s*** were f*****(usually those two followed one other) but I wouldn't trade the memories for anything, and I cant wait to finish this green Jeep and get out there and make some more. If you're still reading this, like my photography site, and fill out a Bowl Mania entry. Happy Holidays everyone
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Unread 12-12-2012, 12:37 AM   #15
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A lot has happened over the years, hasn't it? It's good to see you still have a Jeep and are keeping the spirit alive. How's the '93 ZJ doing? Is there anything you miss about the '97 in comparison?
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